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As Head of the Wills, Trusts & Tax team at Aaron & Partners, Clive has established himself as a leading name in the North West region for matters concerning estate planning, asset protection, and inheritance tax mitigation.


Background and Expertise

Having qualified in 1994 after studying at the Chester College of Law, Clive joined Aaron & Partners as a Solicitor in 1997 and has a built renowned reputation over the last 25 years and is recognised for consistently providing expert legal advice to a diverse range of high net-worth clients.

With a desire to help his clients navigate complex legal matters, Clive focuses on areas such as estate planning, inheritance tax planning, protecting assets, and advising on international estates.

Clive's dedication to his clients, combined with his commercial acumen, empathy, and dependability, sets him apart in his field. His clients can rely on his extensive knowledge and his ability to provide clear, efficient, and innovative solutions to their legal challenges.


Specialisations and Personal Achievements

Clive is an active member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has completed additional qualifications that demonstrate his expertise in advising on wills and trusts. He excels in providing comprehensive advice on tax planning, wealth preservation, and asset protection for future generations. Clive is also dedicated to assisting vulnerable individuals and supporting charitable aims, both during their lifetime and after they have died.

Due to his in-depth knowledge and experience, Clive is a sought-after speaker at seminars concerning wills, trusts and tax. As a Notary Public, he is authorised to execute international wills and possesses extensive international contacts.

Throughout his career, Clive has handled numerous cases involving holiday homes, particularly in France, Spain, Italy, and the US. He has also worked on an increasing array of international matters involving multi-jurisdictional issues (which involves assisting clients with the production of Spanish Wills). With many of his clients being business owners, Clive is equipped to advise on related matters, including business property relief and protecting voting rates.

Clive's clientele predominantly consists of high net-worth private clients, charities and trusts. His reputation as a Court of Protection Deputy in Chester continues to grow, and he receives referrals from a wide geographical area.


Recent Work Examples

  • Advised client to make strategic gifts to minimise the potential capital gains tax bill.
  • Acted for a client in respect of a ‘give and share’ of her property as part of her Inheritance Tax planning, following the client’s wish to gift part of this value whilst remaining in occupation.
  • Advised a client on the establishment of a nil rate band discretionary trust for their estate, to achieve the most tax efficient outcome.
  • Managing a charitable trust that has been adapted to provide a house and financial help to Ukrainian refugees living in the UK.
  • Wills for ultra-high net worth business owners with an estate comprised of property and various business interests, of which they are a majority shareholder. Clive advised on various specific legacies of their business interests, taking into account the client’s particular business holdings and wishes, to maximise the availability of business property tax relief.


Noteworthy Work and Philanthropy

In addition to his legal practice, Clive is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and heritage initiatives that benefit communities in both Cheshire and Shropshire. He serves as the Chairman of the Tyrer Charitable Trust, the Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust and Couch Charitable Trust, and has been a trustee of the historic Chester Municipal Charities. Furthermore, Clive has been a long term supporter of both Storyhouse and the Grosvenor Museum. The significant annual support of Storyhouse commenced before the theatre existed, The Grosvenor Museum contains a large range of items donated, on long term loan, repaired or prepared for exhibition by the various charities and trusts Clive serves on.

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Throughout all my dealings over the years I consider myself to have been very fortunate in having been advised by Mr Clive Pointon. He is absolutely professional but has the ability to make one feel at ease and able to explain the circumstances of the need to ask for his advice. His expertise has also been significant in my daughter’s provision for her handicapped child.
Client feedback via The Legal 500
I have dealt almost entirely with Clive Pointon. He clearly is on top of his field and always up to date on the latest changes to estate planning, tax laws etc. His personality makes dealing with him a pleasure to the extent I regard him almost as a friend who is also my lawyer. He is always available either immediately or via a fast telephone response. He exudes trust.
Client feedback via The Legal 500
Pointon is a highly active and esteemed practitioner.
Chambers and Partners
Clive's service and guidance was excellent and I would highly recommend him to others.
Client via Chambers and Partners
Pointon on top [sic] of his field of expertise and very well up to date on recent changes.
via Chambers and Partners
Clive Pointon, team head at Aaron & Partners LLP, is ‘very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator'. Clive Pointon is ‘clear, realistic, patient and good humoured’.
The Legal 500
The solicitor who case managed one of our clients’ affairs was Clive Pointon. I was very impressed with Clive and Aaron & Partners.
Nick Lamming, Home Instead
Clive Pointon is praised by clients as "extremely thorough and highly experienced."
Chambers and Partners
It is evident you are very experienced and have kept your knowledge up to date.
Office of the Public Guardian
The well-regarded Clive Pointon, who is a Court of Protection deputy, heads the team and is ‘clear, incisive, realistic, good-humoured and patient’.
The Legal 500
Thank you once again for all your work on this matter. It only remains for me to thank you both for all of your work on [Client]'s behalf, both during her life and following her death, and for all that you have done to help me in the execution of her Will.
I felt a sharp sense of loss on opening your letter this morning, you have been such a tower of strength at a very painful time, always there when needed, always crystal clear in your advice, and all this with a light touch which concealed the very serious work you do. You have saved us a great deal of money too and for that I am grateful. If I need legal help in the future you will be the first person I turn to.
Clive I just wanted to send you a thank you from the family and me for looking after me so beautifully over the years. I can't think of a better solicitor for me.
We would like to thank you for the courteous, efficient and professional way in which you have dealt with our matters. I came to you originally as you had been highly recommended. I must say that I have not been disappointed. Rest assured that if I have anything else that needs attention I shall have no hesitation in contacting you again.
Many thanks for our discussion yesterday. It's always good to meet up- as M said as we drove away - 'I always feel we can trust Clive completely, he's looking out for our best interests!’
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your invaluable assistance over the last 9 months. Your advice and understanding have helped me through a difficult time.
Many thanks once again for the kind thoughts and all the help you give to me.
Thank you very much for your email, and what you have organised for Ben's birthday. On behalf of my Mum. I know it will mean tons to Ben. Thanks for everything that you are doing.
Clive, Many thanks again for your expertise and help with my affairs once again.
My sincere gratitude for such a professional and swift completion of X’s funds and for keeping aware of Y’s. My thanks to Emma and staff also please.
It’s so good to know that you are there, and whatever happens, that you will help us sort things out for us as a family.