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Jennifer advises on Wills and the administration of estates and also tax planning for the benefit of families resident in the UK. She also advises on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Powers of Attorney in general.
Jennifer deals with Residential Property and acts in both the buying and selling of freehold and leasehold property and country estates.
She works for all types of clients from middle worth to high net worth, those resident in London and also clients living in the country including small estate owners. Clients range from business people/company directors, the retired and those involved in the art and fashion world.
- Recently acted in the sale of a high value property in Marylebone which took place after the purchase by the same client of a more valuable property in Regents Park where bridging finance was required and charges taken over both properties. The purchase of the new property before the sale of the old resulted in the higher rate of SDLT being charged for which a refund has now been claimed.
- Acted in the purchase of a flat in South Kensington for a Swiss client purchasing for his daughter. On completion of the purchase and the sale of the other flats in the same development the freehold has been handed over to the residents. She has assisted them in advising on their new responsibilities taking over the freehold company and appointing new managing agents for the management of the building.
- Acted in the sale of a high worth flat in Kensington on behalf of a client who has now returned to live in France. She had acquired a deemed domicile here having lived in London for many years and in addition to the disposal of her property here advising on the tax implications of her change of residence and domicile.
- Acted in the acquisition of a short lease of a storage cellar in Albany Piccadilly from the Trustees of Peterhouse Cambridge.
- A trustee of a client’s private charitable trust where the emphasis has been on prison reform and considerable donations have been made over the years to a number of prison reform charities and also to various hospices.
- Set up a trust for an elderly client for the benefit of her nephew to enable him to have an independent source of funds as and when required for his children’s education and benefit and with a view to reducing the value of the client’s estate.
Jennifer joined the Private Client team at Wedlake Bell in 2005 when Beattie & Co were taken over. She qualified in 1972 having taken the Law Society exams in London and did her training in Colchester shortly before qualifying she joined Blacket Gill & Langhams of Staple Inn where she became a partner in 1975.
In 1985 when all the partners of Blacket Gill had retired or died she set up the firm of Beattie & Co in Gray’s Inn with many of the clients from her old firm. Many of these are still with her at Wedlake Bell.