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Basil Dixon

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Basil advises individuals, trustees, family offices and estate managers on a wide range of complex tax, trust, estate and succession planning and philanthropic issues.

Basil’s practice is broad-based and encompasses the whole spectrum of private client onshore and offshore work.  His clients range from landed estates with the deepest of roots in the UK to those with no connection with the UK at all.


Basil frequently advises on matters relating to onshore and offshore tax planning, the establishment and use of trusts and other structures and family governance and conflict of laws.

Having studied at Oxford University Basil trained at Allen & Overy LLP and worked at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP before joining Payne Hicks Beach.

Qualified September 2009, joined Payne Hicks Beach November 2014, promoted to senior associate 2015, partner 2016.

Basil is ranked in Band 4 of Chambers HNW 2023.

Basil is ranked as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2024 under the practice area of “Private Client: Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate” and is described having “an extremely loyal following especially among clients, trustees and solicitors in the offshore world”.

Comments in Chambers HNW include:

“Basil is a superb lawyer who blends an approachable demeanour with technical expertise. Clients value his ‘out of the box’ thinking to find meaningful solutions to their wealth planning requirements.” Chambers HNW 2023

“Basil is superb at cutting through complex fact patterns and has a wonderful manner with clients.” Chambers HNW 2023

“It’s a pleasure to work with Basil. He is smart, responsive, and user-friendly.” Chambers HNW 2023

Basil “is superb and immensely knowledgeable”.  Chambers HNW 2022

“Basil is someone I very much enjoy working with as he offers considered advice at all times, and always responds to matters in a timely manner” Chambers HNW 2022

“Basil is brilliant. He is extremely knowledgeable…he is very clear in terms of the advice that he gives and also very open to questions that there may be in case further clarification is required. He is extremely personable and I think his very user-friendly and open way allows clients to engage very well. He just gets along with everybody.” Chambers HNW 2021

“He’s extremely professional and gives very informative written advice… his grasp of very complex tax provisions is special and leads directly to accurate answers” Chambers HNW 2020

Comments in The Legal 500 UK include:

“Basil Dixon has an extremely loyal following especially among clients, trustees and solicitors in the offshore world”

“Basil Dixon combines his natural charm and personable approach, a huge breadth and depth of expertise with clarity of communication that cuts through the noise to the heart of the issue. His client service is second to none”

“Basil Dixon is a stand-out partner who provides high-quality legal advice but with a commercial hat on. His response times are good and he is very professional”

“Basil Dixon is particularly cogent in his analysis of problems and consequent distillation of advice”

“Basil Dixon remained impressively clear headed in a difficult situation”


Basil is listed in the Spear’s 500 2023 as a “Recommended Tax Lawyer”.

He is ranked by the Spear’s Tax & Trust Advisers Index 2023 as “Top Recommended”.

Basil was awarded the Gold Medal in the “Lawyer of the Year – Partner” category at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016. The awards highlight the emerging future leaders in the wealth management sector.

For two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, Basil was named as one of eprivateclient’s “Top 35 Under 35” private client advisers.

Basil is a founding partner of Tatler Address Book Advisory (formerly Tatler HNW Address Book) which lists him as one of the UK’s top tax & trust lawyers. Advisory is Tatler’s trusted network of influential private client experts, all at the pinnacle of their profession and recognised as elite practitioners with the gilt-edged expertise necessary to advise UHNW and HNW individuals.