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Matthew Guthrie

Partner  |  Mourant

England and Wales


Trust structuring
Asset protection
Succession planning


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

Advising an ultra-high-net-worth family on the establishment of a series of bespoke private trust company structures, to provide for the on-going ownership of a very substantial family business which was built up by the patriarch.

How did you get into private client?

The partner who I worked for took me out and got me really drunk and persuaded me to go into private client! I was in Taylor Wessing and liked the problem solving around tax planning.

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

It is very easy to get lost in the details when advising clients on international tax and succession planning. The rules are increasingly complex and the addition of multiple cross-border elements makes it more difficult still.

What is your favourite quote?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Winston Churchill.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Open water swimming, running and mountaineering.

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

Octopus, a French restaurant with lots of fresh seafood and steak.