The Team

THE TEAM

With a team of over 80 professionals, you can feel reassured that you will receive high quality and bespoke advice. Below is a snapshot of our key contacts, who have a breadth of experience and knowledge.

Christopher Kerr-Smiley

Christopher Kerr-Smiley

Legal Director
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+44 (0)117 989 6661

Christopher specialises in advising private clients in relation to their estate planning needs, including wills, trusts and inheritance tax mitigation. His work includes the formation and restructuring of family trusts to achieve tax efficient succession planning, and advising owners of landed estates on inheritance tax mitigation, including maximising agricultural and business property reliefs, and advising on capital gains tax. He also advises on pre-sale tax planning for shareholders in private trading companies.

He has advised non-UK resident trustees on tax efficient distributions to UK resident beneficiaries, and has advised on residence and domicile issues for private clients coming to or leaving the UK, including obtaining favourable domicile rulings from HMRC on behalf of private clients.

He advises institutional trustees on all aspects of trusteeship, including trustees' duties and powers, claims by beneficiaries and tax planning, and frequently advises pension scheme trustees on the creation of trusts to hold death benefits.

Christopher acts as a trustee for a number of family trusts and is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

"Is an excellent technical lawyer," 
"Very, very analytical and very good at coming up with ideas and looking at things from a different perspective." 
"Ensures all matters are carefully considered, to make sure clients receive the right advice in a timely manner."

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