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Samantha O'Sullivan

Samantha O'Sullivan


T: 01793 847 758 (DDI)
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Samantha is a partner in our Private Client team. She specialises in private client and charity law work, in which she has more than 25 years’ experience.

About Samantha

Chambers and Partners UK independent directory recognise Samantha’s extensive experience in private client and charity law. Clients describe Samantha O’Sullivan as “helpful, informed, professional and friendly,” and note her level of expertise in acting for clients. Samantha advises individuals on a wide range of issues, including pre- and post-death estate and tax planning for individuals and families, use of trusts and tax-efficient Wills, inheritance tax and capital gains tax. She also assists with the formation and restructuring of charities and their dealings with the Charity Commission. Samantha trained in London and worked there for some years after qualifying as a solicitor, moving to the South West in the 1990s. She joined Royds Withy King in 2013 from Mogers, where she was a partner.

Samantha advises clients on a wide range of issues, including:

Samantha is a trustee of:

  • AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) which provides support to families of abuse victims
  • The Collins Educational Trust which makes grants to support children under the age of 18 to achieve academic excellence
  • The Wiltshire Community Foundation which promotes philanthropy and makes grants to individuals and organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon for the benefit of the local community .

In her spare time, Samantha is a volunteer with the junior section of Devizes Rugby Club. She reads voraciously, and is proud of having mastered baking croissants and Danish pastries.

Memberships :

Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Private Client work has always interested me: I enjoy the intellectual challenge of solving people’s problems. Estate planning and wealth preservation is always about more than the person sitting in front of me. I look at families as a whole, across the generations, thinking about the future, as well as what’s happening now. A key part of my job is cutting through the legalese and making sure my clients understand what’s being suggested. I know I’ve done my job properly when my clients know exactly how a legal solution will help them.

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