Matthew Woods


Matthew is a partner in the private client and tax team, with a focus on farms and landed estates.

Key to his success is in advising clients on how to hold and retain family assets and businesses and the effective transfer to successive generations. He has the ability to listen and understand the objectives and aims of the client before coming up with solutions to achieve those goals.

These skills have allowed Matthew to advise a wide range of clients who do not own rural property, many of whom have connections outside of the UK, in particular the Middle East, the US and low tax jurisdictions.

In 2015, Matthew was named as one of the best Landed Estates lawyers in the Spear’s 500 list, one of only 10 lawyers profiled in the UK.

Segretaria Emily Osborne


…incredibly bright, very sympathetic with clients and a good strategic thinker.

Chambers UK 2017, London

Described as a ‘brilliant and tireless’ lawyer.

Legal 500 UK 2016

‘He is very intelligent, and has a real eye for detail and for explaining very difficult situations very clearly.’

Chambers UK 2018, London

Matthew is sensible and capable.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Matthew Woods is a great person to have in trustees meeting and in client meetings. Always providing reassuring and considered guidance.

Legal 500 UK, 2020






Advising a family on a structure to hold an estate that has been in the family for 32 generations. The family wanted the estate to be held by all of their children rather than one ‘heir’ but for the ‘rules’ of ownership and transfer to be clear and fair and ensure that the family asset is retained.

Advising on the ownership of UK property, whether for personal use or for investment or trading purposes and in respect of both residential and commercial property. Clients include investors from the Middle East, Europe and Asia. This advice is often coupled with wider lifetime planning for non domiciled individuals, including setting up private trust company structures to manage succession on death.

Advising a number of clients who are domiciled in India and Pakistan on the structure of their wills to maximise the possibility of tax treaties with the UK applying on death. This can protect UK assets from charges to UK inheritance tax notwithstanding the clients being UK deemed domiciled through long term residence.

England and Wales, 2001

‘Governance and Management for the Business Families and Family Business’, STEP

‘Practical Trust Precedents, Practical Will Precedents and International Trust Precedents’, Sweet & Maxwell’s

Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners

STEP Business Families Steering Committee

Country, Land and Business Association

Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Historic Houses Association

Tax Planning and the Family Company - 29 February 2016

IBC Landed Estates Conference - 21 September 2016

Protecting and Attacking Wealth on Divorce seminar - 27 September 2016



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