Kelly Noel-Smith


The Law Society
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPs)

Kelly Noel-Smith

Partner, Private Client

Kelly acts principally for high net worth non-UK domiciled clients to mitigate their UK tax exposure, to ensure wealth preservation and to deal with succession issues. She advises settlors, trustees, beneficiaries and the directors of non-resident companies on the implementation of, and the UK tax consequences flowing from, offshore structures. As an experienced trust lawyer, Kelly also acts for English landed estates and has a special interest in heritage property.

She is the College of Law’s expert on foreign aspects of UK tax law. She contributes regularly to tax journals and is a co-author of a chapter in Tolley’s “Tax on Transactions”.

Kelly worked at Slaughter and May and Lawrence Graham before becoming head of tax and private client at RadcliffesleBrasseur 2001-09. She has been a partner at Forsters LLP since 2009.

Awards and recognitions

  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 2018
  • Legal Week PC Global Elite 2017
  • Legal 500 UK 2015, Recommended Lawyer
  • City wealth Leaders List 2014 Recommended Logo


T: +44 207 863 8518
M: +44 7920 204 356

Kelly Noel-Smith "has a great rapport wth clients and solves problems in a pragmatic and diligent manner." Legal 500 UK, 2015
Kelly Noel-Smith is ‘an exceptional lawyer who provides a top-notch service and gets to the heart of issues very quickly notwithstanding her obviously large workload. She is always available to discuss any difficult issues’. Legal 500 UK, 2017
"They are a top-level firm who do some very high-quality work."
Chambers HNW Guide 2017