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Colin Russell, Senior Counsel at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Private client and tax, Private wealth


Colin has a formidable reputation for all forms of trusts and cross-border estates. He specialises in the fields of will drafting and estate planning, the creation of trust structures for both UK and international clients, agricultural estates, charity law and Court of Protection work. He also handles Inheritance Act and probate actions and is a trustee of a number of charities and a vice president of St Christopher’s Hospice.

He is a founder member of STEP, the world's leading organisation for private wealth professionals, initiated the first STEP Special Interest Group and was the first chairman of London central branch for ten years. In December 2012, STEP presented Colin with a Founder Award, made to members who have contributed above and beyond what could be reasonably be asked of them. He is also a member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Colin writes on tax and estate matters and is a contributor and joint consulting editor of Tolley’s ‘Finance and Law for the Elderly’. He has also been co-writer of the most recent edition of Ranking, Spicer & Pegler’s ‘Executorship Law, Trusts and Accounts’. He is listed as a notable practitioner in Chambers UK 2014 and is described as having ‘a great bedside manner – clients feel very secure dealing with him and what he doesn't know about the field isn't worth knowing’.

Recent work highlights

  • Reviewing offshore structures holding properties in the UK for non doms following the provisions of the Finance Act 2013 and advising on the purchase of UK properties post FA 2013.
  • Advising trustees of UK and Jersey trusts concerning the application of the UK/US FATCA provisions.
  • Acting for the executors of a New Zealand estate on the variation of the provisions of the deceased’s will in liaison with his UK domiciled widow and the interaction of UK taxation with a New Zealand charity.
  • Advising Brazilian domiciliaries re interaction of UK and Brazilian law concerning succession issues.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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