Edward Reed > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private client


Edward advises internationally mobile families on their asset structuring, personal tax and succession planning wills, trusts and personal tax planning. Having been educated both in the UK and in France, Edward has developed an affinity for civil law issues generally. He is a bilingual French speaker and fluent in Italian.

In conjunction with overseas lawyers, he advises on cross-border estate, succession planning and complex tax investigation issues. He has a particular interest in drafting constitutional mechanisms in asset holding vehicles and has advised institutional and corporate trustees on the drafting of their standard forms, focusing on such issues as settlor reserved powers, settlor-directed investment provisions, protector committees and their appointment mechanisms and the trigger events (e.g. incapacity) for the transmission of key trust powers. Being a trustee and protector himself, he also advises trustees and settlors on fiduciary and tax issues arising out of the administration of existing structures.

Edward has been quoted extensively in the press and lectured at industry conferences, as well as publishing articles in English and French on cross-border succession and tax issues. He also advises clients on philanthropic matters.

With over 25 years’ experience in the field, he advises on UK immigration and nationality law and procedure for private and corporate clients. He has administrative oversight of the firm’s wholly-owned trust company, Embleton Trust Corporation Limited and of the Trust Administration Group.

Edward is a contributor to Tolley’s Administration of Trusts and the author of the England and Wales Chapter in The World Trust Survey (Gothard & Shah) published by Oxford University Press. He is also co-author of the “Trusts, Trustees and the UK Anti Financial Crime Regime”, chapter (C11) in Glasson, The International Trust (3rd Ed. 2011).

Most recently, he has co-authored with Iskra Doukova the UK chapter in the STEP Handbook for Advisers “Beneficial Ownership Registers” (August 2021, published by Global Law & Business).


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1995; partner 2003


French, Italian


Professional memberships

  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association)
  • Charity Law Association

Edward is also a member of the Capital Taxes Sub-Committee of the Law Society’s Tax Law Committee, attends HMRC’s Capital Taxes Liaison Group and is a past Chairman of the steering committee of the Cross-Border Estates Special Interest Group of STEP.  He is also a member of the committee of the Thomas More Society.

Amongst various registered charities, he is a trustee of The Friends of the Institut Français, the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, the Stanley Smith UK Horticultural Trust and the de Brye Charitable Trust.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Immigration

Personal tax expert Edward Reed leads Macfarlanes LLP‘s immigration practice, where he is especially noted for his work advising internationally mobile families. The team acts for a range of corporate clients, providing broad support including sponsor licence application management and transaction and compliance advice. Senior solicitors Tom Marsom and Jessica Yu sit at the heart of the firm’s immigration offering, with specialist experience including post-Brexit planning and M&A transactions.

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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