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Martin Paisner

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Senior departmental partner in the trust and personal tax planning department; specialises in general estate planning, including the use of trusts for both UK-based and overseas clients, and charity law and practice.


Articled 1967; qualified 1970; trustee and honorary solicitor to numerous charities; honorary fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, King’s College, London and Worcester College, Oxford; honorary doctorate of Glasgow University 2003, honorary PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science 2011. Appointed CBE June 2004. Philanthropic activities: chairman Weizmann UK; chairman Myers JDC Brookdale Institute; trustee British Library Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action, Cancerkin, Mentor UK, Jerusalem Foundation, Shaare Zedek UK, Holocaust Educational Trust, the Woolf Institute, British Institute of International and Comparative Law; board member the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Inc.


Charity Law Association; STEP.


St Paul’s School, London; the Sorbonne, Paris; Worcester College, Oxford (MA); University of Michigan (1967 LLM).


Rare book collecting; member the Garrick Club and the Reform Club.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for a broad range of charitable clients including a number of trusts and foundations that have been established by international high-net-worth individuals through to an increasing number of corporate charitable foundations. It also continues to advise donors, founders, charities and trustees as well as wealthy families in the co-ordination and management of their international charitable giving. The team has a particular expertise in the Orthodox Jewish charitable sector. Martin Paisner acts as a trustee of a considerable number of family trusts regularly advising across multiple generations. Associate Nicola Allison routinely advises a range of charities and not for profit organisations on a myriad of issues such as structuring, incorporation and registration. Clients include Wolfson Foundation and Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation and Weizmann UK.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Paisner - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a ‘very responsive and approachable team that provides superb advice’. Clients are ‘continuously impressed by the quality of the advice. The recent merger with Bryan Cave also adds a US string to its bow’. The ‘first-class tax and trust department ’ has various stand-out individuals including Damian Bloom, Martin Paisner and Rupert Ticehurst all of whom are ‘exceptionally able and give clear, incisive and effective advice’. Bloom heads the department and ‘really knows his stuff’. He ‘presents really well to clients and provides excellent advice. He is straightforward to deal with and extremely able’. Paul Whitehead is ‘amazingly strong technically but also has the gift of being able to distil complex issues into clear and concise advice. He is not afraid to help clients make a choice about what is the best course of action for them’. Simon Phelps has a focus on advising clients and their family offices based in the Middle East and Far East on UK tax and asset structuring. Associate director Tracey Hawksley provides ‘timely, well thought-through and thorough advice even on the most complex of issues’. The large team is adept at handling complex and high-value multi-jurisdictional matters and has considerable expertise in key regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Russia. Clients also appreciate the ‘pragmatic approach of the team which greatly assists offshore trustees to navigate the complex UK tax environment’.

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