Laura Harper has joined law firm Kingsley Napley’s Private Client team as a Partner, with effect from 1s July 2021.
Harper advises both UK resident and non-domiciled individuals, families and trustees on a wide variety of UK tax, trust law and international estate planning issues, including the planning to be undertaken when moving to or from the UK. She is also expert in charity law and advises family offices and UHNW individuals on how to structure their philanthropic projects in the most tax efficient manner, as well as charitable entities on their responsibilities as the beneficiary of philanthropic gifts.
Harper joins the firm from the London office of McDermott Will & Emery where she was a member of the international tax advisory team in the Private Client department for the last three years. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate at Blake Morgan.
Harper was rated “one to watch” in Chambers and Partners in 2019 and was selected in the Top 35 under 35 by e-Private Client in 2017. She is a fully qualified member of STEP and has completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients.
James Ward, Kingsley Napley’s Head of Private Client, says: “I am delighted to welcome Laura to the firm and our expanding Private Client team. Her areas of expertise will be invaluable to our clients and helps broaden our offering in the areas of tax advice and philanthropic giving in particular.”
Harper comments: “I am excited to be joining Kingsley Napley given its culture, client base and the opportunity to help grow its Private Client practice. This role is a great fit for me and my skills and is a perfect next step in my career.”
Harper’s arrival brings the total number of partners at the firm to 70 (38 of which are female [54 per cent]).
Other lateral hires to the partnership this year include – Peter Metcalfe (Real Estate & Construction); Grant Incles (Medical Negligence & Personal Injury); Christina Kelly (Corporate & Commercial) and Michael Mulligan (Dispute Resolution).