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Dominic Lawrance, Partner

Dominic’s specialisms are tax planning for international clients, succession structures, tax regularisation and philanthropy.

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Dominic’s specialisms are UK tax planning for international clients, succession structures, advice on English law trusts and trust drafting, tax regularisation and philanthropy.

He has been working in the field of private client law since 2002. He is particularly known for his work in advising UK resident, non-UK domiciled individuals (“RNDs”) on their estate planning and the structuring of their affairs to ensure tax-efficiency. These clients include US nationals resident in the UK. He has a wealth of experience in establishing offshore structures and in advising offshore fiduciaries on the governance of such structures.

Dominic has also advised private banks, investment managers and multi-family offices on their offerings to RND clients - what they need to do to attract and keep RND business, and how to ensure that their arrangements for RND clients are as tax-efficient as possible.  Dominic is an experienced adviser on charities and tax-efficient philanthropy, and has established many charitable entities for his clients. Since 2011, Dominic has been a co-author (with tax barrister Giles Clarke) of one of the leading practitioner’s guides on the subject of tax planning for internationally mobile clients, Clarke’s Offshore Tax Planning.  This substantial work is widely read by offshore trustees, wealth managers and tax advisers.

Dominic is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience

  • Has advised countless non-UK domiciled individuals on the steps they need to take prior to becoming UK resident. This includes identifying when they will become resident, possible steps to be taken to re-base assets, putting in place suitable account arrangements, identifying and disposing of unsuitable investments or “wrappers”, and funding the purchase of a UK property
  • Has advised a great many RNDs on pre-deemed domicile planning.  This includes assisting RND clients with the creation of protected settlements and offshore life bond trust structures, which can provide long-term protection of assets from inheritance tax, income tax and CGT.  In such cases he advises on the intricacies of the protected settlements rules; on how to ensure that such settlements are not “tainted”; and on how such structures may be wound up tax-efficiently in the event that they cease to be useful, e.g. once the client has left the UK
  • Has advised in a significant number of divorce cases where wealthy RND couples have wanted to ensure that the agreed financial arrangements would not give rise to unnecessary tax liabilities. Such cases frequently involve trusts or other entities
  • Has assisted clients in a great many cases by establishing a charitable or “not for profit” foundation, and advising on the most tax-efficient way to transfer funding to it. Such foundations have included several “dual-qualifying” charities for US/UK donors

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