Paul Whitehead > Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
15th Floor, Milton House
Milton Street

Work Department

Private Client


Paul is a partner and specialises in private client matters and international wealth structuring, including onshore and offshore trusts, UK personal taxation, Wills and estate planning, with an emphasis on complex tax and trust issues, residence and domicile, the international private client and offshore structures.

Paul advises regularly on pre-immigration planning for individuals and families moving to the UK; he advises on residence – both becoming UK resident and non-UK resident – and on domicile and has been involved in negotiations and HMRC enquiries to agree the domicile status of a number of clients.

Paul advises on and creates trusts and similar structures for families to address asset protection, succession planning, and tax efficiency, including using corporate vehicles, partnerships, and life policies.

Paul advises on a wide range of tax issues, including for resident non-domiciliaries on the use of trusts, the remittance basis and reliefs such as Business Investment Relief; income tax planning strategies, including using Trusts and corporate structures. He has considerable experience advising on capital tax planning – including inheritance tax planning using business property relief, having agreed with HMRC that the relief applies in a number of difficult cases; and capital gains tax planning, including the use of Double Tax Treaty relief, Entrepreneurs’ relief and trust structures.

Paul also advises on wealth protection including structuring trusts, foundations, partnerships, corporate structures and pre-nuptial agreements, and has been involved in the restructuring of many such structures, to meet the changing requirements as families grow up, businesses develop, and the law and tax rules change.

He has written a number of articles and spoken at various seminars in London, the Channel Islands, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Baltic States, Luxembourg, Israel and the US on different aspects of tax and international estate planning.

Ranked in the Chambers & Partners HNW guide for Private Wealth, Paul is also included in the Citywealth Leaders List, which notes his expertise in tax, estate planning and non-contentious trusts.


Paul qualified in 1992 when he moved to Paisner & Co. He became a partner at Paisner & Co in 1999, and was a partner there and at its successor firms, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, for 20 years. Paul joined Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP as a partner in January 2020.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (current chair of City of London Branch)
International Bar Association


1985-1988: University of Nottingham – Law degree (LLB) – Graduated with First class honours in 1988
1992-1994 (part time): University of London (Queen Mary College) – Masters in Laws (LLM – specialising in Taxation) passed with Merit in 1994


Travel, tennis, theatre & music, reading, walking (including dog-walking) and art

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is known for its specialist focus on complex cross-border estate planning and structuring for ultra-high-net-worth clients from all over the world. The team, which ‘effortlessly blends client empathy with profound legal expertise and commerciality‘, acts for clients including  entrepreneurs, business people, traditionally wealthy families, trustees and private banks. Recently, the practice has had a strong focus on cross-border succession planning and the use of trusts and other structures to preserve wealth. As a result, it has been particularly busy advising on family governance and family constitutions, as well as on trust structures involving private trust companies. It has also been increasingly active advising its clients on the use of family investment companies. Jennifer Chambers heads the team, which also includes Ed Powles and further bolstered its senior ranks with the addition of Paul Whitehead from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Arabella Murphy left the firm to set up an independent non-legal consultancy.

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Boutique firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has an international reach and focuses exclusively on private wealth matters for its global client base of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families. Team head Rupert Ticehurst has considerable strength in high-value and complex trusts and estates litigation. Simon Goldring, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is well known for his expertise in onshore and offshore trust and estates disputes. Associate Rosalind Hetherington is another key member of the team, with a particular focus on trust litigation. Paul Whitehead joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  while Arabella Murphy left the firm to set up an independent consultancy.