Jennifer Ridgway

Jennifer Ridgway

Partner
Solicitor – admitted 2009

"She is very personable, a very good lawyer and explains things very clearly. She works well with other professionals involved to find long-term solutions to strategic problems."
Chambers High Net Worth 2022

"Jennifer Ridgway is always helpful, approachable and extremely knowledgeable"
Legal 500 2022

"We primarily work with Jennifer Ridgway at Michelmores in relation to private client advice usually in conjunction with matters we are working on where we are providing corporate tax advice. We have worked with other firms in the past but we have found Jennifer to be exceptionally responsive and reliable and great with clients. Jennifer Ridgway is exceptional. She works late into the night to respond to the timetables required and puts clients at ease"
Legal 500 2022

"Jennifer is a highly knowledgeable and talented lawyer with great attention to detail, she is a pleasure to work with and always delivers what she says she will."
Legal 500 2022

"Jennifer Ridgway is technically excellent, extremely articulate and a pleasure to deal with."
Legal 500 2022

"I would give particular mention to Jennifer Ridgway. She is a pleasure to work with and ticks all of the boxes one looks for; being responsive, engaged, commercial and on top of the law. She is also a team player, in the broader co-counsel sense, which certainly makes working on cross-jurisdictional matters much simpler and straightforward. Highly recommended."
Legal 500 2022

"She is really fantastic to work with. She is really responsive, really knowledgeable and her client service is really great. Whenever we have trust and estates work in the UK, I always refer to Jennifer."
Chambers High Net Worth 2021

"Ridgway is really incisive, really knowledgeable and she has so much expertise as well as being great at building strong relationships with clients."
Chambers High Net Worth 2021

"She is very personable, a very good lawyer and explains things very clearly,"
Chambers High Net Worth 2021

"She works well with other professionals involved to find long-term solutions to strategic problems."
Chambers High Net Worth 2021

Ranked in top tier for Private Wealth Law
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

"Jennifer Ridgway is a great professional. She did an extraordinary job at handling complex legal issues with impacts in numerous jurisdictions. She is impressive and always very reactive"
The Legal 500 2021

"She does really well, has good clients, has a good practice and all in all is really excellent."
Chambers and Partners 2021

"Really excellent for tax and succession planning advice."
Chambers and Partners 2021

About

Jennifer is a Partner in the Private Wealth group. She is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 and is top tier ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide.

Jennifer joined Michelmores from a leading private client firm in London. Her clients are frequently international, although she also looks after a number of UK families and landed estates.  She acts for individuals and their families in all aspects of structuring their private wealth, including advising in relation to succession issues and tax planning.  For the families she looks after, Jennifer provides a holistic service, liaising with other advisers and involving other disciplines, such as agricultural work for landed estate clients and corporate aspects for business owners.   

A significant part of Jennifer's practice is advising UK trustees and offshore corporate trustees in relation to their duties as trustees and providing UK tax advice.  Jennifer also has particular experience in advising clients who are non-UK domiciled in relation to pre-arrival planning and pre-deemed domicile planning.

Her advice to trustees and families means she is frequently involved in UK and offshore trust litigation and non-contentious applications to court.  She and the team also have particular experience in acting as independent administrator or trustee following a probate or trust dispute.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for a principal beneficiary in a very significant Cayman Public Trustee v Cooper blessing application (in connection with a c.£800 million distribution), including advising on complex UK tax matters (historic tax liabilities and tax consequences arising out of the proposed distributions), reaching a negotiated position enabling the blessing application to be made on an uncontested basis, and dealing with ongoing succession planning for the non-UK domiciled beneficiary family.
  • Acting for the trustees of a number of significant landed estates across the UK on a day-to day basis, including dealing with very significant development opportunities, advising trustees on all aspects of their duties, and next generation succession planning.   
  • Acting for a UK-based (originally non-UK domiciled) family who wholly own a very significant UK business (value in excess of £1 billion) and advising on restructuring the family's existing Jersey trusts, transferring a number of business property relief shares into new English law trusts, and the creation of growth shares for the next generation.
  • Advising the litigation friend of a minor beneficiary in complex UK and BVI probate proceedings in connection with her late father's estate.  This involves complex UK inheritance tax, probate practice and domicile advice, working closely with litigation colleagues in relation to the very active, multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

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