Professional Support Lawyer, Wills, Estate & Tax Planning

Lisa de Silva

Lisa qualified as a solicitor at a City firm, and worked at a number of City firms as a private client solicitor. She spent 25 years at leading private client firm Macfarlanes LLP, initially as a fee-earner and subsequently as a knowledge lawyer.

Lisa now works as a Professional Support Lawyer in the Estates, Tax and Succession team at Thomson Snell & Passmore. Having worked as a Professional Support Lawyer for nearly 20 years, she is adept at supporting fee-earners to stay up to date and find solutions to complex practical and technical issues.

Lisa de Silva

Specialisms & expertise

  • Trust law
  • Wills
  • UK tax law including inheritance tax and capital gains tax
  • Residence, domicile and cross-border aspects of tax and trust law
  • Probate
  • Powers of attorney.

Achievements & other appointments

Lisa is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) as well as the Special Interest Groups relating to Business Families, Digital Assets, International Clients and Mental Capacity. Lisa is also a member of the Private Client PSL Forum, a group of PSL from leading private client firms across the south east.

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Lisa read Modern Languages and Law at Peterhouse (Cambridge University) and graduated with a 2i. She completed the Solicitors’ Final at the College of Law in Chester in 1989.

Lisa trained at Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown) and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. After working at Mishcon de Reya and Eversheds, Lisa joined Macfarlanes LLP in 1997 initially as a fee-earner and subsequently as a Knowledge Lawyer, and joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2022.