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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) LLP and Pitmans LLP merged on 1 December 2018 to become BDB Pitmans LLP. More details can be found here

International Tax and Estate Planning

We advise on complex legal and tax issues for international non-domiciled individuals, whether UK resident or non-resident, international families and business owners.

Sectors and Services

We have significant international experience, particularly for clients with connections to the US, continental Europe and the Gulf region, and can advise on the establishment of trusts in offshore jurisdictions.

Working closely with our colleagues across a range of departments we are able to offer our international clients a complete service.

We can advise on:

We work with local lawyers worldwide through our membership of Lexwork International, and have an extensive network of worldwide contacts in accountancy practices, private banks and trust companies in the world’s leading financial centres to provide our clients with a collaborative service, in a cost-efficient manner.

  • 1 Cross-border succession and probate
    Complications can arise when an individual is a resident in one country, but domiciled or a national in another, or owns assets in more than one jurisdiction.

    Complications can arise when an individual is a resident in one country, but domiciled or a national in another, or owns assets in more than one jurisdiction.

    As different countries recognise different laws which determine succession, it is necessary to consider how these laws interact and for probate (or its equivalent) to be obtained in both / all countries where the assets are situated.

    We offer advice on the most efficient way of managing cross-border assets, particularly where conflicting national laws apply, and how best to preserve your wealth for future generations.

    We can advise on:

    • Arranging affidavits of foreign law
    • Domicile, residence and nationality
    • Double Taxation Treaties and unilateral tax reliefs
    • Estate, gift and inheritance taxes
    • Forced heirship rights
    • International estate administration
    • Obtaining letters of administration or grants of probate for those dying resident or domiciled outside the UK
    • Private International Law and conflicts of law
    • Resealing foreign grants of representation
    • Tracing beneficiaries

  • 2 Tax

    We can advise on:

    • Annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED)
    • CGT on ATED-related gains (ie properties subject to ATED)
    • CGT on non-resident UK residential property owners
    • Inheritance tax
    • Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on any new purchase

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