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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.

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, a member of the GAAR committee 2013-2018 and a founder member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM). 

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.

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 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Oxford University
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Founder member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)
  • Member of the GAAR Committee 2013-2018

Recent awards

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London Bankside

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

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

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

Oxford

Oxford Office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

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

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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