Our Legal Team

Robert Brindley

Managing Partner and Head of Tax, Trusts & Estates

01625 531676

robert.brindley@chlsolicitors.co.uk

Specialist areas:

  • Inheritance planning
  • Tax mitigation
  • Asset protection

About me:

I am a the Managing Partner and Head of the Tax, Trusts & Estates Department.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and have specialised throughout my career in private client work covering wills, probate, trusts, tax, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection Deputyship work.

With my considerable practical experience and an array of specialist legal qualifications, I am able to bring a reassuring, straightforward and practically minded approach to the most complex of legal situations.

In an industry increasingly dominated by narrow process providers, I am committed to helping people fully understand their legal, commercial and practical position so that they can make the best and most informed decision that is available to them.

I like to encourage my team to adopt these same key principles to the way in which they work too.

I hold a number of specialist private client qualifications. Amongst other things, I was one of the first 100 people in the country to qualify with distinction in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in 2004 and was one of the first 80 people in the country to qualify as a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association in 2013. In addition, I was one of the first 20 people in the world to obtain the Advanced STEP certificate in Family Enterprise Advising in 2012.

I guide clients on the most appropriate and secure way to prepare their inheritance planning strategy bearing in mind opportunities to minimise tax payable and maximise asset protection.

I also assist clients during the often complex process of dealing with a family member’s estate, ensuring that matters are dealt with quickly and comprehensively and with an eye to obtaining any present and future available tax saving opportunities.

 

Key cases:

  • Asset protection in lifetime – Through careful planning, I helped a parent protect significant family money that was for their adult child from becoming an asset in that child’s subsequent divorce.
  • Tax savings in death – By keeping a watchful eye on tax saving opportunities, I saved a family over £145,000 in inheritance tax following the close deaths of two relatives.
  • Making a useless trust useful again – Approached by a family member who needed money from a trust where the sole trust controller had lost capacity to make their own decisions, I was able to convince the court to appoint a new trustee in an expedited and cost efficient manner.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP)
  • Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association

My top tip

Keep it simple wherever possible.