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Tom Watts

Senior Associate

Tom advises trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in relation to a broad range of disputes.

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About

Tom 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.

Tom 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. Tom 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, Tom spent six months on secondment to the Firm’s Geneva office. He is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience

  • 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.

Our thinking

  • Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Tax Journal on Property118 schemes for landlords

    Hugh Gunson

    In The Press

  • Property118 schemes for landlords – a mistake worth fixing?

    Hugh Gunson

    Insights

  • It was a mistake

    Hugh Gunson

    Insights

  • Rectification: Clarifying the nature of the test

    Hugh Gunson

    Insights

  • Unexplained Wealth Orders & Trustees

    Oliver Auld

    Insights

  • 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

    Tom Watts

    In The Press

  • Recent Trends In Firewall Legislation: BVI, Bermuda And Gibraltar

    Robert Avis

    Insights

  • Ray Ng, Robert Avis and Tom Watts write for IFC Review on recent trends in firewall legislation

    Robert Avis

    In The Press

  • 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

    Graeme Kleiner

    In The Press

  • Appointment of trustee set aside for undue influence

    Tom Watts

    Quick Reads

  • Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Trustees on the cases of Hartogs v Sequent and Payne v Tyler

    Tom Watts

    In The Press

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