Who we are
We are award-winning tax and trust specialists and trust managers who provide a discreet, efficient and highly effective service to private clients, family trusts and professional firms.
Toby Harris and Iris Wuenschmann Lyall are the fee earners at Toby Harris Tax Consultants. We are well regarded in the industry as experts in our chosen fields of taxation, trusts and estates. Back in September 2012 we won the prestigious title of Boutique Firm of the Year in STEP’s Private Client Awards 2012/13 (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
Authors and lecturers
Iris is an author or contributing editor for several of Bloomsbury Professional’s market-leading publications on tax and trusts. She also lectures on the STEP Diploma course and the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation. Toby was an original author and examiner of part of both those courses and occasionally lectures on these subjects.
Top level advisors
Your work will normally be done by Toby but he may involve Iris in connection with specialised issues. Iris advises on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and estate planning. Contact Toby by email or post and he will reply promptly to your enquiry.’
Toby Harris qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and for nearly 30 years practised as such in provincial firms in England, specialising in tax and trust work from about 1985. He established this practice in 1996 to help private individuals and their advisers with difficult cases.
He now practises, not as a solicitor, but as a Chartered Tax Adviser and Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner. He wrote the first five editions of ‘Business and Agricultural Property Relief’ (Bloomsbury Professional) and worked on many other titles for Bloomsbury and other publishers. He was the original author of, and examiner for, the STEP Diploma for England and Wales in the Taxation of Trusts and Estates. With Martyn Frost he created the STEP course that has become the STEP Advanced Course in Will Writing.
Toby’s practice has included high-profile cases on relief from taxation and high-level litigation in relation to the administration of estates. He is regularly asked to advise on the relief from Inheritance Tax available to businesses and farms.
Iris is a qualified Trust and Estate practitioner and a member of the German Bar Association. She has advised many clients on German-English probate matters. After working for a highly-respected East Anglian firm of solicitors she joined Toby Harris Tax Consultants in 2004. She advises on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and estate planning. She is also an adviser for Tax Action which offers a tax consultancy service either by telephone or in writing to professional advisers.
Iris lectures for CLT, both on the STEP Diploma course and on the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation. She also writes for a number of publications for Bloomsbury Professional.