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I am the national Head of Tax, Trusts & Estates and I run the Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth London and International teams.
I have a background in corporate and private client law with particular interest in international structuring, investment structures, tax, family and private offices and investment of all sorts. I spent five years outside the legal profession as a banker at UBS in their UK Investment Banking team specialising in investment funds.
I am interested in all areas of private wealth and making Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth the wealth advisor of choice in the UK.
I was inspired to get into law by my father who is a judge but it was the legal aspects of business and the individuals who own those businesses which really interested me.
I am fascinated by building a new type of business in the private wealth space from within a regulated law firm that has professional ethics at its core (not something you can say about the majority of regulated financial services businesses).
I love spending time with my family, and enjoy all sorts of sport - whether participating or watching (cycling, skiing, rugby, cricket particularly) – and anything that could be called a “country pursuit”.
"Really good mix of technical excellence and business acumen" - Legal 500, 2018/19
“Irwin Mitchell has 'a significant offering', and 'is becoming an agile competitor' under the leadership of Nick Rucker” - Legal 500
“Nick Rucker is a very energetic and enthusiastic individual” - Chambers & Partners
“We are extremely pleased to be attracting new talent at all levels to strengthen our London and International team. Helen is a welcome addition with her expertise in helping individuals and families with business and other complex interests to plan for and structure their wealth.
“Our team in London is focused on international work, so to bring in solicitors with different backgrounds to traditional private client lawyers allows us to bring a wider range of experience to our clients with corporate interests.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s London team – we have big plans for growing our team so that we can give our new and existing clients the market-leading service they know we deliver.”
“The announcement that hugely increased probate fees are going ahead in April - a new ‘death tax’ - is a new tax in all but name and could have serious consequences for the collection of inheritance tax.
“It is described in the Minister’s statement as ‘a fair and more progressive way to pay for probate services’ which is misleading as the current fees cover the cost of providing this service. It is laudable to lift the lower value estates out of paying fees at all, by raising the threshold value of estates to £50,000, but it is being used as a way to raise more money to ‘be spent on running the courts and tribunal service’ – or rather, a tax.”
“We are delighted to have Philip join to head our immigration team in London as he is a highly experienced lawyer with a great reputation for his work helping high-net worth individuals.
“Philip has a long career that has helped to significantly shape today’s immigration law and we’re looking forward to seeing what someone of Philip’s calibre will bring to our existing team in London, particularly with Brexit looming on the horizon.
“He is a respected lawyer and his work will help Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s London and national Tax, Trusts and Estates team to grow even more as well as help to put our immigration practice on the map.”
“The continued and deepened assistance for first time buyers via SDLT is to be welcome and given the delayed nature of most of the measures announced, it is a pleasant surprise that this relief will be retrospective.
Additional funding for the housing infrastructure fund will need to be closely monitored as the supply site problems in the market are well documented and it is essential they are addressed in reality rather than just in theory.”
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