Katie Graves


Katie is a partner in the private client and tax team.

She moved from the London office to Hong Kong in 2010. Her practice involves tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy international families.

She has particular expertise in assisting clients with the establishment of private trust company structures and related fiduciary and governance issues. Katie has advised a number of families in relation to the creation and ongoing running of single family offices.

In addition Katie advises UK expatriates and Asian families with UK connections on their personal tax issues and trustees on a range of matters including the consequences of holding UK assets or having UK resident beneficiaries.

Katie is currently Chair of STEP’s Hong Kong Branch, and is also named as a leading individual for private client/wealth management in Chambers HNW 2016-2022, Citywealth’s 2016-2018 IFC Powerwomen Top 200 list and Citywealth’s 2018 to 2021 Leading Private Client Lawyers list. She is recognised by Chambers HNW as an expert in UK tax issues for non-resident clients in the region as well as Asian families with connections to the UK. She "really understands the fabric of the private client market in Hong Kong".


Katie Graves advises high net worth families and individuals on trust, tax and estate planning matters. She routinely advises Asian families that have assets in the UK, and a source says she is very highly thought of in the market” and “covers those aspects very well.

Chambers HNW, 2020

Katie Graves is known for her expertise in UK tax issues for non-resident clients in the region as well as Asian families with connections to the UK. One source praises her for being ‘a real expert at UK tax and advisory work,’ while another notes that “she really knows her stuff in this area.’ She also advises on complex trust structures, including Shari’a-compliant trusts, and is further praised by peers for “really understanding the fabric of the private client market in Hong Kong.’

Chambers HNW 2017, China

She is known for dealing with trusts and wills and succession planning around the world. She has a classic private wealth practice. Katie has a good bedside manner and is technically very sound.

Chambers HNW 2018, China

She is extremely seasoned and highly experienced in UK matters.

Chambers High Net Worth, 2021

Katie is technically qualified, approachable and responsive.

Chambers HNW 2022, China

Track record





Drafting legislation to establish a single family office platform for a middle eastern financial centre.

Trust and estate planning for a prominent Asian family in conjunction with family law advice in advance of a member of the family’s marriage.

Advising seven members of an Asian family spanning 2 generations in relation to the setting up of a private trust company (PTC). The PTC acts as trustee of a master trust which will hold the family office, the family business and the family investment entity. The beneficiaries of the master trust are a series of ‘feeder’ trusts established for the benefit of the family members and a number of charitable entities. The family have also established a sophisticated governance structure including a family council and family constitution.

Hong Kong, 2017

British Virgin Islands, 2012

England and Wales, 1991

‘Is it necessary to have a Chinese notarised will to deal with my assets in the mainland?’, Dec 2021, co-author

‘Moving mountains. What it means to create a life in a new country, by choice or by force,’ , May 7,2021, co-author

‘Cross-Border Wills And Their Increasing Importance’, Wealthbriefing - November 2017, author

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners - Chair of the Hong Kong branch

‘Global Positioning Service (GPS) Webinar: Your guide to global mobility issues and considerations’, Apr 2022

‘Global mobility and investment into the UK’, Dec 2020

‘Investing in Europe’ - STEP Webinar, Nov 2020



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