I head up the Private Client team in the firm’s Gatwick office. My role involves advising high net worth UK and non-UK domiciled clients on a wide range of tax and estate planning issues, devising and advising on structures to hold, protect and pass on their wealth.
I work closely with clients to understand and help them achieve their personal goals and objectives at every stage of their life. My experience includes designing and implementing estate plans for individuals, married couples and families to ensure that the wealth they have created is preserved by protecting against inheritance tax and the risks arising from possible divorces, family disputes and financially immature heirs.
I also act in the administration of high value and complex estates, am a trustee of a number of dynastic trusts and charities and am a Court of Protection appointed deputy for clients who have lost capacity.
What inspired you to get into law?
My mother would say I found my calling in the law owing to my strong sense of justice and fairness, always most prevalent in childhood spats with my little brother! In all seriousness, I was inspired at a young age by the brilliant lawyers working at the firm where my mother was a legal secretary for many years; this made the decision to read law at Exeter University an easy one.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Unquestionably, the most enjoyable part of my work is the clients. In my role, I am fortunate to act for many interesting and inspiring people from many different backgrounds and I am very honoured to be considered by many of them as their trusted adviser. I also manage a wonderful team of talented lawyers, all of whom I am committed to helping develop and achieve their full potential.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy international travel, visiting different parts of the world and learning about other cultures. Holidays are also a good opportunity to indulge in my other passion – reading! At home, I have a young and energetic family that keeps me very occupied and can often be spotted on the touchline of a local rugby pitch or cricket field.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2001.
"Caroline Shelton quickly found solutions to complex family matters, is always well prepared for meetings and remembers family names and situations without reminding. She is always welcoming, reassuring and helpful with her analysis of complex family matters and offers well considered helpful advice." - Legal 500, 2022 (Next Generation Partner)
"Caroline Shelton is an exceptionally professional individual. Her knowledge and experience of the subject matter shines through. She is highly professional and effective. Caroline is clearly a very sharp and knowledgeable lawyer but has a very friendly and disarming air about her which places clients immediately at ease. She is exactly what you look for in a private client lawyer." - Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2022 (Leading Individual - band 1)
"Caroline Shelton is an excellent private client lawyer. Personable, technical and able to communicate complex matters with ease. Any young private client lawyer looking to join a firm, if able to have Caroline as a mentor should look no further." - Legal 500, 2021 (Next Generation Partner)
"Exceptional in all aspects of her work... measures up to all that would be expected of a good private client partner." - Legal 500, 2020
Awarded the STEP Cross-Border Estates Special Interest Group Award for Best Essay in 2017.