Jonathan Stephens

Partner

Partnerships & Farming Structures Principal Contact

“He understands the values of the client, and deals with things very efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner.”

Chambers UK, 2015

Jonathan is a partner in our Tax & Trusts team, and has an unusual breadth of experience in strategic planning for clients with private and commercial interests. He started his career in the area of private client tax and asset planning, and later moved across to the Corporate & Commercial team.  He was elected as managing partner of the firm between 2006 – 2012. Since returning to mainstream practice, he has concentrated on planning for clients with a broad range of private and commercial interests.

Jonathan is an expert on structuring for farms and landed estates, particularly in relation to partnerships, trusts and alternative arrangements. On the corporate side, he often advises business owners on succession, options and incentives, and capital tax planning. Jonathan acts as trustee for a number of substantial trusts involved in development land, farming interests and commercial businesses.

Jonathan is the author of a series of practice notes on the Practical Law Company website on the law and practice relating to farm partnerships, and he has had a series of articles published in Farmers Weekly on forming partnerships, bringing in new partners, and ending a partnership. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on the subject of structuring and planning for farms and estates, and regularly provides seminars for accountants and surveyors.

Jonathan is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and the Association of Pensions Lawyers (associate member). 

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