Chris Moorcroft advises individuals and families on wealth planning and succession matters. This includes the use of estate planning vehicles such as companies, trusts and foundations to manage the passing of wealth and family businesses to younger generations, to protect wealth from unexpected events like death and incapacity, to protect wealth from adverse third parties and to manage complex cross-border tax problems involving multiple jurisdictions.
He advises on will planning and probate involving assets spread across jurisdictions, including the application of the EU Succession Regulation. He frequently deals with wills and probates which involve more than one jurisdiction and acts as executor and administrator of estates, as well as the trustee of a charitable trust.
He represents wealthy individuals and families from around the world, with a particular focus on US-connected clients and individuals from the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he also represents professional trust companies and other fiduciaries on issues relating to the design and management of structures, risk mitigation (including fiduciary risk), data protection and tax.
A significant element of his expertise involves advising UK and international high net worth individuals who are resident, investing or spending time in UK on how to structure their assets, including advice relating to the remittance basis regime and the structuring of UK residential property.
- Succession planning and wealth management structures
- International wills and probate
- US-connected clients
- Middle East & Africa
- Confidentiality of information and data protection
- Trustees’ fiduciary risk
Chris has twice been recognised as a ‘Top 35 Under 35’ by ePrivateclient, a ‘rising star’ by Super Lawyers, and as ‘up and coming’ by Chambers & Partners. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Chris spent two years working for a large global private bank where he worked in a team focused on the bank’s key clients, much of which was spent working with clients originating from Africa and the Middle East.
Chris graduated with a degree in Law from University of Durham before completing the Legal Practice Course in Oxford. He trained at Clifford Chance and has also worked for King & Wood Mallesons in Australia.
- Qualification date: February 2009
- Academic qualifications: LLB – 2005; LPC – 2006