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Jonathan Shankland

Partner, Head of International Private Wealth

Specialism: Lawyers Tax, Corporate and Regulatory

Company: RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Location: London, England

Citywealth rating

4.75
Average: 4.8 (11 votes)
Fee Level:
4.545455
Average: 4.5 (11 votes)
Quality of Advice
4.81818
Average: 4.8 (11 votes)
Communications Skills
4.81818
Average: 4.8 (11 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
4.81818
Average: 4.8 (11 votes)
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Co-worker review:

A valued and respected colleague and team leader, providing excellent advice to the firm's clients.

William Childs    RadcliffesLeBrasseur   
29 Jul 2019

Private client review:

I've been with Radcliffes for a long time now and through a number of pivotal moments in my life - Jonathan shankland has not only been a vital and trusted lawyer, he has become a friend and a key part of my planning team. That is what it is about for me - experts that you trust implicity and that you also want to have with you through the good and bad times.

Ben    Dixon   
25 Jun 2019

Institutional client review:

Jonathan has provided an in-depth knowledge of UK and international taxation for my clients for a number of years. His contribution reflects the ethos of RLB and he is a pleasure to work alongside. Client feedback continues to be very positive. On a human front, Jonathan brings to the table a confident, professional manner together with the ability to empathise in at times difficult situations.

Paul Jones    HFMC Wealth   
29 May 2019

Institutional client review:

I use lawyers a lot and Jon Shankland has been one of the best. Very practical and approachable as well as being excellent at what he does. More than happy to recommend as a leading estate planning lawyer in London.

Joe Curtis    11 investments   
08 May 2019

Peer review:

A creative, dynamic lawyer with a terrific knowledge of tax and estates law, Jon’s emotional intelligence, team-building and leadership qualities count him amongst the best in his field. Jonathan and I have worked together on a number of extremely complex matters and ultra-high value and all at the cutting edge of the profession. Jonathan is also well connected in the London legal community and is widely respected, he is a good person to know and always willing to help be that professionally or personally.

29 Apr 2019

Peer review:

Jonathan is incredibly dynamic and personal. He just gets things done and provides 1st class customer service. He also fixes within the firm and provides a super single point of contact. I struggle to see how he can provide a better service. Jonathan is technically excellent and acts for an enviable client base. Jonathan is very well known in the Private Wealth world and is certainly a leader within and elite group of private wealth legal experts in London operating for clients of global wealth and importance. Jonathan is a first class lawyer that I truly cannot rate more highly.

29 Apr 2019

Peer review:

I have known and worked with Jonathan, and Radcliffes, over the last 5 years. Jonathan is, in my view, one of the top private client and tax lawyers in London. I see him on a weekly basis acting for incredible clients from all around the work and can see the community that he has created amongst his clients, referrer and international contacts base. He is exceptionally skilled at what he does and there are few like him in this area of the law!

Daniel Jones    5 St Andrews Hill Chambers   
25 Apr 2019

Institutional client review:

We have used Jonathan on a number of complex trust/ property issues, and he has quickly and effectively given advice on situations that seemed to be beyond many other lawyers. He has become our ‘go-to’ advisor on difficult issues, and I would very much recommend him to anyone.

19 Mar 2019

Private client review:

Jonathan has been my estate planning lawyer (and friend) for a number of years and has been incredible in supporting me and my family in structuring and dealing with our complex family wealth position. Jonathan is brilliant and when he asked me to provide a review I was more than happy as my views are glowing!

Charles Walker    N/A   
14 Mar 2019

Private client review:

Jonathan is a first class estate planning lawyer

22 Nov 2018

Private client review:

Jonathan acted for me in providing IHT and estate planning advice - he was thorough and very technically knowledgable - he also introduced me to other advisers of a similar high level that I still use today

21 Nov 2018

Institutional client review:

I instructed Jonathan for a complex family estate planning matter over a number of jurisdictions for a client of mine based in the US - he was outstanding as were Radcliffes generally. I really can’t rate Jonathan’s tax and estate planning knowledge more highly for HNW complex clients.

20 Nov 2018

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Average client size: Over £25 million

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Number of offices globally: 1-5

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Co-worker review:

A valued and respected colleague and team leader, providing excellent advice to the firm's clients.

William Childs    RadcliffesLeBrasseur   
29 Jul 2019

Private client review:

I've been with Radcliffes for a long time now and through a number of pivotal moments in my life - Jonathan shankland has not only been a vital and trusted lawyer, he has become a friend and a key part of my planning team. That is what it is about for me - experts that you trust implicity and that you also want to have with you through the good and bad times.

Ben    Dixon   
25 Jun 2019

Institutional client review:

Jonathan has provided an in-depth knowledge of UK and international taxation for my clients for a number of years. His contribution reflects the ethos of RLB and he is a pleasure to work alongside. Client feedback continues to be very positive. On a human front, Jonathan brings to the table a confident, professional manner together with the ability to empathise in at times difficult situations.

Paul Jones    HFMC Wealth   
29 May 2019

Institutional client review:

I use lawyers a lot and Jon Shankland has been one of the best. Very practical and approachable as well as being excellent at what he does. More than happy to recommend as a leading estate planning lawyer in London.

Joe Curtis    11 investments   
08 May 2019

Peer review:

A creative, dynamic lawyer with a terrific knowledge of tax and estates law, Jon’s emotional intelligence, team-building and leadership qualities count him amongst the best in his field. Jonathan and I have worked together on a number of extremely complex matters and ultra-high value and all at the cutting edge of the profession. Jonathan is also well connected in the London legal community and is widely respected, he is a good person to know and always willing to help be that professionally or personally.

29 Apr 2019

Peer review:

Jonathan is incredibly dynamic and personal. He just gets things done and provides 1st class customer service. He also fixes within the firm and provides a super single point of contact. I struggle to see how he can provide a better service. Jonathan is technically excellent and acts for an enviable client base. Jonathan is very well known in the Private Wealth world and is certainly a leader within and elite group of private wealth legal experts in London operating for clients of global wealth and importance. Jonathan is a first class lawyer that I truly cannot rate more highly.

29 Apr 2019

Peer review:

I have known and worked with Jonathan, and Radcliffes, over the last 5 years. Jonathan is, in my view, one of the top private client and tax lawyers in London. I see him on a weekly basis acting for incredible clients from all around the work and can see the community that he has created amongst his clients, referrer and international contacts base. He is exceptionally skilled at what he does and there are few like him in this area of the law!

Daniel Jones    5 St Andrews Hill Chambers   
25 Apr 2019

Institutional client review:

We have used Jonathan on a number of complex trust/ property issues, and he has quickly and effectively given advice on situations that seemed to be beyond many other lawyers. He has become our ‘go-to’ advisor on difficult issues, and I would very much recommend him to anyone.

19 Mar 2019

Private client review:

Jonathan has been my estate planning lawyer (and friend) for a number of years and has been incredible in supporting me and my family in structuring and dealing with our complex family wealth position. Jonathan is brilliant and when he asked me to provide a review I was more than happy as my views are glowing!

Charles Walker    N/A   
14 Mar 2019

Private client review:

Jonathan is a first class estate planning lawyer

22 Nov 2018

Private client review:

Jonathan acted for me in providing IHT and estate planning advice - he was thorough and very technically knowledgable - he also introduced me to other advisers of a similar high level that I still use today

21 Nov 2018

Institutional client review:

I instructed Jonathan for a complex family estate planning matter over a number of jurisdictions for a client of mine based in the US - he was outstanding as were Radcliffes generally. I really can’t rate Jonathan’s tax and estate planning knowledge more highly for HNW complex clients.

20 Nov 2018

Start Ratings
Written Review
Your Details
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Recent cases include:

Before his death, our client was a world-renowned art collector with a collection that in value terms is essentially priceless (quoting Bonhams Head of Cultural Heritage and Taxation). RadcliffesLeBrasseur had acted for him and his family for over 30 years dealing with international taxation and estate planning including structuring in Panama and Switzerland through trust and company entities. The family is one of the most prominent and wealthy in Europe.

Before the art collector passed away, Jonathan Shankland had amended his final estate planning and Will in October 2015. The estate was vast and complex, comprising property over many jurisdictions, private business interests in a long-established family company, interests in numerous offshore trusts and companies as well as significant cash holdings.

During 2018 Jonathan and his team completed the administration of the estate including final tax clearance from HMRC for an estate that spans multiple jurisdictions and hundreds of millions of pounds of assets. The team dealt with the winding up of two offshore trusts and an offshore company holding family assets linked with the estate and in conjunction with the Trustees in Switzerland. The team dealt with the complex implications of the Finance Act

2017 (Part I and II) changes to the taxation of offshore entities and devised a suitable tax effective mode of unwinding the structures in the most tax effective manner for beneficiaries across a number of countries each with their own additional tax considerations. We reported to HMRC for ATED CGT and Non-Resident CG for UK property of important heritage value to the UK (Richmond Palace, Old Palace Yard).

The team dealt with the heritage gifting from the estate of prominent works of art.

Jonathan is now instructed by the wider family, advising on international tax planning and structuring. The family is advised by RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s International Private Wealth team, led by Jonathan Shankland, including residential property advice, immigration in relation to Brexit and UK right to remain.