Gary Barber

Position: Consultant
Phone: +(44)(0)121 456 8230
Fax: +(44)(0)121 456 8483
Offices:Birmingham

What can I do for you?

Protecting clients’ wealth and family has been my business for over 30 years.

Family and business fortunes and misfortunes, taxation and ultimately death are the risks and enemies.

Clients want to know that they have considered and provided for all of the possibilities.

My experience of what does and does not work guarantees your peace of mind that you have chosen the most appropriate options.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

Modern family life is complex. As well as taxation, matrimonial, other financial claims and personal issues can be as much if not more of a concern to clients concerned with passing on family wealth and trying to educate the next generation in the management and protection of that wealth.

My daily work involves advising clients on and helping them to establish effective, flexible, protective and tax efficient solutions.

This can include:

  • wills
  • trusts
  • alternative commercial arrangements
  • the efficient administration of deceased's estates and family trusts
  • structuring family gifts and loans
  • powers of attorney for specific purposes and in particular to delegate management and control in the event of loss of mental capacity

What do others say?

“A strong reputation for private client work throughout the region”.

“Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong, well respected practice led by Gary Barber, a leader in the field of Wills, estate planning and trusts for high net worth individuals.”

(Legal 500)

“A leading individual with terrific breadth of knowledge and communication skills”.

“He is down to earth, straight talking and I know he will get it done right.”

“Key player Gary Barber is regarded as a talented and knowledgeable trust lawyer.”

(Chambers UK)

Our private tax and family teams have once again been top rated in Chambers UK. By drawing on our combined strengths, we are able to provide clients with an unrivalled level of expertise and experience at a local level.

The team are also winners of the Birmingham Law Society awards Law Firm of the Year 2008 and we were most recently awarded the Legal Business award 2009 Private Client Team of the Year.

Our private client group has won the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Regional Legal Team of the Year Award 2007. The judges, commenting on our win, said “Our winners are committed to private client practice, having built up a team of 15 partners and 85 lawyers. They place an emphasis on building relationships of trust and pride themselves on listening to their clients. They encourage clients to make open comments about the quality of their service and use the feedback to further improve client service.”

“Operating on a national stage, Mills & Reeve has a strong following in the local market and draws in new clients with the team’s strength and depth.” (Chambers UK)

“Moving up the tables this year due to excellent market feedback, this ‘Rolls Royce quality’ Birmingham team boasts ‘some of the best strength and depth in the Midlands’. The group offers the full range of private client and personal tax services, including advising on inheritance tax, trusts, wills, probate and the structuring, implementation and alteration of offshore trusts for both domiciled and non-domiciled clients. The group recently launched a bespoke Legal Support Service for other private client professionals with the aim of providing a one stop shop for its clientele. The Birmingham team is also supported by a team of contentious trust and probate advisers based in the firm’s Norwich office. Clients like the firm because ‘you know the advice will be spot on’.” (Chambers UK)

What else should you know?

I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and former Chairman of the Birmingham Branch of the Society.

The Society is a professional body for practitioners from all professions specialising in trust and probate law and related taxation. It promotes and undertakes training, the maintenance of professional standards and is becoming a material consultative body for the Government when considering changes to tax legislation affecting trusts and estates.

I am also a member of the Charity Law Association, which is a similar body for charity law specialists.