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Beatrice Puoti

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Private client wealth structuring.


Beatrice is the head of Burges Salmon's private wealth sector and a partner in the firm's private client department. Beatrice's primary focus is on international tax, trusts and estate planning for UK and non-UK resident and domiciled clients. She has significantly contributed to the development of the firm's European tax and trust practice with a particular expertise on Italian issues. Beatrice also has significant experience in advising financial institutions and trustees on international trust and tax matters and on the ownership, structuring and aquisition of UK and non-UK real estate. Beatrice also specialises in cross-boarder estate planning issues with a particular focus on all issues arising from Roman Law and Common Law application. Beatrice is also ranked as one of the UK legal community's best lawyers, having been included in Who's Who Legal 2016, eprivateclients's 50 Most Influential 2015, Citywealth Lawyers Honours List 2015, Power Women 2015, Top 20 Women in Private Wealth Management 2015 and was also named Lawyer of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015. She has also been named as the exclusive winner in the Private Client UK category of the Client Choice Awards 2017 and Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2017. Beatrice often lectures in the UK and overseas at conferences for clients and other professionals.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1999; partner 2005. In-house law at Banco di Napoli.


French, Italian, Spanish.


International Tax Planning Association (ITPA); Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) international sub-committee on cross-border property and succession; STEP EU Committee; Law Society of England and Wales.


Attended Rome University (Law); University of the West of England (CPE; LPC).

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘commercial, practical and sound advice’. The ‘switched-on and practicalJohn Barnett is a ‘leading technical boffin with a great affable manner’. Barnett provides tax advice to a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and many leading banks and other financial institutions. He has a particular focus on entrepreneurial clients many of whom are not domiciled in the UK or have businesses or other interests abroad. The ‘practical, very bright and technical’ Suzanna Harvey  is ‘able to explain complicated issues in simple language’ and Beatrice Puoti has ‘great commercial awareness’. Another key member of the ‘very strong’ team is the ‘professionalTom Hewitt  who is ‘empathetic and wise’. Highlights included advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual on a wide ranging HMRC enquiry.

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South West: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP is indisputably ‘excellent’. Practice head John Barnett is ‘technically outstanding’ and provides tax advice to a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and many leading banks, including those not domiciled in the UK or with overseas interests. Barnett also works with entrepreneurial clients, including those non-domiciled in the UK or with overseas interests. Suzanna Harvey is another key name and she recently advised an ultra-high-net-worth individual on a wide-ranging HMRC enquiry - a cross-border matter involving UK, Guernsey, Barbados, and Switzerland. The ‘exceptional and proactiveBeatrice Puoti is advising on a £500m offshore trust; and Jim Aveline is acting for a family business holding land and investments worth £175m, as well as advising on family trusts owning a major shopping centre worth £100m. Senior associate Catherine de Maid advises trust companies on likely risk areas, assists on matters with a South African connection, and advises on philanthropic issues.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

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