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Robert Blower

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Asset protection
Personal and estate planning

Q&A

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

I have been involved in a major estate planning exercise for a very prominent Middle Eastern family. This has involved the restructuring of assets (both financial and property) in over a dozen worldwide jurisdictions. I have also been involved in a partition of a valuable Bahamas Trust, the beneficiaries consist of both UK resident and non-UK resident branches of the same family. At the same time I have been continuing to deal with the restructuring of non-UK clients UK residential property structures following recent legislative changes. I have also been involved in an increasing number of Variation of Trusts Act cases where we apply to the Court for an amendment to the terms of a trust. I have an interesting tax case coming before the European Court.

How did you get into private client?

I qualified into private client at Stephenson Harwood. The whole private client department then moved into Charles Russell Speechlys.

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

You will need to enjoy travelling and to get used to working long hours but you will be rewarded with an extremely interesting and varied client base.

What is your favourite quote?

"An interviewee says that Robert Blower is a 'colossally good lawyer: incredibly bright, with wide knowledge'." Chambers UK 2017.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

My children, gardening, fishing and reading.

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

The children will make us go to an Italian in St Alban’s that they love.