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Edward Reed

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Private client.


Partner specialising in UK and international wills, trusts and estates, succession and personal tax planning, charities/philanthropy and immigration law for private and corporate clients; having been educated both in the UK and France, he has developed expertise in dealing with civil law issues (including investing in overseas real estate, trusts linked to Switzerland and cross-border estate succession issues).


Trained Macfarlanes; assistant solicitor 1995-2003; partner 2003; contributor to Tolleys ‘Administration of Trusts’ and Gothard and Shah ‘The World Trust Survey’ (OUP); co-author of the ‘Trusts, Trustees and the UK Anti-Financial Crime Regime’, chapter (c 11) in Glasson; The International Trust (3rd ed 2011).


French, Italian.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Charity Law Association; Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association; Capital Taxes Sub-Committee of the Law Society’s Tax Law Committee; chairman cross-border estates group of STEP; trustee of The Friends of the Institut Français.


College Stanislas, Paris; St Paul’s School, Barnes; Trinity College, Cambridge (1991 BA Hons; 1995 MA Hons; 1992 DipLP); College of Law Guildford (LSF 1993); Alliance Française de Londres Diplôme de Droit et de Français des Affaires (mention: très bien).

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Macfarlanes LLP regularly advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families on inbound and outbound immigration and nationality issues, in addition to acting for companies, senior executives and their families on a range of matters. Rokos Capital Management LLP is a key client. Senior counsel James Perrott is ‘responsive and has an excellent knowledge of UK immigration law’; he heads the team with Edward Reed.

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Edward Reed - Macfarlanes LLP

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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