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Harbottle & Lewis





Tax & Trust Advisers

Tax & Trust Lawyers


London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Cross-border tax

Wealth preservation

Wealth planning

Succession planning


Client types




Sector focus


Business and Consumer Services

Wealth Management & Private Banking


Chris Moorcroft


‘Helping individuals manage the complexity and burden associated with holding vast wealth’ is how Chris Moorcroft describes his role at Harbottle & Lewis, where he is a partner in its ‘esteemed personal tax and private client departments’.

A Durham law graduate who trained at Clifford Chance before working for King & Wood Mallesons in Australia, Moorcroft advises UHNW individuals and families on wealth planning and succession matters. His remit is broad: as well as covering the use of estate planning vehicles such as companies, trusts and foundations designed to manage the passing of wealth from one generation to another, Moorcroft also provides legal, tax and strategic advice to wealthy individuals on their private affairs. Liaising with the trustees and banks’ service clients, Moorcroft is also able to provide advice on will planning and probate involving assets spread across jurisdictions.

He is at the forefront of lawyers discussing the transfer of wealth to younger generations – a booming area. ‘Practitioners have been talking about the “great wealth transition” for years,’ he says. ‘It’s now happening. Around the world, trillions of dollars’ worth of assets are being passed down the generations, often to heirs that have a completely different outlook and set of values to their elders. So understanding the motivations of those generations is key.’ Clients range from household names to heads of businesses and family offices. He has significant experience working with clients from Africa and the Middle East, thanks in part to a stint at a private bank, and has twice been recognised as a ‘Top 35 under 35’ by ePrivateclient, a ‘rising star’ by Super Lawyers, and as a ranked individual by Chambers & Partners.

‘More often than not, our clients are wealth generators rather than inheritors,’ he says. ‘The one common factor is that very wealthy people tend to be interesting.’

Renowned for its industry-specific, commercial and strategic advice, Harbottle & Lewis has enjoyed a culture of long-standing client relationships, built on trust and anchored in quality. ‘The firm is a modern, dynamic and forward-looking practice, with a thriving private capital practice,’ adds Moorcroft.

He adds that the ability to communicate effectively is key, adding, ‘many advisers in this area are technically strong but lack the ability to explain things to a client in a way he or she will understand.’

His philosophy? ‘Always have a plan, and execute the plan. There should always be an overarching strategy guiding everything I do.’

Rank: Recommended

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