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    Merlin Lewis


    Phone: 01305 756324

    Location: Poundbury       Position: Associate

    Team:  Private Client, Rural Business, Land & Agriculture

    Specialism: Care Home cost planning, Inheritance and other taxes, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Making & updating a will, Succession planning, Tax and Trusts


    I began my legal career as a private client solicitor at a City firm. In 1990, I returned to Dorset and Somerset and then joined Porter Dodson in April 2017.

    I specialise in retirement planning for individuals and in agricultural succession planning. Much of my advice involves arranging clients’ legal, property and financial affairs to save tax (Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax) and to ensure certainty and fairness for them, their families and businesses. I work closely with colleagues and fellow professionals, such as accountants and financial advisers.

    I am from a local farming family and am a member of the Country Land and Business Association and the Agricultural Law Association. I am also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and hold their Older Client Care in Practice award.


    Excellent service throughout, we would not hesitate to use Porter Dodson again if the need arose.

    Mr & Mrs Woodsford

    We felt Merlin understood our circumstances very quickly and gave excellent advice as to how to proceed.

    Mr & Mrs I

    Merlin Lewis was very efficient in both the preparation and explanation of the papers. Excellent service.

    Mr Morgan-Stock

    Friendly, courteous and good knowledge of my circumstances.

    Mrs C

    Very pleased with the work carried out- did exactly what we asked for and offered further advice.

    Miss C

    Professional, polite and easy to deal with. Knowledgeable and helpful.

    Mr Jeavons

    Mr Merlin Lewis has treated me with courtesy and patience at all times and has made the whole process as pleasant as possible for me. I wish him well.

    Mrs Cottrell

    The service we have received has been first class.

    Mr Bowditch

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