Xavier Nicholas


The Law Society

Xavier Nicholas

Partner, Private Client

Xavier's principal areas of work comprise personal taxation, trust and estate planning for individuals and trustees in the UK and overseas.  Many of his clients are non-UK domiciled, and much of his work has an international dimension.

Xavier advises UK domiciled clients on wills, trusts and personal taxation.  He has experience in advising those with family businesses or other business interests.  He works closely with the Real Estate team at Forsters to advise clients on the tax implications of UK property ownership and investment. 

On the international side, areas of particular expertise include pre-arrival tax planning for individuals wishing to become UK resident, remittance basis planning for UK resident non-UK domiciliairies, the establishment and taxation of investment holding structures, and succession planning for those with assets in more than one jurisdiction.

Xavier trained and spent the first four years of his legal career at Macfarlanes LLP, where he qualified as a solicitor in 2007.  He joined Forsters in 2009, and became a partner in 2013.

Xavier speaks fluent French.

Awards and recognitions

  • City wealth Leaders List 2014 Recommended Logo
  • Chambers UK 2015 Leading Individual Logo
  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014 Logo
  • Legal 500 UK 2015, Recommended Lawyer


T: +44 207 863 8578
M: +44 7887 419 630

‘Technically very able and highly commercial’ Legal 500 UK, 2016
Xavier is described in the Legal 500 UK as "attentive to detail, and has strong technical knowledge." Legal 500 UK, 2014
"Forsters have acted for me for some 25 years now. They have looked after all of my legal affairs over the years, conveyancing, litigation, enfranchisement, corporate, and personal with great care and professionalism. They are a hugely loyal and happy family, one that I am proud to be connected with."  
Nick Capstick-Dale UK Real Estate Ltd