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Charles Russell LLP

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Robert Blower

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Charles Russell LLP

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Private capital group.


Robert specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies, acting for UK domiciled and also many non-domiciled clients on all aspects of private client work including issues relating to offshore assets, trusts and UK heritage property. Robert has a particular expertise in structuring trusts so that they comply with the Islamic shari’ah rules on the devolution of family assets. Robert has also carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work. Robert regularly advises trustees (including charitable trustees) on their duties and responsibilities and also brings court applications on behalf of trustees.


Qualified 1991; partner Charles Russell 2004.


The Heritage Lawyers Group; The Christies ‘Goodison Review Group’; STEP.


Trinity College, Cambridge (LLB, MA law).


Walking, fishing, reading.

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Charles Russell LLP

  • The legal due diligence process on an initial public offering on AIM

    When a company is proposing to apply for admission of its shares to AIM on an initial public offering (IPO), legal due diligence is an integral part of the process required to be carried out by the company. Legal due diligence is primarily designed to help minimise potential liability for the company and its board of directors, who have primary responsibility for the admission document. The nominated adviser to a company, however, is also responsible to the London Stock Exchange for assessing the appropriateness of the company for AIM, and legal due diligence plays a key role in this. Legal due diligence will highlight at an early stage of the process any issues that need to be dealt with to ensure that the company will be suitable for admission to AIM. Through this process, the company will also gather the information required to be included in the admission document.
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  • Anti-Money Laundering Update - Cyprus

    First uploaded on the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering website.
  • Austria: Extension of the threshold regulation until the year 2016

    The "threshold regulation" adjusting (raising) the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act ("BVergG") will be extended once again, namely for two more years. This plan was disclosed in the press briefing issued in conjunction with the retreat held by the members of Austria's federal government on September 27th and 28th this year. Thus, contracting authorities will continue to be able to benefit from substantial procedural simplifications when awarding contracts below the threshold in 2015 and 2016 as well. read more...
  • Serbia: Insolvency Act Amendments adopted

    As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act [Zakon o stečaju] are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014 ("New IA"). The New IA shall not be implemented retroactively, and those insolvency proceedings that were ongoing on the day the New IA entered into force will be continued under the previously valid rules. read more...
  • Hungary: New advertising tax feels like a bucket

    Hungary's new advertising tax, which has been introduced effective as of 15 August 2014, affects not only media companies, online and offline content providers and advertising agencies (media companies), but may also affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments (commercial companies). read more...
  • Voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide a clean bill of health...

    The ECJ has ruled that the so-called "voluntary  ex ante  transparency notice" under certain circumstances does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice. Moreover, the ECJ ruled that review authorities must declare a contract ineffective if the contracting authority could not legitimately hold that that the conditions for directly awarding the contract were in fact satisfied (ECJ 11.09.2014, Case C-19/13 Fastweb SpA ). read more...
  • Austria / EU: Latest EU Sanctions against Russia

    After introducing the "sectoral sanctions" against Russia on 1 August 2014 (see our  Legal Insight of 1 August 2014 ), the sanctions regime has been tightened further on September 12 as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014. read more...
  • Austria: Judgment sheds light on joint ventures under the country’s merger control*

    Austrian merger control continues to capture non-full-function joint ventures. Joint ventures covered by merger control are sheltered against parallel assessment under the Austrian rules against anticompetitive agreements (no dual control). read more...
  • Czech Republic: Mergers, or thick red lines?

    In its decision no. 29 Cdo 3068/2013 dated 19 June 2014, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic ("SCCR") once again ruled on the issue of the irreversibility of the legal effects of registration of transformation in the Czech Commercial Register. read more...
  • Hosting service providers at gunpoint of the financial "sharks"

    Can you fully control the Internet?
  • Financial Services & Regulatory Autumn Update 2014

    In this Update, we look at some valuable lessons learned for all financial services businesses from recent JFSC examinations and investigations, as well as amendments to the Companies (Jersey) Law.    Read more...