Thomas Watts, Associate
Thomas advises trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in relation to a broad range of disputes.
Thomas acts for a broad range of clients including high net-worth individuals, executors, trustees and other fiduciaries (individual and corporate) involved in the administration of family assets.
Thomas advises clients on a range of contested and uncontested court applications in England and in offshore jurisdictions. He regularly works alongside colleagues in the firm’s private client team to deal with contentious trust, estate and probate matters. Thomas also has a growing practice in professional negligence disputes arising from unsuccessful tax planning and associated court applications to remedy the defective arrangements.
Prior to joining the team, Thomas spent six months on secondment to the firm’s Geneva office.
- Advising the executor and beneficiaries of a multi-jurisdictional, multi-million pound estate in relation to a dispute over the devolution of estate assets in Malaysia, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands.
- Alan Shearer v Kevin Neal Associates Limited and others (2017), acting for the claimant in relation to the enforcement of claims against his financial adviser in relation to £9 million investment losses.
- Acting for an individual seeking to have her appointment as trustee of a trust involved in complex tax planning arrangements set aside on the grounds of mistake and undue influence.
- Advising the settlor of a trust in relation to an application in Guernsey to rectify defective tax planning which resulted in an unintended tax liability of £26m.
Unexplained Wealth Orders & Trustees
Learn about Unexplained Wealth Orders, what they are, who can obtain them and the implications that exist for trustees.
Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Trustees on the implications of the decision in Mackay v Wesley on mistaken trusteeships and sufficiently distinct mistakes
The High Court found that the trustee's appointment should be rescinded and set aside on the ground of undue influence.
Recent Trends In Firewall Legislation: BVI, Bermuda And Gibraltar
Ray Ng, Robert Avis and Tom Watts write for IFC Review on recent trends in firewall legislation
Ray, Robert and Tom review recent developments in firewall provisions in BVI, Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Graeme Kleiner, Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal on the implications of the decision in Mackay v Wesley
Those taking on a trusteeship must be fully informed.
Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Trustees on the cases of Hartogs v Sequent and Payne v Tyler