Jonathan Burt’s practice has ‘somewhat expanded’ at Harbottle & Lewis since the arrival of contentious trusts expert and joint litigation head Sofie Hoffman from Edmonds Marshall McMahon in February. ‘I’ve seen the expansion of the ambit of what I can do over trust disputes and 1975 [Inheritance] Act claims,’ he says.
A former managing director of Barclays’ trust companies, Burt is a deft hand at analysing the impact of varying factors on his clients. ‘My clients are looking for pragmatic and practical solutions to the efficient structuring of their investments,’ he explains. ‘Getting clients to understand the outcome of a complicated area of the law like tax is a rare skill.’