The Law Society


Chartered Institute of Taxation

The Notaries Society

Fiona Smith

Partner, Private Client

Fiona specialises in private client work and advises on a wide range of matters including capital tax planning; wills; trusts; probate and charities. Her work often involves more than one jurisdiction. She has a diverse client base, acting both for individuals and trustees. She advises business entrepreneurs, and people in the worlds of sport and entertainment.

Fiona started her professional career at Bircham & Co. (now Bircham Dyson Bell) before moving in 1993 to Masons (now Pinsent Masons). She joined Forsters as a Partner in 2000.

As well as being a Solicitor, Fiona is a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Notary Public.

She is recognised as a leading individual in The Legal 500, UK and Chambers (UK and Global), Who's Who Legal, Super Lawyers and Citywealth. Fiona has recently been awarded gold at the Citywealth Power Women awards as "Woman of the year: Business Growth (Professional services)".

The Life Cycle of Family Wealth

From growing a business to starting a family or handing over control of that business to the next generation, every individual has their own goals to aspire to. Our Private Wealth lawyers advise our clients throughout this family life cycle, providing the legal advice required for specific transactions such as purchasing a home or selling a business, whilst also advising on the long-term opportunities for succession and estate planning.

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How to make a will during this period of lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation

The social restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have complicated tasks that would have been simple only a few weeks ago. One such task is the making of a will, which must now be done in a way that takes account of the need for social distancing while also complying with the law.

How to make a will during this period of lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation


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"Outstanding in her technical ability and a way of making difficult law understandable to lay people." The Legal 500 UK, 2023
"Fiona Smith is experienced in multi-jurisdictional private client matters, advising clients on trusts, wills, probate and tax planning. Her clientele includes trustees and wealthy individuals, ranging from entrepreneurs to high-profile members of the sports and entertainment industries." Chambers HNW, 2018
“The team at Forsters is a heavyweight within financial remedies work. It has the brain power and resources to navigate the biggest cases with efficiency and success.”
The Legal 500, 2024