Mark Lea

Principal  |  Lea & White Solicitors

England and Wales
Hong Kong


Trusts and foundations laws
International estate planning
International and comparative taxation


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

Advising the Governments of Hong Kong on Trust Law, of Malaysia for Labuan on Trust Law and Foundations Law, and of Samoa (including drafting) Trust Law, Foundations Law and Trustee Companies Law. Expanding the practice of international estate planning ("IEP") into China and Taiwan as well as throughout Asia and into the Middle East. Teaching IEP in Singapore, Hong Kong and Samoa.

How did you get into private client?

Initially working as a director of Rothschilds Trust Companies and as a director of NM Rothschild (CI) Limited.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I used to play several sports but now suffer from Lyme Disease which means I cannot walk properly. I used to modestly collect glass and Chinese porcelain and still have interest in these. Now I am concerned with writing.

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

On my travels when working, my favourite restaurant is The Grove in Auckland, New Zealand.