Ian Burman heads the ‘knowledgeable’ team at Laytons, which handles all aspects of personal tax, trusts and probate for a number of the region’s wealthiest business owners, enterpreneurs and celebrities.”*
— Legal 500, 2016

Ian has led the Private Client and Charities Teams since 1989 and is a recognised leader in both fields. 

A regular writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Ian was Chair of the London Central Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners from 2007 to 2011 and was a Committee member for 20 years.  Ian sat on STEP's Mental Capacity Working Party and the Deceased Lloyd's Names Working Party, acting for one of the defendants in Stone v Chataway and others, a case which revolutionised how the estates of deceased Lloyd's Names were administered.

Ian has contributed to numerous periodicals over the years and is a co-author of Tolley's Administration of Estates, the leading textbook in the field of estate administration.  His particular specialisms are: 

  • estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, particularly those not domiciled in the UK

  • probate and succession, including contentious probate and trust issues

  • charity law including trading and commercial activities and governance


Contact details
Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 8000
DDI: +44 (0)20 7842 8006
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Qualified as a Solicitor in 1985


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