Alastair is a Private Wealth partner in our Dubai office and advises high net worth individuals and families, family offices and trustees on global estate planning and tax efficient investment structures.
He has significant experience in international succession planning including regional and international 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 High Net Worth. He is described as "superb; efficient, very knowledgeable... extremely resourceful… succinct and very client-oriented".
He is also named as an expert for private clients in Who's Who Legal and most recently became the sole winner of the Client Choice 2022 award for Private Client in the UAE, chosen from over 2,500 nominations.
Much of Alastair's work has an international dimension and often involves cross border succession 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.
In addition, Alastair is increasingly advising clients on legacy planning involving regional assets and has a particular focus on DIFC and ADGM foundation structures.
Although Alastair's client base is drawn from individuals and families across multiple jurisdictions, he has a focus on individuals and families based in the Middle East, be they GCC nationals or global expatriates.
Alastair is recognised as one of the leading private client practitioners in the region.
Alastair is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and is the current Chairman of STEP Arabia. He regularly speaks at conferences regarding a variety of private client issues.