Douglas Smith Partner

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Contact Details

Douglas specialises in all aspects of private client and related tax work. 

Main areas of practice

He is experienced in advising UK and non-UK domiciliaries on tax planning and on the preparation of Wills, trusts and related matters. He also gives advice on probate work, involving the administration of substantial and complex estates, and a wide variety of Court of Protection work.

Significant experience

Inheritance tax: work involves advice in relation to Inheritance Tax mitigation techniques, making full use of the tax free allowances and reliefs, including the use of trusts and deeds of variation.

Tax mitigation: advises on the creation and re-organisation of a variety of UK and offshore tax mitigation structures.

Other expertise

Author: contributed a chapter entitled 'The Use of UK Trusts for Holding and Dealing with Works of Art and Chattels’ to the first edition of Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions, by Alon Kaplan.

Expertise

Related Knowledge & Resources

Termination Payments: The end

On 10 August the Government published its response to a consultation on the taxation of termination payments. Lisa Wallis and Ruth Christy consider the Government's plans in more detail and their implications.

Brexit: what this means for Private Law

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Client guide: Final Hearings in Financial Remedy Proceedings

Our Family team provide a helpful guide on what to expect at a Final Hearing in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Client Guide: Use of Discretionary Trusts

A guide to the reasons why it may not be desirable to leave assets directly to a beneficiary on your death.