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Addleshaw Goddard

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Yorke Eaton

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Addleshaw Goddard

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.

North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‘very knowledgeable and extremely personableYorke Eaton  at Addleshaw Goddard  is ‘able to put difficult or complicated issues across to clients in a manner that they understand’. Yorke has wide experience of advising charities on a host of issues including on the establishment and registration of new entities, governance and trustee issues. The team continues to advise NFU Charitable Trust on issues such as commercial contracts, charity land transactions, restructuring issues and dealing with other ad hoc queries. Other active clients include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bedingfield’s Trust and National Coal Mining Museum.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Addleshaw Goddard  ‘offers a reliable service in contentious trusts and probate matters. The team makes sure that all the aspects of a case are covered to get the best result possible. It is an excellent choice in the North of England for trust and probate matters’. Yorke Eaton  is an ‘experienced private client lawyer with exceptional client handling skills’. Eaton has extensive contentious trusts and estates experience especially in relation to high-value and complex family trusts and landed estates. He also has considerable expertise in multimillion-pound Beddoe applications, variation of Trust Act applications and trusts disputes generally. The ‘efficient and conscientious’ Christopher Noel (a managing associate) ‘gets the job done’. The practice also regularly draws on the expertise of other departments such as the professional negligence, partnership and civil fraud units and as a result is well placed to handle cross-border litigation. It also has a growing practice in acting for charities in the defence of substantial claims under the 1975 Act.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

The team at Addleshaw Goddard  ‘is without doubt the first team to turn to in the North West for an UNHW business owner’. It is praised for its ‘all-round knowledge and appreciation of the interaction between personal and business assets’. There is ‘real strength and depth in the team’ under the leadership of Yorke Eaton; Eaton and managing associate Christopher Noel, who has recently joined DWF, are ‘both technically excellent and very knowledgeable’. Eaton specialises in complex trust issues and advising trustees on their duties and liabilities when dealing with business assets. Associate Joe Cobb is also ‘very knowledgeable’. Highlights included advising NFU Mutual on its internal policies for dealing with bereavement, vulnerable customers and powers of attorney. The team has also been increasingly advising international individuals and trustees of offshore trusts on UK residence, domicile and tax issues.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

The 'extremely responsive and engaged' private wealth department at Addleshaw Goddard is 'at the top end of the profession in terms of service, expertise and delivery'. The specialist team also benefits from being able to draw on the expertise of other departments in the firm such as corporate, banking, litigation and employment. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has a 'first-class mind' and focuses on representation of high net worth individuals and family trusts. Kaur led a team acting for NFU Mutual on reviewing, updating and amending all trust, documentation and advising on mitigation of any risk. As well as representing national and international companies, the team is regularly instructed by local owner managed and family businesses and trusts. Another key partner, is the 'personable, enthusiastic and commercial' Yorke Eaton who has 'an excellent client manner', acts predominantly for trustees and institutional clients, advising on duties and liabilities and trust and estate administration respectively. 'Professional, thorough and diligent' managing associate Charlotte Smart  is singled out for being 'warm, engaging and extremely reliable' with 'good grasp of all the complex issues'.

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