Robert Blower is used to dealing with ‘tremendous complexity’ on a daily basis. ‘We now have six big fat yellow books for every year,’ he says, referring to Tolley’s tax guides. ‘It’s unbelievably complicated and that’s a pity, because we have been told consistently throughout our working lives that the tax laws will be made simpler — in fact the opposite has happened.’ HNWs need not fret, however, when a ‘colossally good lawyer’ like Blower is at hand. He is skilled in private wealth matters from offshore restructuring and landed estates to heritage property. He also has niche expertise in advising on Sharia law compliance for Middle Eastern trusts. Art collection is an area where he sees opportunity, in the shape of offers in lieu of tax.