As professional advisors ourselves, we know that a focus on giving the very best to your clients can often mean that you concentrate on their affairs and neglect your own.
Over the years we have helped thousands of people like yourself deal with a wide range of personal and professional issues. At work we can be on hand to advise on the increasingly complex regulatory framework we all now operate under, especially if you find yourself in the spotlight and under some form of investigation by the authorities. Our regulatory team handles internal and external investigations of all scales, up to giving evidence to parliamentary or senate committees. Reputation is everything in the professional world, and we can also help you protect yours in the media and within your firm and industry.
In your corner
Alternatively we can be in your corner when dealing with your own organization, whether that’s negotiating the best deal on your arrival or defending your interests on departure. We have advised a huge number of professionals at all levels and have a great track record of delivering the results our clients are looking for.
Outside work we can help you manage your affairs and make sure that you are fully prepared for the future, whether you are thinking of moving house, working abroad or even changing career. All of this also requires careful tax planning to ensure you and your family minimize your tax liabilities. In addition, we can assist on prenuptial agreements for you or your children, protect your interests in the event of divorce or advice on the increasing issues surrounding dementia, care and capacity with regards to older relatives.
Ultimately, we can help take care of you as well as you take care of your clients.
How we can help
At difficult moments in life, you need the best advice available. As one of the largest and most experienced teams of family and divorce lawyers in the world, we’re here to help you through.Employment
Fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal
Whether you wish to protect family assets, navigate cross-border tax issues or benefit a good cause, our private client lawyers will discuss your priorities, advise on options and put a plan in place.Media and reputation
The publication of private or inaccurate information can seriously damage reputations. Should the worst happen, our media law team will quickly advise on how to mitigate any potential impact.
Our lawyers deserve their reputation for negotiating boldly on behalf of senior executives and employers. From incentives to exit packages, our aim is to leave you in the best possible position.Tax
With a team of more than 150 specialist tax lawyers, who are qualified in jurisdictions around the world, we are perfectly placed to handle even the most complex, cross-border tax issues.
London banker facing bankruptcy proceedings
We acted for an investment banker in London who was facing bankruptcy proceedings as a result of a petition from HMRC for non-payment of tax. The non-payment was related to the sale of bank shares where she previously worked, which would have had a significant impact on her livelihood. We negotiated with HMRC on her behalf, saving her from bankruptcy proceedings and without adverse publicity.
Employee of private equity fund
Advised internationally mobile employee of PE fund on taxation of deferred remuneration earned by him during UK and non UK residence periods but received the remuneration having left the UK. This involved a highly technical analysis, which was confirmed by tax counsel.
UK fund manager
Assisted a UK fund manager on Italian tax issues relating to setting up and doing fund raising for a EU investment fund seeking to invest in EU renewable energy companies.
Financial institutions in Mexico
Advised major financial institutions in and outside of Mexico on the use of sophisticated tax compliant investment structures for their private clients to deal with ongoing developments in Mexican and international tax compliance regimes.
We worked with Crown Global to devise the first dual qualified US/UK insurance bond. The policy we advised on is the first insurance policy of its kind on the market which is suitable for individuals who are subject to the US and UK tax systems, such as US citizens living in the UK.
Major international law firm
We advised a law firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions on their global administration.
We advised Deutsche Bank on a loan of £10 million secured on a collection of silver.
Major international bank
We advised a major international bank in the financing of six aircraft sold by a major US airline to a leasing company and then to Swedish limited partnerships.
Swiss Trustees and a Swiss Bank
Advising Swiss trustees and a Swiss bank on the recovery of assets relating to unravelling an appointment upon the discovery of a fraud on a family trust and on the assets in the estate of the deceased settler in the sum of approximately £400m.
Co-op bank CEO, Barry Tootell
When director and CEO of the Co-op Bank Plc Barry Tootell stepped down in difficult and controversial circumstances, we demonstrated our in-depth knowledge of difficult situations to advise and negotiate his exit. Futhermore, our team continued to support him on arising issues and enquiries related to his time at the Co-op, after his exit.
This Californian arbitration case, Marlene McCoy et al v US Bank, related to a family trust. The trust beneficiaries had made claims against the trust and sought to prevent our client, as trustee, from paying its own legal costs out of trust funds. Our San Diego team argued that the beneficiaries' demands were unreasonable and their order was denied on appeal.
Hedge fund founders
When the founding principals of two of London's largest hedge funds turned to Withers for help devising a more integrated approach to tax structuring in the UK and US, our international knowledge and global reach made us ideally placed to help. We came up with the most efficient strategy and also advised them on effective estate planning, whether or not they stayed in the funds.
26 January 2023 | Article
An update on the rules and regulations governing the private placements of fund interests to Japan investors – January 2023
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