Tax & Trust Lawyers

Top 10

MARK BRIDGES

FARRER & CO

Known for his ‘outstanding contribution to the profession’, Mark Bridges is the go-to man for both British royalty (the Queen is a client) and many Middle Eastern sovereigns. Such clients appreciate his discretion — though the Panama Papers affair outlined… Read More

RUSSELL COHEN

FARRER & CO

‘It’s a multi-jurisdictional game of jigsaw,’ says Farrer’s head of international private wealth of the complexities of his clients’ connections. Especially post-Panama Papers, his is no ‘textbook’ role: ‘I started out as a private client tax and trust lawyer but… Read More

JONATHAN CONDER

MACFARLANES

One of the most respected private client lawyers in the business, Conder is a self-professed ‘relationship junkie’. Macfarlanes’ private client head advises UHNWs, private banks, wealthy families, and trustees on all aspects of tax, trust, estate, succession planning, and philanthropy…. Read More

ASHLEY CROSSLEY

BAKER & MACKENZIE

As wealthy international families look to move to more ‘established’ jurisdictions post-Panama, Baker & McKenzie’s wealth management boss says having a ‘gold standard approach’ makes the firm stand out. Crossley, a solicitor and barrister who also advises governmental organisations on… Read More

SUE LAING

BOODLE HATFIELD

‘Bit of a pebble thrown into the pond,’ says Laing of Brexit. ‘I don’t think it’s going to stop London being the capital of the world. A lot of the clients we act for are very long-term businesses who have… Read More

CLARE MAURICE

MAURICE TURNOR GARDNER

‘I can rant for a long time,’ Clare Maurice warns before sharing her thoughts on the ‘creeping assault on privacy’ post-Panama Papers. There could be ‘kidnap risk’ with the proposed French beneficial ownership register (which is set out to be… Read More

PATRICIA MILNER

WITHERS

Advising family business owners, single family offices, landed estates and City professionals, Milner, Withers’ cheerful co-head of wealth planning, is in demand. She recently led a ‘very significant’ commercial transaction on behalf of 22 parties, which ‘involved three different jurisdictions,… Read More

BART PEERLESS

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Peerless, a previous winner of the Spear’s Tax Lawyer of the Year award, sees his mandate as one of trusted adviser: ‘We’ve helped clients with financial services regulation, with banking, lending, commercial property, corporate tax, trust advisory and family pre-nuptials.’… Read More

SIMON RYLATT

BOODLE HATFIELD

Speaking just 48 hours post-Brexit, Spear’s Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year 2015 is a busy man. ‘Although we’re going to go through some political uncertainty, we’re a relatively stable place, even though we think it’s more volatile now… Read More

Top Recommended

JEFFREY COHEN

MACKRELL TURNER GARRETT

The highly engaging and candorous Cohen, who is also a qualified Rabbi, recalls his early days. Then a trainee, he impressed a senior partner at Gershon Young Finer & Green (now Finers Stephen Innocent) so much that he would send… Read More

HAYDEN BAILEY

BOODLE HATFIELD

Hayden Bailey has seen a shift in his work over the past year with less onshoring and more complex work, involving property holdings and helping entrepreneurs manage exits. That work belies an emphasis on preservation and communication, he says: ‘Clients… Read More

ROBERT BRODRICK

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Known for his representation of Arab royalty and British landed families, Brodrick can as often be found on a day-trip to Bahrain as at a stately home in Cornwall. Many people underestimate private client work, says the former Spear’s award-winner:… Read More

MARK BUZZONI

TAYLOR WESSING

Buzzoni, a tax and trust expert with UHNW clients throughout the world, has witnessed the demand for succession planning grow as assets are increasingly spread across the globe. It’s about ‘trying to ensure succession is smooth and doesn’t involve probate… Read More

LAURA DADSWELL

PENNINGTONS MANCHES

Witty and affable, the co-head of private wealth advises on complex issues centred around a range of HNW families. She says she often has to transcend the technicalities of tax and focus on the human element: ‘A lot of this… Read More

SOPHIE DWORETZSKY

WITHERS

‘The conversation has changed so much from eight years ago,’ says Sophie Dworetzsky, who has had a busy year of dialogue with clients over the proposed non-dom reforms. The Withers tax partner, who specialises in all aspects of ‘sophisticated’ private… Read More

PETER GOLDEN

LINKLATERS

A respected private client lawyer, Golden joined Linklaters earlier this year to head up its trusts team. Golden relishes the firm’s international reach and the ability to offer his expertise in a support role on a wide range of transactions…. Read More

JOHN GOODCHILD

PEMBERTON GREENISH

A specialist in tax and estate planning, Goodchild brings sound structuring to the often dizzyingly complicated affairs of UK HNWs and their families — not to mention his work with international HNWs on issues of residence, domicile, remittances of income… Read More

STUART JANAWAY

OSBORNE CLARKE

For Janaway, understanding the dynamics of tax and investment is crucial. ‘Investment advice and estate planning are being delivered separately,’ he says, ‘whereas I think you really need to understand how they both work together.’ Advising mostly entrepreneurial UHNWs, he… Read More

PIERS MASTER

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Piers Master has continued to land large clients in the UK, as well as managing property structuring and inheritance issues for clients with assets and interests all over the world. ‘In these times a diversified practice is definitely going to… Read More

FILIPPO NOSEDA

WITHERS

A partner at Withers and head of its joint wealth planning group, Filippo Noseda advises wealthy families on all aspects of international tax, working across five of his seven languages. He resents the secrecy of Swiss banking rules, which he… Read More

CHRISTOPHER PAGE

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

‘From a legal practice point of view, the gap between firms who were able to invest and develop their specialisms and their international presence and those who were not continues to grow,’ says Page, senior partner at Charles Russell Speechlys…. Read More

JAMES QUARMBY

STEPHENSON HARWOOD

‘It was the most fun you can have with your clothes on,’ says Quarmby of his bout with John Humphrys on Radio 4, defending David Cameron’s tax affairs. Although he’s clear that nobody should be encouraged to avoid tax, James… Read More

EDWARD REED

MACFARLANES

A sage super-solicitor to international UHNWs on wills, trusts and personal tax planning, Reed concludes ‘that a lot of what a lawyer does… is translating other people’s strange codes into some form of comprehensible vernacular for the punter.’ It helps… Read More

JOHN RICHES

WITHERS

Brexit has caused a certain ‘schizophrenia’ among UK policymakers desperate to keep London as the ‘global financial centre’, says Riches. Although he was ‘personally disappointed’ with the vote, he is not disheartened. ‘London continues to be a pre-eminent place where… Read More

CAMILLA WALLACE

WEDLAKE BELL

It’s been another ‘extremely busy’ year for Camilla Wallace, who advises international families and entrepreneurs on UK-bound investment, succession planning and asset protection. Recently, she has been preparing for non-dom ‘D-Day’ on 6 April 2017 (‘although, post-Brexit, will the changes… Read More

Rising Stars

STUART ADAMS

PENNINGTONS MANCHES LLP

The fast-talking Adams is a ‘technically and analytically exceptional, practical and thorough’ adviser, one of his clearly impressed peers tells Spear’s. Accounting graduate Adams is a numbers man who fell in love with the technically demanding aspects of the law…. Read More