Our legal team

Find out more about our legal services.

Our legal team operate through Rathbone Trust Legal Services Limited which is a company which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA number 636409.

Matthew Wakefield

Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services
Matthew Wakefield
Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services

Matthew Wakefield joined Rathbones in 2014, having previously worked closely with Rathbones for a number of years as a partner, with Julian Whately, of Rooper & Whately solicitors.  Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has extensive experience of advising clients in relation to their Wills, probates, powers of attorney and trusts.  Matthew also advises clients, including a number of landed estates, on succession planning and the proper mitigation of inheritance tax and capital gains tax. 

Where appropriate, Matthew has taken on fiduciary roles for clients and their families – whether as an executor, attorney or trustee – and aims to carry out these roles responsibly and with sensitivity to the needs of the client’s circumstances, as required.

Julian Whately

Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services
Julian Whately
Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services

Julian Whately qualified as a solicitor in 1974 and has practised since then, initially as a property lawyer. He joined Rathbones in 2014 and now specialises in private client work with a particular focus on landed estates.

Julian is an executor of a number of Wills, a trustee of many trusts, and brought with him to Rathbones his own following of clients, many of whom he has advised for a number of years.

Christopher Hordern

Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services
Christopher Hordern
Solicitor and Director of Rathbone Trust Legal Services

Christopher Hordern is a solicitor specialising in agricultural and residential property. He is also a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has extensive practical experience of the sale, purchase and management issues arising out of the ownership of residential property and landed estates for both private and institutional landowners. Prior to joining Rathbones, Christopher was a partner in Thrings solicitors and at Lee & Pembertons.

In addition to sales and purchases, Christopher also deals with secured lending, leases, easements, covenants, sporting rights, first registrations of title and other associated matters for both the rural and residential markets. In particular he deals with complex sales and purchases involving overage provisions, options, conditional contracts and exchanges of land.

Alexandra Pike

Senior Solicitor
Alexandra Pike
Senior Solicitor

Alexandra joined Rathbones in 2017, having previously been a Senior Associate in the Private Client team at Wedlake Bell LLP.  Alexandra qualified as a solicitor in 2007, having trained at Mills & Reeve LLP.

Alexandra specialises in UK and offshore tax and trusts and is particularly experienced in: advising on and implementing tax efficient strategies for both UK and non-UK domiciliaries; advising in relation to onshore and offshore trusts; trust drafting; succession planning including drafting complex Wills; administering estates (including cross-border estates); and capacity issues / OPG applications.

Alexandra has experience of advising entrepreneurial clients, trustees and landed estates.   

Alexandra is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Kerry Shaw

Solicitor
Kerry Shaw
Solicitor

Kerry qualified as a solicitor in 2013, having trained with a Surrey based Legal 500 Firm of solicitors, and joined Rathbones in 2014. She advises on Wills and estate planning, powers of attorney, probate and estate administration as well as trust matters.

Kerry is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

John Billing

Trust Manager
John Billing
Trust Manager

John joined Rathbones in 2010, having previously worked in both law and accountancy firms.  He primarily deals with the taxation and administration of trusts (in some cases as one of the trustees) and also prepares personal tax returns.

John is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Brian Lewis

Probate Manager
Brian Lewis
Probate Manager

Joining Rathbones in 2010, Brian has worked in law firms throughout his career and has over 45 years’ experience of dealing with probate and the administration of estates.