Cryptocurrency estate planning: lessons from QuadrigaCX

12 April 2019

In a plot line worthy of a Dan Brown novel, the 30 year old CEO and founder of QuadrigaCX, Gerald Cotton, was reported as having died in India at the end of last year, seemingly having taken the passwords to the company’s cold storage wallets with him to his grave.

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Is this the end of Opco/Propco structures in the hotel industry?

21 February 2019

Opco/Propco structures have long been popular in the hotel sector. IHG, Accor and Hilton are just a few of the big names who have split Propcos from Opcos. Many smaller groups have also found it to be an attractive model. There are, of course, commercial reasons why many hotel owners have put these structures in […]

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Brexit – “No deal”, no bread, no drugs, no treat-ies

5 February 2019

Much of the law regulating family arrangements, Children Orders, Financial Orders, and indeed Divorces themselves are contained within EU law. If that ceases to apply it is important to consider, that urgent steps may need to be taken, or at least considered prior to the exit day.

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Time to send the family wealth on a foreign holiday?

22 January 2019

Taking your family wealth on a foreign holiday always sounds more glamorous than staying at home and doing a bit of housekeeping. Private Wealth partner, Helena Luckhurst encourages you to think about your assets.

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Tier 1 (Investor) visa suspended for ‘new’ applicants from midnight tonight

6 December 2018

Immigration partners Sarah Gogan and Kelly Whiter discuss today’s announcement on the suspension of the Tier 1 Investor programme.

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Appeal against UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order rejected

8 October 2018

An attempt to appeal the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) has recently failed in the High Court. In February 2018, the UK’s National Crime Agency sought an UWO against Mrs A (whose anonymity may only be temporary), seeking information about the purchase of a valuable London property. UWOs require an individual to provide a […]

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Gifting millions under Lasting Power of Attorney: the JMA case

4 October 2018

One of the less talked about implications of losing capacity in old age is that Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning often becomes impossible without court intervention.  Incapable wealthy family members cannot make gifts because they lack the capacity to authorise them.  Even if they have had the foresight to sign a Property & Financial Affairs Lasting […]

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No preference for European migrants post-Brexit?

20 September 2018

Immigration partner Kelly Whiter discusses the release of the Migration Advisory Committee’s long awaited final report on EEA Migration in the UK.

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IHT relief and holiday homes: has the tide turned?

6 September 2018

Confidence in claiming Inheritance Tax (IHT) Business Property Relief (BPR) in relation to holiday homes has been at a low ebb in recent years, following a string of cases that have ultimately gone against the taxpayer.  However, in the recent case of Graham v HMRC ([2018] UKFTT 0306 (TC)), the taxpayer was victorious.  Has this […]

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Domicile dramas

26 July 2018

Many advisers have to grapple with the sometimes difficult question of establishing their client’s domicile. A client’s domicile is fundamentally important in a diverse range of English legal and tax areas, such as whether: a client can bring divorce proceedings in the UK; a client is liable to UK Inheritance Tax on worldwide assets as […]

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