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Rachel advises individuals, families and trustees, both in the UK and internationally, on issues including personal tax and succession, wealth structuring and governance. She has a particular focus on cross-border estate planning, finding practical solutions to complex conflicts of law.

Rachel advises UK and international clients on tax and succession planning. She has a particular focus on capital taxes and exemptions and reliefs that may be available, for example for agricultural, business or heritage property or upon leaving assets to charity. Cross-border issues are another area of expertise. These include residence and domicile status and their impact on both tax and succession. She advises on the relevant law that will apply to clients’ particular assets and the appropriate form and jurisdiction for wills, trusts and other testamentary tools.

As well as lifetime planning, Rachel advises executors and trustees on post-death planning and estate administration. She also advises trustees, settlors and beneficiaries in relation to the creation, administration and governance of trusts, as well as their taxation.

Beyond the technical aspects of this work, Rachel's role is to understand her clients' needs, concerns and objectives. Clients comment on her insight and sensitivity as well as the clarity of her advice.

Rachel supports colleagues in the firm's Property and Finance teams in advising banks on lending to trustees, and also works closely with the Charities team on philanthropic matters.

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 2002.

Memberships & Accolades

Rachel is listed as a Recommended 2021, Tax and Trust lawyer in Spear's 500 Magazine 2021 edition.

Rachel sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax), is a member of STEP and the IBA, and speaks French and German.


Rachel is recognised as a key lawyer for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate in the Legal 500 2022 Guide. 

"My experience is of working with Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor and Richard McDermott in particular has added significant value to both my knowledge of the work they do and how they help resolve complex matters in a simple and easy to understand way." (Legal 500 2022)

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