John Barnett > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Work Department

Tax, Trusts and Family; Private Wealth


Head of Private Client Services department. Provides a full range of tax advice to individual and corporate clients. Including advice to private banks, trust companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and owner managers on personal and business tax. Work also encompasses tax advice on corporate and business structures; advice on offshore structures and advice on offshore and onshore trusts. Experience also includes: tax litigation/investigations; advocacy before Tax Tribunal; EIS work; non-domiciliaries and UK land; international corporate work including advice to a number of clients on international holding company structures, coupled with personal advice on trust and tax planning; corporate restructuring advice on a number of significant transactions; and the taxation of development land, including general advice to landowners.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1997; qualified as Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) 1998 (awarded institute medal for highest national exam marks); associate 2000; current directorships: Sixty-One CIO (pro bono ex-offenders support organisation). Regular lecturer at a number of national conferences. Member of the GAAR Interim Panel, 2013. STEP Private Client Awards chair of judges 2017-2019.


CTA (Fellow); TEP; council member of Chartered Institute of Taxation, chair of CIOT Technical Policy and Oversight Committee.


Educated at Christchurch, Oxford University (1991 MA Politics, Philosophy and Economics); College of Law, Chester (1994 CPE and LPC).


Local Methodist Church – qualified local preacher; golf, cricket, hockey and music.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Hall of Fame)

John BarnettBurges Salmon LLP

The ‘truly excellentJohn Barnett heads a large and dedicated private wealth team at Burges Salmon LLP with lawyers based in Bristol and London. The group has immense experience of complicated and cross-jurisdictional work for individuals and trusts. Suzanna Harvey provides tax advice to a wide range of clients, from high-net-worth individuals to leading private banks and other financial institutions. Jim Aveline leads the firm’s family business team. Beatrice Puoti left the firm in January 2023.

South West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

John BarnettBurges Salmon LLP

With lawyers spread across Bristol and London, the ‘market leading‘ practice at Burges Salmon LLP regularly advises high-net worth individuals and families on complex and cross-jurisdictional tax, trusts and probate matters.  The practice is spearheaded by John Barnett, a tax solicitor and a Chartered Tax Adviser who has particular expertise advising wealthy individuals and banks. Other notable individuals include Catherine De Maid – heads of the firm’s philanthropy team – who specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice, and Tim Williams, noted for his focus on the taxation of development land.