Michael Rutili

Associate  |  Withers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Residency and domiciliation
Tax

Q&A

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

Impossible to pick just one! I have had the real privilege of working with so many inspirational clients and fellow advisers. A number of these clients have been very enterprising individuals or families who have managed to build extremely successful businesses often from very humble beginnings in their garages or spare rooms. Assisting them can be demanding and challenging but, at the same, time, incredibly rewarding!

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

I believe that an eagerness to constantly learn from others and situations, a curious mind and a great degree of flexibility are all equally indispensable to succeed. The world is changing at a pace never seen before and so are clients' needs and expectations. A successful lawyer has to be nimble, proactive and can no longer give advice expecting it to work for generations to come. And never forget to stop and listen - what is not said is as (if not more) important than what is said!

What is your favourite quote?

“Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open,” Sir Thomas Dewar.