Back to

About Tim

Tim is a Partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s Private Client team.

He regularly advises on trusts, estates and succession planning, including the many tax issues that arise with the same and the problems presented by the loss of mental capacity.

Tim is described in Legal 500 2021 as “outstanding. His client manner, responsiveness, practical mind and ability to simplify and guide clients through some complex ideas is brilliant” and “very knowledgeable and experienced, exceptional in managing difficult clients and unflappable under pressure. He is discreet and courteous – the very model of a private client partner.”

Chambers 2021 describe Tim as “very personable, very easy to deal with and he makes things easy to understand.” Another source in Chambers 2021 says Snaith is “very collaborative, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with. He provides clear and practical advice in a sensible way.”

Tim often works alongside professionals in other disciplines such as accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers.

He has particular expertise in setting up philanthropic and charitable structures.

Tim also has extensive experience in advising families and family offices, particularly in relation to disputes, working closely alongside our contentious probate team.

Recent Experience

  • Advising a wealthy non-UK resident and non-UK domiciliary family with UK succession planning, including advising on the structuring of their UK property portfolio. This involved working alongside domestic and overseas advisors to ensure the planning and advice dovetailed appropriately
  • Providing strategic advice in relation to a complex probate where the assets include unlisted company holdings and partnership assets; thereafter working with the family and executors to facilitate an exit from the holdings on terms that secured the family’s long term financial needs
  • Advising an executor in respect of concerns held about the on-going administration of an estate in which they were involved. This required a review and analysis of the work undertaken to date and the provision of strategic advice as to how the position might be resolved
  • Creating, registering and advising on the administration of a charitable trust for a client that wished to establish his own charitable foundation into which he could donate a significant part of his wealth during his lifetime and in the event of his death. The idea was to involve his children early on in their lives, working as a family to shape the future grant making policy

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Charity Law Association
  • Tim also has a masters in Engineering

Personal Interests

Tim loves the outdoors. He has hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt and competed in the 5km Monte Cristo Challenge swimming race in Marseille.

Top 35 Under 35

Career Experience

2017 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2010 to 2016: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2008 to 2010: Trainee Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

“absolutely top-notch…He is fantastic and really brilliant. He is intellectually very capable and has a very good manner when dealing with clients.”

Chambers 2021

‘Responses are very swift. The lawyers come up with solutions to problems. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm, and Tim Snaith in particular‘

Legal 500 2021

“Extremely diligent and thorough, taking great care to ensure that every relevant point receives full consideration, while always remaining focused on achieving the client’s goals. He is very responsive and a pleasure to work with.”

Chambers' High Net Worth 2019

“He is very responsive and a pleasure to work with.”

Chambers' High Net Worth 2018

“He is a really good, thorough private client lawyer but he’s also got an entrepreneurial way about him and that is combined with being really great fun to work with and someone who keeps clients completely looked after. He is on top of everything and knows the law extremely well.”

Chambers High Net Worth 2020

“friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and technically excellent.”

Chambers High Net Worth 2020

‘Tim Snaith is a good-quality private client solicitor who is comfortable in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious areas of private client law. He is calm and precise and knows his stuff.”

Legal 500 2020

“Deep understanding of the personal and family legal issues. He is charming and discreet with clients but also very knowledgeable and experienced”

Legal 500, 2019

‘This firm has a number of high net worth clients with complex problems to solve. Not all of the matters are large “battles” but the lawyers are frequently involved in quietly resolving difficult trusts and estates issues. Tim Snaith – a strong technician with excellent client management skills‘.

Legal 500 2022

“Technically excellent and very quick to see the key points.”

Chambers' High Net Worth 2019

‘Tim Snaith is a stand out partner at Winckworth Sherwood. He is responsive, efficient and collaborative and understands when advice needs to be nuanced to suit a particular client or set of circumstances. Tim is a perfect individual to refer sensitive, complex, high value work to and it is a pleasure to work with him’.

Legal 500 2022

‘Tim Snaith, his dedication and professionalism have impressed us. He considers the client’s case in a proactive way and is willing to spend time on understanding the circumstances of the client before giving out tailor-made advice‘.

Legal 500 2022

“He is very good; he is very imaginative in the solutions he can think through and is very knowledgeable.”

Chambers 2021

“He is very personable, very easy to deal with and he makes things easy to understand…very collaborative, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with. He provides clear and practical advice in a sensible way.”

Chambers High Net Worth 2022