Keith Bruce-Smith


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Person name and details

Keith is a senior private client tax and trusts lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in the area of trust and estate planning for wealthy UK and foreign families. Well known for his robust and incisive style, he is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading individual in his field.

He has a wealth of experience in advising on landed estates, and is a professional trustee of numerous large UK family trusts. He has a depth of knowledge of the issues involved in structuring major trusts and devising creative and commercial solutions in relation to the devolution of family wealth. He has an established offshore trust practice, and is the protector of a number of substantial offshore trusts.

Keith is the co-author of ‘Practical Will Precedents’ and ‘Practical Trust Precedents’ (Sweet & Maxwell), and the original co-editor of ‘International Trust Precedents’ (Sweet & Maxwell).

He is described by The Legal 500 as “high calibre” and Chambers & Partners as “an exceptionally good tax lawyer” and “a formidable character who will fight hard for his client” whose clients appreciate him for being “extremely effective and fantastic to work with”.


Keith is a founding partner of the firm.


Oundle School and Christ Church Oxford (MA (Hons) Modern History).

Professional memberships

Keith is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and the ACTPL (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers).

“He has a great rapport with his clients and is very impressive all round.”

Chambers HNW 2020