Kelly Noel-Smith


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

Kelly Noel-Smith

Partner, Private Client

Kelly specialises in advising wealthy families on tax and succession issues. Most of her work has an international dimension and many of her clients have no connection with the UK. She advises on the creation and operation of asset-holding structures and family offices to ensure wealth preservation and to deal with succession issues.

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 (where she qualified) for 4 years and then Lawrence Graham before becoming Head of Tax and Private Client at RadcliffesleBrasseur from 2001-09. She has been a Partner at Forsters LLP since 2009.

She is recognised in the 2019 Legal 500 directory as an "exceptional lawyer" and listed in Legal Week's 2018 Private Client Global Elite.

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Awards and recognitions

  • Private Client Global Elite 2019
  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 2018
  • Legal Week PC Global Elite 2017


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"Very approachable and provides excellent, timely service. She is involved in high value complex structures and is very effective in the advice she provides." THE Legal 500, 2020
Kelly Noel-Smith is an "exceptional lawyer. She is very competent and is involved in some high value and complex work –which she handles with aplomb. She works very effectively with her associates." Legal 500 UK, 2019
"It's a very capable department and a very pleasant team to deal with. They have a wide area of expertise."
Chambers UK