Carol Wells



I head up the private client tax advisory team based in Sheffield, providing the full range of taxation services to individuals and trustees. The team concentrates primarily on estate planning, Wills and trust advice, which includes inheritance tax, capital gains tax and income tax planning, whether it be general advice or advice in relation to a specific transaction.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

My taxation career started in the Inland Revenue in the mid 1980s and I quickly concluded that assisting people with the complexity of our tax system and helping to minimise tax where possible would be a more satisfying area of work, so left the Revenue to pursue a career in the accountancy profession.  Whilst this experience provided me with a broad understanding of our taxation system, as my preferred area of work is estate planning this led me to a further switch into the law profession where there are greater opportunities to specialise in this area.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is when a client goes away feeling that they have had sound practical advice, which will ultimately lead to less tax being paid either on a particular transaction or on their estate in general.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The diversity of work at Irwin Mitchell means that no two days and no two clients are the same.  Because we are a full service law firm referrals could come from any department in the firm so the range of clients is immense.  Consequently it is a very dynamic environment to work in and because the firm is very forward thinking there are constantly opportunities to be involved in something new. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office I enjoy walking, horse riding, travel to off the beaten track places, and a bit of occasional luxury and fine dining thrown in for good measure.

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