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Anthony Thompson

Partner, Private Client

Anthony advises on estate planning for high net worth private clients; the creation and structuring of trusts (both for individuals and professional trustees), family governance and general tax planning work.

He has advised high net worth clients for over 30 years. Many of his clients originate from outside the UK and he has particular expertise in advising clients from the Middle East. 

Much of Anthony's work involves advising individuals and families on their international estate planning. This includes advice on trust structuring, succession planning, family governance, residence, domicile and UK taxation. A major element of his role is to understand the family's needs and concerns and to design and put in place estate planning structures to meet those requirements.

He is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner and over the past decade has been named as Citywealth's Private Client Lawyer of the Year in 2014, listed as one of the Top 20 Men in Private Wealth by Citywealth and by ePrivateClient as one of the 50 Most Influential Private Client Practitioners.

Chambers HNW 2020 recognised Anthony in their Expertise Based Abroad listing, in acknowledgment of his extensive experience advising clients from the GCC on international wealth structuring, family governance and tax planning. He is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and the Chambers HNW 2021 guide for his work in private wealth law and for his expertise based abroad for the United Arab Emirates.

Anthony joined Forsters with the rest of the Gowling WLG London Private Client team in May 2017. Prior to this, he was Head of Gowling WLG's Private Client team (formerly Lawrence Graham) for 10 years. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1985.

The Life Cycle of Family Wealth

From growing a business to starting a family or handing over control of that business to the next generation, every individual has their own goals to aspire to. Our Private Wealth lawyers advise our clients throughout this family life cycle, providing the legal advice required for specific transactions such as purchasing a home or selling a business, whilst also advising on the long-term opportunities for succession and estate planning.

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Private Client 2021 - Lexology - Getting The Deal Through

In Lexology Getting the Deal Through's Private Client 2021 guide, Forsters' Private Wealth team have outlined the important estate planning issues that international clients need to consider if they wish to invest in or come to the UK.

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"Unstuffy and really fun to deal with but also technically brilliant." The Legal 500 UK, 2022
"He makes everything look easy. He makes difficult things easy to understand. He is succinct and direct, which is one of the reasons we enjoy working with him" and "He is never stressed about anything; he is just so calm and serene.” Chambers HNW Guide, 2021
"The people are what make Forsters such a great place to work. I am surrounded by highly talented and experienced lawyers who I have an opportunity to learn from every day. Everyone is very approachable and you are supported and encouraged to become the best lawyer you can be."
Alice Gordon-Finlayson, Associate, Planning