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Charles Russell LLP

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Robert Blower

Work 020 7203 5000
Charles Russell LLP

Work Department

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.

Practice Areas

Agriculture and estates; Private client - financial services; Private client

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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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    This update discusses the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (" Bill "), which was passed by Parliament on 8 July 2014.
  • EU/AT: Austrian gas law's possible non-compliance with EU Gas Directive

    On 18 July 2014, the Austrian energy regulatory authority E-Control released its affirmative decision in relation to the certification of Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH (" TAG ") as a transmission system operator (" TSO ") for gas. In its decision, E-Control not only requires TAG to be comprehensively restructured, but also takes a stance on the European Commission's (" EC ") opinion on the potential non-compliance of the Austrian Natural Gas Act 2011 (Gaswirtschaftsgesetz " GWG ") with EU unbundling rules.  read more...
  • Proposals to enhance regulatory safeguards for investors in the capital markets

    This update discusses a consultation paper published by the Monetary Authority of Singapore on proposals to enhance its regulatory framework for safeguarding investors' interests. The proposals are in the following three key areas: (a) extending to investors in non-conventional investment products the current regulatory safeguards available to investors in capital markets; (b) requiring investment products to be rated for complexity and risks, and for these ratings to be disclosed to investors; and (c) refining the non-retail investor classes including providing accredited investors the option to benefit from the full range of capital markets regulatory safeguards that are applicable for retail investors.
  • New Regulation for the Turkish Banking Industry: Towards a Healthy Synthesis Between the Banks and t

    Turkish banking industry is considered one of the strongest in Europe. The crisis ridden global banking industry had experienced numerous difficulties following the 2008 market collapse, but Turkish banking industry had survived the crisis with relatively insignificant scars.
  • A Touchstone in Energy Financing: Reduced Yield and Turkish Insurance Market

    The effect of climate change is not only an environmental problem today as it directly relates to the resource based industries.  In today's world, the scientific assessments lead the players of energy to reflect on their project viability.  In direct proportion to the growth in financing renewable projects, insurance companies and underwriters are also expected to formulate their risk assessments on resource-oriented allocation models.  Since especially the incontestable growth of ancillary instruments in Europe and  the Japan the warranties in financing the "energy as the capital and the resource itself" yields new insurance coverage.
  • UA: New rules for conversion of FX proceeds

    The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) introduced the compulsory exchange of 100% of foreign currency proceeds.  read more...
  • Competiton Law Quarterly Update Q2/2014

    In this edition's feature article "CCS airline industry market study", we discuss CCS findings from an airline industry market study which CCS commissioned to examine whether certain joint ventures between airlines operating through Singapore have actually resulted in net economic benefits.
  • South Korea: Draft Act on Compensation and Relief of Environmental Pollution Damage

    The Korean Government has launched a government project to establish a system to compensate and insure against environmental pollution damage, and is pursuing the introduction of a legal relief system for environmental pollution damage. Such Government initiative is intended to address the current situation where environmental pollution accidents inflict serious damage on society due to the enormous amount of tax money that is required for curing the pollution, while companies that caused the accident sometimes go bankrupt because they cannot bear the financial burden of paying the compensation. Moreover, the victims of environmental pollution accidents are often unable to obtain proper compensation due to the burden of proving that their injury resulted from the pollution or due to the prolonged litigation process which is unavoidable in light of the nature of environmental pollution.
  • South Korea: KFTC Approves First Consent Decree

    On March 12, 2014, the Commissioners of the Korea Fair Trade Commission ("KFTC") approved a consent decree with Korea's major Internet portal companies, Naver and Naver Business Platform (collectively "Naver") and Daum Communications ("Daum"). This was the first time since its introduction that a consent decree was used to conclude a case before the KFTC. With this consent decree, the KFTC's investigation of Naver and Daum for their alleged abuse of market dominance ended without any finding of liability.
  • South Korea: Recent Developments in Broadcasting Regulations

    Recent regulatory developments in the ever-changing broadcasting environment are summarized below.