Piers Barclay Partner

Piers is the head of private client.

Piers specialises in succession, tax and estate planning advice for individuals and their families as well as related advice to trustees and other private client service providers, such as family offices. In addition to UK-based clients, much of his work has an international element, including structuring multi-jurisdictional estates, using trusts in civil law and Shari’a law countries and advising non-UK trustees on tax and fiduciary matters.

He has experience in UK pre-arrival planning for non-domiciliaries, remittance basis advice and the implementation of trusts, wills and associated mechanisms on arrival, both for entrepreneurs and for other high-net-worth individuals.  Piers is also involved in the post-death administration of estates, both in the UK and in the international context.

Before becoming a partner, Piers spent six months on secondment in the trusts department of a leading international law firm.

Piers is ranked as a Tier One adviser in the UK and Global editions of the independent Chambers guide and as a leading individual in the UK Legal 500 guide. He has been recognised in the eprivateclient 2021 50 Most Influential list and is recommended in the 2021 Private Client Global Elite guide.

Professional memberships

  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

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What people are saying


"[Piers Barclay] is as good as it gets in the London market. He is a font of knowledge."

Chambers HNW 2022

"Piers Barclay is a true leader, not only in his field but for the group more generally. Clients adore Piers and he is able to handle the most difficult of personalities."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"[Piers Barclay] needs no introduction; he's one of the best private client lawyers in London."

Chambers HNW 2021

"He is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the UK when it comes to private client work."

Chambers HNW 2021

"Clients love him and his lovely dry English sense of humour. He is phenomenally clever and he has impeccable judgement."

Chambers HNW 2021

"He is just excellent, no doubt about that. He's solution-driven, great with clients, and he always has an answer to a difficult question."

Chambers HNW 2021