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Private Client Services

The Private Client team provide sympathetic but expert advice on:

  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs)
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Estate Administration

The firm’s heritage combined with its client focussed approach enables the firm to put the primary needs of a business in line with the individuals driving it.

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In-house Advocacy and why it matters to you

Unlike other firms, we believe in cross-training and our litigation lawyers are skilful tacticians who have not only served time in commercial practice but who regularly undertake instructions to attend hearings themselves.

We strive to settle cases as favourably as possible but it pays to have a solicitor that can carry your case to the finish line if required. Phil Simmonds (Head of Litigation) and Leonard Scudder (Solicitor-Advocate) have completed the profession’s Higher Rights of Audience qualification enabling them to personally push your case further than a generically trained solicitor might be able to.

This additional proficiency allows for more accurate advice to be given by our firm due to the naturally increased exposure our staff have to judicial opinion. We only undertake advocarial instructions when appropriate and refer to independent expert barristers when a case requires it but our hands on approach makes litigation economically viable by saving on the cost that you would pay outside counsel to just become familiar with your case and by incorporating the remainder fees into our fee arrangement with you.

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Meet the Specialist Legal Team

Phil Simmonds

Phil Simmonds

Head of Company Commercial

Phil is a qualified lawyer, and studied for his MBA at Kingston Business School. He has worked both on the corporate side and private client side of the financial services sector, specialising in investment management and estate and financial planning.



Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1999 after graduating in Philosophy and Law at Birmingham University. Richard was latterly a Partner at a Top 200 UK Law Firm, and we are delighted that he chose to join our dynamic & growing team at Austin Ryder as Partner & Head of Private Client. Richard specialises in Trust Drafting, Trust Administration, Will Drafting, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate & Administration.


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