George Merrylees


Private Client (Offshore)
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George advises on cross-border tax planning, asset structuring and succession. He acts for international high net worth individuals, trustees and family offices with a particular focus on fund managers, business owners, and entrepreneurs.

Being one of a handful of UK specialists in his field able to advise on complex matters in French, George is able to offer a unique, culturally intelligent and joined up service to Francophone clients whether from Europe, Israel, the Americas or Africa.

George sits on the Advisory council of the French Chamber of Commerce, is the chairman of the Franco-British Society and sits as an alumni representative on the Franco-British Young Leaders Board.

Career History

George joined Wedlake Bell as a partner in January 2022. Prior to that, George was a partner at Irwin Mitchell, a firm he joined through the merger of Berkeley Law and Irwin Mitchell in 2014.

George started his private client career at New Quadrant Partners in 2010. Before moving to private client, George worked in shipping both as a P&I claims handler and as a ship finance solicitor.


Wedlake Bell augments offshore private client offering with partner addition from Irwin Mitchell

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eprivateclient’s Top Ten People Moves – January 2022.

The appointment of George Merrylees to partner in the private client offshore team, is highlighted in eprivateclient’s Top Ten People Moves – January 2022.