Andrew Woods


I retired as Practice Director in July 2023 and now work as a consultant for Barwells. Following a change in legislation in April 2009, I was one of the very first non-lawyers to be appointed to a partnership of a law firm in England. I spent the first part of my career at NatWest Bank where I undertook a variety of roles including time as an Inspector of Trustee branches and a Senior Manager in charge of a team of high-net-worth investment advisers. Moving to Barwells in 1998, I was instrumental in setting up the firm’s financial advisory arm and was a key member of the Private Client Department, until moving over full-time to the role of Practice Director for the Firm. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds their Trustee Diploma. I also hold the Personal Finance Society Diploma having passed their Advanced Financial Planning examinations.

Outside the office, I am a keen golfer and skier. I also play the bass guitar quite badly.


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  • Blog
    • Posted on March 22, 2019
      A significant increase to Probate fees is set to take effect in April 2019
      If you are named in someone's Will as an Executor, you may have to apply for Probate when that person dies. This is a legal document which gives you the authority to share out the Estate of the person who has died according to the instructions in the Will.
      Probate fees must be paid up front, before the Grant of Probate can be issued. The current cost of applying for Probate when using a solicitor is around £160.
      Posted in: Private Client

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