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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

George Duncan

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Charities and not-for-profit, private wealth; private client.


George has more than 30 years' experience of private client work and specialises in technical aspects of trust law, tax law, charity law and succession law. He advises on the legal meaning of trust documents and wills, especially old and difficult ones. He advises the trustees of charities, including religious charities and the trustees of trusts established in a commercial context, as well as private individuals and the trustees of family trusts. He also advises on tax and trust law issues arising from pension schemes. He has advised on many major transactions involving charities and both family and commercial trusts.

South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is rated for its 'excellent all-round expertise in charities work'. The practice covers the full range of charities law advice, from property, employment and commercial work to dispute management, for a variety of global and national charities and not-for-profits, including household names such as Barnardo's and Cancer Research UK. Recent work includes assisting the former client with the management of its property portfolio, which involved advising on acquisitions, disposals and licences for alterations. The practice also acts for the Save The Children Fund on property issues. Duncan Elson, who is noted for his track record acting for a schools and religious charities, and Ben Smith, who regularly acts for charities and not-for-profit organisations, head the practice, which includes non-contentious charities expert Sally Ashford and tax specialist George Duncan. Kate Parkinson joined VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

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