I advise on UK tax and asset structuring for international clients looking to relocate to or exit from the UK, set up or invest in UK businesses or invest in UK property. I act for entrepreneurs, individuals, companies, private banks, family offices, non-UK law firms and trust companies, with a particular focus on Francophone Europe and Africa, especially Mauritius.
Before qualifying as a solicitor, I worked in shipping protection and indemnity, handling shipping claims such as oil slicks, injury, cargo claims and sinking. I then moved on to legal roles in shipping finance and maritime intelligence, which took me to other jurisdictions including Africa and France. I used my commercial law background as a good base to move into personal tax and trusts law.
I sit as a mentor on the French Chamber of Commerce’s entrepreneur mentoring scheme and am an active participant of La French Tech platform.
I am also bilingual in English and French and head up the firm's French Team. I also have a good working knowledge of Greek.
"International tax specialist George Merrylees... is experienced in advising on French tax and succession matters and is the key contact for Francophone clients." - Legal 500 2020
"Strong international practice. He is very approachable and highly experienced" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"Ben Xu and George Merrylees have both been extraordinarily helpful in successfully get my son and his daughter pre-settlement status in the UK, which will offer wonderful opportunities for both and gives my children an opening to all join in the UK. Many thanks." - 5* Trustpilot review
I publish articles in the French Chamber Magazine “INFO” and for FrenchConnect London (French Tech Entrepreneurs).