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Simon Cook LLB (Hons), TEP

Partner

I am a partner and head of the firm’s highly-regarded wills, trusts & probate team.

With 25 years’ experience in the field, I specialise in complex estate and tax planning, lifetime trusts and vulnerable beneficiaries, and the creation and administration of personal injury trusts.

I am rated in independent legal guides The Legal 500 and Chambers High Net Worth.

T 01242 542911 E simon.cook@willans.co.uk

Key skills

I can help with:

  • the administration of estates, including very high value estates and those with cross-border issues
  • tax planning (lifetime and post-death)
  • succession planning for people in business
  • creation and administration of trusts
  • all aspects of elderly client work, including planning for funding of care home fees
  • powers of attorney along with LPAs and deputyships
  • Court of Protection applications.

Experience highlights

  • I have wide experience in advising clients, often generations of families, with complex estates, recognising the need for tax planning for different family generations
  • Administration of a £20 million estate including advice on agricultural property relief and business property relief issues, with lengthy negotiations with HMRC
  • Set up and provide ongoing assistance with the administration of a large personal injury trust
  • Administration of a large estate including overseas assets, contentious issues, private company shares and the opportunity to pass assets through a trust to potentially save a significant amount of inheritance tax
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  • "Simon Cook "is very bright and friendly. He has great empathy with clients which really makes him stand out"."
    Chambers UK
  • "Group head Simon Cook is "excellent in dealing with a range of issues surrounding inheritance tax.""
    The Legal 500 UK
  • "Simon Cook's professionalism, efficiency and friendly manner very quickly put any concerns away. "
    Client feedback
  • "He has always been the most helpful. He explains the legal jargon and I have complete trust in him."
    Chambers High Net Worth
  • Chambers High Net Worth
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer

Simon Cook LLB (Hons), TEP can help you with a range of services

Wills, trusts & probate
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Asset protection & trusts
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Creating a will
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Elderly & vulnerable people
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Protecting your business interests
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Inheritance & trust disputes
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