Private Client

Our Private Client Group provides specialist legal and taxation advice to private, institutional and commercial clients.

We focus on providing expert technical advice on trust, estate and charity law issues and on the creation and implementation of innovative and efficient arrangements for the preservation, management and transfer of wealth.  We are dedicated to providing a top quality personal service with a strong emphasis on meeting clients’ needs, discussing their concerns and carrying out their wishes at every stage of life. 

Our expertise includes:

  • Succession law including the preparation of wills and the administration of estates
  • Trust law including the establishment, administration and break up of onshore or offshore trusts
  • Asset management and protection
  • Family partnerships
  • Pre-marriage planning and pre-nuptial agreements
  • The law of capacity, enduring powers of attorney and advanced healthcare directives
  • Philanthropy on a national and international basis
  • Charity law including the establishment, regulation and reorganisation of charities
  • Inheritance tax and all taxation issues affecting estates and trusts 

We are also skilled at internationally-structured succession planning and estate administration.

We work closely with our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department on contentious private client issues including succession claims, trust disputes and marital disputes and with our other colleagues on corporate and tax matters.

Our work is necessarily discreet, and our clients remain confidential.

Recent significant experience includes advising:

  • On the establishment of a philanthropic structure to finance the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. 
  • On the administration of the largest and most complex Irish estates, dealing with significant debt issues and cross-border arrangements.
  • On the establishment and re-organisation of offshore structures including private trust companies, foundations and purpose trusts.
  • On the taxation of offshore trust structures with Irish connections dealing with issues such as domicile status, discretionary trust tax and related tax issues.

William Fry's Carol Plunkett and Nora Lillis win awards at 2016 Europe Women in Business Law Awards

William Fry Partners Carol Plunkett and Nora Lillis take home ‘Best in Litigation’ and ‘Best in Trusts & Estates’ at the 2016 Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The new legislation will have significant implications for how an individual’s personal and property affairs will be managed in the event of any issues in relation to capacity

Irish Tax Resident Non-domiciled Private Wealth Structures in Need of Review

Finance Bill 2015 includes changes to existing anti-avoidance provisions relevant to private clients with offshore structures

Trusts & Private Client: Legislation Programme Autumn/Winter 2015

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published

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Nora Lillis is ranked in 'Who's Who Legal' and 'Expert Guides' for 'Trusts and Estates' and 'Women in Business Law'. Nora was shortlisted in the 'Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2015' in the category of 'Best in Trusts & Estates'.


Nora Lillis "is very efficient and always on the ball, and gives you straight advice. She isn't afraid to say that she needs to look up an answer - she's a pragmatist, with the ability to say that she'll need to get back to you."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Tax


Nora Lillis heads the firm's Private Client group. She has a strong reputation for her work in the area, with sources highlighting her work on trusts.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Tax


Nora Lillis "is efficient, proactive and user-friendly".
Chambers Global, 2013 - Tax

Key Contacts

Nora Lillis Partner