JONATHAN GODWIN-AUSTEN

HUNTERS

City
London
Category
Tax & Trusts Advisers
Company Size
UK

In the past year, Hunters’ Jonathan Godwin-Austen has been busy with ‘two particularly large generational transfer projects for big landed families’ – an area he has come to specialise in. He describes the steps involved: ‘Defining who “family” is, who the key people are, who should be involved in the decision-making, who should have control, and who should have wealth and in what way.’ Although trusts are still used, they are under intense scrutiny from HMRC. Godwin-Austen insists all is not lost on this front: ‘In the next ten years or so the ball may roll back the other way on that, and the advantage of trusts to society will receive more attention – and not be regarded as a way that toffs avoid tax!’

Jonathan Godwin-Austen
Tagged on: