ELLIS Jones Solicitors has bolstered its wills, trusts and probate department with the appointment of new partner Carla Brown.

Carla previously worked for the firm between 2005 and 2009. She brings with her a team including Louise Sutton, chartered legal executive, and Rosemary Drew, paralegal.

She is named as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500 and also features in the 2018 edition of Chambers High Net Worth, an independently researched guide to law firms.

Managing partner Nigel Smith said: “Ellis Jones has moved into a different league since Carla left in 2009. The fact that we’re able to attract back high-fliers is evidence of that."

Born in Dorchester, Carla attended Corfe Hills School, Bournemouth and Poole College and the University of Manchester where she graduated in combined studies of history and social sciences.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2002 after studying law – mainly in her spare time – while working for another Dorset law firm.

Her area of expertise includes advising high – and ultra high – net worth clients in the UK and internationally on estate planning and their UK tax position.

She is also highly experienced in preparing complex wills, advising on the establishment, initial structuring, restructuring, winding up and taxation of trusts as well as powers of attorney, loan agreements and estate administration advice.

Carla said: “I am relishing the opportunity to help shape and grow the firm further.”

Ellis Jones has five offices across the south coast in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs (Poole), Ringwood, Swanage and Wimborne – as well as London.

It was named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Dorset Legal Awards.