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Sophie Dworetzsky

Charles Russell Speechlys

Sophie Dworetzsky
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The cover star of this index is leaning nonchalantly against a tree in Lincoln’s Inn Square, trying to figure out the best way of crossing her arms without looking too fierce. This is not a usual morning for Sophie Dworetzsky, but her move from Withers – after 16 years – to Charles Russell Speechlys is generating interest within the tax and trusts world. ‘CRS are a really exciting firm,’ she says. ‘They have that combination of having an incredibly strong private client department and a very strong commercial practice.’ She believes the business world and the private client world are growing ever closer, and the cusp between the two is the best place to be. ‘I’ll be a partner in private clients but working very closely with the commercial and corporate tax teams – for me it’s pretty much perfect,’ she says. With wealth increasingly tied to business, Dworetzsky says HNWs who have built up their funds themselves have become used to business-level services and demand that on the private side. ‘A lot of wealth is tied into this incredibly commercial structure, and that has implications from a succession point of view,’ she says. Political uncertainty is, of course, a headache: ‘What we need, to stop the haemorrhage of HNW money, is reassurance that the current government are going to be sensible about tax – and we won’t get that reassurance until they get a majority.’