Michael Rutili is drawn to private client because of ‘the privilege of following a client’s business and family right from very humble beginnings, towards becoming a success story’. He advises UK and international clients on tax, trusts, estate planning, succession and intellectual property, and handles complex litigation for HNW individuals and corporations. ‘We deal with any disputes with the revenue or tax authorities before we reach court. It is more of a pre-emptive practice,’ he says. The landscape is evolving, he adds, pointing to ‘the endless debate about what’s the divide between tax avoidance and evasion. That’s changed over the last ten years — things are not black and white anymore.