Tax & Trust Lawyers

Top Ten Tax & Trust Lawyers

MARK BRIDGES

FARRER & CO

‘It’s important to take the long view — the world is now transparent, and there is cooperation between jurisdictions in matters of tax and crime in a way there wasn’t before,’ says Mark Bridges, chair of Farrer’s private client offering…. Read More

ROBERT BRODRICK

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

You’re as likely to find Brodrick on a day trip to Bahrain as at a stately home in Cornwall for a trustees meeting. He is a first-choice solicitor and trusted adviser on the full spectrum’of tax to Arab royalty and… Read More

RUSSELL COHEN

FARRER & CO

‘There’s a movement towards the wealthier clients becoming more sophisticated and more international in their requirements, and their outlook,’ says Russell Cohen, a leading light at Farrer. He also notes an increase in cross departmental work and problem solving on… Read More

JONATHAN CONDER

MACFARLANES

Jonathan Conder is a man revitalised, having handed over the mantle of private client practice head to Piers Barclay after 12 years at the helm. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the job but I’m doing much more client work now,’ he says…. Read More

ASHLEY CROSSLEY

BAKER MCKENZIE

You might wonder how Baker McKenzie’s head of wealth management in London finds the time for his wide-ranging role: Ashley Crossley also leads its European and Middle East Wealth Management practice groups, its Russia/CIS practice as well as coordinating the… Read More

CERIS GARDNER

MAURICE TURNOR GARDNER

To her UHNW clients, Ceris Gardner isn’t just an eminent solicitor: she’s a trusted adviser regarding international tax, succession and the establishment of UK and offshore trusts to art, immigration, philanthropy and heritage property matters. She’s seen plenty of churn,… Read More

CHARLES GOTHARD

MACFARLANES

‘My work is more international than most private client lawyers in London,’ says Charles Gothard. ‘One day I could be looking after some very wealthy person from the Far East, the next day some wealthy sheik. It’s a real cultural… Read More

BART PEERLESS

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

‘The work is changing from quarter to quarter,’ says Bart Peerless. ‘We had the non-dom rules, the Finance Act that wasn’t and then the Finance Act coming back.’ Nevertheless, he notes some aspects of continuity: clients still come to him… Read More

JOHN RICHES

RMW LAW

John Riches has been busy in the last year conducting public policy work with STEP, working on the CRS. ‘It’s so messy,’ he says. ‘The domestic trusts register has taken things to a whole new level. It’s even more intrusive… Read More

SIMON RYLATT

BOODLE HATFIELD

Is Boodle Hatfield’s private client and tax team head Simon Rylatt worried about the UK’s appeal to HNWs? ‘Always,’ he says. ‘We need to retain competitive advantage, but political pressures obviously bring challenges to that.’ That’s not to say there… Read More

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ROBERT BLOWER

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

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… Read More

MARK BUZZONI

TAYLOR WESSING

It’s been another busy year for Mark Buzzoni, fuelled by a surge in planning demand and changes to domicile rules. An expert in tax, trusts and family governance issues, Buzzoni’s abilities are revered by his UHNW clients, who hail largely… Read More

SOPHIE DWORETZSKY

WITHERS

‘I don’t see aggressive tax planning anymore,’ says Withers tax partner Sophie Dworetzsky. ‘I don’t think anyone’s got any appetite for that. I’m sure it’s still done somewhere but I haven’t seen it for a good few years.’ Commended by… Read More

STUART JANAWAY

OSBORNE CLARKE

‘We’ve always been on the UHNW end,’ says partner Stuart Janaway, ‘and we’re certainly winning more complicated mandates in lots of different jurisdictions’. His momentum is built on his experience acting for an array of offshore trusts in Europe, the… Read More

PIERS MASTER

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

The past few years have seen an ‘almost frenetic pace of change’ in tax legislation, especially affecting foreign investors investing in UK residential property. But specialist partner Piers Master reckons we’ve now reached a period of calm. ‘Next year, I… Read More

CLARE MAURICE

MAURICE TURNOR GARDNER

Clare Maurice has found herself in the rather unusual position of struggling to right the gender imbalance of her female-centric company. ‘I think… women are attracted to MTG because it’s run by successful women,’ she says. ‘The real challenge has… Read More

PATRICIA MILNER

WITHERS

Withers’ co-head of wealth planning Patricia Milner worries that London’s stable reputation might be a thing of the past. ‘Often now new legislation comes in and it’s very politically driven,’ she says. ‘Because it’s rushed through, the thought as to… Read More

FILIPPO NOSEDA

MISHCON DE REYANOSEDA

The crusading spirit is alive and well at Mishcon, whose new international tax partner Filippo Noseda is highly vocal about the ‘excesses of transparency’ brought in by the CRS. ‘Privacy and data protection are not a luxury. They are an… Read More

MARTIN PAISNER

BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER

‘Martin Paisner probably works harder than anyone else,’ says a colleague. ‘He is the bestconnected lawyer out there, and has a collection of clients that are hugely impressive.’ Such a position has been hard-won after many years of practice. He… Read More

JAMES QUARMBY

STEPHENSON HARWOOD

‘An absolute star,’ one industry peer says about Spear’s Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year in 2016 James Quarmby. That’s no exaggeration, particularly when you consider Quarmby’s on-air bout with John Humphrys on the Today programme, in which he… Read More

EDWARD REED

MACFARLANES

A go-to sage for international UHNWs on wills, trusts and personal tax planning, Edward Reed has spent his career dealing with ‘Western European matters’: matters he is well-suited to handling, having spent his formative years in France. Reed still owns… Read More

ALEX RUFFEL

IRWIN MITCHELL

‘The internationalisation of private client work in London has been a big change,’ says Irwin Mitchell partner Alex Ruffel. ‘The world has become smaller in terms of communication and where people have their assets.’ Ruffel specialises in working with global… Read More

WILLIAM SWAN

CURREY & CO

William Swan is the name to know at the legendary — and legendarily publicity-shy — Currey & Co of Queen Anne Street. The firm’s (relatively new) website states: ‘We are rarely able to take on discrete pieces of work for… Read More

CAMILLA WALLACE

WEDLAKE BELL

An adviser to international families and entrepreneurs, not to mention nervous non-doms looking to understand the regulatory flux, Camilla Wallace is always in demand. She is currently advising a Turkish UHNW looking to find a safe harbour for his family… Read More

SIMON WEIL

BIRCHAM DYSON BELL

Simon Weil’s varied practice spans everything from contentious trusts to advising the government on charitable tax vehicles, and representing sophisticated global givers — no wonder then that he was Spear’s Philanthropy Adviser of the Year in 2016. But he isn’t… Read More

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HAYDEN BAILEY

BOODLE HATFIELD

Hayden Bailey has seen more complex succession and tax work, involving unravelling property holdings and helping entrepreneurs manage exits and set up family governance structures through trusts or family investment companies. That work belies an emphasis on preservation and communication,… Read More

AMANDA CHAPMAN

BRECHER

A skilled and accomplished cross border practitioner, Brecher’s private wealth partner Amanda Chapman has a wealth of experience in advising UK and non-UK domiciles, having worked in the estate and tax-planning landscape since 1998. There has been a shift away… Read More

LAURA DADSWELL

PENNINGTONS MANCHES

Laura Dadswell is ‘one of the stand-out private client lawyers of her generation,’ according to tax law legend Martyn Gowar. Penningtons Manches’ private wealth co-head has focused on business-owning HNW families and clients with a ‘US-UK dimension’ her entire career…. Read More

PETER GOLDEN

LINKLATERS

Respected private client lawyer Peter Golden joined Linklaters in 2016 to head up its trusts team. He relishes the firm’s international reach and the ability to offer his expertise in a support role on a wide range of transactions. ‘With… Read More

ROGER HOLMAN

BRECHER

Turbulence reigns over the world of international tax planning, and Brecher’s private client director Roger Holman doesn’t see the pace of change decreasing. The challenge is to cater to clients who want stability and simplicity. ‘They are looking for solid… Read More

SUE LAING

BOODLE HATFIELD

As discussions around the legitimate drive for transparency and concerns over family privacy continue, particularly in the context of trusts and the ownership of companies, Sue Laing has been helping her clients deal with the changing legislative framework and the… 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 Christopher Page. He says the past few… Read More

DANIEL SIMON

COLLYER BRISTOW

Daniel Simon is the senior partner at Collyer Bristow, and has been working in the tax and estate planning department since he qualified in 1993. He has particular expertise in UK and US cross-border planning, but Simon is certainly no… Read More

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EMMA HANDBURY COX

MACFARLANES

Private client solicitor Emma Handbury Cox has a focus on charity law and complex probate work on behalf of international clients. ‘I’ve done a lot of charity work over the last year,’ she tells us. ‘I’ve helped individuals and families… Read More

PRIYA DUTTA

MARK DAVIES & ASSOCIATES

Priya Dutta is senior tax manager at Mark Davies & Associates, having joined the firm in 2017. ‘The firm provides the best of both worlds,’ she says. ‘Clients get the personal service of a small firm, but with the technical… Read More

MICHAEL RUTILI

WITHERS

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… Read More

Top Six Contentious Trust Lawyers

JEREMY GORDON

FARRER & CO

‘There are well-educated and well-adjusted people who turn into absolute monsters in will and trust disputes,’ says Jeremy Gordon, partner at Farrer. But the surprising nature of the work makes for an interesting life. ‘Contentious trusts attract interesting lawyers. They… Read More

PAUL HEWITT

WITHERS

Paul Hewitt is one of four partners at Withers who specialise in contentious trusts. ‘We are doing nothing but disputes about wills, disputes about trusts, and huge cross-border succession matters,’ he says. ‘In the past you shrugged your shoulders on… Read More

JEREMY KOSKY

CLIFFORD CHANCE

Jeremy Kosky is in the enviable position of having the full force of Clifford Chance behind him when it comes to handling high-end trusts litigation. That means the unmatched resources of the firm across corporate, banking and finance and tax… Read More

CHARLES LLOYD

MACFARLANES

‘We mainly do high end work,’ says Charles Lloyd. Whether it’s representing a wealthy family in obtaining worldwide freezing orders for over $500 million in a trust-related dispute, or advising on substantial probate frauds, Lloyd is one of the most… Read More

ANTHONY POULTON

BAKER MACKENZIE

Anthony Poulton has built up a highly international practice based on exceptional skill and competence, but also an amiable personality. Poulton’s particular focus is on advising clients in disputes related to private wealth, trusts and private banking: his clientele includes… Read More