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 focussing solely on client work.

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


"'He is unbelievably easy to work with. He is just very good at explaining some very complicated subjects to clients,' says a source."

Chambers HNW 2017

"Jonathan Conder is 'just brilliant at everything'."

The UK Legal 500 2016

"Jonathan Conder 'is unbelievably easy to work with. He is just very good at explaining some very complicated subjects to clients,' says one market source."

Chambers UK 2016

"He is a vastly experienced private client lawyer who is adept at handling matters for institutional clients, in addition to instructions from individuals."

Chambers UK 2016

"Head of the private client practice Jonathan Conder has an esteemed profile for his work in this sphere. Interviewees say he is 'exceptional', and single him out as 'very strategic' and 'a top-rated lawyer'."

Chambers Global 2016

"Commentators regard him as having 'an impressive vision and manner'."

Chambers Global 2016