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Oliver Auld

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys

England and Wales


Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset protection


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

I managed a successful application from inception, to vary the terms of an offshore settlement, which held as its sole asset a majority shareholding in a large family business valued at approximately £3.3 billion.
The purpose of the application was to introduce a new provision to the trust deed, restricting the obligation on the trustees to diversify the investment of the trust fund. Without this, the trustees would be required to sell the trust assets, to avoid potential liability for breach of their fiduciary duties in relation to the investment of the trust fund.

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

I would advise them to develop their knowledge and experience of international legal developments and raise their profile in both England and offshore jurisdictions, building strong professional relationships.

What is your favourite quote?

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at,” Stephen Hawking.