Edward Reed Partner

Edward advises internationally mobile families on their asset structuring, personal tax and succession planning wills, trusts and personal tax planning. Having been educated both in the UK and in France, Edward has developed an affinity for civil law issues generally. He is a bilingual French speaker and fluent in Italian.

In conjunction with overseas lawyers, he frequently advises on cross-border estate, succession planning and complex tax investigation issues. He has a particular interest in drafting constitutional mechanisms in asset holding vehicles 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. Being a trustee and protector himself he also 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.

With over 20 years’ experience in the field, 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 and of the Trust Administration and Retail Property Investment Group.

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, attends HMRC’s Capital Taxes Liaison Group and is 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


"His perfect French and English, his fine perception of sensitive family matters and his extremely technical knowledge of the UK tax legislation, make him a very efficient and skilful adviser."

Chambers HNW 2019

"His ability to combine skill and knowledge on technical points with a general overview of matters makes his advice extremely precious."

Chambers HNW 2019

"Edward Reed is 'first-rate'."

The UK Legal 500 2018

"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

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