Deborah Clark

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)161 235 5432
Mobile: +(44)(0)7501 254845
Fax: +(44)(0)161 235 5421

What can I do for you?

I specialise in providing advice to clients on their personal tax and estate planning issues, including income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. I also advise on wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney, probate and asset protection matters. I have a particular interest in family investment companies used as an estate planning tool.  

My background is unusual as I have 25 years' mixed personal and corporate tax experience in both accountancy and legal practices. I find this background particularly helpful when advising entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses as their main asset is their business and understanding the tax issues that affect their business is essential when giving personal advice. I have particular experience in advising clients on the succession of their business, whether that is passing it on to the next generation, planning for a sale, managing a gradual transition through share options or a management buy out.    

Supporting my clients’ aims and objectives

I particularly enjoy getting to know my clients and their families and providing advice that is practical for them while offering tax savings and helping to preserve wealth for future generations. The fact that every client is different, with different aims, ambitions and family situations means helping to find the right solution for them makes my work both interesting and very rewarding. It also means the right solution can range from a straightforward will or trust to more creative structures such as a bespoke family investment company. My typical clients are business owners who need advice that covers both their personal and business interests. I also enjoy acting for elderly clients where taking time to explain the options available to manage, protect and pass on their wealth can help to give them the extra peace of mind they need.  

What do others say?

Legal 500 describes me as "widely experienced, highly intelligent and a delight to work with"; "proactive and forward thinking" and has said “she provides good communication skills and solutions in areas of changing complexity”. As a firm, the Legal 500 ranks Mills & Reeve as the fourth best law firm in the UK in terms of the number of top tier recommendations received.

What else should you know?

I head up our Manchester private tax team, which was voted Private Client Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in 2012. I also lead our business owners sector group, which is focused on providing joined up advice to family and owner managed businesses. 

I am also a Chartered Tax Adviser.