he really knows his stuff and clients are always impressed by him
Stuart joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2008, having trained and worked with Clifford Chance before moving to Withers in 2003.
As head of the tax and trusts team, Stuart has extensive experience of all aspects of tax, trusts and charities, including:
- Complex onshore and offshore trust structures
- Tax efficient strategies for non-UK domiciliaries
- Tax planning for business owners (including exit events and corporate reconstructions)
- Employee incentives
- Investment taxation
- Succession planning
- Family offices
Stuart is a regular speaker on the conference circuit (both in the UK and abroad) and is frequently interviewed by the national press in relation to key tax changes. He has also sat as part of the Alternative Investment Management Association tax committee.
Stuart was appointed joint brand reporter by the International Fiscal Association (the leading non-governmental international organisation dealing with tax matters) to represent the UK in relation to the Rome 2010 Congress on deals at a taxable event and its international ramifications. Stuart was also recently appointed as an expert witness by the High Court.
Chambers HNW 2018's sources say he is "incredibly technically skilled both in the onshore and offshore arenas" and that he ''really does have an encyclopaedic knowledge. He's also got the ability to make tax concepts and issues palatable for people. A lot of lawyers get caught up in the excitement of the complexity, but Stuart puts the client first." Chambers UK also states that “He has an outstanding, strategic brain” and “is pragmatic when it comes to the commercial impact of tax issues”.