Private Client Section

Welcome to the Private Client Section - the community for practitioners in wills, probate, financial and tax planning, trusts, mental capacity and estate administration

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Brexit and the legal sector

12 July 2016

The EU referendum result will lead to a surge in demand for legal expertise and guidance. Membership communities may be affected differently and we are looking into that on your behalf.

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Private client seminars

Private Client Section seminars (2016, various dates and locations)

These regional evening seminars have been designed by the Private Client Section advisory committee and the Law Society to provide solicitors with a comprehensive review of current private client issues, focusing on best practice and how practitioners can avoid problems and pitfalls.

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Latest Spotlights

Our Spotlights are concise, expert-authored updates giving you the information and guidance you need to address the practical impact of recent case law, legislation and practice developments

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Spotlight: Budget 2016Subscription

24 March 2016By

John D Bunker, head of Private Client Knowledge Management at Thomas Eggar, brings you up to speed on the key private client measures in this year’s budget

Patrick Connolly

Spotlight: Autumn Statement 2015Subscription

26 November 2015By

Patrick Connolly explains the key financial planning points from this year’s autumn statement

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Latest Commentary

Leading commentator Lesley King analyses the most important cases, legislation and practice updates and provides a concise summary of the issues in practice

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The right to buy? Maintenance and the 1975 actSubscription

17 August 2016By

Lesley King discusses two new important pieces of OPG guidance, and an interesting – and somewhat surprising – case on maintenance under the Inheritance Act 1975

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FAQ: Reduced inheritance tax when donating 10 per cent to charity in will

17 August 2016

This Law Society Library FAQ is on the topic of reduced inheritance tax when donating 10 per cent to charity in a will.

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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Webinar: A practical guide to trust administration (7 September 2016)

The next webinar inclusive in Private Client Section membership will focus on best practice in trust administration, accompanied by case studies looking at practical day-to-day trust administration issues.

Lucy Obrey

Webinar: Effectively managing digital assets for wills and estates (15 September 2016)

As most people now own a smartphone or other electronic device, much of our clients’ lives, both professional and personal, is finding its way into the digital sphere. This webinar, the third inclusive in Section membership, will explain how to deal with digital assets after death

Private client seminars

Private Client Section e-lecture: IHT and death - A tax update from Eason Rajah QC

Missed out on the recent Inheritance and death: A tax update regional seminar? Here’s a second chance to benefit from this CPD learning opportunity in the form of an e-lecture

Alberto Pérez Cedillo

Webinar: Brussels IV

This pre-recorded webinar inclusive in Private Client Section membership focuses on the Brussels IV Regulation, and discuss its impact on a number of jurisdictions including the UK, Spain, France, Italy, USA and Germany. 

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Section members receive our bi-monthly magazine, PS. Read sample articles exclusively here or find out more about the magazine

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A run for your money?

18 July 2016By

Since 2014, accountants and alternative business structures have had the right to undertake non-contentious probate work. Grania Langdon-Down explores the reality of an increasingly competitive probate market

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Back to Basics: Removing and retiring trustees and PRs

19 May 2016By ,

Holly Mieville-Hawkins and Henrietta Mason look at the process for removing a fellow professional from a position of fiduciary duty

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Line of duty

22 March 2016By

Charles Holbech discusses some recent cases that provide useful guidance on the scope of trustees’ duties when faced with decisions as to whether to sell or retain land, incur expenditure on repairs, or take legal action

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Casing the joints

16 March 2016By ,

Joint bank accounts can cause serious problems for personal representatives after the death of one of the account-holders. Fiona Lawrence and Julia Hardy explain

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A taxing issue

26 November 2015By

The global tax landscape is increasingly complex and constantly changing. As compliance and reporting obligations become more rigorous, ignorance is no longer an option. Jo Summers explains the UK’s current position, and what advice you need to be giving to your clients.

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Benefits of Membership*

Private Client Section renewals

The Private Client Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • NRB Changes
  • LPA Changes
  • Digital Assets
  • Cross Border Tax
  • IPFDA Cases
  • Care Act
  • Elderly Client
  • HMRC Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Capital Gains Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Webinars, Website, E-newsletters, Magazines and a LinkedIn Group.

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Private Client Section Annual Conference, London (1 July 2016)

The 2016 Law Society Private Client Section annual conference will equip you with the very latest thinking on private client work. 

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Workshops: Professional PRs, trustees and attorneys (November 2015)

New for 2015, the Private Client Section will be running a series of regional workshops focusing on problems and solutions for professional PRs, trustees and attorneys

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Private Client Section: Cross border conference 2016 (3 March 2016)

This one-day event will deliver an in-depth examination by lawyers from various jurisdictions on the leading issues in international private client law, with a particular focus on the Brussels IV regulation

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