Yorke Eaton > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
M2 3DE

Work Department

Private capital.


Yorke is a partner in the private capital team. Yorke specialises in dealing with complex trust issues and advising trustees on their duties and liabilities. Yorke advises institutional clients in respect of trust and estate administration, the practicalities of dealing with commercial trusts and the creation and use of trusts in commercial and corporate transactions. In addition, Yorke provides capital tax planning advice to high net worth individuals, regularly advising on succession planning, family governance protocols, complex will drafting, powers of attorney and on trust formation and restructuring, in particular acting on behalf of trusts where the only or main asset consists of shareholdings in private family companies. In addition to the above, Yorke acts as an executor for clients dealing with all aspects of estate administration and acts as a trustee of several trusts and charities. Yorke is a member of the multi-disciplinary national charity team advising on all areas of charity law, including incorporation of charitable trusts or the creation of charitable companies and other structures; funding agreements; the terms of sponsorship and commercial participation arrangements; cross-border charity issues; corporate governance; trading and setting up trading subsidiaries; and mortgaging or disposing of interests in land (compliance with Charities Act 2011 requirements). Yorke is also a member of the dedicated contentious trust team and in this context has experience advising on hostile multi-million pound trust proceedings, applications for Beddoe relief and has also been involved in variation of trust applications.


Trained Addleshaw Booth & Co/Addleshaw Goddard, qualified 2005. Hewlett Packard, UK market analyst/UK marketing team; Addleshaw Booth & Co/Addleshaw Goddard LLP, trainee Solicitor, 2003-05; associate 2005-09; managing associate, 2009-13; legal director 2013-14; partner 2014. Current directorships: Private Capital Trustees Limited; Candlelighters Children’s Charity.


Charity Law Association; Country Land & Business Association.


Cheltenham College; The University of the West of England, Bristol (1996-2000, BA (Hons) Business Decision Analysis); The College of Law, York (2000-01, post-graduate diploma in law; 2001-02, Legal Practice Course passed with commendation).


Travel, motoring, restorations, shooting, politics, forestry, entertaining and music (has own ‘big band’ which regularly performs at private functions) and philanthropy.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

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Sitting within the firm’s corporate department, Addleshaw Goddard’s personal tax, trusts and probate team primarily handles high-value estate planning and trust restructuring mandates. The group’s key clients include banks, trust companies, corporate shareholders, entrepreneurs, regional businesses and high-net-worth individuals; it is also increasingly advising international individuals and trustees of offshore trusts on UK residence, domicile and tax issues. The team is headed by Manchester-based Yorke Eaton, who also specialises in capital tax planning work for business owners.

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Drawing on the wider firm’s expertise in professional negligence, partnership and civil fraud matters, the team at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex, cross-border trust litigation, often in conjunction with its international offices. Acting for high-net-worth individuals and onshore and offshore trust companies (with a growing practice representing charities in Inheritance Act claims), the department is spearheaded by Manchester-based Yorke Eaton, a ‘quick-thinking, intelligent‘ lawyer who regularly acts for trustees in issues pertaining to business assets.

North West > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

As well as providing traditional charity law advice, Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for clients who are entering into commercial contracts with charitable bodies. The department also advises banks on charity land and asset issues, and acts for clients in Charity Commission investigations and inquiries. Private capital partner Yorke Eaton is the name to note.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Addleshaw Goddard excels at handling complex multi-disciplinary work for charities with commercial arrangements; the group also regularly advises on real estate and banking transactions concerning charity land. Other areas of expertise include advising on Charity Commission investigations and inquiry work. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has ‘extensive‘ knowledge of charity law, and the team is praised for its ‘collaborative‘ approach. Legal director Charlotte Smart and Yorke Eaton also contribute to the group; Eaton handles the establishment and registration of new entities and governance work.