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In Brief

The curious case of the Villiers’ ‘divorce tourism’

Tourism is on the up in London. The sun has been shining, Wimbledon is in full swing and the fall in the pound makes the UK generally a very attractive destination for some.

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Can government seize private properties?

If government were ever to consider requisitioning investment properties in London to rehouse Grenfell Tower victims, it would infringe upon the basic tenets of Human Rights law.

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Buying a second home in the sun? Get a UK lawyer involved.

While the prospect of a second home in the sun is exciting for many, it’s crucial not to overlook the caveats involved in foreign property ownership, writes Hannah Blakey

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Implications of the election results for privately wealthy families, trusts and family businesses

Recent years have seen several democratic surprises around the world, including the election of President Trump and the vote for Brexit.

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In Depth

Partner poaching - navigating the movement of law firm partners and practice teams

Skilled partners and practice teams are a valuable asset in law firms. How prevalent is the movement of partners and practice teams between law firms now and is there anything a firm can do legally to prevent losing their best talent?

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Have we lost trust in trusts?

Are trusts simply for keeping wealth in the hands of the privileged few? Arabella Murphy explains why this assumption obscures legitimate reasons for them.

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De-enveloping – Real Estate Aspects

The government has been trying to discourage the purchase and holding of UK residential property by non-UK using a company structure - historically for privacy reasons or to manage their exposure to UK inheritance tax (IHT).

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Update on the proposals to reform the taxation of non UK domiciliaries

The 2015 “Summer Budget” announced fundamental changes to the taxation of non-UK domiciliaries affecting UK resident but non-UK domiciliaries and trusts or individuals owning UK residential property through an offshore company or other opaque vehicle.

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