Michael Alden > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Private Wealth; Trust & Estates.


Partner and Head of the Trusts and Estates Team specialising in acting for and advising landed estates and agricultural clients.


Michael also advises on inheritance tax, trust formation and on-going administration and the administration of complex estates including business and agricultural property as well as heritage property and works of art. Michael acts as a Court of Protection Deputy for a number of clients with impaired capacity.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Michael was a Partner with Shoosmiths and, prior to that, he was a Partner with Freeth Cartwright LLP.

Relevant experience:

  • Private client: Acting in the administration of a complex Intestacy including applying to the Court for a Variation on behalf of a minor to incorporate an IHT saving arrangement.
  • Private clients: Advising substantial landowners with mixed agricultural, engineering and commercial property letting activities on IHT planning under the so called “Balfour” approach.
  • Private client: Advising on a £40 million estate on IHT issues as part of a long-term succession strategy.
  • Private client: Acting for a Sicilian-born individual now lacking capacity in relation to managing her assets including Sicilian and Italian Properties/assets.
  • Private client: Dealing with the estate of a UK domiciled individual with US based (excluded) trusts where domicile had changed since creation of the US Trusts.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Ashfords LLP‘s focus lies within succession and inheritance tax planning, estate administration and the creation and administration of trusts. Michael Alden is highly regarded for his understanding of the issues facing high-net worth clients, whose estates require complex financial, tax and succession planning. He co-leads the team with Kerry Morgan Gould and primarily oversees the private wealth department. Gould focuses on the trusts and estates department.