Hannah Wailoo

Partner | London

Secretary Emily Nurse


Hannah is a partner in the private client and tax team and co-head of the Middle East group.

Hannah is a specialist succession and personal tax planning lawyer whose clients include domestic and international individuals, families, trustees and family offices.

Hannah provides tax efficient and estate planning solutions, with a particular focus on international families with a presence in the UK, or who are investing into or relocating to the UK. Her key specialism is UK real estate ownership for international families and investors, where she provides inheritance tax and other personal tax mitigation advice for real estate investment to the UK and for existing ownership structures.

Hannah co-heads our Middle East group and many of her clients live in or have a connection to the Middle East region.

Hannah's clients benefit from her holistic approach to estate and tax planning, and she operates as an embedded trusted advisor alongside her clients' other professional advisors and family offices to provide tailored legal and tax structuring solutions.
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The best part of the job is meeting clients and really getting to know them.

My work mainly involves helping international clients navigate through the various choices, opportunities and complications that can arise in protecting their wealth, business interest and families. I find this practice area particularly rewarding in the technical challenges it brings, as taxation and compliance regimes continue to evolve alongside a more globalised world of travel and business. I have always been more driven when working for private clients, where outcomes can make a real difference to people and their families.

I act for a range of clients but more recently, a large proportion of my client base lives in or has connections to the Middle East region. Middle Eastern investment into the UK has always been active, as has the desire and ability to travel, work in and live outside of the region. Significant changes to the UK taxation regime and recognition of the impact that international laws can have on wealth and succession issues has driven demand specialist advice to help families avoid potential surprises and pitfalls.

The best part of the job is meeting clients and really getting to know them. I love to travel and have a natural curiosity about the world and other cultures, so getting to work with clients and their advisors all over the world is a great way to learn about and understand cultural differences in how people operate and what motivates them.