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Ceris Gardner

Partner  |  Maurice Turnor Gardner

England and Wales


Tax and estate planning, including immigration
Succession planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

For our wealthy clients, many have started to consider how to spread their wealth over the next decade. There are two sides to this. The first is legal – in Next Gen planning, how do we get the assets and control passed down? The second is governance, which is crucial when looking at large families with a global spread of assets. There has been a [steady/exponential] rise in Middle Eastern activity this year as patriarchs start to focus attention on the need for succession planning due to their age and/or ill health.
We are also seeing an upsurge in activity on the philanthropy side. People are being increasingly innovative in their giving during COVID-19 – collaborating with other philanthropists which they would not have done beforehand - to make their giving more impactful.

How did you get into private client?

Years ago, after university, I became interested in the technical aspects of the taxation system and worked for the Inland Revenue for three years. I then moved across to Allen & Overy to become a lawyer, mainly in probate, estate and tax planning. I later founded Maurice Turnor Gardner with Clare Maurice and Richard Turnor.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Always look at the bigger picture and always focus on developing great relationships with all those involved in private wealth work.

What is your favourite quote?

“Difficulties are just things to overcome." Ernest Shackleton.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Seeing friends as much as possible – friends and family are so important with long working hours! I am very keen on rugby, the theatre and opera too.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Café Du Marche, London.