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Simon Weil

Partner  |  BDB Pitmans
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private Wealth planning, both UK and international
Philanthropy
Charities

Q&A

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

Acting for the trustees of a UK discretionary settlement as shareholders in an insurance company based in Bermuda, pursuant to a $100m loan contracted by the company, part of the security for which had to comprise the trustees’ shareholding in the company. The transaction involved all the shareholders, the company, its UK subsidiary and the lender, together with all their respective advisers. My advice to the trustees had to take into account a number of conflicts of interest and the requirements for trustee indemnities from beneficiaries.

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

Never allow yourself to be pressured into giving advice on the hoof in the age of email/text without being absolutely sure of your ground.

What is your favourite quote?

“Brevity is the soul of wit” - Alexander Pope