Stuart Adams, Managing Associate, Mishcon Private

Stuart Adams

Legal Director

Personal Profile

Stuart is a Legal Director in Mishcon Private.  He helps high net worth clients to preserve, grow and pass on their wealth and provides UK and international tax advice. Identified by Spear's as a Rising Star in its Top 50 Tax Advisors Index, Stuart is described as a 'technically and analytically exceptional, practical and thorough adviser who is building a strong reputation'. 

A large part of Stuart's practice is advising non-UK domiciled clients who are considering a move to the UK, providing them (and the other advisors supporting them) with pre-arrival tax advice as well as advice on residence, their domicile status, trusts and other asset holding structures. Conversely, he advises non-doms who have been living in the UK for a number of years and those considering leaving the UK.  He also advises international families who often have little or no connection to the UK and who are looking for effective governance structures through which to organise the long-term transition of wealth.  In that regard, Stuart is an expert in the creation of international Wills and asset holding structures such as trusts, foundations, companies and partnerships.

Stuart is a member of Mishcon's Latin America team and has a particular interest in advising clients with connections to Lusophone countries, in particular Brazil.

Stuart also has extensive experience in advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors on all aspects of venture capital schemes (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts). This includes advice on taxation in relation to investments by individuals, approved and unapproved SEIS and EIS funds, and by VCTs.

He is often involved in matters where there is active litigation, or the prospect of it, working closely with the firm's Private Wealth Disputes and Family specialists.

A full member of STEP, the world's leading organisation for private wealth professionals, the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and The Law Society's Private Client Section (also committee member), Stuart regularly gives seminars on private client law and practice and has published articles in many of the leading professional publications as well as editing and writing for key texts.

Stuart is the recipient of multiple industry awards and is consistently ranked as a leading individual for his technical specialisms.

Key Experience

  • Acting for the widow and executrix of an ultra-high net worth British-born entrepreneur in respect of notices of determination pertaining to inheritance tax arising from a number of substantial lifetime transfers which constituted several offshore settlements. The inheritance tax issues are linked to the longest tax dispute in UK history which is currently before the First-tier tax tribunal and which is handled by our Tax Litigation team.
  • Structuring an ultra high net worth Russian client's worldwide assets in order to minimise death duties and to provide the orderly transfer of those assets to his chosen heirs. This work involved co-ordinating advice from practitioners in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising a Venezuelan entrepreneur on his family's relocation to the UK and helping them to navigate through the complexities of the UK tax system in order to mitigate their exposure to UK taxes. Advice also focused on the structuring of the family's acquisition of a £25million residential property in central London.
  • Advising British aristocrat and businessman whose family own a substantial UK landed estate on his personal tax and succession planning.
  • Advising several members of the Saudi Royal family on tax-efficient structures for holding UK real estate and to ensure a smooth succession to the next generation.
  • Advising a wealthy Russian client on his personal tax and succession planning to include the tax efficient funding of UK charitable projects from non-UK funds.

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Senior Associate, Penningtons Manches LLP
Associate, Penningtons Manches LLP
Associate, Clifton Ingram LLP
Solicitor, Clifton Ingram LLP
Trainee, Clifton Ingram LLP
University of Law (Guildford), GDL, LPC & LLB
University of Surrey, BA (Hons) Accounting

Articles and Publications

  • Various private client briefings – Tax Journal
  • Contentious Probate Handbook by Carl Islam: a book review – PS Magazine
  • On the up – PS Magazine
  • Rectification: keeping up with the Vaughan-Jones – Trust and Estates Law & Tax Journal
  • Private Client Global Guide (England and Wales) – Practical Law (Thomson Reuters)
  • Wills: lost and found – Trust and Estates Law & Tax Journal
  • Insurance monies and CGT – Pall Mall Art Advisors' magazine
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