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"A very strong private wealth law practice specialised in cross-border issues."
Chambers High Net Worth 2023

Our Private Client Group has a leading reputation, both in Ireland and internationally.

The Group is consistently sought out by leading international trust companies, private client firms, private banks, family offices and other intermediaries to act as Irish advisers on tax, trust and estate planning issues and by domestic private clients and family businesses on a wide range of Irish private wealth legal and tax issues.

We take a strategic, consultative and co-ordinated approach in advising our Private Clients. Drawing on extensive expertise and experience, the Group offers tailored solutions that ensures client's interests are aligned with their Irish legal and tax position.

The practice and expertise of the Private Client Group is multi-faceted and the “Experience Highlights” section below will provide you with a greater insight on their capabilities.

Our Team

Our dedicated team comprises over ten professionals and is led by Head of Private Client, John Gill.

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Experience Highlights

Matheson’s Private Client lawyers provide tax, estate planning and wealth preservation / asset protection advice to Irish and International individuals, families and their investment advisors. Experienced members of our team are also qualified tax advisors.  Highlights of our recent work include:

  • Advising Irish resident and domiciled clients on parent controlled gifting structures to take advantage of reduced asset values in large Irish businesses.
  • Advising high net worth Irish domiciled, UK and US resident individuals on their estate plans involving assets in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising individuals moving to Ireland on pre-entry planning to mitigate exposure to Irish capital tax, immigration issues and property advices as part of our dedicated relocation service.
  • Advising clients and offshore structures in negotiations with the Irish Revenue Commissioners and on making appeals to the Tax Appeals Commission.
  • Advising financial institutions on the practical implantation of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015.
  • Advising Irish and international families and family law offices on the full range of domestic and international estate planning concerns.
  • Advising family businesses on passing future value in the business to the next generation whilst maintaining business control.
  • Advising Irish trustees providing trust service to non-Irish families.
  • Advising on the Irish tax implications of offshore trust structures, including minimising Irish tax exposures through voluntary disclosure.
  • Advising on the legal and tax aspects of a trust dispute on behalf of a branch of a family concerning a valuable business.
  • Advising claimant child and spouse beneficiaries of large Irish and international estates.
  • Advising on multiple will challenges both for executors and plaintiff beneficiaries.
  • Advising on succession law issues involving estates with complex tax profiles and assets in multiple jurisdictions.

John Gill is listed in 2022 Private Client Global Elite.

John Gill is listed in 2021 Private Client Global Elite.

"They are so good. They have a very professional team and huge background knowledge and resources."
Chambers HNW Guide 2021

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed as tier one lawyers in Chambers HNW Guide 2021.

John Gill is listed in 2020 Private Client Global Elite.

John Gill is listed in 2019 Private Client Global Elite.

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed as tier one lawyers in Chambers HNW Guide 2019.

"Apart from being a technically excellent lawyer, he has excellent communication skills and a winning personality.
Chambers HNW Guide 2019

Paraic provides "high-quality professional advice, perfect for the needs of the HNW individual."
Chambers HNW Guide 2019

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed in the Citywealth Leaders List 2019.

John "is my go to guy for Irish private client tax and legal advice, he is technically reliable and gives sound commercial advice."
Citywealth Leaders List 2019

Paraic "gives first rate and commercial advice in a calm and considered way."
Citywealth Leaders List 2019

Paraic Madigan is recognised for Trusts and Estates
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed in the Citywealth Leaders List 2018.

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed as tier one lawyers in Chambers HNW Guide 2018.

John "has the technical skills but also the ability to articulate technical topics in a way that clients can easily understand and relate to."
Chambers HNW Guide 2018

John Gill is “very well regarded” by his peers."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"Sources particularly highlight Paraic Madigan’s trusts litigation and contentious probate work."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"Paraic Madigan is a well-regarded private client practitioner."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

Paraic Madigan and John Gill are listed in the Citywealth Leaders List 2017.

Paraic Madigan is recognised as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers.

"An excellent legal partner, they look at every assignment from the client's perspective."
International Law Office, Client Choice Award — Ireland