Alex Drake

Private Client - Partner

St Albans Office

01727 845245

Recent work

Alex Drake is a partner and head of our Private Client Department at Taylor Walton’s St Albans office and has approaching 30 years’ experience in private client work. She offers specialist advice on a wide range of issues, including Wills, Trusts, lifetime tax planning, Powers of Attorney and Probate.

Alex was born and grew up in Harpenden attending first St Albans High School for Girls and then Haileybury College. Alex graduated from Durham University and worked for Bird & Bird for over ten years, first as an articled clerk (qualifying there in 1989) and then as a solicitor. Alex then moved to Sherrards Solicitors in St Albans, where she headed up the Private Client Department, becoming a Partner in 2004. Alex joined Taylor Walton as a Partner in 2009.

Alex advises on all issues relating to Wills and estate planning (including inheritance tax), as well as applying for Grants of Probate and handling administration of estates. She also assists, as necessary, with advising elderly clients in relation to their affairs generally and, in particular, in relation to the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and their registration. Alex regularly acts as a Trustee or Executor, as well as an Attorney for existing clients. She has helped thousands of families and individuals in these areas of work.

Alex prides herself on her clear straightforward advice and approachable manner. She has a good working relationship with referees and clients, many of whom followed her through her change of firm.

Alex is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and regularly publishes items in the local press. She is also recognised by the Legal 500 publication.


Outside of Taylor Walton Alex is a Governor of a local prep school. She also enjoys travelling, swimming and gardening.

This week is ‘Remember a Charity Week’

By Alex Drake | 6 September 2021

‘Remember A Charity Week’ aims to raise awareness of the benefits of leaving a financial gift to charitable causes in your Will and this year runs from 6 – 12 September. The event is organised by ‘Remember A Charity’, which is itself a charity, and brings together 200 charities that rely on gifts in Wills…

Keep your Will current or your loved ones may pay the price

By Alex Drake | 26 August 2021

A social media post by former Eastenders star Tamzin Outhwaite, made it clear recently just how much of a mistake it could be to not keep your Will up to date, after sharing an image of her recently purchased shepherd’s hut. In the post, Outhwaite states: “I used the money left to me when my…