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Jim Aveline

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Private client and wealth structuring.


Partner in private client and wealth structuring department. Specialises in tax and estate planning for both UK and offshore clients. This includes advising landed estates and diversified farm businesses on their various tax, trust and agricultural issues. He also has a particular focus on succession planning and structuring for family business owners and heads up Burges Salmon’s Family Business team. His international work includes advising resident and non-resident clients on their global trust and wealth structuring and advising on structures to pass their wealth on to the next generation. Recent examples of work include: advising an international family with £300m+ assets on their offshore structures, innovative partnership and trust structuring to claim Entrepreneur’s Relief on a record breaking agricultural land sale; advising the beneficiaries on the administration and winding up of a Cayman and UK estate and holding structure to minimise IHT and CGT; drafting a Family Charter to set out the principles of how control and ownership will pass in a large diversified family business to give certainty to the next generation. Winner of STEP President’s prize for best thesis on international issues 2010. Regular lecturer at a number of national conferences.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 2004; partner 2012. Three years living in Japan and working for local government; three years setting up and managing own businesses in the UK.


German, Japanese, French.


Committee member National Law Society Capital Taxes Sub-Committee; former council member Bristol Law Society.


Attended Nottingham High School, Nottingham; Bristol University (1995 Euro LLB); University of the West of England, Bristol (2003 LPC Distinction).


Kite surfing, skiing/snowboarding.

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Burges Salmon LLP continues to act for many of the largest and most important institutional landowners, estates and agri-businesses nationally on substantial and complex matters. The group advises on the full array of matters from estate management, subsidies and tenancies, through to the sale and purchase of agricultural property and substantial estates, as well as on rural development. Other areas of expertise include assisting farmers and agri-business clients on regulatory issues affecting the food supply chain. Tom Hewitt heads the team and Jim Aveline acts for a sizeable client base of diversified farms and landed estates in relation to their tax, estate and succession issues.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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