International Private Wealth

Fladgate has a substantial international private client practice. Much of our advice focuses on the creation of suitable asset holding structures involving trusts, foundations and companies based in the offshore financial centres and also making the optimum use of onshore jurisdictions for tax treaty planning and other reasons.

In providing a comprehensive international service we draw on an extensive network of overseas lawyers, accountants and other advisers, and have developed close relationships with private banks, trust companies and other service providers from the world’s leading financial centres.

We have wide-ranging experience in managing cross-border matters and ensuring that advice from multiple jurisdictions can be integrated effectively into the delivery of the overall plan for our clients.

Areas on which we advise include:

  • Creation and structuring of offshore and onshore trusts, companies, foundations and investment funds
  • Effective use of trusts and other structures to preserve and transmit the family wealth
  • Acquisition and disposal of real estate, portfolio investments, and businesses of international clients
  • Multi-jurisdictional tax and estate planning
  • Philanthropy, both domestic and international

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If you have any questions or queries please call Helena on +44 (0)20 3036 7369 or email

Known for its work with entrepreneurs and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional matters.

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Fladgate advises on tax and estate planning and structuring issues for national and international individuals and businesses. The ‘thorough’ Richard Kaufman is recommended.

Legal 500

Fladgate LLP represents international trust companies, fund managers, and individuals and families with significant personal assets. Richard Kaufman is noted for his “deep knowledge”. David Way, Antonia Brandes and Helena Luckhurst also have strong reputations.

Legal 500

Fladgate LLP handles all aspects of tax planning and trusts advice including structuring for non-domiciliaries, inheritance tax and estate planning, cross-border structuring for personal investments, and managing, acquiring and disposing of trust property. Recent highlights include setting up a structure for an international client wishing to invest in real estate across Europe.

Legal 500

Matthew Bennett heads the department at Fladgate LLP, and advises UK and foreign nationals and their families on the management of their wealth and personal affairs with an emphasis on tax efficiency. Helena Luckhurst advises British and overseas families and entrepreneurs who want to protect their wealth and successfully pass it down to the next generation. The firm provides the full range of personal tax services to its clients, from completing personal tax returns to negotiating with HMRC, and regularly advises internationally mobile individuals (especially sportspeople and entertainers).

Legal 500

Highlights included advising a Middle Eastern family on the restructuring of its London property portfolio (worth approximately £150m) in light of the anticipated changes to the taxation of non-domiciled residents, and the team continues to advise a non-domiciled Irish entrepreneur on restructuring UK and onshore trusts; other advice for the client has covered setting up a Jersey foundation and advice on the statutory residency test.

Legal 500

  • Swiss resident – advising a Swiss resident individual planning to move to the UK on appropriate structures to minimise his exposure to tax on his worldwide assets and implementing arrangements in conjunction with lawyers and trustees in Switzerland and Jersey.
  • Non-resident Irish domiciled entrepreneur – advising on trust structures holding substantial interests in the family business.
  • Private family – advising in conjunction with US counsel on the removal of a valuable family property from US gift and estate tax and the implementation of an alternative Channel Islands holding structure.
  • UK resident non-UK domiciled couple – advice relating to the removal of their main residence from an offshore trust/corporate structure in order to mitigate a liability to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings. Also providing inheritance tax and capital gains tax advice on the implications of de-enveloping the property from the structure.
  • Scandinavian family – advising on appropriate holding structures and a tax efficient strategy for passing assets down the generations for a family with assets in France, Gibraltar, the UK and the US.
  • International probate – acting for personal representatives of international probate matters where the deceased died abroad with UK assets as well as foreign assets. Also assisting with the resealing of foreign grants in the UK or a full application for a UK Grant where resealing is not possible in order to administer a deceased’s UK estate.
  • UK resident family – advising in relation to an offshore structure in Jersey and Liechtenstein in receipt of royalty income and giving advice on the implications for the UK resident family.