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John Annetts

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Private client.


Partner. John specialises in the administration of high-value and complex estates, often containing business assets and offshore elements. As part of his work in this field, he advises on post-death planning and tax mitigation opportunities using deeds of variation and the restructuring of assets. John also acts for high-net-worth individuals and families, advising them on their lifetime UK tax and estate planning, which will often involve preparing complex wills and creating trusts to protect family assets for future generations. John advises UK trustees on both trust law and taxation issues, and deals with matters involving the Office of the Public Guardian, including preparing and registering lasting powers of attorney.


Trained Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing); qualified 2000; partner Howard Kennedy 2012.


Chartered Institute of Taxation; Association of Tax Technicians; Private Client Section of the Law Society.


Lancing College (A level, BBC); Royal Holloway College, University of London (BA (Hons) Ancient History 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (Common Professional Exam, commendation; Legal Practice Course, commendation).


Time with family, 5 a side football, trail running and general interest in playing/watching sport when I have the time!

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Howard Kennedy LLP has an ‘excellent team with very good strength and depth and a very good international outlook’. John Annetts heads the administration and estates team and is ‘smart, able, calm and experienced. He deals with difficult situations with great assurance’. The ‘very bright’ Liz Palmer shows ‘great attention to detail and makes one feel at ease when discussing complex legal matters. She is very good at explaining difficult issues to her lay clients’. Simon Malkiel is ‘fantastic with highly technical issues and is able to think creatively to explore all possible options for his clients. He is very clear on protecting his clients from the risk of interference from the HMRC’. Senior associate Nick Mendoza ‘deals with huge probates with multiple elements with calmness and poise’. It has a diverse client base of high-net-worth individuals and families based both in the UK and internationally.

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