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Private wealth

Stephenson Harwood has been looking after the legal needs of wealthy individuals and their families for nearly 200 years. We have always understood that our private clients require a wide range of services, beyond that which is offered by the traditional ‘private client’ firms. This is because our clients are typically entrepreneurial, international and with complex, frequently international, interests.
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As a truly international firm, with a wide range of legal capabilities, our award winning private wealth team is ideally positioned to service all the needs of high net worth individuals. We can help you with:

  • advice on residency and domicile
  • UK and international personal tax planning, including planning for UK resident and non-domiciled individuals
  • tax and succession advice for shareholders, directors and employees
  • advice on tax efficient inward investment into the UK, including real estate
  • creating and advising upon offshore trusts, foundations, companies and other wealth preservation vehicles
  • creating and advising upon overseas pensions schemes and other remuneration trusts
  • representing clients in tax enquiries and investigations instigated by HMRC and where criminal proceedings have been commenced
  • creating asset protection structures

Our private wealth team works closely with our renowned corporate tax team, which provides the full range of tax services – both direct and indirect taxes (including VAT) - to businesses in the UK and internationally.

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UK property

We regularly advise clients on the most tax efficient means of acquiring and holding UK property, both for personal occupation and investment, taking into account CGT, IHT, ATED, SDLT and VAT.

Residency planning

We recently advised a prominent Italian family on their relocation to the UK, looking at their personal assets and those in various offshore trusts.

Tax investigations

We represented a client in an HMRC investigation generated by their receipt of his leaked foreign bank account details and we settled the case for less than one-tenth of the amount of tax originally claimed.


We advised a prominent Hong Kong billionaire on his proposed bequest to a US charity and created two charitable trusts ​in the UK and Hong Kong.

International succession planning

We recently advised a UK national resident in Belgium on estate planning for his worldwide estate, including considering the interaction between UK and Belgian death taxes.

Foreign pensions

We are renowned for our expertise in foreign pensions and we have advised a large number of individuals and institutions on the UK tax treatment of IPPs, QROPS and QNUPS.

Jets, yachts and art

As well as being able to provide tax advice on the acquisition of these assets, we can also provide advice on all legal matters including build/purchase contracts, disputes and finance.


Ian Devereux Partner

T:  +852 2533 2806
M:  +852 9600 9028 Email Ian | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong


James Quarmby Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2364
M:  +44 7958 776 759 Email James | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

12 May 2017

From News

Wealth Briefing European Awards success

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named 'Private Client Law Firm' by Wealth Briefing magazine and London-based partner James Quarmby received the 'Private Clien..


27 Apr 2017

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Trump’s 2018 budget headlines

With only a few days left before his 100 day anniversary, President Trump announced his 2018 budget proposal yesterday.


26 Apr 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 22

After an unseemly rush of re-structuring and de-enveloping, motivated by a government determined to bring in its tax reforms on 6 April, we are now told that most of t..


21 Apr 2017

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FCA hot topic: Money laundering

On 18 April, the Financial Conduct Authority published its 2017/2018 Business Plan. The FCA makes it clear that it may start prosecuting firms or individuals for serio..


17 Jan 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 21

You may think that you already know what you need to know about the non-dom rules and how they affect trusts – but the chances are that you are mistaken.


12 Dec 2016
23 Nov 2016

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This is the first 'budget' under both a new Chancellor and a new Prime Minister and the first big fiscal event since Brexit - what's not to love? As it turns out, quit..


03 Nov 2016

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Stephenson Harwood partner James Quarmby named 'Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year'

Head of private wealth, James Quarmby, was awarded 'Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year' at the Spear's Wealth Management Awards.


17 Oct 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 18

There is a strong possibility the Chancellor is set to announce in the Autumn Statement on 23rd November that with effect from that date it will no longer be possible ..


06 Oct 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 17

Sheltering under the eaves of the Finance Bill 2016 are various changes to the way in which profits from trading in UK land are taxed. This bumper edition (I’m feeling..


26 Aug 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 16

Readers will recall my description (in my last edition) of the 'flotilla of condocs' arriving on our shores this summer – well I'm now officially upgrading this to an ..


22 Aug 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 15

HMRC is in hyperactive mode right now. Amongst this flotilla of condocs is one which has caught the attention of the press - "Strengthening Tax Avoidance Sanctions and..


01 Jul 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 14

The markets have been in turmoil since Friday's shock Brexit vote, causing the PM to resign and plunging the Labour Party into civil war. It's easy to get carried away..


24 Jun 2016

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BREXIT: What now?

The results of the referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union are in and the British public have voted to leave. What does this mean?


01 Jun 2016

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Erik Wallace joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has expanded its private wealth team with the addition of Erik Wallace as a partner, based in its Hong Kong office.


12 May 2016

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 13

What can the Panama papers teach us about the perception – and indeed misperception – of using offshore financial centres? And why does it matter?


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