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A go-to sage for international UHNWs on wills, trusts and personal tax planning, Edward Reed has spent his career dealing with ‘Western European matters’ – matters he is well-suited to handling, having spent his formative years in France. Reed continues to own property there, so that his understanding of continental thinking isn’t the ‘purely academic’ exercise it is for other lawyers.
‘I’ve concluded that a lot of what a lawyer does, other than concluding deals and making
sure things happen, is translating other people’s strange codes into some of form of comprehensible vernacular for the punter,’ he has previously told Spear’s.
It helps that the likeable and engaging Reed is a linguist by training (he studied Latin and Greek at university). After all, tax law has acquired a rather ‘fiddly’ language of its own in recent years.
‘The way UK tax is drafted has gone dramatically downhill,’ he says. ‘People joke about the size of the tax books as compared to 20 years ago and it’s true – they’re probably twice the size. You almost need a degree in maths to understand how the law applies, which is just silly.
‘There’s no chance of the man in the street being able to follow tax provisions, or doing a deal without tax advice any longer. That is pretty retrograde.’