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Graham Benwell

Graham Benwell

Consultant Solicitor, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

Location: Reading 
Qualified as a solicitor: 1975

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Graham Benwell is a consultant solicitor and former partner in our leading Probate, Tax & Trusts team.

Graham has over 30 years’ experience as a private client solicitor and has particular expertise in the field of tax and estate planning involving wills and trusts.

He acts for many high net worth individuals and their families, with many clients referred directly by accountants, investment managers, IFAs and other firms of solicitors.

Graham previously headed the private client department at Nabarro in London and is a founder member of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners). He is also consistently highly recommended in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500.

Examples of recent work

  • As trustee, dealing with the administration of several multi-million pound private and charitable trusts.
  • As executor and trustee, dealing with the administration of several multi million pound estates.
  • Advising in relation to the mitigation of Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax issues arising in relation to the administration of numerous estates.
  • As court appointed administrator, finalising the administration of a long running and extremely contentious estate.
  • Acting for numerous high net worth professional and business clients in relation to testamentary and estate/tax planning matters, commonly involving the drafting of suitable trusts and advising on related tax issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Wills
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts and estate planning

Professional Memberships:

Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Member, The Law Society

Education:
Swansea University, BA (Hons) Politics

Accreditations & Awards:
Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019
Recommended, Chambers HNW
Recommended, The Legal 500

What our clients say...

“High net worth clients benefit from Benwell's extensive experience in the private client field, receiving advice on wills, probate, tax and trusts.”

“I have been a very satisfied client for 50 years!”

“Graham Benwell stood out for me – not only was his advice very pertinent, his handling of our stepmother’s estate, and of the subsequent sale of her house was highly efficient. He was always forbearing in the face of my lack of knowledge re legal procedures and he made sure that all aspects of the conveyancing were properly handled.”

“I should like to take this opportunity of thanking you very much for all the work and guidance you have given us over the years. It has been very re-assuring to have someone “in the know” who has been so approachable.”

“Very good in advising on trusts.”

“Made us feel very comfortable and at ease in pleasant surroundings.”