National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP continues to grow its private client services with the appointment of Gillian Kennedy-Smith who has been appointed as a senior associate.

Gillian, who will be based in Bristol, qualified in 2006 and joins from Carey Olsen in Guernsey, where she worked in one of the largest private client teams in the Channel Islands. 

She specialises in advising trust companies, directors and business-owners on the best ways to protect wealth across generations, especially where foreign assets or other international aspects of their estates are concerned.

She also has experience working with accountants and financial advisers to produce estate-planning solutions for clients and dealing with the administration of large estates.

Anthony Fairweather, partner and managing director of the private client team at Clarke Willmott said: ‘Gillian will lead the international estate planning across our team, which is a growing part of our portfolio.

‘She undoubtedly strengthens our client focused approach which has led to a 65% growth in turnover in the last three years, making us one of the largest private client teams in the south-west region.’

Clarke Willmott has six offices nationally and more than 85 partners. It employs over 500 staff across its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.