Jonathan Conder Partner

Jonathan advises UK and international private clients, trustees, foundations, family offices and private banks on all aspects of tax, trust, estate and succession planning, regulatory, immigration and philanthropic issues. Jonathan also has significant experience in assisting families and trustees in resolving disputes.

Typical clients include high-net-worth entrepreneurs and their families who are non-UK resident or UK resident but non-UK domiciled, taking into account their trusts, foundations and family investment companies and partnerships, funds and other structures and financial instruments such clients use to hold their business interests or manage their wealth.

Having spent four years as an in-house counsel in Bermuda and many years as a partner at Macfarlanes, he has particular expertise in advising private banks and family offices on private client matters. He is also very experienced in complex cross-border estate planning, co-ordinating matters for clients with assets in several different legal and tax systems.

A significant number of his international clients have connections to the US and Europe, although in recent years he has spent increasing amounts of time working with families and trustees from the Middle East, South East Asia (especially India, Singapore and Malaysia) and Latin America.

He is well known throughout the industry, lectures widely in the UK and overseas, publishes journal articles on topical issues and is frequently quoted in the national and industry press.

The previous head of the multiple award-winning private client group for 12 years until May 2017, he is now focusing solely on client work.

Jonathan is a member of the firm's probate group and has many years' experience advising on all probate related matters.

Professional memberships
• ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors)
• APP (Association of Partnership Practitioners)
• ITPA (International Tax Planning Association)
• STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
• The Bermuda Society
• The International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers

What people are saying


"An ultra-safe pair of hands he is one of the standout individuals in this field."

Chambers HNW 2020

"Working with him, you clearly see and notice his experience. He is very experienced and can really bring his full expertise to cases. He has a very easy way about him which gives clients the comfort they need in difficult situations."

Chambers HNW 2020

"He is one of the standout individuals in this field. Described as a "very seasoned practitioner.""

Chambers HNW 2019

"An "ultra-safe pair of hands.""

Chambers HNW 2019

"He is fantastic. He's very, very clever, with great judgement, and is a very good adviser."

Chambers Global 2018

"He gives good advice and has great knowledge and experience He's willing to advise, not just talk about the law."

Chambers Global 2018

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