Nicholas Harries Partner

Nicholas started his career as a barrister, practising from 10 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn (a leading set of traditional Chancery chambers). He subsequently joined Macfarlanes in 2003. He continues to hold Higher Courts rights of audience.

Nicholas’ current practice draws on both the detailed trust law and drafting experience gained at the bar and the technical tax experience gained later in his career. It embraces the full range of tax, estate and succession planning advice for individuals resident in the UK (UK and non-UK domiciliaries). It also includes advice for internationally-based individuals and their families, often where there is no significant connection with the UK.

He works closely with our private client disputes team (drawing on his contentious experience at the Bar) and with our tax team (to deliver co-ordinated advice where both personal and business tax issues are at stake).

Nicholas also heads up our charity and probate practices. He has many years' experience advising on all probate related matters.

Professional memberships:

  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Qualified in England and Wales, 2005.

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"Nicholas Harries – well known and liked partner, very easy to work with."

The Legal 500 2023

"[Nicholas Harries] is technically very strong, good with clients and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers HNW 2022

"Nicholas Harries is always a pleasure to work with, no matter the complexity or number of jurisdictions involved. He is incredibly smart and able to handle the most difficult matters with patience and grace."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"[Nicholas Harries] is one of the nicest private client lawyers around, and also one of the smartest lawyers for charitable planning."

Chambers HNW 2021

"He has a lot of gravitas. Clients really respect him. He's very wise and very sage."

Chambers HNW 2021

"Nicholas Harries is someone I would recommend. He's very good. He's more than competent and he's really on top of his game."

Chambers HNW 2021