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Collyer Bristow LLP

Work 020 7242 7363
Geneva, London

William Hancock

Work +44 (0)20 7468 7301
Collyer Bristow LLP

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Tax and estate planning, Media and culture


William is a partner in the Tax and Estate Planning team. He advises on contentious and non-contentious private client matters. Areas of practice include domestic and overseas trusts, residence and domicile, wills and succession, cross-border set ups, heritage property, charity and philanthropy, tax and compliance. William also leads an advisory service in art matters, including the collection, preservation, maintenance and disposition of things.


William trained at Withers and qualified into the Private Client department in September 1987. He joined Collyer Bristow as a partner in March 2014 from Speechly Bircham.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, the Professional Advisers to the International Art Market, Heritage Group of Professional Advisers and the Charity Law Association.


Southampton University – LLB; Hertford College, Oxford University – BCL.

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

James Badcock heads the private services team at Collyer Bristow LLP, where other names to note are the ‘very competentDaniel Simon and William Hancock. Hancock advises on domicile and residence, succession and inheritance, and the formulation of efficient strategies for the preservation, maintenance and ultimate distribution of property through wills, trusts and charitable foundations. Much of the team’s work is cross-border, and it has particular expertise in trust structures and specific jurisdictions such as Switzerland, the US, Russia and Egypt. The group is currently advising on a structure involving three separate trusts (both onshore and offshore) and more than ten underlying companies in various jurisdictions. It also remains the long-term adviser to an ultra-high-net-worth family with six offshore trusts and numerous underlying companies involving very valuable assets in multiple jurisdictions.

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