Xavier Nicholas > Forsters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Forsters LLP

Work Department

Private client.


Partner and Head of Private Wealth


Xavier’s principal areas of work comprise personal taxation, trust and estate planning for individuals and trustees in the UK and overseas.  Many of his clients are non-UK domiciled, and much of his work has an international dimension.

Xavier advises UK domiciled clients on wills, trusts and personal taxation.  He has experience in advising those with family businesses or other business interests.  He works closely with the Real Estate team at Forsters to advise clients on the tax implications of UK property ownership and investment.

On the international side, areas of particular expertise include pre-arrival tax planning for individuals wishing to become UK resident, remittance basis planning for UK resident non-UK domiciliairies, the establishment and taxation of investment holding structures, and succession planning for those with assets in more than one jurisdiction.

Xavier trained and spent the first four years of his legal career at Macfarlanes LLP, where he qualified as a solicitor in 2007.  He joined Forsters in 2009, and became a partner in 2013.


Xavier speaks fluent French.


Law Society.


University Kings College London; BA (first class).


Food, mountain sports, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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’.