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Herrington Carmichael LLP

Work 0118 977 4045
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Camberley, London, Wokingham

Anthony Tahourdin

Work 01276 686222
Herrington Carmichael LLP

Work Department

Private Client


Anthony is a Partner in the Private Client Department. He joined the firm in 1999 from a London practice where he headed up the Probate Department. He heads up the Private Client Department.  

Anthony advises on all areas of Private Client law but his main interest is in the administration of Trusts and Estates. He has over 30 years’ experience in dealing with estate administration and he regularly advises on complex estates.

Examples of recent work include:

- Negotiating with HMRC in relation to the value of substantial loans made by a deceased for the purposes of inheritance tax.

- Building and presenting to HMRC the case for the application of Agricultural and Business Property relief in respect of a Farm and Livery business carried out by an elderly farmer.

- He is regularly nominated to act as Deputy Attorney for clients who have lost capacity. In that role he seeks to be actively involved and regularly instigates tax planning exercises on behalf of the client.

Anthony strives to ensure that clients receive a fast and reliable service whilst maximising any Tax reliefs that are available and ensuring that wherever possible the clients are also advised of possible opportunities for future tax savings.

Anthony is a member of the Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and The Law Society Probate Section.


Trained Tweedie & Prideaux (now Veale Wasborough Vizards); qualified 1979; head of probate and wills Tweedie & Prideaux 1979-1985; salaried partner 1983; head of private client department Simmonds Church Smiles (now GRM Law) of London WC1 1985-1999; equity partner 1987; head of private client department Herrington Carmichael LLP 1999-2011; partner 2004 to date.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Law Society Private Client Section; Solicitors for the Elderly.


St George’s College, Weybridge; Kingston University (1976 BA Hons Law).


Dog walking; skiing; sailing and most water activities. Keen dinghy and yacht sailor including extensive yacht racing experience. Member of Junior Offshore Group and Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club (of which he was commodore and is now a trustee). Formerly member and Commodore of Law Society Yacht Club.

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

The team at Herrington Carmichael LLP 'acts with great integrity and professionalism' and 'combines in-depth knowledge and precision with a very friendly, helpful manner'. The team draws on the firm's commercial, disputes and real estate expertise to advise on estate planning, trusts, wills and probate matters, as well as inheritance and capital gains tax issues. Its recent work has included an acrimonious probate dispute and handling a complex case concerning the domicile of a late client. Practice head  Anthony Tahourdin is ' very impressive' and managing partner Frankie Tierney is praised by clients for her 'knowledge and efficiency' and her ability to resolve family disputes. Other noted lawyers include Paul Denza, Minnaar Badenhorst and the 'exceptional' Andrew Smith, who specialises in Court of Protection work. Rachel Burnett is also noted for being 'very knowledgeable on trusts and the drafting of trust instruments'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The 'exemplary'¬†Herrington Carmichael LLP¬†private client team provides ‚Äėan outstanding level of service with prompt signposting and referrals to other team members as required‚Äô. Areas of specialisation for the practice include estate administration, lifetime tax and estate planning, and work with elderly and vulnerable clients, including Court of Protection matters. ‚ÄėVery impressive‚Äô practice head¬†Anthony Tahourdin¬†provides ‚Äėtimely, detailed, relevant and helpful responses‚Äô, while being ‚Äėvery friendly and approachable‚Äô. Litigator¬†Robert Syms¬†joined the practice in June 2017, bringing experience of applications for substitution or replacement of executors, claims under the Inheritance Act, and advice on mental capacity and undue influence issues in connection with wills. Senior solicitor¬†Paul Denza¬†specialises in detailed advice on complex tax and trust problems. Solicitors¬†Andrew Smith¬†and¬†Faye Smith, both¬†‚Äėdependable and trustworthy professionals‚Äô, are noted.

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