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

Yorkshire and the Humber > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

The ‘extremely capable and commercially astute‘ private capital team at Addleshaw Goddard is led by charities specialist Pervinder Kaur. Handling complex matters for owner-managed businesses, the practice advises clients in relation to succession, planning opportunities and tax issues. Increasingly active in the international sphere, the practice has recently advised individuals from Hong Kong, Oman and Dubai on offshore trusts, UK residence and domicile issues. Additional areas of expertise include family governance and property structures. Yorke Eaton, Charlotte Smart and Laura Woffinden are additional names to note.

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

The ‘outstandingPervinder Kaur leads the team at Addleshaw Goddard. Drawing on the wider firm’s expertise in areas such as real estate, litigation, pensions and insolvency, the team has a strong track record advising clients who also operate as businesses and employers. In addition, the department has a history of advising on Charity Commission investigations and regularly supports banking interests with significant transactions (particularly those regarding lending and the taking of security over land and assets). Notably, the firm also assists institutional trust corporations with the charitable aspects of their portfolio. Trusts specialist Yorke Eaton is another key contact.

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

(Leading individuals)

Yorke EatonAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard provides comprehensive advice to high net-worth and ultra high net-worth individuals and families on trusts, wills, lasting powers of attorney and estates. The team draws on the wider firm’s corporate expertise to provide full-service assistance, including handling the restructuring and sale of assets. Practice head Yorke Eaton is adept at complex tax and succession planning, such as advising clients who own overseas assets. Many of Eaton’s clients have long-term relationships with the practice.

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Addleshaw Goddard‘s contentious trusts and probate team draws on the firm’s experience in litigation and private capital matters to advise a client base of beneficiaries, trustees, and executors. As well as acting for individuals, the team advises institutional beneficiaries, such as charities, in disputed will cases. Yorke Eaton is the key figure in Manchester, with experience in handling complex trust issues. Eaton works closely with the firm’s Leeds office, led by Pervinder Kaur.

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

Addleshaw Goddard‘s charities team advises clients on matters including governance, investments and commercial agreements. Pervinder Kaur in Leeds and Yorke Eaton in Manchester are the key contacts in the team. Eaton, a private client specialist, frequently acts for family charitable trusts and also handles estates left to charities, including those with complex and contentious elements. Managing associate Laura Woffinden works across the Manchester and Leeds offices and is another name to note.