Edward Reed

Partner  |  Macfarlanes

England and Wales


Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Private international law


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

Acting for a prominent international statesman with assets in over 30 countries on a coordinated estate plan, working with the family office, lawyers across Europe and the FO Director of Legal, who was previously the foremost expert in France on the subject. It involved juggling questions on formalities, enforcement, asset-holding, detailed questions of tax, competing family priorities, sensitive privacy issues leading to an innovative testamentary format designed to compartmentalise knowledge.

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

Have an open mind to what other legal systems you are less familiar with may have to offer, that your own does not. Be prepared to be creative but don’t be tempted to test governments’ patience on tax.

What is your favourite quote?

“Omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset,” Roman historian Tacitus (of the Emperor Galba.)
Translates as: “In the opinion of all he was capable of ruling, if he had never ruled.”