I am a Partner in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Team in London. My areas of expertise include advising high-net worth individuals, families, their companies and trustees.
I advise on complex situations such as cross-border tax-planning, estate-planning, trust structuring and also immigration. This includes assisting clients to structure personal investments and interests tax-efficiently and planning for their successful transmission to the next generation.
I act in particular for non-UK nationals and non-UK domiciliaries and those who wish to relocate to or exit from the UK.
"Alex knows her subjects inside out and is able to get to the heart of a matter quickly and pragmatically. She is technically excellent, particularly on cross-border tax and complex trust structuring, while remaining accessible. Alex has a great manner with clients – her honesty and clarity mean clients trust and respect her and she is great to work with as a fellow professional." - Legal 500, 2023
"I have dealt with Alex Ruffel for many years. Her approach and the quality of her advice has been consistent. She is easy to work with and always clear in her advice. She is empathetic with clients and other advisers and clearly has their respect and they value her counsel." - Legal 500, 2022
"Alex is excellent in offering solutions and practical advice based on detailed technical understanding. She builds close personal relationships with her clients and therefore understands where their risk and opportunity boundaries lie. She uses this to provide the specific advice they need." - Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2022 (Leading Individual - band 3)
"I think Alex is very good. I really like her. She's one of those people that gives very solid, practical advice and is always looking out for the best interests of her clients. She is very clear, calm and approachable. She's the sort of person you can ask what you think is a stupid question but because she's so approachable she never finds an issue. She's very easy to work with." - Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2022 (Leading Individual - band 3)
Listed as a Recommended Tax & Trust Lawyer in Spears 500, 2021.
"Alex Ruffel is extremely bright, pragmatic and good with clients. "Alex Ruffel, in particular, is an outstanding lawyer. She is totally dedicated to her clients and contacts, and the advice she gives is always relevant and easy to understand. She is also very responsive. The best I have come across, quite frankly" - Legal 500, 2021 (Next Generation Partner)
"Excellent" - Legal 500, 2018/19
“Alex Ruffel ‘is excellent technically on complex cross-border work'” - Legal 500 2015
I have contributed to the Law Society's new Inheritance Tax Planning Handbook. The handbook is edited by Irwin Mitchell's John Bunker, with contributions from colleagues across our Tax, Trusts and Estates, Corporate, and Wealth Management teams.