Tax: Private Client
Ranking: Star Individual
Best known for his private client work, with his expertise lying in trust and estate tax planning, business and agricultural property relief, heritage property and exemption. Massey’s work on complex trust and inheritance tax issues is especially noted.
“He is the great star of the private client Tax Bar. He has this reputation where people think if he thinks something, then it must be right.” “He has a good reputation for landed and heritage matters. He is just brilliant at relating to families and he can get to the nub of the matter really quickly; he is excellent and has been a great resource.” “He has real gravitas, he’s very strong on Inheritance Tax, he’s very thoughtful and has a very rounded view.” (2019)
. . . “William is definitely frontline for IHT. When I’ve got William’s advice I will always take my time to read it carefully. He’s also very flexible, I can ring him whenever I need to and he’s always got time for the job because he’s innately interested in what he’s doing, and it shows.” “I always use him for complex matters. He is extremely thorough and learned but puts things into easily understandable language.” (2018)
A leading silk in the Private Client Tax Bar, who is extremely experienced in a variety of areas, including tax and estate planning, agricultural property, BPR and APR. He has represented clients in the High Court and Supreme Court. He continues to grow his practice in matrimonial finance-related work. “Famously ‘the best in town’ when it comes to tax and landed estates.” “He is very masterful when it comes to dealing with the taxation issues affecting landed estates. To find a QC who can steer you around the law is absolutely essential, and Massey is one of the most capable landed estate tax barristers.” (2017)
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Ranking: Band 1
Recognised as the leading expert on the tax aspects specific to landed estates and agricultural land. He is particularly well known for his work on matters concerning heritage property and the succession of farms and estates. Peers further acknowledge his in-depth knowledge of business assets requiring agricultural relief.
“Famously ‘the best in town’ when it comes to tax and landed estates.” “If you really want a good and reliable answer, he’s just excellent. He has fantastic written work: if you say ‘I’m going to consult William Massey,’ everyone sort of goes into hushed tones. He’s the gold standard, really.” (2019)
. . . “Incisive, thorough and a real expert, he has been the go-to person for at least ten years on all matters of agricultural relief and heritage property. He’s extremely good.” (2018)
Widely regarded as the leading light for cases concerning tax issues relating to landed estates. Heritage property, agricultural property relief and estate tax planning are all areas of expertise for him. “William is at the very top of his tree and is very clear with clients.” “Without doubt, the leading tax QC for heritage matters.” (2017)