England and Wales, 2003
McCutcheon on Inheritance Tax, contributor
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
I was attracted by the intellectual rigour of being a lawyer
I graduated with a degree in English Literature and had a brief foray with the publishing world before joining Withers, so a career as a solicitor wasn’t obviously on the cards. But I was attracted by the intellectual rigour of being a lawyer, nowhere more demanding than in unravelling the complexities of tax law. It is this challenge combined with the close personal interaction with clients and their advisers that I love about my job.
Although it sounds like a cliché, every day in the office presents a new question and a constant variety of tasks. One minute advising trustees and their litigators in relation to an application to remove a protector, the next restructuring multiple trusts for a family based in Latin America or drafting a complex will for a British national resident in Switzerland.
And meanwhile the industry landscape is always changing. My time in the Geneva office has seen dramatic changes, with the end of banking secrecy in Switzerland, the introduction of the Swiss-UK Agreement, the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, FATCA and more recently the Common Reporting Standard and the changes to the UK non-domicile regime. With this and more to come there is sure never to be a dull moment…