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Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private client


Piers is the head of private client.

Piers specialises in succession, tax and estate planning advice for individuals and their families as well as related advice to trustees and other private client service providers, such as family offices. In addition to UK-based clients, much of his work has an international element, including structuring multi-jurisdictional estates, using trusts in civil law and Shari’a law countries and advising non-UK trustees on tax and fiduciary matters.

He has experience in UK pre-arrival planning for non-domiciliaries, remittance basis advice and the implementation of trusts, wills and associated mechanisms on arrival, both for entrepreneurs and for other high-net-worth individuals.  Piers is also involved in the post-death administration of estates, both in the UK and in the international context.

Before becoming a partner, Piers spent six months on secondment in the trusts department of a leading international law firm.

Piers is ranked as a Tier One adviser in the UK and Global editions of the independent Chambers guide and as a leading individual in the UK Legal 500 guide. He has been recognised in the eprivateclient 2021 50 Most Influential list and is recommended in the 2021 Private Client Global Elite guide.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1998; partner 2005


Professional memberships

STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Piers BarclayMacfarlanes LLP

With the ‘simply excellent’ team at Macfarlanes LLP  ‘there can be few teams of lawyers anywhere in the world that has greater capacity to deal with personal tax, trusts and probate matters than this team‘. It is led by Piers Barclay and is very well equipped to handle all types of complex situations for its ultra-high-net-worth clients with assets, business interests and families across multiple jurisdictions.  Barclay has a significant number of US, Middle Eastern and Greek clients. Key areas of focus include advising executives in the fund management industry on structuring their remuneration as well as designing new trusts to suit the needs of settlors and beneficiaries.  There have been changes to the team at a senior level. Isobel Morton has left the firm while Jonathan Conder has recently moved to Stephenson Harwood. Charlie Maydon Grace has been promoted to partnership.