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Henry Mander

Partner  |  Harneys

England and Wales
Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands


International private planning
Advice set up maintenance complex philanthropic structures
Advice in relation to effective governance for the holding of operational businesses


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

Working with Holland and Knight in the US to set up trusts for a UHNWI, which will pass to charity on his death. After his death, we will have to set up a full structure in Cayman with office and staff, with a board to run it for 10 years. Client has chosen to move here for the private wealth services, but top-class philanthropic structure is now here. Spent time stress testing the structure through counsel for open lines of attack to protect it for the settlor’s wishes after his death in foreign courts.

How did you get into private client?

I did economics as an undergraduate and I was considering a career in the City, but I didn’t want to do straight finance. Even before getting into law, I worked at Moore Stephens in private client. As an in- house solicitor in the private team – I was told “if you’re looking for 1. Dealing with people 2. Draft documents 3. Numeracy side of tax, then do private client.” I did my training contract, then the rest was history.

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

Never judge a book by its cover. You never know when what looks like a really weird or unimportant client inquiry will turn into a massive and very interesting matter. It is always worth spending a few minutes on any inquiry because some gems really come out of nowhere. High Net Worth clients often keep a low profile and just because someone is not smartly dressed or has an odd email address, it does not mean they still can’t be your next billionaire client.

What is your favourite quote?

“I intend to live forever, or die trying.” Groucho Marx.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Very keen swimmer. Running. Jazz enthusiast.

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

Grand Old House, Cayman.