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Chris is a member of the private client team in the London office. Having qualified in 1975, he was a partner at Penningtons Manches from 2000 until 2015, when he became senior counsel.
He covers all aspects of private client law, with an emphasis on high-level international and cross-border estate and asset structuring, taking into account both tax and issues of control and succession. His clients come from all parts of the world, particularly the USA, Latin America and India.
Tax and succession issues in relation to family businesses are a particular interest, and Chris is Chair of the STEP Business Families Special Interest Group. He was Chair of STEP City of London branch for eight years, continues to sit on its committee, and has recently been elected to STEP Council as representative for the City of London. He is also a member of the University of Oxford Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors.
Chris has written and lectured on tax and trust topics in the UK, the US and Europe and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Private Client Practitioner. For the last five years, he has been recognised in the “Leading Lawyers” section in Citywealth magazine’s guide to the most highly regarded figures in private wealth management and regularly features as a leading practitioner in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide to the legal profession.