Where Does Your Father Come From?

Sorry:  That isn’t meant to be a personal question (well actually – it is….).   But it’s a relevant question because of things that I came across recently.

Did you know that your father’s place of birth (and so his domicile) may determine where your domicile is.  That isn’t the most exciting of news unless you know that a non-UK domicile may be relevant for certain tax purposes.  I think I might have your attention now….

The key benefit of being a non-UK domicile tax payer is that it may allow you to not have to pay  income or capital gains tax on investments kept overseas – as long as you do not bring the income or the gains into the UK.  You may also be able to ignore inheritance tax on property held overseas.  As with everything to do with tax matters, this is a complex area and you should take advice before doing anything – but there may just be opportunities here.

John Clarke is an exert lawyer assisting SMEs dealing with growth, acquisition, sales, franchising, and in difficulties throughout Fife, Edinburgh and Scotland.


International law from CCW

Avrio in Amsterdam

So, why did 75 odd (yes – some very odd) lawyers and spouses/partners meet at the start of October in Amsterdam?

Well, obviously, for the beer, jenever (Dutch gin) and haaring (raw herring, Dutch style – better with every jenever taken…). But, from what I can remember (after all that jenever) it was a very successful meeting of Avrio Advocati, the international legal group where we are the only Scottish members. We talked quite a bit about how all markets, but the legal market in particular, are changing quickly – and how things might look completely different in 5 years’ time.

That seems to be particularly the case in terms of employment/engagement (and expect to hear more on this from Donna in the future). According to the Dutch academic addressing us, people now can expect to have multiple jobs, both consecutively and concurrently – but also that people may be hired by project. I’m still trying to come to terms with what that means for career development, employment related benefits (just think of health cover in the US) and so on. If anyone thinks, they know – let me know.

As important as the formal part of the meeting was, the informal part was excellent. That’s where we really get to know our colleagues – and that’s important for you, because if I have to refer your problem to one of my colleagues I think it important that you know the person responsible for your work. My experience is that, bad as it is having to deal with lawyers (the kind, cuddly people that we are…) it is much more stressful to have to do that in a strange place and another language. So, if we can help by introducing you to the people and practice, that should help.

So, please look on our friends in Avrio as a resource for you to use: only a few of them really bite!