Kingsley Napley's Private Client team are pleased to share that this week they have been ranked in both the Spear's HNW Tax and Offshore Indices and in the Legal 500 2022 guide for both Personal tax, trusts and probate and Court of Protection. For Legal 500 both Private Client and Court of Protection teams have risen a tier from last year.
- James Ward - Top Recommended - Wealth Preservation
- Jim Sawer - Top Recommended - Tax and Trust
- Simon Hardy - Top Recommended -Property and Financial Affairs
- Laura Harper - Rising Star - Tax, Wills and Trusts
- Joseph Austin - Rising Star - Probate, disputed estates
- The team rose to band 3 from band 4
- James Ward - Leading Individual
- The team rose from band 3 to band 2
- Simon Hardy - Leading individual
James Ward, Head of Department comments –
This has been an all-round team effort during a very difficult year for everyone, especially our more vulnerable clients. The way we all pulled together, having to juggle client care and quality work, while based from home was exceptional. A big thank you to the team.”
Partner and Head of Department
The last 12 months have put an awful lot of pressure on the family unit and sadly this has led to a spike in separation and divorce amongst married couples. With the end of the tax year fast approaching (last day Monday 5th April – Easter Monday) it is timely to consider the tax consequences of separations.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The news is dominated at the moment with the dreaded C word – COVID-19. Our TV screens, phones and newspapers are filled with the death count, panic buying and now “lockdown”. For many, being isolated or maintaining social distancing means that you may well be thinking about your future.
In the current crisis, we find ourselves with time (perhaps too much time…) for worry and reflection over an uncertain future. That reflection could usefully and responsibly be channelled, in part, to issues of Wills, tax planning and general succession.