Ann Stanyer


Private Client

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Ann is a partner in the Private Client team and her practice covers a wide range of trust, probate and private wealth management work for both large, complex estates and settlements. She advises trustees on tax and estate management issues and provides advice on UK and foreign succession issues. She also regularly advises on Property and Affairs and Personal Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney, the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney, applications to the Office of Public Guardian and Court of Protection including tax planning and statutory will applications.

Ann holds over 70 trusteeships and also acts as executor and attorney. She has also been appointed as Deputy by the Court of Protection and as an Independent Executor and Administrator by the Court.

Recent Experience

  • Acting as executor in complex estates involving family disputes.
  • Advising clients on mental capacity issues including lifetime gift rules.
  • Advising clients on heritage asset tax planning.

Career History

Ann joined Wedlake Bell LLP from Cumberland Ellis when the firms merged in April 2012.

Ann graduated from Durham University in 1981. She headed up Private Client at Hyde Mahon Bridges and moved to Cumberland Ellis in 2008 as the partner in charge of the Private Client Department.

Ann is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), the STEP special interest group on Mental Capacity, Solicitors for the Elderly.


Bloomsbury has just published Ann’s book  ‘Financial Abuse of Older Clients: Law, Practice and Prevention’.

Sweet & Maxwell has published Ann’s first work, the authoritative ‘Personal Chattels – Law, Practice and Tax’ which gives an account of the law surrounding the ownership, transfer, and taxation of personal chattels and how the law could be amended. The book is the first and foremost work in its field.

She regularly contributes to legal journals on the whole range of private client issues including Taxation, STEP Journal, Wealth Briefing, Private Client Advisor, Solicitors Journal.

"Wedlake Bell LLP's strong private client practice, headed by experienced duo Eleanor Metcalf and Ann Stanyer, has a diverse client base…."

— Legal 500, 2015

"The ‘experienced’ Ann Stanyer ‘always looks for a practical solution rather than a convoluted way of dealing with the problem’."

— Legal 500, 2017