Nick Dunnell


Nick Dunnell

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Trained at Burges Salmon, qualified in 1989, practised at Thomas Eggar 1989 to 1993, taught at BPP 1993 to 1997, then practised at Clyde & Co 1997 to 1998, then Speechly Bircham 1998 to 2010 before joining Farrer & Co as a partner in May 2010.


University of Cape Town; University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)



Nick's main areas of expertise are tax and trusts, including the taxation of foreign domiciled individuals, the remittance basis and offshore trusts. He advises on suitable structures for foreign domiciliaries, tax-efficient strategies for extracting value from them and the tax consequences of their investment choices.

Nick also advises the trustees of a major landed estate, advising on a range of complex domestic trust and tax issues.

Nick's clients also include entrepreneurs, directors, individuals with inherited wealth and trustees. While much of his practice has a foreign element (whether foreign residence or domicile or both), he has a significant UK client base.  

Although tax is usually a significant element in his practice, he also advises on structuring and estate planning more generally, and advises on disputes between beneficiaries and trustees before they become litigious. Nick has also successfully represented a number of clients in Revenue enquiries.

Who we help

Nick advises on wealth structuring and remittance issues for foreign domiciled individuals and trustees. He advises on pre-immigration planning, becoming non-resident, domicile and the tax consequences of each. He also advises foreign resident individuals in relation to their affairs, particularly in relation to trusts and corporate structures.

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Nick advises entrepreneurs and owners of family businesses and entrepreneurs on all aspects which affect their personal wealth. These usually centre around tax-efficient succession planning, using a variety of strategies, including bespoke wills and trusts, alternative structures and rearranging share rights.

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