Phone: 01305 756324
Location: Poundbury Position: Associate
Team: Private Client, Rural Business, Land & Agriculture
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.
Very helpful. Listened to what we had to say and acted upon it. Very professional and caring.
Merlin was clear in his explanation of procedures and fees and we felt reassured that the outcome from our discussion was what we wanted. Any queries were followed up promptly. Everything went smoothly thanks to Merlin and Lynn. We are very happy clients.
Thank you for the speedy, faultless Will making.
From the moment I stepped into the office, I was met with kindness and courtesy. Merlin was patient and explained everything to me in everyday English as I was unable to understand some of the legal terms.
I have used Porter Dodson twice now for legal matters and on both occasions, the service has been excellent. Very professional and easy to deal with.
The service we received from Merlin Lewis and staff at Porter Dodson was exemplary. Treatment of clients is very professional and friendly. Thank you for your superb service.
I found Merlin Lewis very helpful and professional. He listened and understood what I said and acted promptly and efficiently. It was a pleasure to deal with him and his colleague Lynn Zolfaghari.
Merlin Lewis took our instructions and developed a very neat and simple set of solutions.
The service we have received has been first class.
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.
Professional, polite and easy to deal with. Knowledgeable and helpful.
Very pleased with the work carried out- did exactly what we asked for and offered further advice.
Friendly, courteous and good knowledge of my circumstances.
Merlin Lewis was very efficient in both the preparation and explanation of the papers. Excellent service.
We felt Merlin understood our circumstances very quickly and gave excellent advice as to how to proceed.
Excellent service throughout, we would not hesitate to use Porter Dodson again if the need arose.
Everything explained plus things that we’d not thought of. Money well spent as we can relax knowing everything has been taken care of.
Very friendly and professional service provided to both my wife and I. My family have used Porter Dodson Services many times over the years and will continue to do so. Money well spent for peace of mind.
Very helpful, very pleasant. Everything was explained very well. Money well spent.
The service received was excellent. Questions were answered in a simple and straightforward way – no legal jargon! The staff were friendly and obviously happy to be working there.