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Anthony Thompson

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Forsters LLP

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Anthony advises on estate planning for high net worth private clients; the creation and structuring of trusts (both for individuals and professional trustees), family governance and general tax planning work.

He has advised high net worth clients for over 30 years.  Many of his clients originate from outside the UK and he has particular expertise in advising clients from the Middle East. 

Much of Anthony's work involves advising individuals and families on their international estate planning.  This includes advice on trust structuring, succession planning, family governance, residence, domicile and UK taxation.  A major element of his role is to understand the family's needs and concerns and to design and put in place estate planning structures to meet those requirements.

He is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner and more recent nominations and awards are Citywealth's Private Client Lawyer of the Year in 2014, he has been named as one of the Top 20 Men in Private Wealth by Citywealth and by Private Client Practitioner as one of the 50 Most Influential Private Client Practitioners every year since 2014.  He is ranked as a leading individual in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories. He is also recognised in the Chambers HNW Guide for his expertise based abroad for the United Arab Emirates.

Anthony joined Forsters with the rest of the Gowling WLG London Private Client team in May 2017.  Prior to this, he was head of Gowling WLG's Private Client team (formerly Lawrence Graham) for 10 years.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1985.


The Law Society

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Anthony Thompson - Forsters LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Forsters LLP ‘continues to be outstanding’ under the leadership of Patrick Harney . Harney’s ‘UK/US practice is renowned in London but it is his approachability and his measured advice that sets him apart’. Kelly Noel-Smith  is an ‘exceptional lawyer. She is very competent and is involved in some high value and complex work –which she handles with aplomb. She works very effectively with her associates’. Catherine Hill  is ‘highly capable’ and David Robinson ‘continues to impress with his exceptional ability and his immense practical experience’.Rupert Mead , Guy Abrahams  and Xavier Nicolas are ‘all bright, able and very impressive’. Nick Jacob is ‘very experienced in offshore trusts and tax – he is a big name in the market who is very busy’. Anthony Thompson has ‘great private client expertise which is matched by his commercial acumen’. Harney advises domestic UK families on wealth structuring and has a particular expertise in the use of family partnerships and family investment companies as a tax efficient wealth holding vehicle. There are also ‘numerous able assistant solicitors’ in the department. The team continues to act for high-net-worth individuals and their trustees on the creation of trust vehicles and other succession planning structures for asset protection and wealth preservation.

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