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Oliver Court

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Work 020 7831 9222
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Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private client.

Position

Partner in private client group. Experience in advising individuals, families and trustees based in the UK and abroad on UK tax, trust law and estate planning issues. Also specialises in UK/US planning and spent time on secondment with the trusts and estates group of a leading New York law firm. Has experience of establishing and reorganising international family office structures and advising on family constitutions. Member of Macfarlanes’ trust and probate litigation group and has worked on large-scale trust litigation both in England and overseas.

Career

Trained Macfarlanes LLP; qualified 2004; partner 2012. Publications of note: European Lawyer Reference Series – Private Client Tax.

Education

King Edward VI School, Morpeth, Northumberland; St Anne’s College, University of Oxford (1999).


London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Macfarlanes LLP is ‘provides sophisticated and nuanced advice; the team has great depth’. Head of department Piers Barclay  is ‘extremely knowledgeable and has excellent commercial sense’ and Edward Reed  is ‘first-rate’. The ‘very wiseJonathan Conder , Sebastian Prichard Jones , Charles Gothard , Oliver Court and newly-promoted partner Isobel Morton  are all ‘knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking and each displays valuable judgement’. Nicholas Harries  is also ‘very intelligent’. The ‘highly skilled’ team routinely advises on high value and complex work often with an international dimension. The ‘excellent Jennifer Smithson  is recommended for her work on international estate planning for private clients around the world.

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