Rupert advises on a wide variety of private client matters including the drafting and administration of trusts, drawing up wills and powers of attorney, probate and charity law.
He specialises in advising the owners of landed estates and other family businesses on capital tax planning and succession issues and has a particular interest in the preservation of heritage property and its exemption from tax. Rupert acts as trustee of a number of significant estates in England and Wales.
Rupert trained at Stephenson Harwood and moved to Forsters on qualification in 2003. He became a partner in 2011.
Law Society; STEP; Country Land & Business Association (CLA); Agricultural Law Association (ALA).
The King’s School, Canterbury; University of St Andrews (1999 MA).
History, fishing, shooting and conservation.
Forsters LLP has a sophisticated client base which includes a blend of traditional landowners across multiple generations of a family, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and, increasingly, overseas investors and purchasers with Andrew Lane at the helm. Lane acts for private and commercial investors purchasing farms and estates and Penny Elliott acts for a wide range of private and institutional owners of rural property. The team, which also includes Rupert Mead, is skilled at advising the owners of landed estates on tax planning and succession issues and on the preservation of heritage property. It is also recommended for its work on substantial development transactions. The team was pleased to add Henry Cecil and Christopher Findley to its ranks from BDB Pitmans.
Forsters LLP has a wealth of experience in acting for influential individuals and institutions in the UK and international art markets. Clients range from international collectors, auction houses, dealers, museums and charities, to living contemporary artists seeking to establish structures to safeguard their artistic legacies and provide for their family members. Its client base also includes families and their trustees owning old masters and chattels of national importance. Catherine Hill heads the team that also includes Rupert Mead who has a particular interest in the taxation of heritage property (chattels, historic land and buildings).