Malcolm Gibbs Legal Director

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“Vastly experienced Malcolm Gibbs is ‘a pleasure to work with’.”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

Malcolm has extensive experience in a wide range of private client work for individuals, business owners and directors in their tax and estate planning, business succession, trusts and asset protection. 

Main areas of practice

His main area of expertise is in providing specialist tax planning advice for individuals on estate succession through wills, lifetime gifts and trusts, pension and life policy trusts, and estate variations.

Malcolm also helps with succession planning for business owners and directors, including family ownership structures, effective use of tax reliefs through lifetime gifts, trusts and wills. 


Assisting individuals, business owners and farmers to structure their tax planning and will for wealth preservation, inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation, asset protection and succession through the family.

Significant experience

  • Reviewing company directors' and shareholders' wills, pensions and life policies, death benefits, and assets and structuring of businesses to maximise tax reliefs.
  • Structuring estates and wills for bloodline tax planning for families.
  • Setting upon trust arrangements for properties for capitals gains tax and inheritance tax succession planning.
  • Deeds of Variation of estates to maximise tax reliefs and ongoing estate and tax planning for families.

Other expertise

  • Advice on structuring of family investment company on sale of business for ongoing wealth management and succession planning.
  • Advice on family business structures to protect business ownership.

“Effective, attentive and confidence-inspiring.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2012


Articles by Malcolm

Phew! Changes to Deeds of Variation not so imminent


Deeds of Variation are a tool used to vary the distribution of a person's estate after they have died. In March when the Government announced its review into Deeds of Variation there was concern amongst advisors about how this will impact clients.

How do you really want to use your pension?


By now most people are aware that their pension pots have become more flexible. We all have more control over how much we take and when – we can even withdraw the entire amount if we want to.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Termination Payments: The end

On 10 August the Government published its response to a consultation on the taxation of termination payments. Lisa Wallis and Ruth Christy consider the Government's plans in more detail and their implications.

Could helping my child to buy a home financially benefit us both?

As property prices continue to soar across the UK, the dream of owning a home appears to be slipping away from a vast number of under 35’s. Unsurprisingly, the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' seems a very attractive option.

Taking responsibility...helping lives

Rebecca Davies was just a few months old when she was involved in an horrific car accident that changed her life forever.

Client Guide: Use of Discretionary Trusts

A guide to the reasons why it may not be desirable to leave assets directly to a beneficiary on your death.

Client Guide: Principal Duties of a Trustee

On accepting a position as a trustee, a person must be aware of the duties imposed on him by the trust deed and by statute. The following is a non-exhaustive overview of the principal duties of a trustee.

Client Guide: Discretionary Trusts

The discretionary trust is a very flexible form of trust.