- Education: University of Edinburgh, M.A.
- Admitted: England and Wales, 2001
- Year joined: 1999
- Year became partner: 2007
Chris started work at Withers in 1999 as a fresh faced trainee solicitor, qualifying into the Private Client Department in 2001 and was made a Partner in 2007.
Chris works in the Wealth Planning department with a particular focus on advising both UK domiciled and non-UK domiciled high net worth individuals in relation to their personal, business and philanthropic affairs.
His practice includes advising individuals and trustees on UK tax issues, investment structuring for private investors and asset managers, UK and international trust and estate planning.
'..an excellent, reliable and adaptive lawyer.'
'Christopher Groves recently advised the management on the buy-out of Premium Credit.'
Legal 500 2013
- advising a family with members based in a number of different countries in Europe and also in the USA with regard to their dynastic trust structure.
- advising a UK family with regard to the endowment of a new charitable foundation and the subsequent funding of projects in the UK and overseas.
- advising a UK resident non-domiciliary with regard to the tax efficient funding of UK charitable projects from non-UK funds.
- advising a European family with regard to the establishment of private investment fund and property investment structure together with a trust holding structure.
- advising UK resident domiciled investment managers on the establishment of an investment fund and appropriate personal tax planning.
- advising a family with regard to the structure of the family’s business activities in the US and the UK as well as the family charitable foundation.
- drafting of a comprehensive estate plan for a UK resident Japanese family.
- advising a non-UK resident multi-national family on structuring their personal affairs prior to becoming UK resident.
- advising a Middle Eastern family on the establishment of a Jersey based charitable foundation to focus the family’s philanthropic activities worldwide.
- advising the family office of a UK resident non-domiciled family with regard to tax efficient investment options.
- advising a UK resident and domiciled family with regard to their estate planning, dynastic trust structures and tax efficient investment structuring.
- advising an eastern European family with regard to the establishment of an international charitable group as a vehicle for the family.
Publications and speaking engagements
With Alana Lowe-Petraske (also of Withers LLP) Chris recently wrote the chapter on "The Practice of International Philanthropy" in "International Charitable Giving", a new volume published by Oxford University Press which is the only comprehensive treatment of cross-border charitable giving. providing extensive analysis of the broader and jurisdiction-specific issues in this complex area.
Chris is a co-author of Barnsley on Land Options and McCutcheon on Inheritance tax.
Chris is also a regular contributor to newspapers including the Financial Times as well as professional publications.