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Piers Barclay

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Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private client.


Partner specialising in succession, tax and estate planning for individuals and their families as well as technical advice to trustees and other institutions; in addition to UK-based clients, much of his advice has an international element, eg structuring multi-jurisdictional estates, use of trusts in civil law countries and advising non-UK trustees. Increasing focus on work in the Middle East region.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1998; secondment to Conyers Dill & Pearman, Bermuda 2002; partner Macfarlanes 2005.


Lancing College, West Sussex; Brasenose College, Oxford (1993 BA Hons Theology); College of Law, London (1994 CPE; 1995 LPC).

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Macfarlanes LLP ‘has a truly outstanding team from partner level to trainee level’. Charles Lloyd ‘conducts high-value and difficult litigation with charm, urbanity and intelligence’. The ‘organised, very determined and assured’ Jonathan Arr  ‘has established himself as a major presence in the sphere of international trust litigation’. The ‘impressivePiers Barclay , the ‘polished and incisive’ Matthew Pintus  (now a consultant) and the ‘hugely successful’ Simon Day (a senior solicitor) are also recommended. Clients of the ‘completely top-class and extremely professional team’ include beneficiaries, spouses, trustees, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and those with hereditary wealth and protectors. The group regularly deals with some of the largest trusts and estates that often hold prominent businesses, other substantial property holdings and large cash and investment portfolios.

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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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