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Jonathan Conder


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‘Chaos sometimes works well for lawyers,’ the ebullient Jonathan Conder tells Spear’s when asked about the past year. It’s not been as chaotic as 2017, he says, but less chaos doesn’t mean things haven’t been busy – the department posted record revenues in the previous year. ‘I’m not sure how much busier I can get,’ he jokes. Conder stepped down as head of practice last year to focus solely on client work. He advises family offices and private banks on all aspects of tax, trust, estate and succession planning, regulatory, immigration and philanthropic issues, as well as assisting families and trustees in resolving disputes. A former in-house counsel in Bermuda, Conder has expertise in advising private banks and clients on family matters, often across complex cross-border issues. The department is developing its work with institutions and has seen a ‘significant’ increase in asset manager and banking clients. There’s also been a rise in work from Asia and the Middle East. Meanwhile, Brexit fears are being replaced by those of a change in government. ‘People want to know what their options are,’ he says. ‘Some of the work we’ve been doing has been provoked by that.’