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Lodders hires estate and tax planning specialist

12 April 2021
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16/03/2021. Stratford upon Avon, , UK. Picture for Lodders. Photo credit: Dave Warren/Picture Team

Qualified barrister, tax, estate planning, wills and trusts specialist Alana Graham, has joined Cheltenham and Midlands law firm Lodders in its private client department.  

A barrister for more than 20-years, Alana has plenty of tax and private client experience having worked for a number of national law firms and Inheritance Tax consultancies, and one of the UK’s big four accountancy firms, and regularly advises clients based around the world on tax, wills and trusts matters. 

In Lodders private client practice, she will advise on all tax related matters, and, as she retains her ‘rights of audience’, Alana will also use her advocacy skills to represent clients in all the courts. 

“Alana combines an impressive breadth of knowledge with being able to represent clients in the tribunals and courts,” said Louise Igoe, head of Lodders’ private client department.

Alana, who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) Degree from McMaster University, Toronto, Canada and an LL.B. (Hons) Law degree from Brunel University, Uxbridge, England, says: “This is my ‘dream job’, as it combines tax issues and advice, with tax law, which has always been my first love. 

“Over the years, I have advised individuals on tax, will, and trust matters, as well as challenging wills and trusts. Nowadays this type of work is primarily combined, and with my skills and passion I can offer clients completely holistic advice based on my many years of experience.” 


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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