• Brachers has expanded its Private Client, Commercial Property and Commercial teams with five senior appointments.

    Christopher Eriksson-Lee joins as a partner in the Private Client team. He has particular expertise in inheritance tax planning for clients with businesses and agricultural assets.

    He will be joined by Paul Bryant, who will act as a tax and trust adviser, having previously worked at Frank Hirth Accountants and other London law and accountancy firms over the last ten years. His expertise includes the completion of annual accounts and tax returns for trusts, alongside advising on tax compliance for personal clients.

    Meanwhile, Brachers’ Commercial Property team will be expanded with the arrival of Maria Curtis and Barrie Jones.

    Furthermore, Jonathan Askin arrives as a member of the Commercial team, becoming the lead partner at Brachers’ Discovery Park office. Askin has held posts as senior commercial lawyer for the UK government and senior legal counsel at the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England), and most recently worked at a boutique commercial firm. He primarily provides legal advice on all aspects of public procurement law.

    Managing Partner, Joanna Worby said:

    “These appointments reflect an exciting time at Brachers, with investment in expanding our offering across the south east and supporting growth in nearly all of the firm’s practice areas, the aim of which is to serve our clients even more comprehensively. Public sector cuts initially announced a few years ago are now only just beginning to take effect, and we are therefore advising more and more around costs budgeting in procurement processes, to which Jonathan can bring outstanding expertise.

    It is also an interesting period for our private client team and commercial property teams individually: tax compliance is becoming an increasingly high-profile issue in the public consciousness, and in areas such as Thames Gateway, we are seeing a real drive for regeneration.”

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