Peter Gooch


Peter Gooch is the Probate and Trust Manager at Barker Gotelee and has over 30 years’ experience in private client law. He joined the practice in 2006, having previously worked for two other leading East Anglian firms. Many of the clients he dealt with at those firms followed him to Barker Gotelee.

Peter deals with all aspects of the administration of estates after death. He has a highly professional approach to the service he provides to executors, ensuring that everything is dealt with in the correct manner. Consequently Peter has a well-deserved reputation for winding up estates efficiently and quickly.

Trust administration and tax can be a minefield. Peter handles the administration of a wide variety of trusts, dealing with the completion of tax returns and trust accounts. He deals with capital gains tax computations and also assists beneficiaries with tax repayment claims.

Recent cases:

Winding up of an estate where the deceased was an executor and beneficiary of another estate which involved submitting a quick succession relief calculation to HMRC and saving over £40,000 of inheritance tax.

Advising executors on deferral of claiming a pension fund following changes in the rules. This resulted in a tax saving of over £150,000.

Completed the administration and distribution of an estate worth £4.4 million in less than 12 months.

Established that a client had been paying too much income tax and after researching all the figures, completed income tax returns for the past 5 years and obtained tax repayments totalling more than £4,000.

Peter says:
“I aim to provide a professional and caring service to executors and trustees. I enjoy helping clients in circumstances which can sometimes be very stressful”.

Clients say:
“Thank you for all your help during what has been an emotional time, made easier by your efficient and unobtrusive professionalism”.

“May I thank you for your prompt service and full regard to detail in dealing with my mother’s estate. This process has been smooth, all due to your efficiency and courteous attention. A heartfelt thanks from the family”.

“Thank you again for the efficient and helpful way in which you have handled things”.

“Many thanks again for all your efficient work on the estate”.

Legal 500 2017 says:

“Professional and compassionate.”

Legal 500 2016 says:
“Trust manager Peter Gooch is ‘outstanding in his care and commitment’.”

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