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"Nigel Roots is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in trust matters. He has a relaxed and easy style which I am sure inspires confidence in clients who can feel (rightly) that their affairs are being handled well."
(The Legal 500, 2022)

Nigel has been a specialist trust and estate practitioner for over 30 years. He has experience of estate administrations of all sizes and complexities, both domestic and international. This covers tax and trust planning, trust management and modification both onshore and offshore, complex estate administrations, literary estates, heritage property, charity issues and court of protection issues. These include disputed, high value and multi asset estates.

He acts as a Court appointed independent administrator and Judicial Trustee in disputed trust and probate matters. He also lectures widely on tax and trust matters

Nigel is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and recognised as a Leading Individual in Charities & Not-for-profit as well as for personal tax, trusts and probate by the Legal 500 (2024 edition).

The Chambers & Partners (2023 edition) listed Nigel as a Leading Individual and he’s recognised in the Chambers High Net Worth Ranking (2023 edition).

A barrister says: “Nigel is great. He’s knowledgeable, personable and really technical. I would thoroughly recommend him.”

Chambers & Partners HNW, 2022.

Legal Services


Recent Work

  • Advising families on the management and structure of their financial assets, particularly in the context of complex business asset structures and complex family dynamics.
  • Assisting clients with estate planning, very often in an international context.
  • Supporting inter-generational family trusts, acting as a trustee and also advising trustees of their responsibilities.
  • Acting as a court-appointed independent administrator/judicial trustee in complex contested estate administrations.
  • Advising authors, artists and scientists in the management of their intellectual property estates.
  • Acting as an attorney or a court-appointed deputy for people who lack the capacity to administer their own affairs.



To contact Nigel or for more information…

Call: 0345 128 6962
Mobile: 0797 275 3074
Fax: 0345 128 6959
Or email: Send an email


  • Institute of Legacy Management & Charity Law Association
  • Land Trusts Association
  • Law Society
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners

“Nigel Roots advises on a full range of private client matters, often with cross-border elements. His expertise lies in complex trusts, where he is known for acting as an independent trustee in disputed estates.”

“Nigel Roots maintains a varied private client practice and commands respect from both clients and competitors. He routinely advises business owners, substantial landed estates and literary estates. Sources assert that ‘he gives sound and commercial advice’.”

A barrister says: “Nigel is great. He’s knowledgeable, personable and really technical. I would thoroughly recommend him.”

(Chambers & Partners HNW 2022)

Nigel Roots “is an extremely nice individual. He is very thorough, he is particularly good with clients, he has a nice calming manner,”

(Chambers & Partners HNW 2021)

“Nigel Roots acts for high net worth individuals on a range of private client matters including estate, trust and tax planning matters. A barrister says: “Nigel is great. He’s knowledgeable, personable and really technical. I would thoroughly recommend him.”

(Chambers & Partners HNW 2021)

One source describes Nigel Roots as “a market leader in Oxfordshire” for private client work. Another interviewee says he is “very experienced and very involved” and has a “wealth of knowledge” in this practice area. Roots often acts as an independent trustee in trusts litigation cases and contested probates.

(Chambers & Partners HNW 2020)

“Nigel Roots and Sarah foster both have their eye on the ball and are really good at explaining legal technicalities.”

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Nigel Roots is described by sources as a “fantastic” private wealth practitioner, with one interviewee explaining that “if it’s a really complicated case he will get to the bottom of it.” He regularly works with individuals and families holding assets, including businesses, in wealth management vehicles. A major part of this practice is acting as a trustee and independent adviser to the beneficiaries of these structures.

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

“Nigel Roots ‘runs a team of excellent individuals who deliver great results’.”

(The Legal 500, 2019)

“Nigel Roots is ‘technically experienced, professional and competent. I would recommend Nigel, he was perfectly good at explaining the law, he was really on top of the details,’ comments another interviewee, with another adding Roots is ‘well respected’ throughout the private client field.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

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