International tax, estate and succession planning

International mobility and cross border investment creates complexity that can impact on your ability to deal with your assets freely. We can find a solution to match your objectives.

Recent legislative change in the UK has impacted both the taxation of international individuals and inbound investment. Increasingly families have international connections, whether that be ownership of a property overseas, a child studying outside of the UK or non-domicile status. We advise on all aspects of UK taxation, including the remittance basis of taxation, the effect of UK deemed domiciled status and the application of double tax treaties. 

International families have unique needs in relation to estate and tax planning. We are expert in the creation of international wills and holding structures such as trusts, foundations, companies and partnerships.

Our lawyers

Our lawyers understand that there is no 'one size fits all' solution when seeking to balance tax efficiency with the very personal question of succession and personal legacy.

Our experience

We have a wealth of experience advising clients on their international tax and succession planning issues. Recent examples of our experience include:

  • Advising on the tax implications of a non-UK domiciled individual becoming tax resident in the UK;
  • Assisting a UK domiciled and resident individual to cease UK tax residence. We worked with lawyers in other jurisdictions to devise a tax efficient plan for future tax residence and lifestyle;
  • Devising a will plan for an individual domiciled in India but deemed domiciled in the UK with international assets. The UK-India estate tax treaty was core to our advice;
  • Advising a non-UK resident individual on ownership structures for UK residential and commercial property, including the advantages and disadvantages of corporate ownership;
  • Establishing an offshore trust structure for an international family. Governance of the structure was sophisticated and designed to enable the Family Council to interact appropriately with the trustees via a protector mechanism;
  • Considering the benefits of establishing a Private Trust Company to act as trustee of a series of high value family trusts; and
  • Establishing a family owned offshore company to hold an international family's investments. Succession planning and governance were core to our advice.

Our clients

We are experienced in advising clients with numerous international tax and estate planning issues, including:

  • UK resident but non-UK domiciled individuals;
  • UK resident and deemed-UK domiciled clients;
  • Non UK resident families seeking to establish offshore holding structures for their international assets;
  • Non-UK clients seeking to invest in the UK; 
  • International families and family offices seeking to implement governance structures.

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