Top Ten Tax & Trust Lawyers
‘It’s important to take the long view: the world is now transparent, and there is cooperation between jurisdictions in matters of tax and crime in a way there wasn’t before,’ says the eloquent and impressive Mark Bridges, chair of Farrer’s private client offering.
When Bridges speaks, it’s wise to listen: his client base includes many members of the Royal Family, including the Queen herself – not to mention his long period (1998-2012) as solicitor for the Duchy of Lancaster. He also tells Spear’s of the need for the government (‘it should listen more to practitioners to make the CRS rules workable’) and even some HNWs to pull up their socks: ‘If you are a Frenchman living in London, what good reason would you have to be worried about transparency?’
But you get the sense that his clients come first – and always have. ‘I’m very lucky with my clients,’ he says, ‘as I’ve acted for them for a long time.’ Although the non-dom legislation back-and-forth was painful, he’s philosophical: ‘My clients are sick of it, but it will come into effect now anyway so the time wasn’t wasted.’
If anything worries Bridges, it’s the political situation: ‘There is now far greater uncertainty for the future, not only politically but in the way our government taxes certain situations,’ he says.