Charles Gothard Partner

Charles specialises in advising international families and entrepreneurs as well as the family offices, trust companies and other institutions helping them.

His work often relates to their estate planning, structures (whether trusts, foundations or other vehicles), philanthropy and personal affairs. This frequently involves complex tax planning with an international element and co-ordinating advice from advisers in different jurisdictions, often in situations with little or no UK connection. He also regularly advises foreign residents on the most tax efficient way to structure UK investments or a move to the UK.

Charles also has significant experience of contentious UK and international trust and probate work – resolving disputes between trustees or executors and beneficiaries, acting for either side.

Charles is ranked as a top tier adviser in the UK and Global editions of the independent Chambers guide and as one of the top 10 UK tax and trust lawyers in 2017 by Spear's magazine.

Charles lectures regularly in the UK and abroad and has published articles in many of the leading professional publications. He is the joint editor of The World Trust Survey – an overview of the trust laws of 34 jurisdictions published in 2010 by Oxford University Press and the joint author of a chapter on “Protectors” in Tolley’s Administration of Trusts.

Charles co-heads the firm’s family office group and is the firm's country partner for Switzerland so has overall responsibility for our relationships in Switzerland. 

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

Charles is a member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

What people are saying


"He is very easygoing but incredibly focused and great at advising clients. He is extremely bright and clever. He is very understated in his style but knows his stuff inside out and delivers the advice very calmly but very precisely. He is a great adviser."

Chambers HNW 2020

"Gothard is highly regarded in the market and has extensive experience working with a range of clients on complex, international matters."

Chambers HNW 2019

"...extremely knowledgeable and good to work with."

Chambers Global 2018

"Charles is a 'very able practitioner'."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"'He has good technical knowledge, and is flexible and pragmatic. He is a good guy' says a source."

Chambers HNW 2017

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