Peter Gosling

Partner - Wealth Preservation

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"I am an estate planning lawyer with a particular interest in working with succeeding generations of families in respect of their will, trust and estate planning requirements.”

I am a partner in and former head of the private client department. I joined Higgs in 1990 and have been a partner since 1998. 

I have over 30 years’ experience of all aspects of wealth and succession planning matters.  I act for many families and trusts, along with a number of high net worth individuals, many with owner managed businesses and agricultural interests. This includes advice on the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and family investment companies. 

I have significant involvement in ongoing trusts and complex estates through longstanding relationships with clients and their families, and I regard that continuing connection with succeeding generations as my most important role.

As a director of the firm’s trust corporation, Higgs Trust Corporation Limited, and through appointments in a personal capacity, I act as executor, attorney, Court of Protection deputy and trustee. I am also a school governor and charity trustee.

I work closely with individuals in other departments of the firm and I also believe strongly in the importance of working with clients’ other professional advisers to ensure that clients receive the best holistic advice. 

I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly. I am a member and former chair of the STEP Birmingham branch committee and I also sit on the STEP England & Wales committee.

  • Acting as a professional executor on a number of complex estates, frequently involving contentious aspects.
  • Pre-sale planning involving trusts and family investment companies prior to disposal of trading shares.
  • Advising the executors of an estate where the deceased held substantial UK assets but was also believed to have control of shares not registered in his name in multiple overseas jurisdictions.
  • Acting as trustee of multiple linked family lifetime and will trusts and dealing with the partial termination and distribution following death of the settlors.

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Favourite film

The Godfather

Favourite quote

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Favourite book

Anything by Bill Bryson

“Peter’s lovely. He will make sure his clients get the right answers. He has a lot of empathy and is very approachable. He is the one I would go to.”

A satisfied client

“Peter is extremely knowledgeable in his field. He is excellent at listening to the client’s objectives and requirements before suggesting a solution.”

A satisfied client

“Very technically competent, nice to speak to and just generally a nice fellow.”

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