Philip Munro


  • Education: University of Bristol, LL.B. (Hons) (First Class) • Nottingham Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction)
  • Admitted: England and Wales, 2006 • Hong Kong SAR, 2011 • British Virgin Islands, 2012 • Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore, 2012
  • Languages spoken: French
  • Year joined: 2004
  • Year became partner: 2013


Philip qualified as a solicitor in Withers’ London office and has since practised with the firm in Hong Kong and Singapore.  His practice focuses on succession planning for international families.  As well as implementing estate planning arrangement for individuals, Philip frequently acts for trustees and financial institutions in relation to trust planning matters.  Philip has been involved in recent years in a number of matters involving the administration of cross border estates.

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Out with the Old:  The Revision of the Hong Kong Trust Law, Private Client Adviser 2013
  • The passing over of executors following Khan v Crossland, Private Client Business, 2012
  • Eastern Revision:  the Hong Kong Trust Law, Private Client Practitioner, 2010
  • Virgin Territories:  the use of the BVI, The Lawyer, 2009
  • Hong Kong as a jurisdiction for high net worth individuals, Offshore Red, 2009
  • 'The changing international private trust company landscape', Offshore Red, October 2008
  • 'The revised remittance rules and their impact on the individual resident non-domiciliary', Private Client Business, September 2008
  • 'Peer Pressure: should a peer's UK tax status affect his position in the House of Lords', New Law Journal, 30 May 2008
  • 'The Budget restores some non-dom advantages and softens some taxes', The Art Newspaper, April 2008
  • 'Residential Property and Tax', LNTV Programme 1398
  • 'Will Trusts: Drafting and Implementation', LNTV Programme 1356
  • 'The future of trusts as a means of protecting family wealth on divorce following Charman v Charman', Offshore Investment, September 2007
  • 'The English Family Division and trusts after Charman v Charman', Trust Law International, No.3, 2007
  • 'Dynastic decisions: Charman v Charman', STEP Journal, October 2007
  • 'The Family Limited Partnership', HNW Journal, December 2007

On a personal note

In his spare time, Philip enjoys tennis and cinema.

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