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Keith Bruce-Smith

Partner, Private Client

+ 44 (0)20 7539 4710 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Person name and details

Keith, who is ranked in the Legal 500 ‘Hall of Fame’, is a senior private client tax and trusts lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in the area of trust and estate planning for wealthy UK and foreign families. Keith has a well-earned reputation for an innovative approach and a robust, incisive style. He is particularly regarded for his commercial and technical acumen.

Keith acts for a wide spectrum of UK and foreign families, advising on the management of their wealth and its tax-efficient devolution down the generations. He has extensive experience in advising on landed estates, and is a trustee or protector of both domestic and offshore trusts, giving him 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.

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

He is described in the Legal 500 as ‘high calibre’ and in Chambers & Partners as ‘a master strategist’ who ‘brings fresh and creative thinking to complex situations’.


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).

“Keith Bruce-Smith is a truly outstanding adviser with phenomenal depth of knowledge and experience to give the right guidance. He is a very positive and motivating professional to work with.”

Chambers HNW 2024