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Forsters LLP

Work Department

Private Client




Anthony advises on estate planning for high net worth private clients; the creation and structuring of trusts (both for individuals and professional trustees), family governance and general tax planning work.

He has advised high net worth clients for over 30 years.  Many of his clients originate from outside the UK and he has particular expertise in advising clients from the Middle East. 

Much of Anthony’s work involves advising individuals and families on their international estate planning.  This includes advice on trust structuring, succession planning, family governance, residence, domicile and UK taxation.  A major element of his role is to understand the family’s needs and concerns and to design and put in place estate planning structures to meet those requirements.

He is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner and more recent nominations and awards are Citywealth’s Private Client Lawyer of the Year in 2014, he has been named as one of the Top 20 Men in Private Wealth by Citywealth and by Private Client Practitioner as one of the 50 Most Influential Private Client Practitioners every year since 2014.  He is ranked as a leading individual in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories. He is also recognised in the Chambers HNW Guide for his expertise based abroad for the United Arab Emirates.

Anthony joined Forsters with the rest of the Gowling WLG London Private Client team in May 2017.  Prior to this, he was head of Gowling WLG’s Private Client team (formerly Lawrence Graham) for 10 years.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1985.


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London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Hall of Fame)

Anthony ThompsonForsters LLP

It is the level of expertise’ at Forsters LLP  ‘combined with its ‘can-do’ attitude that attracts clients’ with Xavier Nicholas  at the helm. It has a large private wealth practice with a pre-eminent reputation for its advice to domestic and international HNW and UNHW clients on a range of complex cross-border and high-value taxation, estate planning and trust structuring matters. It continues to enjoy a regular stream of instructions on multi-billion pound matters for its international client base. Clients include major entrepreneurs, multi-generational families, trustees of significant cross-border estates and well-known artists. Carole Cook  is well-regarded for her work on complex tax and trust issues. Kelly Noel-Smith  acts for some of the world’s richest families, including Middle Eastern royalty, Greek shipping families and entrepreneurs. Anthony Thompson  is among the leading advisers to Middle Eastern UNHW clients. James Brockhurst has recently been promoted to the partnership. ‘For such very clever people, they are also incredibly nice and easy to deal with’.