Caroline is one of the founding partners of Smyth Barkham having previously been a partner in the private client department of Theodore Goddard.
Caroline has a BSc in Geography from University College London during which she spent a sabbatical year at Trinity College Hartford Connecticut USA. She undertook her legal training at the College of law in London. She is a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is responsible for compliance issues at Smyth Barkham.
Caroline’s practice relates primarily to complex inheritance, capital gains and income tax planning matters many of which have an international dimension and dealing with both UK and non-UK domiciled clients. She has extensive experience in advising trustees, beneficiaries and protectors on both onshore and offshore trusts, and acts as trustee on UK trusts and protector on offshore trusts.
Her work increasingly focuses on asset protection and this involves estate planning on death, strategies for lifetime giving, powers of attorney and financial agreements increasingly being used by family members to govern efficient use of family assets. These can include both pre nuptial and post nuptial settlements, and tax efficient transfer of assets pursuant to financial settlement on divorce.
Caroline is married and has three children.