Edward Reed Partner

Edward advises on UK and international wills, trusts and personal tax planning. He is a trustee or protector of a number of private and charitable trusts, many of which are administered within our trust administration group. Having been educated both in the UK and in France, Edward has developed an affinity for civil law issues generally.

In conjunction with overseas lawyers, he frequently advises on cross-border estate and succession planning issues. He has a particular interest in the drafting of trusts and some of their constitutional mechanisms and has advised institutional and corporate trustees on the drafting of their standard forms, focusing on such issues as settlor reserved powers, settlor-directed investment provisions, protector committees and their appointment mechanisms and the trigger events (e.g. incapacity) for the transmission of key trust powers. He advises trustees and settlors on fiduciary and tax issues arising out of the administration of existing structures.

Edward has been quoted extensively in the press and lectured at industry conferences. He also advises clients on philanthropic issues. He advises on UK immigration and nationality law and procedure for private and corporate clients. He has administrative oversight of the firm’s wholly-owned trust company, Embleton Trust Corporation Limited. Edward is a contributor to Tolley’s Administration of Trusts and the author of the England and Wales Chapter in The World Trust Survey (Gothard & Shah) published by Oxford University Press. He is also co-author of the “Trusts, Trustees and the UK Anti Financial Crime Regime”, chapter (C11) in Glasson, The International Trust (3rd Ed. 2011).

Professional memberships

  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association)
  • Charity Law Association

Edward is also a member of the Capital Taxes Sub-Committee of the Law Society’s Tax Law Committee, the immediate past Chairman of the steering committee of the Cross-Border Estates Group of STEP and a trustee of The Friends of the Institut Français.

What people are saying


"He is particularly good when it comes to cross-border work, he is smart, courteous and responsive."

Chambers Global 2018

"Edward is 'excellent' for UK and international wills, trusts and personal tax planning."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Edward Reed 'is very charming and very clever. He has an amazing client base and I like his way of thinking,' says a market peer."

Chambers HNW 2017

"Sources praise the 'very charming and clever' Edward Reed for his technical ability. He is adept at handling personal tax planning, wills and trust matters, especially for clients with French and continental European interests."

Chambers UK 2016

"'He is a strong lawyer adept at complex cases and is very clever'. He is noted for his common law and civil law capabilities and, as such, is often called upon to advise on Swiss, French and UK wealth management issues."

Chambers Global 2016

"Sources regard him as 'a true trusted adviser for clients'."

Chambers Global 2016