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Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
15th Floor, Milton House
Milton Street
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Private Client,  Immigration, Charity and Philanthropy


Ceris is a partner and head of the Charity and Philanthropy practice and head of the Immigration practice.

Ceris’ areas of expertise include tax, estate planning, family governance, charity law and philanthropy and immigration. She advises UK and non-UK domiciled and resident individuals, families, estates and trustees on UK and international tax and succession issues, establishing UK and offshore trusts, family limited partnerships and other cross border asset-holding structures.

Ceris also has a wealth of experience advising on immigration, philanthropy and art and heritage property matters. Her wide-ranging experience means that, for clients, she is eminently qualified to take on the role of their trusted adviser.

Ceris is well known for advising both grant-making and operational charities on matters of charity law and tax with a particular emphasis recently on governance and risk issues
She has twice won the “Trusted Advisor of the Year” award at the STEP Private Client Awards, a coveted accolade which is based on votes of STEP members. She appears on the 2019 Private Client Global Elite, which is the list of the world’s elite lawyers advising UHNW.

Ceris is named as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 Directory and is ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers HNW guide 2020. She was named as one of the UK’s Top Ten Tax and Trust Lawyers by Spear’s Magazine in 2019 and 2020 and appears in the 2020 Spears 500. She was also ranked by Best Lawyers 2021 as a leading specialist in Charity Law, Art Law and Trusts and Personal Tax.

Ceris is a trustee of Crimestoppers UK, Philanthropy Impact and National Philanthropic Trust Transatlantic and is Chair of the board of trustees of National Philanthropic Trust UK.


Ceris qualified in November 1988 and became a partner in Allen & Overy in 1991. She was a founder member of Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Charity Law Association
Secretary of the STEP Charity Special Interest Group


Ceris is a great fan of rugby and tennis

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Immigration

Boutique private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP‘s immigration offering concentrates on work for high-net-worth individuals, obtaining entry clearance under the points-based system for clients seeking to work or invest in the UK. The practice also advises on nationality work involving Home Office discretion. Practice head Ceris Gardner also advises on family visas and short-term business travel. Managing partner Emma-Jane Weider is also a key member of the team.

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

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Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is particularly skilled in advising on matters that span philanthropy, charity and private wealth. A core component of the practice is advising on the creation of substantial charities, as well as on large and innovative grant agreements between charities and philanthropists. Much of the team’s work is complex with an international dimension and it has also noticed increased instructions from charities and charity trustees on safeguarding concerns. The team has also been busy providing advice to charities in the aftermath of internal allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Ceris Gardner heads the well-respected team, which includes Emma-Jane Weider, Jennifer Chambers and Jennifer Emms.

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

(Hall of Fame)

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Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has substantial experience of advising a diverse range of clients both inside and outside the UK, including artists (and their personal representatives), collectors, national galleries and museums, as well as philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Other key clients include wealthy families with extensive collections in their family homes. Ed Powles leads the firm’s art and heritage property group, which has particular expertise in complex tax issues and gifts and estate planning. In addition, the team is skilled in advising on significant disputes, sales and purchases, financings and loans. Ceris GardnerJennifer Chambers and Clare Maurice are also notable practitioners.

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Hall of Fame)

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