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Frederick Bjørn Frederick Bjørn

Frederick Bjørn

"I have worked with Freddie on a number of client matters and consider him to be not only highly intelligent but also to have plenty of common sense. This not only makes him a good technical lawyer but also ensures that he has an excellent rapport with clients. He also has one other attribute – relatively rare amongst advisors concerned with taxes on the wealthy – and that is to think outside the box and to come up with imaginative solutions to problems which, at first sight, appear to be insoluble."

Citywealth Leaders List 2019 - peer review

Frederick advises a broad range of both UK and foreign clients on personal tax and trust issues.

Frederick specialises in providing advice on: Wills and estate planning (including strategic succession planning for family businesses); tax issues relating to non-domiciliaries and cross border migration; all aspects of capital taxes planning; and the establishment and restructuring of onshore and offshore trusts.

Clients he has advised include entrepreneurs, high net worth business men/city executives and shareholders of private and family owned companies.

Frederick leads the firm's Scandinavian team.  As part of this initiative he was awarded Gold in the Citywealth Future Leaders 2016 Awards for "Business Development Initiative of the Year".

In July 2010 Frederick moved to Payne Hicks Beach to focus on personal tax and trust work having trained at Slaughter and May and qualified into their Corporate Tax team.

In 2013 Frederick became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); having been awarded an overall distinction in the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.

In 2015 Frederick was awarded a distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in UK tax for International Clients and named as a "Top 35 Under 35" Private Client Adviser.

Frederick has been listed in the law directories for many years: Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500 UK: recognised as a leading UK private client lawyer and a specialist private wealth adviser assisting wealthy clients with tax planning and cross-border migration matters. 

Chambers UK 2018 ranked Frederick as "Up & Coming" and one of the “leaders in the field” with a source commenting that he is "good at sifting through the various options" and "understands that most clients want a simple straightforward solution."

Chambers HNW 2019 lists Frederick as a leading lawyer and “the go-to practitioner for Scandinavian clients who have links to the UK”: he is ranked for both Denmark and Norway as an expert private wealth lawyer (based abroad in the UK).  Quotes include: "He is recognised as an expert on tax planning and residency issues," says one wealth expert, while another Danish adviser states: "Freddie is our firm's choice for high net worth clients. He is extremely knowledgeable. "A private client peer says that Bjørn "is a lovely guy," and adds: "He is very efficient and always happy to go the extra mile to help his clients. He is great at handling multi-residency families." A Norwegian tax expert states that "he is considered an expert on cross-border matters; he and the firm make a very good impression."

The Legal 500 UK 2020 lists Frederick as a "Leading Individual" in his specialist field of private client: tax, trusts and probate and write he is "incredibly knowledgeable". 

Frederick is ranked by Chambers HNW 2020 as a trusted adviser to entrepreneurs, executives and family business owners from Scandinavia with ties to the UK. Observers comment “He understands how Danes work, he does a really good job for Danes living in London" and "he is very creative in finding ways for getting probate, very good at find ways of optimising for non-doms."

Legal Week lists Frederick in its Private Client Global Elite 2019 and he features in The Spear's 500 2021 as a “Recommended Tax & Trust Lawyer” who is commended as a “distinguished individual”. Citywealth Leaders List 2019 features him as a “Leading Lawyer” for estate planning.

Frederick is a member of STEP and is on the committee for the STEP International Special Interest Group.

Qualified March 2008, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2010, promoted to senior associate 2013, partner 2015.

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