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Ashley Crossley

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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Wealth management.


Ashley Crossley is chair of the Firm's Europe and Middle East Wealth Management Practice Group as well as head of the Wealth Management Department in the London office. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Wealth Management Steering Committee and coordinating partner for the Firm's global banking relationships. He also heads the Firm's Russia/CIS practice. He is recognized as a leader in his area of practice by Legal 500, Citywealth and Chambers Global. Ashley frequently speaks at external conferences and seminars, and is the editor of STEP's Russia/CIS directory. Ashley is qualified as a barrister and solicitor. Ashley specialises advising clients — particularly those from Russia/CIS and the Middle East — on cross-border trust and tax-related issues. He also advises governments and global financial institutions on compliance and regulatory issues, including disclosure and exchange of information. Ashley advises high net worth individuals, families and global financial institutions on cross-border tax and trust structuring, asset protection, multijurisdictional investment structures, as well as contentious and non-contentious trust work. He has extensive experience in establishing private trust companies and tax-efficient venture capital, as well as pre-IPO tax structures and other private equity structures.


Barrister called 1995 and solicitor (dual qualified); trained Pump Court Chambers; international tax and private client, Clifford Chance LLP 1997-2005; international tax and private client,
Baker & McKenzie LLP 2005 to date; partner 2005; chair of Baker McKenzie’s European wealth management industry steering committee and a member of the global wealth management steering committee. Speaker at the International Bar Association and STEP editor for Russia/CIS directory. STEP, presiding judge (2013).






Oxford University (Jesus College) (B.A. Law) (1994); Oxford University (Jesus College) (Master of Arts Law) (1996)


Political involvement: stood at 2005 election in Falmouth; advisor on tax and member of Parliamentary Mainstream Conservative Party.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The ‘very active’ team at Baker McKenzie  routinely acts in major international and high-value trust disputes. According to some, Anthony Poulton is the ‘top international trusts litigator in London; he is a delight to work with, is analytically excellent and is completely on top of the detail of his cases’. Poulton has extensive experience advising clients on the management of the risks associated with exposure to wealth-related controversy and routinely advises on corporate and family governance issues in addition to resolving private family disputes for trustees, executors, protectors, beneficiaries and interested third parties. The group has specialist trust, wealth, and tax planning skills and this combined with its noted disputes capability (both domestically and internationally) enables it to provide a strong service to clients in this area. Other key members of the highly regarded team include senior associate Gemma Willingham, who is ‘very good at developing strategy and is also excellent at problem solving and keeping clients informed’. Senior associate Luke Richardson is described as a ‘rising star- he will go places’. Ashley Crossley  is another stand out member of this ‘very impressive’ team.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Ashley Crossley - Baker McKenzie

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Ashley Crossley  heads the team at Baker McKenzie, which specialises in complex cross-border structuring, asset protection and advice particularly for major Middle Eastern clients and their family offices. It is advising on some of the latest developments in the holding and taxation of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin. The group has also seen a large increase in international taxation disputes and work stemming from business and real-estate tax investigations and the cross-border exchange of information. Senior associate Phyllis Townsend  is also recommended.

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