Phyllis Townsend

Senior Associate, Wealth Management  |  Baker McKenzie
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Tax
Trusts
Asset protection

Q&A

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

My practice is focused increasingly on advising clients from the Middle East, including several very large projects. The advice involves tax and structuring advice, including issues of conflict of laws, transparency and shari'a, and coordinating high value transactions in different jurisdictions using our global network. I am the primary client contact for this advice, including travel to the region.

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

Don't make the client's problem your problem. This advice was given by a former partner of the firm. It is about addressing any issues when you become aware of them. The client also will not thank you for an issue discovered later (and will say you knew about it).

What is your favourite quote?

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Leonardo Da Vinci.