Robert advises on tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy individuals, their advisers and trustees. He acts for a wide range of clients including the owners of landed estates, business people, non-domiciliaries and international families with assets in multiple jurisdictions. He is a Trustee of a number of UK trusts including several that hold heritage assets, and he also acts as Executor. Robert advises on contentious trust and probate work, and has recently been involved in applications to vary and rectify trusts both in the UK and offshore.
Robert has developed a reputation for advising a number of high profile US families based in the UK (alongside their existing US advisers) and he is also experienced at advising Middle Eastern families on the creation and reorganization of trusts, including Sharia compliant structures. He is also known for his sensitive handling of complicated family situations.
Robert is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He has spoken at conferences and seminars in a number of locations worldwide, including London, New York, Geneva, Bahrain and Dubai. He is recommended in Chambers & Partners UK and Global directories and the Legal 500 according to which he is ‘well-connected and commercial'. Robert was named Private Client Lawyer of the Year in the Spears Wealth Management Awards 2009, and he features in the 2012 Citywealth list of Leading Lawyers. In 2011, Robert was awarded a distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.
Robert trained at Withers. He joined Payne Hicks Beach from Trowers & Hamlins where he moved in 2004 and had been a partner since 2007.