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28 April 2014

Key Appointments See Further Growth in Charles Russell’s Family Team

This article was written prior to the formation of Charles Russell Speechlys, through the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.

Family lawyer Deborah Taylor has joined Charles Russell’s Family team in Guildford. The seven strong team, led by Margaret Tyson, covers Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and the South East.

Deborah has been a family law specialist for over 20 years, having qualified as a lawyer in 1977. She has a strong reputation for representing high net worth clients with complex financial situations, often including substantial assets and offshore trusts. Deborah was senior partner and created the Family department at MacDonald Oates in Petersfield and Midhurst. She is now based in Charles Russell’s Guildford offices, which are moving to bigger premises in Guildford’s town centre, at 1 London Square.

Deborah commented, "I'm delighted to be joining such a highly respected team - they are without a doubt ranked as one of the pre-eminent family teams in the South East. The fact that they are a City firm with strong regional offices enhances the service I can provide to my clients and provides additional support for my work."

Team head Margaret Tyson, said "I am extremely pleased that Deborah has joined our team as she brings a very special set of skills and formidable reputation amongst the higher net worth clients that Charles Russell represents. We are pleased that her assistant, solicitor Felicity Chapman, will also be joining us shortly. The team in Guildford is very strong with extensive experience and an excellent reputation across the board in Family law and the move to our new offices later in the year will consolidate this growth."

Charles Russell’s Guildford Family team is ranked in Band 1 in leading legal directory Chambers 2014. The Guildford team has two partners, Margaret Tyson and Karen Wilsher, consultant Deborah Taylor, a senior associate, Rachel Donald, two associates William Rollin and Felicity Chapman, and a trainee lawyer. They cover family and matrimonial law across the South East.