Alexander specialises in advising UK based clients particularly those with real estate assets. He advises a number of historic landed estates as well as individuals and families. His core skills apply to the areas of personal tax, wills and trusts. Alexander chairs private family offices, acts as trustee of private and charitable trusts and as a director of private companies.
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David is the Managing Director of Bond Dickinson Wealth Limited, our Financial Conduct Authority authorised firm providing regulated financial planning, investment and pension advice. In addition, David heads our private wealth business group and is a board member of Bond Dickinson LLP.
David joined the firm 16 years ago having previously held a senior position in a leading international accountancy practice. He provides advice to HNW individuals, trustees, charities and companies, working closely with a client’s existing professional advisor or with our in-house legal and tax colleagues. David has gained an enviable reputation in simplifying clients’ complex issues. He is accustomed to advising ultra-high net worth individuals and their families, including business owners and is recognised as a trusted “commercial” advisor.
David frequently contributes to the national press and specialist publications in relation to financial planning and technical issues. He is a member of The Personal Finance Society and the Chartered Insurance Institute and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide investment and pension advice.
“David is one of the most revered names in private wealth."
Emma leads the charities team having joined the firm in 2007 from a leading London charity practice.
She specialises in governance and constitutional issues for charities and not for profit organisations, including community interest companies and advises trustees and directors on their legal duties and responsibilities.
Main areas of work include the registration of new charities, incorporations and governance restructuring, mergers, collaborations and partnerships, trading, fundraising and tax, commercial contracts affecting charities and compliance issues, including Charity Commission requirements.
Emma is down to earth and straightforward in her approach, believing clients in this sector benefit from practical advice which is tailored to achieve the outcome they desire; supporting clients to deliver their objectives.
Emma is a trustee a regular contributor to legal journals and publications and is also a member of the Charity Law Association.
The Charities team is led by the "excellent" Emma Moody, who attracts praise for her "exceptional business acumen, which allows her to really understand her clients and provide the best support possible in any given situation".
Helen is a Partner and Notary Public. She is also head of the Private Capital Team within the Private Wealth department.
Helen handles all aspects of private client work, with particular emphasis on asset protection and capital taxes planning for high net worth individuals. Her main areas of expertise include wills, trusts, inheritance tax, probate, lasting powers of attorney, advance decisions and advice on the death benefits of life and pension policies. Helen acts as a trustee for many family trusts and advises on all aspects of trusteeship and trust management. She has a particular interest in legal issues relating to end of life decision making and succession and capacity issues relating to people with property interests in more than one country.
Helen is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and an English Notary Public which enables her to authenticate documents to be used in foreign countries.
Jo specialises in advising charities and those who work with charities on all aspects of charity law and governance.
Whether establishing new charitable organisations for philanthropists, or advising national household name charities on new projects or ventures, Jo delivers the project efficiently and in a straightforward manner.
Jo advises across the range of charitable activity and has particular experience in advising religious bodies on restructuring and managing complex trust arrangements.
Her experience in managing charity mergers includes acting on the merger that formed Cancer Research UK, the four national Age UK charities and more recently the merger of St Mungo’s Broadway.
With the Charity Commission becoming a more active regulator, Jo has advised numerous charities who face questions from the Commission or who are subject to a section 46 Inquiry.
Jo is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and Chaired the working party on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act and gave evident to the Joint Scrutiny Committee in the House of Lords. Jo lectures on issues of charity law and writes regularly for the sector press. She also serves as a school governor.
"Extremely personable" Jo Coleman garners extensive praise; she "explains fairly complex legal issues in an easy-to-understand and practical way and is very good at finding solutions to seemingly difficult problems and situations."
Mark has extensive experience of advising high net worth individuals, banks and trust companies on inheritance and capital gains tax planning. He acts principally for families, advising on protecting assets and ensuring that they pass to the next generation tax efficiently through the use of wills and trusts.
Mark also advises individuals on tax efficient charitable giving.
Additionally, Mark has extensive experience of acting for charities on all matters, ranging from formation, incorporation, governance issues, advice on trustees powers and duties and Charity Commission investigations
"Highly competent" team head in Bristol
"Technical knowledge is excellent"
Neil is an experienced private client lawyer, with a particular specialism in trust and estate disputes. He advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of Wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision, mental capacity, interpretation and related matters. Neil has wide experience of negotiation, mediation and litigation, having conducted cases in the Family and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. He also maintains a non-contentious practice advising clients on Wills, inheritance tax and the administration of complex UK and international estates and trusts.
Neil is a member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (and the STEP Contentious Trust and Estate Special Interest Group). He is chair of the Private Trusts Committee of The Association of Corporate Trustees (TACT) and regularly acts as executor, trustee and deputy (particularly as an independent professional in disputed cases)
"First rate practitioner with great experience in all aspects of contentious trusts and probate work coupled with sound and a commercial and measured approach with clients and opponents alike. He has outstanding client skills and is not afraid to face seemingly intractable problems"
Robert is a partner specialising in all aspects of the management and maximisation of rural land assets.
His experience includes acting in connection with the sale and purchase of all kinds of rural property, lettings of land and other rural property, general asset management; negotiating options, promotion agreements and conditional sales agreements for the development of land on behalf of landowners, plus much more.
In addition, Robert is a trustee of a number of charities, including the Royal Bath & West of England Society (of which he is chairman), Innovation for Agriculture, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, the National Eye Research Centre and the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare. In 2014 he was President of the Grateful Society, a Bristol based charity that raises money to help older people to maintain their dignity and respect. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset.
"Excellent at keeping a straight-down-the-line approach"
"Steering clients firmly but gently through any troubled waters to gain a satisfactory conclusion"
George is a Scottish Solicitor, Scottish Notary Public and Scottish Chartered Accountant, as well as an English and Welsh Solicitor. He is also a Trust and Estate Practitioner and spent six years on the STEP Worldwide Board and continues as Chairman of its HR Panel.
His specialisms include charitable trusts, private trusts and the taxation of private individuals, family companies and partnerships, and has particular experience in capital tax planning. He provides strategic advice to both businessmen and women and deals with a number of individuals with substantial land interests. He also sits as a trustee on a number of clients’ charitable foundations and private trusts.
"He is technically very good, very personable and has a loyal following among his client base."
"Very affable and personal character with good connections."
Simon’s practice focuses on advising individuals, families and trusts in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues. He acts as trustee for a number of significant landowning families and thrives upon finding innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents. Simon also advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects.
His clients include corporate and charitable bodies as well as many significant private estates.
"Very strong on strategy and ruthless on the detail"
Neil has 37 years of experience with the firm dealing with a wide range of private wealth, real estate and management issues. He was Managing Partner of Dickinson Dees from 1998 to 2008 and now acts for a wide range of private wealth candidates principally acting as the "Man of Business" for his clients.
Andrew advises clients in relation to all aspects of rural property and has acted in the sale and purchase of many large farms and estates, and agricultural and residential rural property portfolios.
His particular area of expertise lies in acting for landowners in the grant of options and leases to wind farm operators, whether for turbine development or access and infrastructure. He has also acted for clients looking to install their own small or mid-wind turbines on farms to take advantage of Feed in Tariff. He has also acted for landowners in relation to Solar PV development agreements, and on anaerobic digestion projects.
Andrew advises on the grant of and on issues arising from agricultural tenancies, commercial leases and easements. He has particular expertise in advising site providers, whether greenfield or rooftop, on the grant of leases to communications operators. Andrew routinely acts for landowning clients on complex conditional sale contracts and overage agreements on the sale of rural landholdings for residential or commercial development.
Andrew has dealt with numerous voluntary first registration applications for major landowners, encompassing registration of their surface and mineral interests, where the latter may be derived by means of reservation on sale, or out of an historic manorial title. He has significant experience in advising mineral owners in the negotiation of prospecting agreements, option agreements, transfers and leases of minerals and now plays a key role in advising severed mineral owners looking to exploit their mineral interests in innovative ways where surface development is planned.
Caroline advises private clients including entrepreneurs, agricultural clients and lottery winners, their families and trusts on the whole range of private client issues with particular emphasis on succession planning and asset protection. She acts as Trustee for a number of substantial family and charitable trusts and as Executor for many estates. She has spent her entire career in Yorkshire and is a member of STEP, having served on the Yorkshire Committee.
"A unique blend of technical knowledge knowledge, interpersonal skills and responsiveness"
Christopher specialises in advising private clients in relation to their estate planning needs, including wills, trusts and inheritance tax mitigation. His work includes the formation and restructuring of family trusts to achieve tax efficient succession planning, and advising owners of landed estates on inheritance tax mitigation, including maximising agricultural and business property reliefs, and advising on capital gains tax. He also advises on pre-sale tax planning for shareholders in private trading companies.
He has advised non-UK resident trustees on tax efficient distributions to UK resident beneficiaries, and has advised on residence and domicile issues for private clients coming to or leaving the UK, including obtaining favourable domicile rulings from HMRC on behalf of private clients.
He advises institutional trustees on all aspects of trusteeship, including trustees' duties and powers, claims by beneficiaries and tax planning, and frequently advises pension scheme trustees on the creation of trusts to hold death benefits.
Christopher acts as a trustee for a number of family trusts and is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Deborah specialises in advising agricultural clients in relation to Wills and trusts aimed at retaining and protecting assets for the benefit of future generations. She also advises trustees about the scope of their powers and in varying existing trusts where appropriate.
Deborah acts for a number of clients who lack the capacity to manage their financial affairs. She is one of only 60 Panel Deputies appointed by the Court of Protection to represent those people who lack the capacity to manage their financial affairs.
Deborah acts as an expert witness advising on the likely fees for a Deputy as part of claims for damages arising out of personal injuries. She has acted for local authorities and the NHS as well as claimants in relation to such claims.
Susan is an experienced private client lawyer with a national client base. She joined the firm in 2011, having previously worked for Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds for 12 years.
Susan specialises in advising private clients, their families and trustees on a wide range of issues, in particular those relating to estate planning and capital taxation. This involves complex Will and trust drafting and providing advice on asset protection and inheritance tax mitigation. Susan has extensive experience of advising individuals and trustees owning private company shares.
"Creates robust legal solutions in a timely and thorough manner"
Alexandra specialises in all aspects of private client work. Her main areas of expertise include wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, probate, lasting powers of attorney and deputyships.
Other examples of Alexandra's experience includes administering taxable estates with business assets, agricultural assets and trust interests and advising individuals on lifetime giving and the protection of wealth through the use of tax efficient trusts.
Alexandra provides pre-sale tax planning advice for shareholders in private limited companies and advises institutional trustees and executors, including private banks, on all aspects of trusteeship and estate administration.
Alexandra deals with all types of applications to the Court of Protection, including deputy appointments, statutory wills and lifetime gifts.
Managing Associate specialising in the charities team. Eva advises on all of charity law including:
Setting up, re-structuring, merging and winding up charities
General governance and trustees’ duties
The Equality Act 2010 and discrimination issues
Grant making, including to overseas recipients
Charitable trusts, including permanent endowment funds - fundraising law and regulation and commercial participator agreements.
Adept at dealing with complex, esoteric and historical legal issues, David is an acknowledged expert in the field of manorial titles, manorial rights and mines and minerals. He is the head of our mining and minerals group and he has acted for several clients in the registration of hundreds of thousands of acres of mineral rights and in the protection of manorial rights under the Land Registration Act 2002. In particular, David advises mineral owning clients, landowners and developers with regard to minerals trespass.
David also specialises in agricultural property law. His work includes buying and selling farms, estates, woods and rural land. His clients include a number of large landed estates, private individuals, charities and other landowning organisations. His work is varied and includes general agricultural property work, grants of easements such as rights of way and water supplies and dealing with restrictive covenants and commercial property issues.
Additionally, David handles complex agricultural landlord and tenant issues, including matters arising under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. He specialises in rural sporting matters, having acted in a number of sales, purchases, and leases of grouse moors, pheasant shoots and fishing rights.
"David is streets ahead of other lawyers in terms of the quality of service he offers his clients. He has a great ability to think laterally and works tirelessly and proactively to find solutions to problems, no matter how complex."
Emily is an experienced private client lawyer who specialises in providing personal legal advice on wills, trusts and estate planning. She also advises banks, insurance companies and professional trustees, both onshore and offshore, on aspects of trust law.
Emily trained at the firm and has specialised in private client work since she qualified in 2008. She has spent the majority of her professional career in the North East, but has a national client base and frequently travels further afield.
Emily’s main area of expertise is providing advice to entrepreneurs and business families. She takes a particular interest in the challenges facing family business owners as they seek to pass wealth through the generations, advising on succession issues and planning for the future.
"Great at the details and always delivers on time"
Janice specialises in residential conveyancing, commercial property and agricultural property transactions.
She has in-depth experience of domestic residential transactions and has acted for a wide variety of high net worth individuals in the sale and purchase of both freehold and leasehold properties. She has also acted for a range of lending institutions in connection with the re-financing of primarily London properties, in the sale of properties for insolvency practitioners and also acted in connection with the property elements of the administration of estates for the trusts department of a well-known UK bank.
In addition Janice has become increasingly involved in acting for a number of estate owners in relation to asset management, including sale of surplus property and letting of both residential and commercial premises and the granting of easements.
Laura specialises in commercial property and agricultural property transactions.
She has significant experience acting for a cross section of landowning clients, including institutions, charities, private individuals, banks and developers.
Laura supports landowners with a variety of property issues. Her work ranges from drafting of leases for commercial premises to option agreements and the sale and purchase of commercial or agricultural property, including multi-let property. She has expertise in advising on tenancies, including agricultural land tenancies, both drafting new tenancies and terminating existing tenancies.
Laura has experience involving the development of agricultural land: acting for both landowners and developers, negotiating and drafting option agreements and conditional contracts.
In addition, Laura has become increasingly involved in advising on renewable energy projects by drafting options, leases and easements for solar and wind projects. Her experience includes advice on protected agricultural tenancies and the surrender of land in conjunction with exercise of the option agreements.
Richard is a private client lawyer, focusing on disputes about trusts and inheritance. He trained with Bond Dickinson’s predecessor firm, qualifying in 2008.
Richard’s specialist expertise is in representing clients in disputes concerning high value trusts and estates, including those involving assets held in multiple jurisdictions. He also has an advisory practice assisting professional trustees and banks with the scope of their powers and duties when taking decisions.
His clients include professional trustees, major banks and other financial institutions, private individuals and charities.
He has experience of the full range of issues that can arise when trusts and estates become contested, from claims by disinherited spouses and family members under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, to disputes about less common issues such as forged wills and claims based on the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. He is also a member of the firm's Court of Protection team advising on contentious best interests decisions and statutory will applications.
Richard also has experience in advising on professional negligence and contractual claims for private clients and organisations involved in the private wealth sector, including claims involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty.
"Handles complexities with great professionalism, knowledge and expertise without ever losing his personal rapport with clients, acting as a calming influence from beginning to end"
Samantha specialises exclusively in advising charities, education providers, social housing providers and other not-for-profits. She advises on all aspects of charity law with a particular focus on strategic, governance, regulatory and compliance issues. Her clients range from local voluntary organisations to individual philanthropists and nationally recognised charities.
Her particular interests include establishing new charities, providing strategic advice on group structures, joint ventures, mergers, partnership arrangements and collaborative working practices, advising on compliance with charity law and good governance, advising on funding, fundraising and trading issues, and contractual relationships between charities and the public and private sector.
She aims to provide down-to-earth advice in an approachable manner, putting in place arrangements that help her clients to focus on achieving their charitable objectives without being distracted by cumbersome and complex working practices.
Andrew is a financial adviser within Bond Dickinson Wealth Limited and joined the firm in 1999, having previously been with accountancy business Arthur Andersen. For much of his career he has specialised in the technical aspects of pension provision and has helped both employers and individuals formulate their approach to retirement provision.
Having also had spells within employee benefit terms and as a technical manager at a large insurance company Andrew’s breadth of knowledge is wide and varied. His knowledge and experience in guiding pension scheme trustees through their investment decisions is now more regularly used helping individuals with their investment decisions.
Colin began his career in tax and by 1987 he was a tax manager with EY. At that point he changed career by joining a national firm of Independent Financial Advisers (IFA) before re-joining EY and managing their regulated IFA team in Newcastle. On the sale of the EY IFA practice Colin joined Bond Dickinson in 2005.
Colin holds the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. He is a member of The Personal Finance Society and the Chartered Insurance Institute.
David has significant leadership expertise and have 34 years of experience within the banking and wealth management sector.
He's been responsible for leading teams of Wealth Managers and Private Bankers while at the same time building and developing a substantial portfolio of High Net Worth clients within the North East of England. While his main areas of expertise have centred around the provision of investment advice, he has worked closely with clients' other advisers in seeking to ensure the provision of truly holistic wealth advice.
David has 19 years experience as a Private Wealth manager and Regional leader at a leading Private Bank. He also has 14 years experience within both Corporate and Retail Banking with a leading High Street Bank.
Gareth joined Bond Dickinson Wealth in August 2016, with over 15 years’ experience in advising clients on various financial planning matters.
Gareth is a Chartered Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and alongside his advanced financial adviser qualifications he is also an Affiliate member of STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), which builds on the full range of services offered by the in-house lawyers, tax experts and accountants within Bond Dickinson’s Private Wealth team.
Gareth specialises in providing advice to individuals, trusts and companies on a broad range of financial matters. He enjoys building long term and trusted relationships with his clients in order to deliver well-rounded and flexible advice.
Frequent areas of work include pensions and retirement advice, inheritance tax planning and investment portfolio reviews. He regularly works closely with other professional advisers, such Solicitors, Accountants, Corporate Finance Managers, Stockbrokers and Land Agents, to collaboratively embrace planning areas such as Trust structures, offshore investments and commercial property purchases via pension funds.
Greg is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Insurance Institute. He has extensive sector experience gained within accountancy, legal and commercial banking firms, providing advice to trustees, charities and private clients.
He has a range of specialist qualifications, including the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, which includes specialist papers in pensions, discretionary investment management, tax and long term care planning.
Greg holds a number of roles within charities and industry bodies, with a focus on improving financial literacy among young people. These include positions on the council and Education Committee for the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Jane joined Bond Dickinson as part of our graduate recruitment programme in 2002 and is now a chartered financial planner and manager within the team. She specialises in providing advice to individuals, trusts and companies on a broad range of financial topics, including investments, pensions and protection.
Working closely with the legal and tax experts at Bond Dickinson LLP, Jane is able to contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach that assists clients to maintain and grow the wealth of their family and to improve the prospects for their business.
Jane has a wealth of experience in advising clients regarding Inheritance Tax planning, ranging from simple steps to improve the tax efficiency of an estate, to more complex investment solutions to reduce tax liabilities.
Leslie is a manager within Bond Dickinson Wealth Limited, and has been with the firm for over 25 years.
He deals with the affairs of individuals and trusts, working with legal, tax and accounts colleagues in Bond Dickinson LLP to provide family office services.
As well as dealing with client affairs, Leslie also has responsibility for the Bond Dickinson Wealth Limited administration team.
He is a member of the Personal Finance Society and of the Chartered Institute.
A graduate in statistics, Roy has 30 years’ experience in financial services. He previously worked on the distribution side of the industry for several life offices before, becoming an independent financial advisor in 1995. Roy provides both personal advice to individuals and trustees and corporate advice and guidance to employers and pension scheme trustees.
Personal advice includes investments, pensions and protection. Corporate advice to employers includes complying with auto enrolment legislation, reviewing ongoing appropriateness of existing pension arrangements and protecting the business from the death or serious illness of key employees or directors.
Guidance to pension scheme trustees is for both defined benefit schemes and defined contribution schemes on the ever-challenging funding issues (defined benefit) and need for reviewing existing governance procedures.
Sean joined Bond Dickinson as part of our graduate recruitment programme in 2007 and is now a Manager within the team. He specialises in providing advice to individuals, trusts and companies on a broad range of financial topics, including investments, pensions and protection.
Working closely with the legal and tax experts at Bond Dickinson LLP, Sean is able to contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach that assists clients to maintain and grow the wealth of their family and to improve the prospects for their business. In addition to investment planning for individuals and trusts, Sean has a wealth of experience advising individuals in relation to retirement planning and estate planning.
Simon is a senior manager in the private wealth team and has been working there since it started providing investment advice in 1999. He has over 29 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Simon specialises in looking after the complex affairs of individuals and trusts. His focus is upon investment and pensions matters, however, he is more commonly involved in co-ordinating tax and legal matters for families with complex affairs.
Simon is a member of the Personal Finance Society and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide investment and pensions advice.
Debbie is an experienced personal tax manager having worked in the profession for almost 25 years, predominately for a ‘Big 4’ accountancy firm, before joining Bond Dickinson in January 2016.
She generally deals with all areas of personal tax, advising high net worth and entrepreneurial individuals, partnerships and trusts on a wide variety of planning to minimise their current and future tax liabilities.
She has a particular interest in UK capital taxes and estate planning, especially in relation to inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation strategies.
She is the current Treasurer of the North East & Cumbria branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a qualified Accounting Technician, Chartered Tax Advisor and Trust and Estate Practitioner.
Steven provides personal tax advice on a wide variety of subjects. He has particular expertise in relation to UK Tax issues affecting non-resident and non-domiciled individuals. He also advises clients in relation to tax incentivised investments under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Steven works with Private Capital lawyers in provision of Inheritance Tax advice and manages the tax return compliance team Bond Dickinson dealing with self-assessment tax returns for individuals, trustees and estates.