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International mobility

These days, it is increasingly likely that there is an international dimension in an individual’s life, particularly if they enjoy significant wealth.

If you are based outside the UK and thinking of buying a home in England there are not just the English property law issues to think about but also UK tax law and planning issues that need to be factored in.

If you are thinking beyond just acquiring a property, and are actually looking to spend substantial periods of time in the UK, you will want to be clear on the rules that you need to comply with in order to do that.  You must be aware that residence in the UK will have tax consequences for you, your family and your business.  You may also want advice on the implications of becoming a UK resident on matrimonial property arrangements, including pre-nuptial agreements and divorce. All of this may at first feel daunting, but our team will work closely with you to understand your needs and plans for the future. We can then help you with advance planning and structuring (where appropriate), taking care of your tax issues for you in the background. We can also help you navigate UK taxes so that you yourself can manage your and your family’s tax exposures for the years to come.

Alternatively, if you are looking to acquire or establish a business in the UK you will want to be clear about not only the commercial issues but also the tax treatment of the business in the UK so that it can be structured in the optimal fashion. This is another area our tax experts can advise you on.

Conversely, you might be looking outwards from the UK either to buy a property or become resident abroad.  Whilst we practice English law and UK tax law we are experienced in helping clients in these situations by working alongside the best advisers in the relevant territories.  We find that not belonging to any formal network helps us to find the best advisers for each distinct situation.

Many of the solutions that we devise for clients coming to or leaving the UK – for example trusts, family companies, partnerships and family charters – can be helpful or relevant even where there is no UK dimension, and we are comfortable advising international families on their utility.

Areas where we can help:

  • English property law and in particular the law on leases
  • Family companies and partnerships of various forms
  • Matrimonial/Family law
  • Succession to assets located in the UK and abroad
  • Trusts, including the governance of trusts
  • UK tax law in relation to individuals, trusts and businesses

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If you have questions we haven’t answered here, please contact one of the team for a no-obligation, initial conversation and we can take the first step in achieving your goals.