Aisling Hayward

I joined OGR Stock Denton LLP in November 2020 as a Paralegal in the Private Client department.

I have experience in all areas of Private Client work and specialise in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and Trust and Tax Planning.

I am a trained Dementia Friend with the Alzheimer’s Society and have dealt with Court of Protection and Deputyship Matters.

Prior to joining OGR Stock Denton, I have worked in Private Client at a number of local firms.

Education/background

Masters in Legal Practice - University of Law 2019-2021

Graduate Diploma in Law - University of Law 2017-2019

Memberships

Chair of Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division

Member of Hertfordshire Law Society

Member of London Irish Lawyers Association

Leisure interests

I am a keen runner, and enjoy Pilates,  going to the gym and socialising with friends.

Ben Rosen

I joined OGR Stock Denton LLP in January 2021 as a Solicitor in the Private Client department.

I advise a broad range of UK and international individuals and trustees on UK tax, trust and succession planning matters.

I have experience of drafting Wills, trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as advising on related tax issues, asset protection and other lifetime planning opportunities.

I pride myself on my commitment to our clients in being not just a technical lawyer, but also a trust adviser with whom our clients can build a close relationship.

Education/background

Prior to joining OGR Stock Denton LLP, I worked as a Solicitor for a specialist Private Client firm in the City and prior to that for a Magic Circle firm.

I graduated from the University of Bristol gaining a degree in Spanish and Russian before undertaking my law conversion and passing my Legal Practice Course with distinction.

Additional languages

Spanish (fluent) and Russian (conversational)

Leisure interests

In my spare time, I enjoy running, yoga, supporting my football team (Arsenal) and reading as many books as I can.

Nicola Levy

I joined OGR Stock Denton LLP in February 2019 as a Solicitor in the Private Client department.

I specialise in matters including Court of Protection applications, Probate and Inheritance Tax.

Prior to joining OGR Stock Denton LLP, I worked as a Solicitor at a Manchester-based firm.

I graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB degree in Law before passing my Legal Practice Course with distinction at BPP Law School in Manchester.

Education/background

BPP, Law School, Manchester – Legal Practice Course – Distinction

University of Birmingham – LL.B Law

Leisure interests

I enjoy keeping fit, travelling and reading. As a new London resident, an enjoying exploring and discovering all the cultural hotspots and hidden gems our capital has to offer. I also enjoy volunteering for charitable events.

Jamie Romer

No matter what work I am doing for a client I strive to ensure that I meet their objectives and achieve the best possible outcome.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Wills
  • Inheritance Tax (IHT)
  • Probate
  • Deeds of variation
  • Lifetime planning
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Matters relating to the Office of the Public Guardian.
Education/background

I joined OGR Stock Denton as a paralegal, completed my training here and qualified as a solicitor in September 2013.

Client testimonials
Recent notable cases
  • Some creative Capital Gains Tax (CGT) planning in a deed of variation, combining the client’s objectives with saving them £20,000.
  • Negotiating with the district valuer to reduce the probate value of a property on an estate.
  • Saving a client £10,000 in Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities.
Memberships

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Additional languages

Hebrew

Leisure interests

Music, football (I am an Arsenal fan) and history.

Sebastian Cussons-Mercado

I have particular expertise assisting clients with matters relating to taxation.

I advise on a range of private client issues, including trusts, succession planning, complex Wills, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, income tax, probate, powers of attorney and domicile.

In addition to being qualified as a Solicitor, I am also qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser, which enables me to provide in-depth advice on the tax implications of trusts and other structures.

I believe it is important to take a thorough approach to all aspects of work, identifying the best opportunities to mitigate tax and working to deliver the best possible result.

Education/background

I studied LLB Law at the University of Sheffield. I previously qualified as an Isle of Man advocate before requalifying as an English solicitor. I joined OGR Stock Denton in 2015.

Memberships
  • The Isle of Man Law Society (non-practising)
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The Chartered Institute of Taxation
Leisure interests

Travel, art, photography and tennis.

Richard Denton

My areas of expertise include Wills, trusts, estate planning and the administration of estates.

I also regularly advise high-net-worth individuals on the options for asset protection through Wills, linking with any nuptial agreements that may be in place.

Many of my clients are entrepreneurs or have substantial wealth and I am able to link Will-writing services and the organisation of assets to tax planning, helping to advise on all the options available for limiting Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. I take pride in being able to think “outside the box” when approaching such matters.

I have extensive experience of advising on international matters, including the laws relating to non-doms and cross border estate planning (both of which can be notoriously complicated.)

I also have a wealth of expertise advising more elderly clients.

Education/background

I graduated from UMIST with a degree in Management Sciences before taking the CPE and LPC at York College of Law.

Starting my legal career, I trained with the national firm Eversheds before working with Addleshaw Goddard for five years. I joined Stock Fraser Denton in August 2006 from the West End and became an equity Partner in November 2008.

Client testimonials

“Thank you so much for all of your time, advice, support and assistance over the past year – and for putting up with all of our non-stop communications. You’ve been amazing.”

Memberships

Solicitors for the Elderly

Additional languages

Swedish

Leisure interests

I am a keen cyclist (regularly riding to work) and also enjoy skiing.

Priti Shah

Business owners, property investors, overseas clients and high-net-worth individuals seeking to mitigate their Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax liabilities benefit from my 20 years’ experience as a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser.

I am committed to providing the most suitable solutions, enabling clients to minimise their tax exposure whilst ensuring the protection of their assets. To this end I work very hard to understand the client’s objectives and ensure our advice is tailored to their individual needs.

I believe in a proactive approach and will explore possible tax planning opportunities with executors, trustees and beneficiaries through the use of deeds of variation, trusts and by making gifts to charities.

Non-resident clients also benefit from my extensive experience advising on the use of double tax treaties, forced heirship rules and the legislation affecting foreign domiciliaries.  I also hold the STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients.

In addition I prepare and register Lasting Powers of Attorney covering both property and affairs and health and welfare issues and make applications to the Court of Protection for family members to be appointed as a deputy.

Education/background

Having previously worked at Deloitte I subsequently used my specialist tax experience to set up my own practice for a number of years. I later joined OGR Stock Denton’s Private Client department.

Client testimonials

“Pleasant, patient, intelligent, very helpful and quick to understand our needs.”

"I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you have shown me recently. Your work ethic is totally unselfish and it is always very clear that you only have your client's best interest in mind. Your knowledge of your industry is phenomenal which gives me great confidence in your product. I called on your services as i needed a Will. I thought that the one I had was sufficient for my needs but after giving it to you to look at, it was clear that it was totally useless. Your patience with me and my situation was second to none and you did everything to help me achieve the correct will which is very important to me. You explained to me in great detail all of my options and you always put my mind at rest. I would not hesitate to refer you to any of my friends and colleagues"

"Thank you for your conscientious, impartial and sensitive handling of our meeting with you...it was a pleasure to meet you both, for what was an informative and constructive discussion about the steps Michael, Helen and I need to take to ensure Roger's continued wellbeing - It would be a privilege if you were to use my words in a testimonial"

"Thanks for your help with everything over the last couple of weeks - he told me he was very happy with your clear explanations and the advice you were able to provide him and my mother-in-law."

Recent notable cases
  • Advising property owners on ways to divest themselves of the asset but retaining the rental income.
  • Advising business owners on the use of trusts for the benefit of the surviving spouse, children and other family members.
  • Advising overseas clients on the structure of their investments to reduce their potential tax liability.
  • Advising clients on the reduction of the rate payable by beneficiaries of the estate by making gifts to charity.
  • Advising high-net-worth individuals on the use of their surplus income to make gifts to family members in a tax efficient manner.
Memberships
  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
Speaking engagements

I regularly present seminars at business breakfast meetings and stress the importance of Will and estate planning.

Publications
Additional Languages

Gujarati and Hindi

Leisure interests

I am married with two children and in my spare time I enjoy watching cricket, keeping fit and travelling.