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Matthew Howson Associate

British Virgin Islands
+1 284 494 2233
+1 284 340 8735

Expertise and Professional Background

Matthew specialises in BVI and Cayman trust law, in addition to general private client and estate planning matters.

Matthew works with individuals and families, trust companies and family offices, as well as institutional clients such as banks. His practice includes creating, administering and advising on often complex trust structures. He also drafts wills covering BVI assets, and administers BVI estates. His work invariably has an international and multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Prior to joining Harneys in June 2016, Matthew worked at leading London private client firm Penningtons Manches LLP. Matthew is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), and has contributed to publications such as the Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal, Private Client Adviser, and LexisNexis Seminars.

Education & Admissions

Kaplan University (LPC) 2011
BPP University (GDL) 2010
University of Oxford (MSc) 2008
University College London (BA) 2007
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 2013
British Virgin Islands 2017


Trusts & Estates
BVI Trusts
BVI Domestic Business
Cayman Trust & Private Wealth
Private Wealth


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