Charles Gothard > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private Client


Charles specialises in advising international families and entrepreneurs as well as the family offices, trust companies and other institutions helping them.

His work often relates to their estate planning, structures (whether trusts, foundations or other vehicles), philanthropy and personal affairs. This frequently involves complex international tax and estate planning, co-ordinating advice from advisers in different jurisdictions and often in situations with little or no UK connection. He also regularly advises foreign residents on the most tax efficient way to structure UK investments or a move to the UK.

Charles also has significant experience of contentious UK and international trust and probate work – resolving disputes between trustees or executors and beneficiaries, acting for either side.

Charles heads the firm’s family office group and is country partner for Switzerland so has overall responsibility for our relationships in Switzerland.

Charles lectures regularly in the UK and abroad and has published articles in many of the leading professional publications. He is the joint editor of The World Trust Survey – an overview of the trust laws of 34 jurisdictions published in 2010 by Oxford University Press and the joint author of a chapter on “Protectors” in Tolley’s Administration of Trusts.

Charles is a member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Charles 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 2020 Spear’s 500 guide.


Qualified 1997; partner 2005; partner Macfarlanes 2013