Top Ten Tax & Trust Lawyers
A mainstay of the Spear’s indices over the years and one of the most recognisable names in the world of tax, Ceris Gardner is as well equipped as anyone in the industry when it comes to issues of immigration and philanthropy.
Spear’s catches up with Gardner over the phone, where she reports that the transition to working from home has gone ‘beautifully’. Like many in the profession, she notes that the onset of lockdown brought with it a raft of work on wills and lasting power of attorney.
‘That was the start of the whole thing, and then it sort of morphed into people settling into meeting after meeting on Zoom,’ she says with a laugh.
One of the effects Covid-19 might have, she adds, is people thinking more about estate planning: ‘This has been a real scare to people of all ages.’
Gardner is also seeing pent-up demand from clients who are looking to ‘firm up their plans and actually come to the UK, take advantage of our remittance basis of taxation for non-domiciled individuals’.
Given the changes to visa requirements for EU nationals, Gardner notes that we could also see a ‘bit of a rush’ on things like investor visas, too.
‘I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a surge of people looking to come to the UK,’ she says. ‘They’ll need tax planning advice and succession planning.’