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John Annetts – A wealth of experience and always unflappable.

Legal 500 2023

John Annetts specialises in the administration of high-value and complex estates, often containing business assets and offshore elements. He is also a Chartered Tax Advisor acting for UK individuals and families on their tax and succession planning. John is Head of Wealth and Succession at Howard Kennedy.

John guides executors through the practical complexities of the administration of estates process.  As part of his estate administration work, John advises on post-death planning and tax mitigation opportunities using deeds of variation and the restructuring of assets, for example, private company shareholdings.

John acts for high-net-worth individuals and families on their lifetime UK tax and estate planning, which often involves preparing complex wills and creating trusts to fully utilise various tax exemptions and reliefs and to protect family assets for future generations.

John advises UK trustees and beneficiaries on both trust law and taxation issues related to the general administration of trusts and the exercise of the trustees' powers.

He listens carefully to clients' wishes and concerns, and formulates tailored strategies to implement estate plans that take into account all the various competing issues.

He also deals with matters involving the Office of the Public Guardian, including preparing and registering lasting powers of attorney.

John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Association of Tax Technicians, and the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Recent work
  • Advising the executors and beneficiaries of a multi-million pound estate on post-death tax mitigation strategies involving private company shareholdings and investment properties.
  • Advising members of the executive management team of a private company worth in excess of £500m on tax and succession planning issues relating to their shareholdings in the company. He implemented bespoke estate planning strategies utilising Business Relief, complex wills and trusts.
  • Advising the trustees of a number of family trusts on the reorganisation of the beneficiaries’ interests and the effective exercise of their trustee powers.
  • Advising the administrators of an estate involving an application against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, French property (succession and tax issues), and private company share holdings.
  • Advising the executors and trustees of a multi-million pound estate, which involved repatriating an offshore trust of significant value.
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Private client: Personal tax, trusts and probate, Legal 500 2023
  • ''John Annetts – A wealth of experience and always unflappable'' Legal 500 2023
  •  Ranked, Private Wealth Law, Chambers HNW 2022
  • "John is a pleasure to work with and is a very helpful addition to any team where UK trust and estate matters are prevalent"
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2022
  • "John Annetts is a highly capable lawyer, extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and has a very good manner with clients and intermediaries." Legal 500 2022
  • Ranked, Private Wealth Law, Chambers HNW 2021
  • "I've been very impressed by him. He's a very easy person to get on with, he's really good at dealing with difficult situations and he's a person that I enjoy working with. He is good at finding common ground in tricky situations with complicated family dynamics." Chambers HNW 2021
  • Ranked, Private Wealth Law, Chambers HNW 2020
  • "John Annetts is incredibly professional with clients and he is not afraid to give a difficult message to them". Chambers HNW 2020
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2020 
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John spends his free time with his family, playing football and generally trying to stay fit to keep up with his children.


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