Alastair is a Private Wealth partner in our Dubai office and has over 10 years' experience in advising high net worth individuals and families, family offices and trustees on global estate planning and tax efficient investment structures.
Alastair has significant experience in international succession planning including offshore trust and foundation structures, tax advice, immigration and family governance.
Alastair leads the Private Wealth practice in the Middle East and is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Global in Private Wealth Law. He is described as "superb; efficient, very knowledgeable... extremely resourceful… succinct and very client-oriented". Alastair is also named as an expert for private clients in Who's Who Legal.
The majority of Alastair's work has an international dimension and often involves cross border estate and tax planning. Alastair's expertise includes advising on family trust and governance structures encompassing both business and private assets, tax efficient UK real estate investment structures, UK immigration, cross border estates and tax residency advice for those moving to or leaving the UK.
Alastair's client base is drawn from individuals and families across multiple jurisdictions but with a particular focus on individuals and families based in the Middle East, be they GCC nationals or global expatriates. Although there is no "typical" client, clients' businesses and family assets often go hand in hand and Alastair works closely with colleagues across other areas of the firm to provide the advice and service such clients demand.
Alastair has been based in the Middle East since September 2013 following 7 years working in London for a leading private wealth firm and is recognised as one of leading private client practitioners in the region.
Alastair is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and a STEP Arabia Committee member. He regularly speaks at conferences regarding a variety of private client issues.