Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts & Wills
From the preparation of a single jurisdiction will, which all individuals should have as a bare minimum, to the most sophisticated arrangements covering issues such as domicile, estate planning and trusts. We advise settlors and trustees on the creation and administration of trusts as well as probate matters and the administration of estates.
Family & Matrimonial
We take pride in delivering a service that goes well-beyond just legal advice and is designed to reduce, as much as possible, the challenges associated with matrimonial breakdown and divorce.
From pre-nuptial agreements to full-blown custody battles, we initially focus on putting together a good strategy and then work tirelessly on achieving the desired outcome.
Image, Brand & Reputation
We advise high-profile clients requiring structures to manage the ownership and commercial exploitation of their personal images and provide on-going contractual advice on image rights.
Clients often require our assistance in developing their brand management strategies and protecting their reputation, both by way of formal proceedings and through more discrete and tactical negotiation.
In addition to dealing with international clients who are resident in the UK, we assist non-UK residents with investment into this country. We also assist the growing number of UK clients owning properties abroad in particular those in Spain. Our English speaking Spanish lawyer (Abogado) and UK solicitor provides professional Spanish legal advice and has extensive knowledge and experience of Spanish law. With property outside of the UK and Spain we have a trusted network of overseas advisers and can coordinating estate planning requirements.
Mental Capacity Work
We help individuals deal with challenges associated with the mental incapacity of a family member by preparing and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney, both on a stand-alone basis and as part of an overall estate planning strategy.
Moving to the UK alone or with family is often a complex and, at times, daunting prospect. Our immigration experts can provide tailored, sensitive advice that is based around your individual requirements. Where required we can work alongside our Employment and Private Client teams to assist you on issues including family immigration, dependants, civil partners, same-sex relationships, fiancés or spouses, residence permits, naturalisation applications, immigration issues around setting up businesses/investments and workplace sponsorships, and intra-company transfers.
Personal Taxation and Estate Planning
We deliver commercially orientated advice to individual entrepreneurs, family companies, landowners, trustees and promoters of investment structures. This often relates to estate planning on both a stand-alone basis and during the preparation of wills and trusts in order to reduce capital gains and inheritance tax liabilities. We advise on capital gains tax and implement inheritance tax mitigation structures (including offshore planning) in ways that are tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.
Residential Property and Estates
We advise the buyers or sellers of residential and agricultural property and deal with related issues such as landlord and tenant interests and lease extensions. We have particular expertise with high-value residential properties situated throughout England and Wales and can assist on complex planning issues.