Matthew Woods


  • Education: University College London, LL.B Laws
  • Admitted: England and Wales, 2001
  • Year joined: 1999
  • Year became partner: 2007


Matthew is joint head of the landed estates group.  He focuses on the mitigation of inheritance and capital gains taxes and the long term devolution of private wealth - particularly landed estates and owner managed businesses. His practice includes advising international clients on suitable structures to manage their multi-national and multi-generational needs.

Matthew writes for the Financial Times Readers' Questions, wrote the agricultural and business property relief chapters for McCutcheon and Withers LLP on inheritance tax planning and co-authored the chapter on Governance and Management for the Business Families and Family Business STEP Handbook for Advisors. Matthew is also a contributor to Sweet & Maxwell's Practical Trust Precedents, Practical Will Precedents and International Trust Precedents.

Matthew is one of Private Client Practitioner's 50 Most Influential 2012. He has been described as 'outstanding, keen and on the ball', 'great steel combined with a lightning-fast ability to grasp the issues' and that 'he understands the owners and their psychology; he listens, considers and responds' by Chambers and Partners (2013, 2014, 2015). Citywealth (2012) described Matthew as ' of the leading advisers..'. He is also described as 'pragmatic and technically strong' and 'displaying 'great depth of knowledge, speaks and writes to the point, responds promptly and has a very good back-up team' by Legal 500 (2013, 2014).

In 2015, Matthew was named as one of the best Landed Estates lawyers in the Spear's 500 list.

Publications and speaking engagements

Matthew spoke at the Lexis Nexis Webinar - Landed Estates - What's New? - on 10 September 2010 and at the Tolley's Conference on Tax Planning for Landed Estates on 20 April 2011.

Matthew has contributed to the November 2010 STEP Journal on business property relief for hybrid businesses following the decision in Balfour and to the 2010 Landed Estates Special Issue of Private Client Business on agricultural property relief.


  • Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Country, Land and Business Association
  • Historic Houses Association
  • STEP Business Families Steering Committee  


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