60-second interview with Charlotte Oliver

Charlotte Oliver, 9/12/2019

Charlotte Oliver TEP is an English solicitor and Avvocato at Oliver & Partners in Rome.

What does your firm or organisation do?

Oliver & Partners is a niche cross-border firm based in Italy. We are a small team of English lawyers and Italian avvocati and specialise in private client work, in particular, estate planning and succession law, family law, mental capacity, real estate, EU law and immigration law.

What has STEP done for you, individually, or as a business?

STEP has enabled me personally to expand my international network of practitioners in succession law and estate planning. Being listed in the STEP Directory has definitely raised my profile and made my business more visible to other law firms looking for collaboration in Italy.

What is the most important thing STEP does, in your opinion?

STEP brings together the best experts in the field and challenges us to keep developing our expertise.

You will be speaking at the STEP Europe Conference in February. What will you be speaking on and what are the main issues?

I will be on the ‘Cross-border planning with private foundations’ panel - a key topic which is very relevant to the conference’s title of ‘Transparency, Innovation and Mobility’. Foundations in Italy are growing as an important means of contributing financially to socially useful projects, as well as being very advantageous from a tax point of view, and recently there has been important legislative reform in this area.

What do you most like about your job?

The ability to work with international clients and find solutions for each unique case. No one family situation is ever similar or straightforward, and usually involves an element of comparative law.

.. and what do you feel is most worthwhile?

I would say hearing from satisfied clients who are impressed with our experience and expertise and give positive feedback about our services.

What would you say to a young person thinking of a career in this industry?

I’d recommend having more than one language, for anyone who wants to take this work to an international level, and gaining experience in more than one jurisdiction. These steps will increase the range of opportunities a young person will have in their career.

Which sectors are likely to see the strongest future growth, do you think?

Information technology will revolutionise the way we advise clients and plan strategies for their estates, and the legal sector will need to be even more competitive in finding innovative solutions to carry out our work.

What about jurisdictions?

I hope to see a strengthening of all EU jurisdictions. The development of EU law and judicial cooperation between member states in the fields of family, property and succession law, in the last 15 -20 years, has been a huge benefit in cross-border disputes, and an important support for private citizens seeking certainty and legal clarity.

What do you feel are the main challenges facing your organisation at the moment, and how will you deal with them?

I would like to strengthen collaborations with other law firms and tax advisors to increase the all-round expertise that we can offer in Italy.

Which social media channels do you use and why?

I use LinkedIn for personal development, to keep connected with colleagues and for industry news. I also use Twitter in a personal capacity (@AVVCMJOLIVER) and as a firm (@PartnersOliver) and the firm’s tweets appear on our website. Twitter is most useful to me as a source of world news information, because it covers such a range of issues from politics and government to legal developments and caselaw. We post on the Facebook page of Oliver & Partners occasionally, which is more informal and accessible for clients, to publicise our services.

Charlotte Oliver TEP is an English solicitor and Avvocato at Oliver & Partners in Rome. ASTEP member since 2018, she specialises in private client work, family law, cross-border estate planning, will drafting and succession law. Charlotte is a member of the Cross-Border Estates and International Client Special Interest Groups (SIGs).