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Estate Administration & Probate

Trusts and Estates

Our specialist estate administration and probate lawyers bring the experience and expertise that families, executors, beneficiaries and trustees depend on following a death. It is often complex, high-profile and multi-jurisdictional work. From managing the entire day-to-day administration of an estate to providing strategic advice on relevant tax issues, we will make sure a family's inheritance is protected now and in the future.

Where investments and assets are held in different countries we work closely with foreign lawyers and advisors to ensure a seamless service. We frequently deal with applications to the UK Probate Registry in cases where foreign individuals die owning assets in the UK, whether or not they left a valid Will.

Clients also benefit from the support of our colleagues across the firm, including our specialist Real Estate, Corporate, Art and Luxury Assets teams.

When there are disputes, either domestic or cross-border or around matters such as international probate, trust litigation and asset tracing, we bring in our Private Wealth Disputes team.

Key Services

  • Full management of the entire estate administration process
  • Administering both domestic and international estates involving assets in multiple jurisdictions
  • Dealing with all tax issues including the application of double tax treaties
  • Liaising with HM Revenue & Customs to negotiate and resolve valuation issues and the availability of tax reliefs
  • Obtaining grants of representation to deal with the UK assets of foreign resident and foreign domiciled individuals
  • Applying for UK recognition of a foreign grant of probate (or equivalent)
  • Advising on conflicts of law between foreign forced heirship and UK succession rules including inheritance under Islamic law
  • Meeting tax compliance and regulatory obligations
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