Matthew Braithwaite

Partner

Private Client




T: +44 (0)20 7674 0532
mbraithwaite@wedlakebell.com

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Expertise

Matt advises a wide range of UK and international clients, from individuals, families, trustees, beneficiaries and family offices on a wide range of private client issues, including UK tax, estate and succession planning.

Matt acts for high net worth individuals and families including business owners, professional executives and entrepreneurs.  Matt advises on the establishment and use of trusts and other wealth holding structures, and also on the succession of family trusts and businesses and governance issues.

He also advises on Wills and wider estate and succession planning issues.


Recent Experience

  • Matt assisted UK resident and domiciled family business owners with their succession planning including gifting of shares in the business to the next generation, corporate advice to support the succession of the business and personal support concerning the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
  • Matt has advised UK resident US persons and UK nationals resident in the US in connection with their succession and estate planning, working with US advisors to ensure a joined up approach with both tax advice and Will drafting.
  • Matt has providing ‘pre-arrival’ UK tax planning to non-UK domiciled persons coming to the UK from, amongst other countries, Hong Kong.
  • Matt regularly provides UK tax advice to both UK and international clients in connection with the purchase of high value UK residential property.  He also regularly drafts Wills, lasting powers of attorneys and lifetime trusts to mitigate tax or carry out estate or succession planning.

Career History

Matt trained at Bath-based Stone King and upon qualifying as a solicitor in 2005 he practised as a solicitor in Bath before moving to London with Stone King in 2008 to develop the firm’s private client services.

In 2011 Matt joined BDO in London as a Senior Tax Manager in their Private Client Services department before moving back into the legal world in 2013 to take up role in the Private Wealth at another London based law firm. He joined Wedlake Bell as a Partner in 2018.

Matt is Co-Chair of the firm’s Social Mobility Network and responsible for coordinating initiatives to give career opportunities to prospective lawyers from less well represented social and ethnic backgrounds.

Matt is a full-time member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Co-Chair of STEP’s Business Families Special Interest Group Steering Committee.


Publications

Matt has co-authored chapters for the International Comparative Legal Guide: Private Client, including a series chartering the reforms to the taxation of UK residential property and has written widely for industry publications and the national press.  Matt also talks at industry conferences both in the UK and internationally.


Endorsements

Matt is listed in Citywealth’s Leaders List 2018 and was awarded silver for Partner of the Year at the Citywealth Future Leader Awards 2016.

Matt was listed in the eprivateclient “Top 35 Under 35” in 2014 and 2015.


"Matthew Braithwaite is very responsive and easy to work with."


— Legal 500, 2022

"Matthew Braithwaite, Camilla Wallace and Jenny Cutts – each with their own style; all three are technically excellent and provide solution driven advice."


— Legal 500, 2022

"He is very collaborative, he is very responsive and very knowledgeable," and another comments: "He is someone I'd highly recommend. I like him a lot. He is really bright, responsive and easy to deal with."


— Chambers, High Net Worth Guide 2021

"Matt is brilliant. Matt is first of all a very approachable and very down-to-earth individual, the other thing that stands out about him is that he has a very good grasp of matters and can explain things to clients in an understandable manner."


— Chambers, High Net Worth Guide 2021

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Family offices in a post-pandemic world

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A Nudge In The Wrong Direction From The UK’s Tax Collector?

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The non-resident stamp duty land tax surcharge

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THE RISING IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR FAMILY OFFICES

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Tax and estate planning when moving to the UK

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Tax Changes for Purchasers of UK Property

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Immigration to the UK from Hong Kong: Preparatory Legal and Tax Steps

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Wealth briefing have covered Matthew Braithwaite joining Wedlake Bell

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Wedlake Bell further bolsters the firm’s Private Client Group with new Partner

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