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Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage
ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, Edinburgh, London

John Barnett

Tel:
Work 0117 902 2753
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Private client wealth structuring.

Position

Head of Private Client and Tax. 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. Regularly advises partnerships and partners. 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 special commissioners; 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.

Career

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.

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

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


London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership

Within: Partnership

The team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP handles the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership issues, including advising on 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, fund structuring and the use of partnerships in private tax planning. The group has particular expertise in disputes involving farming and agri-businesses, for which it is instructed by clients nationwide. Sian Edmunds leads on partnership disputes, Chris Godfrey heads investment fund-led work, while John Barnett has substantial experience advising private clients on partnerships in relation to family businesses and succession planning.

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP has a particular strength in acting for major landed estates and a large slice of the country’s aristocracy. It is increasingly acting for international and City-based clients and has added a number of the international super-rich to its client base. It is also involved in some of the largest and most complex trust restructuring work. It has been assisting some individuals, trustees and corporate entities on high-value disclosures to the HMRC under the Requirement to Correct legislation and has also advised on some major probate matters. John Barnett and Beatrice Puoti are well-regarded.

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South West: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP is especially experienced in dealing with landed estates, which involves regulatory advice regarding agricultural law and inheritance tax planning. The firm is also experienced in trust establishment and restructuring, which often involves the movements of assets domestically as well as offshore. The firm regularly liaises with family business owners on corporate and personal tax matters as well as the transfer of assets to the next generation. John Barnett provides tax advice to high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions. Senior associate Catherine De Maid leads the firm’s philanthropy team and specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice.  Senior associate Tim Williams  is another specialist in tax, estate planning and trust work.

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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. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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