Expertise

Yorke joined Addleshaw Goddard in March 2003 and is a Partner in the private capital team. Prior to converting to law and joining AG, Yorke had worked for a multinational IT company, having graduated with a degree in business.

Yorke specialises in dealing with complex trust issues and advising trustees on their duties and liabilities. He also advises institutional clients in respect of trust and estate administration, the practicalities of dealing with commercial trusts and the creation and use of trusts in commercial and corporate transactions. In addition, Yorke specialises in providing capital tax planning advice to high-net-worth individuals, regularly advising on succession planning, family governance protocols, complex will drafting, powers of attorney and on trust formation and restructuring, in particular acting on behalf of trusts where the only or main asset consists of shareholdings in private family companies. Yorke also acts as an executor for clients dealing with all aspects of estate administration, and as a trustee of several trusts and charities.

He is a member of our multi-disciplinary national charity team advising on all areas of charity law, including:

  • Incorporation of charitable trusts or the creation of charitable companies and other structures
  • Funding agreements
  • The terms of sponsorship and commercial participation arrangements
  • Cross-border charity issues
  • Corporate governance
  • Trading and setting up trading subsidiaries
  • Mortgaging or disposing of interests in land (in compliance with Charities Act 2011 requirements)

Yorke is also a member of the dedicated contentious trust team and in this context has experience advising on hostile multimillion-pound trust proceedings and applications for Beddoe relief, and has also been involved in Variation of Trust Act applications.

The Legal 500 describes Yorke as "exemplary", "very knowledgeable in trust law, and very user friendly", "up-and-coming" and "great to work with".

Professional memberships
  • The Charity Law Association
  • The Country Land and Business Association
  • The Law Society
Education
  • The College of Law, York (this became The University of Law in 2012 and then relocated to Leeds in 2014)
  • UWE Bristol (University of the West of England)
  • Cheltenham College