Xavier Nicholas


The Law Society

Xavier Nicholas

Partner, Private Client

Xavier advises on personal taxation, trust and estate planning, and family governance, 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 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.  Both internationally and domestically, Xavier has considerable experience in advising clients on family governance issues.

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 is exceptional in having become a partner after only six years' qualification, in 2013.  He is recognised as being both technically gifted and commercially astute.  He is consistently highly recommended in the independent legal directories.

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
"They are very pragmatic and give you advice that you can implement."  
Chambers UK, 2015