Tim George > Withers > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

30/F United Centre
95 Queensway
Hong Kong

Work Department

Private Client and Tax




He advises high net worth individuals and families in relation to succession planning, particularly those with complex international affairs.

Tim’s expertise includes advising entrepreneurs in relation to the structuring of their businesses, considering issues including business continuity, succession, investment treaty planning and remuneration strategies; advising families in relation to the protection of their wealth, using trusts, foundations, partnerships, companies and funds; assisting with the establishment and operation of family offices; defining sophisticated strategies for individuals moving between jurisdictions; and advising in relation to multi-jurisdictional estate planning with single or multiple wills.

He is recognised as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 2020 and described as ‘one of the go to persons for advice in Asia’ and ‘the first choice for ultra-high-net-worth individuals with a truly global asset base.’ He was previously named Citywealth’s Wealth Professional of the Year and appeared in Tax Journal’s 40 under 40.




Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


Southampton University, LL.B
University of Oxford, LPC

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family

(Leading individuals)

Tim GeorgeWithers

Withers offers extraordinary experience across the spectrum of private client and family matters, having established themselves as a pre-eminent firm in this sphere. As well as a dominating presence in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region, the firm draws from a particularly impressive international network to enhance their cross-border capacity. On the private client side, the team guides high-net-worth individuals and family offices through all their personal and business needs, utilising the firm’s multidisciplinary capabilities to offer advice on overlapping areas such as immigration, litigation real estate and pre-IPO planning. The team is led by Katie Graves , who offers specialist expertise when establishing private trust company structures and handling relevant fiduciary and governance issues. The depth of the team is illustrated by the presence of two leading individuals notably Timothy Burns and Tim George . Burns is a highly experienced tax and trusts lawyer, especially as it relates to the US market, assisting clients with complex tax, investment and citizenship issues. George is especially adept at advising clients on business needs, ranging from continuity and succession to investment treaty planning. Wei Zhang utilises her PRC background to explain intricate offshore trust and US tax concepts to Chinese individuals and families. Jocelyn Tsao is a strong presence on the family side, appearing pro bono in groundbreaking cases on same-sex partnerships and the future of LGBTQ rights in Hong Kong.