Simon Michaels

Foreign Law Consultant, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Simon is a foreign law consultant in the private client and tax team.

Ranked as the only “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers & Partners 2018 in Private Wealth Law in Singapore, Simon’s focus is on advising prominent high net-worth international families, family offices and the institutions that service them, in particular private banks and trust companies. In addition to UK tax, Simon advises on all issues of family governance, succession and estate planning, often with a particular focus on effective and complex cross-border structuring with integrated tax planning. In addition to this, Simon has been involved in a number of high value, cross-border trust and estate disputes, acting both for trustees and beneficiaries. He is a dual qualified English barrister and solicitor.

Simon has been based in Singapore since the beginning of 2009. He has been listed as a leading individual in the Legal 500 and has been a top-ranked private client lawyer in Chambers & Partners consistently since 2012.

Simon has given many external presentations, including STEP (Singapore and Hong Kong branches), the Singapore and the Hong Kong Trustee Associations, as guest lecturer at The National University of Singapore and client and second-generation conferences organised by various major international private banks, as well as institutional in-house training for banks and trust companies in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Secretary Leena Thiagaraja


trusted adviser with the right personality for his type of role

Chambers HNW 2016, Singapore

very good at tax law

Chambers HNW 2016, Singapore

Simon Michaels advises high net worth families and financial institutions, including private banks and trust companies, on tax and fiduciary matters. He assists private clients with succession and estate planning, particularly with cross-border structuring.

Chambers HNW 2017, Singapore

Simon Michaels is a qualified barrister and solicitor, and handles a range of trusts, estates and succession planning work. He’s a nice guy as a person, he’s very easy to get on with, and has a good way with clients.

Chambers HNW 2018, Singapore




England and Wales, 2002 (Called to the Bar)

Admitted as a Solicitor, 2005

‘Investing into UK property’, Q Report, Issue No.2 / 2013

‘Wealthy families in Asia – Passing On and Preserving Wealth’, Wealth Briefing Asia - October 2013

‘Talib v Talib: Property devolution dispute in which common law took precedence over Shariah law’, Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal - September 2010

Law Society of England and Wales

Inner Temple



  • English





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