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Simon Jennings has never been a ‘wholehearted remainer’, but makes no bones about Brexit’s impact. ‘Chaos,’ he says, going on to describe the referendum and general election as ‘completely unnecessary. It has been a nightmare of a year.’ Jennings points to a lack of confidence among many clients, along with uncertainty among UK-resident European families. In fact, many HNW clients have fled: ‘There is certainly no feeling of confidence in the way Brexit negotiations are being approached.’ He stresses a need for optimism, however, and is also an advocate for economic openness: ‘If access to Europe is restricted, it will no longer function in that way, because it will be on the periphery.’

Simon Jennings