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Sue Laing is a partner in the Private Client & Tax Department of Boodle Hatfield. Throughout her professional career she has advised wealthy UK and international clients on the long term protection and devolution of their assets, which include some very substantial private businesses. She provides expert guidance on succession planning, long-term asset protection, capital and income taxes, trusts, private companies, partnerships and the family businesses themselves.

In 2013 Sue was appointed to the first Advisory Panel for the UK's new General Anti-Abuse Rule (the "GAAR"). The GAAR marks a real sea change in tax legislation in England and Wales and the panel works alongside HMRC to help distinguish between acceptable tax planning and unacceptable tax abuse.

Sue is also a member of the Estates Business Group, which represents the top 20 Landed Estates in the UK, a member of the Tax Committee of the CLA and a founder member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM). She acts for several charities including Future Talent, a charity founded by the Duchess of Kent which supports musically gifted children; and she is a Founder member of the fundraising St Christopher's Hospice Dinner Committee.

Sue deals with private client related disputes; her experience and reputation has led to the Court appointing her as Administrator in two recent contentious probate cases.

She is a regular public speaker and in 2013 chaired the LexisNexis Landed Estates conference and a panel at the Jersey Finance Private Client Conference.

Sue's recent projects

  • Sue leads the strategic trust and tax planning advice for a large, high-profile, family property business. Recently, this advice has included a major review of the way in which the business is held through family trusts and a complex Variation of Trust Application designed partly to secure protection for the trustees of those trusts against potential personal liability in future.
  • Advising the onshore and offshore trustees of numerous valuable family trusts on how they should act in relation to the divorce of a third generation beneficiary who was either within the discretionary class of or entitled to life interests in those trusts.
  • Reorganising two very large non-UK Will Trusts, originally set up offshore by a non-domiciliary and which own a trading group with subsidiaries in various countries together with a valuable portfolio of investments held through offshore structures.
  • Giving strategic advice in relation to a complex probate where the assets include valuable chattels; liaising with a major auction house and a well known public institution about possible access to those chattels, with a view to a large conditional exemption claim; then negotiating the terms of that claim with HMRC; whilst also varying some of the main family trusts in order to prolong their life spans, for both asset protection and tax reasons.
  • Advising a Spanish national, tax resident in Switzerland but who also lives partly in France and has assets held personally or in trust in both those countries and the UK, the US and several offshore jurisdictions, in relation to her Will, succession planning and wealth structuring, including the devolution of those assets.
  • Advising another major property Group in relation to its corporate philanthropy strategy and assisting individual owners to structure and implement their personal philanthropy initiatives.

Conference speaking

  • Private Client Forum - Sudden Death: The Realities of Immediate Family Disruption, 2017 - Speaker
  • Private Client Forum, Villa d’Este 2014, 2016, 2017 - Speaker
  • Speaker at the FT Family Office Tax & Legal Forum 2014
  • Speaker at the FACT Family Office Conference in London 2014 
  • Jersey Finance Private Client Forum in London 2013 - panel chairman of 'Divergence in the Private Client World'
  • Chaired LexisNexis Landed Estates Conference 2012 and 2013
  • Speaker - Legal Week 'Private Client Evening' 2010

Qualifications /Education

  • Oxford University
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member of the GAAR committee
  • Founder member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)

Recent awards

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Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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Oxford
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Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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