Ed Powles > Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Private Client, Charity and Philanthropy


Ed is a partner and advises on a range of private client and commercial trusts work.

He works with financial institutions, private clients, family offices, trustees and beneficiaries on complex UK and international trust law issues, personal taxation, and estate planning.

Ed has considerable experience in complex trust law issues, including drafting bespoke family and commercial trusts for a range of clients. He also advises UK and international individuals on UK personal tax, including residence, domicile, the remittance basis, pre-arrival planning and inheritance tax.

He advises charity trustees, those who transact with charities and donors on charity law and philanthropy, including the establishment, governance and taxation of charities. He also has a particular interest in the law relating to art and cultural property, and has led the firm’s Art and Heritage Property team since 2019.

Ed is ranked as a leading lawyer by the 2020 Chambers & Partners (High Net Worth) guide, and is also ranked by the Legal 500 directory. He is a co-editor of Trust Law Quarterly.


Ed qualified in September 2005 having trained at Allen & Overy and  became a partner at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP in May 2014.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners 

Tax Law Committee of the Law Society

Charity Law Association


Cambridge University (MA (2000) and LLM (2001))

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

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

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.