We support high net worth individuals and families, both in the UK and internationally, in identifying and then implementing the arrangements that best suit their individual needs.
I advise wealthy individuals, their families and the institutions that advise them in respect of their private wealth. I have particular expertise in advising business owning families.
My formative years as a lawyer were spent with a London based global law firm; this provided an experience of company and commercial law that allows me to provide advice to individuals and families in a way that takes into account the commercial aspects of clients’ affairs much more than would otherwise be the case. Private clients often think of their business and personal assets as very closely connected and understanding their interaction is important in order to advise comprehensively.
Entrepreneurs form a large part of my client base and frequently they have an international element to their affairs. A lot of my work concerns the transfer of business interests from one generation to the next in a way that is tax efficient and meets their commercial and personal objectives. Helping a client’s business and their family in this way can be hugely satisfying work.
There are many clients I look after that I admire; many are successful as result of pursuing their goals and hard work. They have then used their wealth creatively for the benefit of others whether in business or otherwise.
I feel fortunate to enjoy my work. In addition to working alongside excellent lawyers at Fladgate I often advise in collaboration with expert trustees and financial professionals across different jurisdictions; these enduring professional relationships all help when advising clients with complex needs.
I am recognised as an expert adviser to private clients by both Chambers UK and Legal 500. I am also recognised in the Private Client Global Elite 2022-2023 Directory and the Spear's 500 2022 Directory.
Jonathan Riley has an excellent understanding of UK tax law, UK tax planning and private wealth structuring. He is hardworking, technically very able, a good communicator and personable.
He really digs deep into what makes his clients tick and from there he takes things forward to find the right solution for the family.