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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Robert Blower

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth; private client.


Robert specialises in all aspects of private client work, in particular lifetime tax and estate planning, issues relating to offshore assets, trusts, UK landed estates and heritage property. Clients include individuals, both UK domiciled and many non-UK-domiciled, their trusts and companies. Robert acts for many highly influential and international families, advising on the structuring of assets in many parts of the world. He also acts for many UK entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as art collectors and estate owners. Robert has a large Middle East practice and particular expertise in structuring trusts so that they comply with the Islamic shari'ah rules on the devolution of family assets. He has also carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work, in particular in relation to conditional exemption and offers in lieu of tax. Robert regularly advises trustees (including charitable trustees) on their duties and responsibilities and also brings court applications on behalf of trustees. He is a regular speaker on private client matters and writes for legal journals on private client and heritage issues.


Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Art and cultural property

The ‘excellent’ Suzanne Marriott at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP heads the arts group and Edward Craig  heads the retail and leisure group. Marriott advises individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts where art is part of their assets on diverse issues from cross-border and UK tax planning to tax reliefs on art. Robert Blower  is ‘superb on heritage matters’ and the ‘very focusedAndrew Cameron  is also recommended. For art-related dispute resolution Ludovic de Walden  is described as ‘one of the best in his field about everything related to art’. The team advises a broad client base of dealers, artists, galleries and auction houses as well as wealthy individuals on a diverse range of issues from tax planning, escrow and valuation agreements to succession planning and insurance matters. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is an important client. In a key matter the team acts as a trustee of a charitable trust which endows the Arts, organises and funds art prizes and helps with exhibitions and the collections of leading museums and galleries throughout the UK. The firm is well placed to provide the full range of advisory, transactional and dispute resolution services to clients in this specialist area.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an ‘excellent and responsive team that looks to work collaboratively with other professional advisers to provide a holistic service’. The large team has a number of ‘excellent’ practitioners. Bart Peerless is ‘exceptionally able technically and has a complete grasp of the increasingly complex tax laws that affect most trusts and estates’. Piers Master has an ‘excellent technical knowledge of the tax issues that face resident non-domiciled clients. He is sensitive to cross-border tax issues and knowledgeable about international succession matters’. William Begley has a ‘very relaxed manner which belies his sharp intellect’ and James Trafford ‘gets to the heart of the problem quickly’. Robert Blower ‘thinks each problem through to come up with an often ingenious solution’ and Nicola Thorpe is ‘very experienced in offshore trusts and tax’. Andrew Cameron is ‘proactive and very client orientated’ and newly promoted partner Sangna Chauhan has ‘great technical skills combined with a human touch’. John Ward  specialises in providing UK and international tax and estate planning advice to UK and international families.  The department advises on the full range of tax and trust matters for major landed estates and owners of heritage property in addition to advising trustees and other entities in the UK and offshore. This is ‘definitely a firm that can handle all issues on time with due regard to the practical demands of each client’.

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