Solicitors and legal academics have called for new powers enabling people to decide what happens to their digital legacy when they die, including by making a provision…Read More
Our specialist tax, trust and estate lawyers form one of London’s longest established and most experienced private client teams.
Wedlake Bell LLP has ‘a very strong and experienced practice that is accustomed to dealing with high-value and complex estates and trusts’.
Legal 500, 2016
The team's service is characterised by ‘personal chemistry both within the firm and towards the client' and by its‘readiness to wrestle with the intractable problems and to reach wise and humane solutions'.
Legal 500, 2014
The team is appreciated for its ‘good response times and realistic time schedules’.
Legal 500, 2013
Wedlake Bell LLP’s team includes the 'quick minded and caring' Charles Hicks; and Eleanor Metcalf and Camilla Wallace, who are ‘excellent’. Robert Dolman also has a standout reputation.
Legal 500, 2012
We provide first class legal advice on complex tax and estate planning and administration. More than that, we never forget that decisions made today impact well into the future and know that early planning is essential to protect assets for the lifetime of the owner and for the generations that follow. We currently administer trusts that are now benefitting second and third generations of the same family and we manage the probate for Wills that we helped draft lifetimes earlier.
Our size and structure allows us to get to know our clients well and therefore build a close working relationship so that we are able to offer a flexible, personal service with a high degree of partner involvement. Clients can therefore be confident that our advice is bespoke and that every detail has been considered with their specific circumstances in mind. With decades of experience between us, we are one of London's longest established and most experienced Private Client Teams and as members of TELFA and USLaw, we are also able to advise international clients on cross-border issues.
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07 Jun, 2017
For every instance of financial abuse that comes to light, 24 cases are thought to go unreported so, says Ann Stanyer, professional advisers have a real gatekeeper…Read More
26 May, 2017
Many assume that couples who are neither married nor in a civil partnership but who live together ("cohabitants" for the purposes of this article) have a “common…Read More
16 May, 2017
In this extract from Choice Magazine (www.choicemag.co.uk), Oliver Embley, Senior Associate in the Private Client Team, answers a reader’s question on Will trusts.Read More
08 May, 2017
In this article for Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal (May 2017), Wedlake Bell partner Emma Loveday, discusses the reforms to the taxation of non-domiciliaries…Read More
28 Apr, 2017
Whilst one Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ('1975 Act') case has dominated the headlines (Ilott v The Blue Cross  UKSC 17) there…Read More
27 Apr, 2017
At last, some good news for Generation Y. According to a recent Royal London survey, a cascading wall of wealth – around £400bn – is predicted to descend from the…Read More
21 Apr, 2017
Controversial changes to probate fees have been scrapped ahead of the upcoming election, the government confirmed today.Read More
04 Apr, 2017
With 42 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, it’s important when advising wealthy clients to put mechanisms in place to protect family assets. Jenny Cutts provides…Read More
03 Apr, 2017
Inheritance tax (“IHT”) is charged on your death at the rate of 40% based on the value of your assets. This 40% rate is only charged on any value exceeding the…Read More
23 Mar, 2017
Administering another ‘death tax’ will create problems for solicitors, who also question whether it is right for the bereaved to subsidise the courts and tribunal…Read More
16 Mar, 2017
On 15 March the Supreme Court ruled on the landmark case of Ilott v The Blue Cross (previously Ilott v Mitson), a claim originally brought by a daughter excluded…Read More
14 Mar, 2017
Emma Loveday provides a snapshot of the status of consultations affecting the private client practitioner.Read More
14 Mar, 2017
Disappointingly, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is going ahead with its controversial proposals to increase the costs of applying for grant of probate…Read More
13 Mar, 2017
How much money can I give away to my children without tax penalties?Read More
09 Mar, 2017
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first and last Spring Budget to Parliament on 8 March 2017. There were no big personal taxation surprises, fuelling…Read More
06 Mar, 2017
Jenny Cutts was quoted in the Law Gazette about how administering another ‘death tax’ will create problems for solicitors, who also question whether it is right…Read More
01 Mar, 2017
As baby boomers sail through their lives with comfortable pension pots, it is high time they lend a hand to the struggling new generations, writes Emily Minett.Read More
27 Feb, 2017
This court of appeal case, handed down on 16th February, concerns a subject access request ('SAR') made under s.7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 ('DPA'). It has…Read More
02 Feb, 2017
Jessica Cousins, Solicitor in the Private Client team answers a readers question in Choice Magazine published on 1 February 2017.Read More