Inheritance Tax

Teacher Stern’s private client team advises UK and non-UK domiciled individuals and their families on all aspects of inheritance tax planning.

Inheritance tax is currently charged at 40% on the value of an estate’s assets in excess of the nil rate band – currently £325,000 at the time of writing (1 March 2015).  As such, careful tax planning is needed to ensure that an estate’s inheritance tax liabilities are kept to a minimum. Through the use of bespoke lifetime tax planning strategies and tailored estate plans, our private client team can help you mitigate potential inheritance tax liabilities and preserve your wealth for future generations.

The bespoke estate plans we prepare often employ the use of UK and/or international tax structures to assist UK and non-UK domiciled individuals and their families in managing and protecting their worldwide assets. In addition, for clients who are non-UK domiciled, we often employ simple offshore planning and structuring techniques to ensure they benefit from the significant mitigation of UK inheritance tax liability.

Our private client team has significant experience in advising international families and residents on estate planning matters including, in particular, clients from Scandinavia, Israel, the Middle East and the US. In providing this advice, and in putting related estate and tax planning structures in place, we work closely with our clients’ personal accountants and other independent advisors to ensure all matters are properly considered and co-ordinated.

Our aim is to provide a tailored solution which meets our clients’ individual needs and which can be adapted over time to take account of their changing circumstances.

Representative Inheritance Tax Work

Examples of our team’s inheritance tax work include:

  • Advised numerous non-domiciled clients on structuring UK and overseas assets to mitigate UK inheritance tax.
  • Advised clients relocating to the UK from overseas on inheritance tax planning and structuring.
  • Advised clients in relation to the creation of Business Property Relief Will Trusts and bespoke Insurance Bypass Trusts to mitigate UK inheritance tax for entrepreneurs.

Key contacts:

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Elizabeth Jones

Partner Private Client
Home 37 – 41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2307


Elizabeth is a partner and heads the Private Client department at Teacher Stern. She deals with all aspects of estate planning, including Will drafting, advising clients in relation to inheritance tax planning, obtaining probate and administering estates and preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Working mainly with high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, her clients are both UK and foreign domiciled. She advises on all aspects of inheritance tax mitigation, including structured lifetime planning, tailored and tax efficient Wills, succession planning and establishing trusts. In addition, she has developed specialist knowledge in relation to inheritance tax planning for non-domiciled clients using asset protection strategies and offshore trusts.

Elizabeth also has experience in administering large, international estates. This has involved dealing with a range of assets in various international jurisdictions, as well as tackling complex succession and cross border inheritance tax issues.

Year Qualified 2003
Education: BPP Law School

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