Ceris Gardner Partner - Head of Charities and Immigration
Ceris' areas of expertise include tax, estate planning, family governance, charity law and philanthropy and immigration.
Ceris advises UK and non-UK domiciled and resident individuals, families, estates and trustees on UK and international tax and succession issues, establishing UK and offshore trusts, family limited partnerships and other cross border asset-holding structures.
Ceris also has a wealth of experience advising on immigration, philanthropy and art and heritage property matters which means that she is able to adopt an holistic approach when advising her clients.
Ceris is well known for advising both grant-making and operational charities on matters of charity law and tax.
She has won the "Trusted Advisor of the Year" award at the STEP Private Client Awards, a coveted accolade which is based on votes of STEP members, twice. She appears on the 2019 Private Client Global Elite, which is the list of the world's elite lawyers advising UHNW clients and was also inducted into the 2018 Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession.
Ceris is named as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 Directory and is ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers HNW guide 2019, where she draws praise from all corners of the market. She is described as "very good with clients - she gets on their wavelength." One fellow practitioner comments: "She is absolutely lovely and is much liked in the profession," with others describing her as "very practical and sensible."
Ceris was named as one of the UK's Top Ten Tax Lawyers by Spear's Magazine in 2019. She was also ranked by Best Lawyers 2020 as a leading specialist in the area of Charities Law and Trusts and Personal Tax.
Others comment "She's incredibly calm, she exudes confidence." "Ceris is just very practical, very down to earth and brilliant at building rapport" says a market insider "She's a good thinker and listener, very wise and cuts through a lot of stuff.....she's someone you'd go to with a problem".
Ceris qualified in November 1988 and details of her experience are outlined below.