Anita Franklin - McDermott Will & Emery


Anita Franklin focuses her practice on contentious private wealth matters, in particular trusts and probate. She advises high-net-worth individuals, wealthy families, protectors and enforcers on international dispute resolution issues, contentious estates including offshore trusts, and commercial disputes containing fiduciary elements in multiple jurisdictions.


  • Advising a high-net-worth individual on a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against his legal advisors following the acquisition of an indirect interest in residential property resulting in significant personal tax liability.*
  • Advising an ultra-high-net-worth family on ongoing and substantial proceedings for breach of trust in the Bahamas between the beneficiaries and trustees in a long-running and high value family dispute.
  • Advising beneficiaries of certain offshore trusts in respect of Subject Access Requests under the DPA and securing a victorious and landmark judgment in the Court of Appeal for beneficiaries seeking information from data controllers in the age of transparency.

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  • Legal 500 UK, Recommended Lawyer for Contentious Trusts and Probate, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Trusts and Personal Tax Law, Ones to Watch, 2023 – 2024
  • Legal 500 UK, Key Lawyer for Contentious Trusts and Probate, 2021
  • ACTAPS 2021


Kaplan Law School, LPC, 2014
University of Law, London, GDL, 2013
University of Bristol, Politics BSc, 2012

England & Wales