Bruce read Law at Kent University and joined Lee Bolton & Lee in September 2006 as a trainee solicitor following completion of the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. During his training contract, Bruce undertook seats in the firm's Private Client; Education, Ecclesiastical and Charities; Litigation; and Commercial Property departments. Bruce qualified as a solicitor in the firm's Private Client department in October 2008 being made an associate solicitor in 2011 and a partner in 2014.
Bruce deals with a variety of matters on a day to day basis including:
- drafting Wills both where the client's assets are solely in the UK and where the client has assets in different jurisdictions;
- advising individuals on their tax affairs and estate planning in general;
advising on the general personal affairs of private clients including advising on issues concerning care homes and fees;
- advising executors on the administration of estates including those with multi-jurisdictional elements;
the variation of Wills as part of the administration of an estate;
- advising and acting for individuals and trustees in the creation and the administration of trusts;
- advising trustees on the tax affairs of trusts;
- advising beneficiaries of trusts on the administration of various types of trusts and in particular the trustee’s obligations and responsibilities;
- preparing and drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney and registering these with the Office of the Public Guardian;
- advising clients on the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney;
- advising clients on matters relating to mental capacity law in general;
- advising charitable clients on their liability to tax and in particular the interaction of capital gains tax legislation and the Reverter of Sites Act 1987 in respect of schools; and
- advising charitable clients on legacies bequeathed to them in a testator's Will.
Bruce's experience is not limited to advising those clients solely resident in the UK or domiciled in England and Wales; but also extends to advising non-domiciled and non-resident clients and trustees on a variety of matters relating to their personal affairs within the UK; as well as advising executors of estates with a multi-jurisdictional element.
Bruce prides himself on handling what can sometimes be upsetting and complex matters for his clients with sensitivity, pragmatism and the use of plain English; and has acted as an executor, trustee and attorney for a number of clients.
Bruce is a full member of STEP, a student member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and was previously the honorary treasurer of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.
Bruce's interests include all sports, although particularly cricket, fishing and motor racing. Bruce is a keen motorcyclist and often spends time at the weekend out on the country lanes of Kent on his motorbike when he is not marshalling at the various British Superbike races throughout the season. Bruce also helps out (alongside his wife) at his local scout troop; trying to make the most of any opportunity to be outdoors when he can.