Private Client Law Blog

15 May 2020

Trusts - "asset protection" on bankruptcy?

Let’s cut straight to the chase - despite the assurances of the man in the pub and the claims of some dubious “estate planning” outfits, you cannot effectively put your own assets beyond the reach of creditors on bankruptcy by wrapping them in a trust.

Jim Sawer

7 May 2020

The challenges for intended parents and surrogacy arrangements during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis has caused huge disruption across the world. The distress that it is causing is compounded in circumstances where intended parents of surrogacy children are in the middle of their surrogacy journey. In this blog, we address some of the most common issues people are experiencing and provide practical tips on how to navigate the current situation. These challenges include access to fertility treatment, pregnancy and birth, international travel restrictions, immigration status, parental orders and Wills among others.

Sarah Dodds

23 April 2020

Will COVID-19 prompt changes to Will legislation?

With an increase in the number of client wanting to write new, or update existing, Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney while either self-isolating or remaining within the government's social distancing guidelines, Diva Shah discusses the possible changes to the Wills legislation. 

Diva Shah

14 April 2020

No Will - No Worries?

Anxieties to put a Will, or new Will, in place may be heightened by the difficulties in executing a will in the presence of two witnesses at a time of social distancing and isolation. But for some of us, more than ever alert to the reality of our own mortality, would dying without a will really  be a complete disaster for our assets and our family – or would things work out OK?

Jim Sawer

26 March 2020

What a difference a day count makes: The implications of the Coronavirus pandemic on the UK tax status of non-domiciled individuals

International clients with a UK footprint often like a good spread sheet: specifically, a spread sheet covering their days spent in the UK and those spent overseas in the period 6 April to the following 5 April. This period is the UK tax year, and well-advised international clients – those considered neither resident nor domiciled in the UK - are all too aware that not keeping track of their UK day count may make them UK resident and within scope of UK income and capital gains tax on their worldwide income and gains. Numbers matter.

Julie Jaggin

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