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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work 020 7203 5000
Fax 020 7203 0200
Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

William Begley

Work 020 7427 6540
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth; private client.


William advises both UK- and non-UK-domiciled clients on a wide range of tax and estate planning issues. William is an expert in devising structures to protect the wealth of his clients and their families and finding innovative solutions to the issues they face. Many of William’s clients are household names, drawn from the worlds of business, property, finance, media and the arts. Experience: designing and implementing practical and effective succession plans for individuals, married couples and families to ensure wealth is protected for future generations against the threats of tax, possible divorce, family disputes and financially immature heirs; advised trustees in a complex and wide-ranging reorganisation of the will trust of a high-profile landowner - the will trust included valuable bloodstock, a stud farm, important artwork and a working country estate; varying a deceased’s estate, comprising 500 acres of land and significant cash and investments, with a view to maximizing agricultural and business property relief and avoiding a significant inheritance tax charge; providing practical and tax-efficient estate planning to families where there are children or heirs from more than one marriage or relationship.

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

William Begley - 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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