HAWKSFORD has appointed Donna Withers as probate manager and David Carswell to the position of general counsel and associate director.

Miss Withers (33) joins Hawksford from English law firm, Hill Dickinson LLP where she gained seven years’ experience in the private client and wealth management sector. She qualified as an English solicitor in 2006 and became a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners in 2008.

‘We are delighted with Donna’s appointment as she has great experience and knowledge. Her expertise in UK inheritance tax compliance, post-death mitigation and multi-jurisdictional estates is a real asset to the Hawksford team and in particular to our four strong probate team,’ said Peter Murley, chief executive, Hawksford.

Mr Carswell (37) joined Hawksford as a senior associate solicitor in August 2011 and will now be responsible for and fully involved in a wide range of legal matters, representing both Hawksford and select clients. Mr Carswell will work closely with the directors, associate directors, client teams and Hawksford’s existing legal team.

Mr Carswell is a qualified English Solicitor with more than ten years of experience gained at Mourant, Rathbones and the Ermitage Group.

‘David’s skills and experience are such that he will become a key team member in managing Hawksford’s business acquisitions, general legal matters, helping provide opinions on more complex issues and cases regarding, for example, trust instruments and disputes,’ continued Mr Murley. ‘He will also be a source of support for our in-house lawyers, providing help, advice and general mentoring on legal matters where this is required.’

Hawksford is an independent wealth structuring company specialising in preserving and enhancing wealth. Clients range from small and large corporates to ultra high net worth individuals. Hawksford acquired Trustcorp Jersey Limited in early 2012 and Swiss based boutique law firm, L-S&S GmbH, in July last year. Hawksford also opened its Dubai office in March 2011 and now employs 160 people across three jurisdictions.