The Private Section covers wills and probate, estate administration, elderly client, mental capacity, trusts and tax and estate planning. We also cover other areas as they relate to private client law and practice, from practice management in private client firms to charity law, and from state benefits to international law and practice

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Deputyship fee refund scheme launched


On 4 October 2019, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for deputyship fees.

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Court of Protection mediation pilot


A nationwide mediation pilot was launched on 1 October 2019, to evaluate the impact of mediation on Court of Protection proceedings.

All Mental Capacity

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Law Society welcomes u-turn on probate fees hike


On 12 October, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland announced that the proposals to increase probate fees will be withdrawn. The news was welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, which ran a campaign to stop the fee hike


Mistakes and money-laundering


Lesley King comments on a case where a trust beneficiary’s right to income was rescinded on the basis of mistake, and on the government’s consultation on implementing the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

All Wills and Probate

Helen Clarke

Workshop: Elderly client care and the Mental Capacity Act 2005


Delegates at the conference could choose between five workshops, run twice over the course of the day. Helen Clarke rounds up hers on elderly client care and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Paul Garwood

Workshop: Pensions


Luke Brooks and Paul Garwood sum up their workshop on pensions.

All Elderly Client


Plenary: Intellectual capital


Emma Chamberlain spoke at the Private Client Section annual conference 2019 on capital taxes, including the government’s planned reform of trusts, the transfer of assets on divorce, and the gifts with reservation of benefit rules

Steve Appleton

Workshop: Inheritance tax on business property: how to protect your clients


Steven Appleton rounds up his workshop on inheritance tax on business property.

All Tax and Estate Planning


Scarle v Scarle: High Court upholds commorientes rule


Roman Kubiak and Oliver Black take a closer look at Scarle v Scarle, in which it was unclear which of a couple had died first and where the High Court recently upheld the commorientes rule.

William Moffett

Wokshop: Contentious probate update


Delegates at the conference could choose between five workshops, run twice over the course of the day. William Moffett recaps his key contentious probate cases from 2019

All Contentious Probate


Library FAQ: trusts for 18 to 25-year-olds


The Law Society Library explains where to find details of precedents for age 18 to 25 trusts, also known as section 71D trusts.

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Red flags


Mariel Stringer-Fehlow outlines her tips and practical advice for trustees on spotting the early warning signs of a matter turning contentious, using four common scenarios

All Trusts

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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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