Chris advises individuals and families on wealth structuring. This includes the use of estate planning vehicles such as companies, trusts and foundations to manage the controlled devolution of wealth and family businesses to younger generations, to protect wealth from adverse third parties and to manage complex cross-border tax problems involving multiple jurisdictions. His practice includes advising clients on the implications of information sharing and transparency initiatives, such as the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and beneficial ownership registers.
He also advises on will planning and probate involving assets spread across jurisdictions, including the application of the EU Succession Regulation.
In addition to representing wealthy individuals and families from around the world, he also represents professional fiduciaries on issues relating to the design and management of structures, risk mitigation (including fiduciary risk) 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 structuring of UK residential property.
- Succession planning
- International tax
- Cross-border Wills & Probate
- Global information sharing
- 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.