Unexplained Wealth Orders – force for good or snoopers’ charter?

1 March 2018

Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) are a new tool in the armoury of the UK Government, designed to disrupt the entry of the proceeds of crime into the mainstream economy. From 31 January 2018, UWOs can be issued by the English High Court to enforcement authorities (including HMRC) in respect of (i) non-EU Politically Exposed Persons […]

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Attorneys and gifts

15 February 2018

The Public Guardian’s new ‘Practice Note PN7: giving gifts’ is a must-read for any attorney appointed under an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, or deputy, faced with the thorny issue of whether they can use the incapable donor’s funds in a transaction which is not for value – such as a payment by way […]

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Out of time Inheritance Act claims: lessons from the Sargeant case

1 February 2018

Mrs Mary Sargeant’s case is a classic example of why advisers of bereaved widow(er)s are ideally placed to help their clients consider whether sufficient provision has been made for them under their deceased spouse’s Will.  The problem, as Mrs Sargeant found out, is that this is sometimes not obvious even a number of months after […]

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Has HMRC called time on Inheritance Tax planning?

18 January 2018

Clients intending to carry out Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning in relation to their assets should consider completing their planning ahead of the 1 April 2018 changes to the DOTAS Regulations, as they apply to IHT. The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime is not new but, to date, its application to IHT has been […]

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Capital Gains Tax and offshore trusts: match fit for April 2018?

14 December 2017

The UK’s Autumn Budget contained a welcome lack of new measures affecting the capital gains taxation of offshore (i.e. non-UK) trusts.  However, there are Capital Gains Tax changes waiting in the wings, already announced, coming into effect on 6 April 2018.  There may be steps that UK resident non-doms and their trustees ought to be […]

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The best Christmas present for your family: a discretionary trust?

30 November 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there, as Bing says.  Thoughts turn to what gifts to give our family.  When it comes to making big gifts to family members, though, in lifetime or on death, still not enough people think of using a trust. Many people hardly know what a trust is; […]

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UK tax compliance is getting strict with non-doms

16 November 2017

To those of us who spend our working hours musing on tax problems, not thinking about the tax implications of where we choose to live, what we invest in and how we do business can seem, well, pretty strange. However, for most (normal) people, tax, and tax compliance in particular, are not top of their […]

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Guest blog: Home Office ‘illegal migrant’ crackdown to threaten bank clients

2 November 2017

Banks are to be expected to police over 70 million accounts under the Home Office’s new crackdown on illegal migrants, opening up a Pandora’s Box of problems, even for HNWs with valid immigration status, writes Sarah Gogan. New government rules will force UK banks to search bank accounts for illegal migrants. Since the introduction of […]

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A new look for The Wealth Lawyer UK

26 October 2017

We’ve given our Private Wealth blog, written by partner Helena Luckhurst and team, a refresh! Discover bite sized legal briefings on the UK wealth structuring, asset protection and tax issues affecting your HNW clients, every fortnight. And now you can register to receive briefings by email.

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Legal 500 ranks Fladgate’s private client team

26 October 2017

Fladgate LLP is delighted that its private client team has been ranked for ‘personal tax, trusts and probate’ in the recently launched 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. Editorial states: Matthew Bennett heads the department at Fladgate LLP, and advises UK and foreign nationals and their families on the […]

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