2017 eprivateclient Top Accountancy Firm RSM has appointed Sophie St John as a private client partner in its client legal services practice as the firm looks to broaden its legal services offering.
In a statement, the firm said the appointment added a new service offering to RSM’s recently launched client legal services practice which currently offers employment, corporate, partnership and legal regulatory legal services.
In her new role, Ms St John will work closely with RSM’s private client practice which offers tax and wealth advice to individuals, trustees and estates.
Ms St John, who has been a private client solicitor for 20 years, joins RSM Legal LLP from Barclays Wealth and Investment Management where she was lead counsel specialising in trust work.
Prior to that she worked in the private client divisions of Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys), Allen & Overy and Bircham Dyson Bell.
Carolyn Brown, RSM’s head of client legal services, said: "We are incredibly fortunate to have secured Sophie’s talent. She is ideally suited to direct our private client legal services in a way that complements and enhances RSM’s existing private wealth expertise."
Gary Heynes, RSM’s head of private client, added: "RSM’s private client offering is already one of the largest tax advisory and compliance teams in the UK for individuals, trustees and estates. We are very pleased to extend our private client services through the recruitment of a private client legal partner to support our private client tax and wealth advice to our clients."
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