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)
Professional memberships
  • The Charity Law Association
  • The Country Land and Business Association
  • The Law Society

‘very knowledgeable in trust law, and very user friendly', 'extremely personable' and ‘very reliable'. '[his] ability to understand how his clients’ business interests align with their personal objectives is excellent. This combined with his deep technical knowledge and eye for detail makes him the stand out partner in the region' - Legal 500

"He is just an exceptional lawyer. There is no problem that he can't handle for clients, he is extremely versatile." Another interviewee notes that "he is very good to work with, has an excellent client manner, is very easy-going and gives an air of technical confidence. He is an effective communicator and can communicate concepts concisely." - Chambers High Net Worth 2020