Welcome to ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client.
A unique community designed for all practitioners involved in the Private Client intermediary network. Membership is free for practitioners so join below. 

Our Community Partners:
Farrer & Co Fairway MelvilleDouglas Standard Bank Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Hunters Law Sarasin & Partners Accuro HQ Global Search Howard Kennedy Irwin Mitchell Kingsley Napley Rawlinson & Hunter Harbottle & Lewis Wilberforce Chambers EY Lombard Odier Highvern London & Capital Gasser Partner Attorneys Payne Hicks Beach The IBSA Collas Crill PCD Club Serle Court Suntera Global ConTrA Radcliffe Chambers Peters & Peters Grant Thornton


 

Why do we exist?

We believe that working in close partnership with the industry, rather than a seller to it, we can focus on delivering technical and practical insights and valuable engagement with our community. 

Become a member of ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client and...

  • Join a community of experts, referrers and peers 
  • Participate in events of all types 
  • Interact and network using our digital Private Client Members Hub
  • Learn and share expertise through your quarterly Community Magazine 
  • Develop your professional and personal network 
     

Discover virtual content available live and on demand  

We believe that any live content should be easy to digest and simple to interact with. Over the last 12 months we have succesfully created over 50 online events in varying formats. These include:

  • Live Webinars 
    Short technical updates of 45-60 minutes
  • QuickFire Updates
    1 session, multiple speakers with live Q&A: Interactive session of 30-60 minutes
  • On Demand Technical Focus 
    Pre-recorded panel sessions and presentations : Technical & interactive from 2-4 hours of downloadable content at your leisure.

Targeted at professionals whose practice encompasses or touches Private Client. Community members will include:

Who should join?

Solicitors Solicitors
Barristers Barristers
Offshore Practitioners Offshore Practitioners
Private Banks Private Banks
Asset Managers Asset Managers
Trust Companies Trust Companies
Wealth Advisors Wealth Advisors
Accountants Accountants
Funders Funders
Tax Specialists Tax Specialists

Upcoming Events

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Virtual
26 Feb 2024
Unravelling Trusts: Strategies for Navigating Dubious Mental Capacity In Settlors

How do you advise trustees when the settlor turns out to have mental capacity?


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
19 Mar 2024
Landed Estates & Farm Tax Conference: The 3rd Edition

Join an unprecedented line-up of landed estates and farming experts. The only event you need each year to cover everything you need to know about agricultural land. 


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Private Client NextGen Academy, Session One: The Lifecycle of a HNW Client

Each table will discuss two topics loosely based upon the stage of a client’s life cycle that it relates to. Facilitators will have a couple of minutes to set the scene and a couple more at the end to wrap up but each topic should be discussed for 20 minutes at least.


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
23 May 2024
The Non-Dom Tax Forum 2024 - 3rd Annual

Immerse yourself in a focused discussion with expert panellists, on the fate of non-dom clients and challenges they face in the current climate. 


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2 Day Summits • In-Person Event
12 Jun 2024
Private Client Advisory and Litigation Forum: Paris

Led by two of the industry’s most well-known practitioners, Stella Mitchell Voisin of Summit Trust and Rupert Ticehurst of Maurice Turnor Gardner, they will encourage debate, introspection and, dare we say, controversy in the name of examining each topic as fully as possible. We will be looking at both the planning and advisory side of private client practice, as well as litigation and disputes when things don’t go according to plan.


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
25 Jun 2024
The Crypto in Disputes Forum - 3rd Annual

Crypto's continued rapid, complex development across many fields of Law requires constant discussion and analysis. Join us at ThoughtLeaders4 for a one-day event exploring every area of disputes concerning Crypto, weaving our many communities together for a comprehensive look at the issues, opportunities, and strategies present in this space. 

 


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
26 Jun 2024
SIP Global Health Conference 2024

Join the SIP Global Health Conference to learn about the latest trends and opportunities in the industry. Benefit from the insights shared by industry-leading speakers from business and science, high-profile panel discussions, and networking opportunities with thought leaders.


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
04 Jul 2024
Contentious Trusts 2024: The 3rd Annual Summit

Join the very best in the international trust dispute field and where it overlaps with other areas of litigation to challenge the most up to date developments in the last 12 months. 


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2 Day Summits • In-Person Event
21 Aug 2024
TL4 & ConTrA present Private Client Summer School: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide

TL4 in partnership with ConTrA are proud to bring you the 4th Edition of the Ultimate Insider's Guide to all things Private Client. If you are newly qualified and looking to broaden your knowledge and develop your skills then you need to be here. Our programme is a full library of absolutely everything you would need to know and want to know about your practice area. In our unique Summer School style you can expect a load of networking opportunities in a very enjoyable setting.


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2 Day Summits • In-Person Event
18 Sep 2024
Contentious Trusts Next Gen Summit

We are delighted to bring you a brand new, innovative and unique event for the next generation of contentious trusts practitioners and for all other practitioners where trusts can be involved. Building on our track record of catering specific events for the next generation of legal practitioners we are delighted to bring together our next gen initiatives from across 4 of our communities at one event.  


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Articles Community Magazine Main Issue Featured Article
Private Client Magazine - Tax Edition 2024

As we pave the way into a new fiscal year, we are delighted to present the 2024 Private Client Tax Special. This special edition will serve as your guide to the latest developments, strategies and insights that have emerged in the realm of tax. Our authors have curated articles that will equip you with the tools to optimise your financial strategies, mitigate risks and cultivate opportunities in the ever-shifting tax landscape.


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Between Misery and Solace: Information Rights of Liechtenstein Discretionary Beneficiaries

In recent years, the question of information rights, especially in relation to Liechtenstein trusts, has become something of an emotionally discussed hot-button issue in Liechtenstein trust practice and has led to heated exchanges among practitioners, nationally and internationally. The general notion, especially in the international private client community, seems to be that due to recent developments, Liechtenstein discretionary trusts suffer from a distinct lack of control, as Liechtenstein Courts have considerably limited the information and control rights of discretionary beneficiaries. This has been widely conceived as an attack on the beneficiary principle and has led to widespread criticism by Liechtenstein practitioners as well as disgruntled beneficiaries and their advisors in foreign jurisdictions.


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A Balancing Act: An Analysis of the Cayman Islands Case ‘In The Matter of The X Trust and The Y Trust’

This article analyses a recent case in the Cayman Islands which demonstrate the scope of the Courts’ supervisory role and powers. The decision provides clarity as to the approach to be taken by the Courts in similar cases in other offshore and common law jurisdictions, and serve as a useful reminder of the fact that the Courts will not substitute their own views for those of trustees or beneficiaries, and will generally give priority to the specific facts of each case.


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Private Client Issue 13 - Wealth Around The Globe

We are delighted to present Private Client Magazine Issue 13 - Wealth Around The Globe. This issue represents the round-up of 2023, providing articles on philanthropy, the rise of AI, the world of trustees, and much more.

As always, thank you to all of our contributors for sharing their articles with our Private Client community. We wish all our readers a safe and happy Christmas, and look forward to welcoming you back to TL4 in the New Year.


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The Only Way You Can Buy Time

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Conduct Cases in Financial Remedy Proceedings: A Plea for Specificity Towards a Streamlined Tomorrow for Our Clients, Our Courts, and Ourselves

It feels, at least anecdotally to this practitioner, that identification of abusive conduct is becoming more common. Perhaps it’s not just me - the Law Commission is researching the operation of conduct in respect to FRP in their scoping document due September 2024[1]. Even the Government has declared its recent intention to focus on domestic abusers in their proposed sentencing reform legislation[2]. Outside FRP, domestic violence injunctions have increased greatly since the Pandemic, leading to judges recently re-stating the strict thresholds in ex parte injunctions[3].

 

[3] “There can be no doubt that far too many such applications are made where there is no reasonable basis to grant the application without notice.. (para 24)... “such an order is only appropriate where there is significant risk of immediate harm (para 25)”. DS v. AC [2023] EWFC 46


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Advising Non-Doms in Tax Disputes: Why Tina Turner Was Right

The ‘non-dom’ tax regime is one of the attractions of London as a global wealth hub. In recent years however, being a ‘non-dom’ has been seen as akin to not paying your ‘fair share’ of tax. In the writer’s view, provided that people have done their best to comply with the law, such criticism is entirely misplaced. However, politicians have bracketed non-dom status with tax avoidance, trading assertions on whether the non-dom regime aligns with the UK’s economic goals, or attracts the ‘right kind’ of wealth to the UK.


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The Ecclestone Case and the Potential Pitfalls of Tax Investigations

Readers will no doubt have seen the significant press coverage afforded to HMRC’s criminal prosecution of Bernie Ecclestone.  High-profile criminal prosecutions of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in relation to their tax affairs have been relatively rare in recent years in the UK. The sums involved are also eye-watering, with Mr Ecclestone reaching a settlement with HMRC involving the payment of over £650 million in tax, interest and penalties.


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Are Executors Invincible?

An executor of a will is appointed by the deceased to carry out their last wishes. Executors could therefore be forgiven for assuming that the logical extension of this is that beneficiaries should not interfere with them getting on with their job. After all, it is a fairly thankless task – most executors are not paid for their time and it can take months to administer even the smallest of estates.


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Arbitration Gone Awry? Challenging Awards

Family law arbitration is currently experiencing a burst in popularity. Whilst it has been available for financial cases in England and Wales since 2012, and for children cases since 2016, its use became far more prevalent during the pandemic. Since then, seeing the numerous benefits, practitioners have gladly added it to their toolbox to try to help resolve matters efficiently and effectively for their clients. Arbitration allows proceedings to be ended in a timely and cost-efficient manner, with multiple issues able to be resolved in one forum. Given the current delay in the court system, and the associated costs this delay can generate, arbitration is becoming a popular alternative.  This also means the number of reported cases involving arbitration is gradually increasing as well, resulting in helpful guidance for those making their first forays into this evolving area.


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The Role of External Experts in HNW and A-List Litigation

“The rich are different from you and me”, F Scott Fitzgerald wrote. Ernest Hemingway’s retort, “Yes, they have more money”, has some truth in the context of litigation. The wealthy usually have the same kinds of legal disputes as anyone else (contractual, marital, inheritance and so on), but they have more funds to litigate them and there’s more money at stake.


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Is Trust Provision in a Will Ever Reasonable Financial Provision for a Surviving Spouse?

The modern family can pose a variety of difficulties for high-net-worth individuals when it comes to their estate planning. But perhaps the most common dilemma arises where the individual holds the bulk of the family’s wealth and has a spouse and one or more children from previous relationships, all of whom need to be provided for. In those circumstances, how does the individual make suitable provision for the surviving spouse whilst ensuring the bulk of the wealth ultimately passes to the children?


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A Family Affair: The Risks of Going Into Business With Your Family

Viewers of Succession will be familiar with siblings squabbling over who succeeds Dad as the next CEO of the multi-billion family business empire. Yet behind the gloss of TV drama, similar scenarios play out in real businesses, as the stresses and challenges of running a business are magnified with the added dimension of personal and family relationships. Such businesses have the potential to be incredible successes but can equally degenerate into bitter inter-generational and/or sibling feuds. So how do family businesses navigate both the legal and personal landscape and make a success of their business? Reflecting on the statutory framework, recent case law and practical considerations, we consider how family boards can function effectively and sidestep the potential pitfalls.


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Nuptial Agreements: Where Are We Now?

The Supreme Court decision of Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42, handed down at the start of my family law career, has undoubtedly been the most significant decision of it so far. It saw Nicolas Granatino receive a much lower award than he had expected, and crucially, heralded a seismic change in the approach of judges and practitioners to nuptial agreements.


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Unlocking Hidden Wealth: The Growing Role of Open-Source Intelligence in High Net Worth Disputes and Divorce

High Net Worth (HNW) disputes and divorce cases often involve complex financial, legal, and personal relationships, joint assets across multiple jurisdictions. In such cases, the ability to gather accurate and comprehensive information is crucial. Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) has emerged as a valuable resource in these high-stake situations, uncovering hidden assets, financial irregularities, and pertinent information to facilitate successful client outcomes. In this article, we will explore the value proposition that an OSINT company offers in HNW disputes and divorce proceedings, illuminating how this burgeoning new field of intelligence is having a major impact on the HNW divorce world.


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ESG Investments & The Scope of a Trustee’s Powers in Guernsey

One of the questions that trustees have been asking in recent years is to what extent they may use their powers to invest in assets that meet environmental, social and governance criteria (ESG investments). Although ESG may not be a new concern for many HNWs, many in the industry have seen an increasing number of clients prioritising ESG, and this issue will likely only become more relevant as society becomes more ESG-focused.


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Pitfalls of Co-Ownership and How To Avoid Them

A key issue that arises across legal disciplines for HNW families and individuals relates to property interests and their protection, as well as disputes that arise when an interest has not been properly protected. Often this occurs when one person is gifting a sum of money or property to another, but also where people are purchasing jointly or providing contributions to a property owned by another.


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The Role of Nuptial Agreements in Long Term Planning for HNW Clients

Any family law practitioner will be all too familiar with the late call from a prospective client, or indeed one of their advisors, with mere weeks left before a wedding, asking for advice on a nuptial agreement. The wider perception of nuptial agreements is certainly still one of them being a ‘pressure purchase’. All too often they are an afterthought which undermines their complexity but also the thought that needs to go into them from the client’s perspective. This ideology applies not just to the clients themselves, but frequently to professional advisors working in the private client sphere. I would suggest that this is an outdated mindset which fails to recognise the countless scenarios in which a nuptial agreement can assist, and it is a mindset that we as practitioners will need to work to change.


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Trusts and the Human Rights Act 1998: The Rights of Children

Picture the terms of a discretionary trust deed.  You won't have to dig too far to find an example which includes, in the list of discretionary beneficiaries, the settlor's children, grandchildren and their spouses. 


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Divorcing Couples, Death, and the Inheritance Act 1975

When a separated couple are going through a divorce, it is good practise for both parties to execute a new Will, in the light of the effect a divorce has on a person's Will.

The timing of the execution of that new Will is likely to vary depending on the circumstances or the advice received at the time. It may be executed prior to the divorce proceedings being formally issued, midway through the process (for example, after a financial settlement has been reached), or on conclusion of the matrimonial proceedings.


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Farming Families & Inheritance: Disputing Estates Until The Cows Come Home

A family agricultural business is an atypical one in that it is extremely close knit. Landowners, usually parents, will work long hours on the farm with the assistance of their children, who will often make significant sacrifices to do so with little to no remuneration. This is often on the basis or understanding that one day, they will inherit the farm.


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Natural Capital and Private Wealth

Natural Capital is a catch-all phrase for a range of different actions and approaches, all of which have at their heart the idea of improving the natural environment. 

In the UK, the most well-known example of this is the rewilding that has taken place at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex.  While rewilding has captured many of the headlines, tree planting, seeding flower meadows, de-intensification, organic conversion and the re-wetting of land are all elements of a Natural Capital approach.


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Claims For Reasonable Financial Provision Beyond The Grave

This case provides important guidance on: when a claimant’s requirement for reasonable financial provision ends, the high bar a son/ daughter-in-law needs to reach to prove that they have been treated as a “child of the family” for the purposes of a 1975 Act claim, and when the court may exercise its discretion to allow a 1975 Act claim to be brought out of time.


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A Shared History and Legal System

One of the greatest advantages of the Cayman Islands and the other British Overseas Territories ("BOTs") and Crown Dependencies ("CDs") is how much shared history they have with the commonwealth nations and one of the best examples of this is the depth of the connections to the British legal system.

Much of the Cayman Islands' statutory law was originally enacted from equivalent law in the United Kingdom, albeit that it has often departed from the original source significantly over the decades.


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Private Client Magazine Issue 12 - Next Gen Wealth Edition

We are delighted to present Issue 12 of our Private Client Magazine, the Next Gen Wealth Edition. This issue will feature articles on how the Gen Z’ers navigate wealth succession. Our authors will provide you with an insight into why innovation,philanthropy, family values and influence matter. The articles will further highlight the different generational attitudes towards wealth.

We would like to thank our community partners and contributors for sharing their outlook on the factors that drive the next generation.


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Bored Ape NFT Investors Sue Sotheby’s

A class action lawsuit has been brought in a federal court in California against the auction house Sotheby’s over the auctioning of Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible tokens (NFTs).


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Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and Regulation

Syed Rahman outlines the questions that require answers regarding decentralised autonomous organisations.

The metaverse and Web3 have been the buzzwords to drop lately. And decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) can be viewed in a similar light.

Yet what needs to be emphasised about DAOs is that they are currently in a legal grey area, as they do not relate to something similar that has previously been defined.


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Private Client Magazine Issue 11 - Offshore

Welcome to our Private Client Magazine Issue 11 - Offshore Edition. This issue will examine recent legal developments in the Middle East, international transparency, non-dom tax regimes and managing family succession planning abroad.


As always, thank you to all of our contributors for sharing their articles with our Private Client community.


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How to get Pupillage

This Friday, on the 5th of May, about 480 of the 3,000 or so aspiring barristers in England and Wales will receive offers for pupillage. With awards of up to £100,000, competition is fierce. The Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway Report shows that the number of applicants peaked in 2020/21 and it appears to be on the rise again. In 2022/23, there were 2,782 applicants using the Gateway with an average of 11.9 applications per applicant. This gives first timers (on average) a 1 in 10 chance of success.

Here is Dr Jennifer White's revised five-part plan to getting pupillage, based on the statistics and those in the know.

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HM Treasury’s approach to cryptoassets, cooperation with other jurisdictions, and international standard-setting: a (not that brief) summary

In February, HM Treasury published the ‘Future financial services regulatory regime for cryptoassets consultation and call for evidence’ paper. In it are some intriguing indications of how cryptocurrency venues, brokers, and intermediaries are going to be dealt with in the UK. The paper sets out the next (but not final) phase of the government’s approach to regulating cryptoassets.

What is most important to note from the outset is that this paper deals with a very small part of the government’s approach. Nevertheless, an overview offers insight into where we are headed and is useful in understanding the government’s rather weighty regulatory approach, to ascertain what this might mean to banks, businesses, and investors, both in and outside of the UK.


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But I Acted on Legal Advice…

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Litigation lending

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Use it or Lose it, but Beware the UK

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Insolvent Trusts and Trustee Duties

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Private Client Magazine Issue 10 - Contentious Trusts

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Private Client Tax Magazine - Tax Special 2023

We are delighted to present the 2023 Private Client Tax Special, where our authors discuss a variety of topical issues including taxation of art and cultural property, clean capital, and other key developments we will see over the coming year.

Thank you to our contributors, members and community partners for their support as we begin another busy year for the Private Client community. Please do keep an eye out for our quarterly magazines, with the first issue of 2023 being published in March. 


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Private Client Magazine Issue 9 - Around The World 2022

We are delighted to present the final issue of Private Client Magazine for 2022, where we explore what has been happening around the world during the past year. Our authors cover numerous topics, including technology, ESG investing, post-covid trends, and art finance. Our issue also covers recent developments from the UAE, Singapore, Italy and more.

Thank you to all of our members, contributors, and community partners for their support throughout 2022. The Private Client community continues to grow, we have more events, more magazines, and more content coming, so we look forward to working with you all in 2023.


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Private Client Summer School: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide 2022 Summary

On 24th August 2022, we welcomed the next generation of Private Client practitioners at Private Client Summer School: The Ultimate Insider's Guide in partnership with ConTrA, located in the beautiful setting of Downing College, Cambridge.

This Summer School Summary rounds up the event, what our delegates learnt, and why it is so important for the next gen to start building their network from an early stage.


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Private Client Magazine Issue 8 - Next Gen Wealth

We are delighted to present Issue 8 of Private Client Magazine, which discusses all things ‘Next Gen Wealth’. In this bulky edition, our authors cover a range of topics as we approach the anticipated largest inter-generational wealth transfer advisors will have seen. This issue highlights the importance for advisors to adapt, develop, and evolve to accommodate the next generation, and how they are already reshaping the future of their wealth.

Thank you to all our contributors and our community partners for their continued support, we hope you enjoy this abounding issue.


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Crypto Insight 2022

Following the success of our Crypto in Disputes event which took place on the 29th June TL4 are proud to present our Crypto Insights Document 2022. In this new format of curated content, we look to partner with firms to provide in-depth Insights, Reports, Surveys, Journals and more. If you would like to work with us on a future insight or report please do get in touch.


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Investors Turn to Private Assets in Search for Diversification

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60 seconds with: Constance McDonnell QC, Serle Court

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Tales from the Crypto

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60 seconds with: Fiona Noon, Equiom

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Can Onshore Become the New Offshore?

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60 seconds with: Anita Shah, McDermott Will & Emery

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Private Client Magazine Issue 7 - Offshore Edition: Topical Tropicals

We are delighted to present the Offshore issue of Private Client Magazine. In this edition our contributors discuss a range of topics impacting the offshore world, including crypto, deemed domicile, and onshoring.

We also get to know some of our community better with a series of 60 seconds with interviews, finding out their strangest/most exciting story in the industry, their role models, and what they are most looking forward to for the remainder of 2022.

Thank you to our authors and community partners for their consistent support, we hope you enjoy this latest edition.


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Interviews International Women’s Day 2022 Profile
Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Bernadette Carey Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 


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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Sue Nickason Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 


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Interviews International Women’s Day 2022 Profile
Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Jennifer Ollerenshaw Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 


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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Yindi Gesinde Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. Today we launch our ThoughtLadies that inspire campaign featuring a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 


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Private Client Magazine Issue 6 - Let’s Talk Contentious Trusts

Issue 6 of Private Client Magazine is out and our authors are talking all things Contentious Trusts - from Sham trusts and the protectors’ power of consent, to NFT’s, digital art and money laundering. We also find out a little bit more about our members with a series of quickfire 60 second interviews. As we settle into the new year, 2022 will bring fresh knowledge, insights, and opportunities to bring the Private Client community together. We predict an action-packed year, and we look forward to welcoming you at some of our events both virtually, and in-person


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60-Seconds With: Jannika Glendon, Associate, Mcdermott Will & Emery

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I focus my practice on dispute resolution issues, including contested estates, acting for high net worth individuals in private trust disputes, as well as commercial dispute resolution and arbitration.


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60-Seconds With: Emma Taylor, Associate, Collas Crill

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Commercial Dispute Resolution focused on Contentious Trusts in Guernsey and the BVI.


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60-Seconds With: Adam Fellows, Associate, Stephenson Harwood

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) My work is primarily personal tax advice, with a strong focus on international clients both with or looking to have a presence in the UK.


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60-Seconds With: Tamsin Wooldridge, Solicitor, Shakespeare Martineau

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Contentious trusts & probate


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60-Seconds With: Stephanie Antrobus, Solicitor, Womble Bond Dickinson

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) At present I do a mixture of non-contentious estate planning and contentious trusts and probate work, with a view to specializing into the latter once I have a strong foundation in both practices.


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60-Seconds With: Rosie Taylor, Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson  

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Trusts and inheritance disputes.


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60-Seconds With: Rosalind Russell, Associate, Withers

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I’m an associate in our Trust, Estate and Inheritance Disputes team. We also cover Court of Protection work alongside our non-contentious elder law specialists. I am one year qualified so my practice is still pretty broad – I would say roughly half my clients are charities looking to defend probate or inheritance claims, and the rest are a mix of private individuals and trustees/executors


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60-Seconds With: Maria Chami, Associate, Stephenson Harwood

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I specialise in contentious trusts and pensions disputes.


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60-Seconds With: Lucinda Brown, Partner, BDB Pitmans

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I deal with trusts and estates disputes of all types, both onshore and offshore.


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60-Seconds With: Jessica Clark-Jones, Pupil Barrister, XXIV Old Buildings

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Commercial chancery


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60-Seconds With: Jerry Jamieson, Associate, Maurice Turnor Gardner

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Dispute Resolution – Contentious Trusts and Probate


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60-Seconds With: Holly Payling, Associate Director, Buzzacott

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Private client tax - dual qualified US/UK


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60-Seconds With: Emily Bueno, Associate, Mishcon De Reya

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) Everything that comes under the heading of ‘Private Wealth Disputes’. This is a broad church and covers disputes relating to trusts, estates, lifetime gifts, as well as proprietary estoppel claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and Court of Protection matters. My work frequently has an international, multi-jurisdictional element.


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60-Seconds With: Daniel Thorpe, Barrister, Radcliffe Chambers

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I am building a varied practice across all of Chambers’ core areas of work. This includes private client, insolvency, commercial and real property disputes.


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60-Seconds with: Craig Dinnett, Associate, Collas Crill

Q) What is your key area of practice?

A) I work in the international private client and trusts team at Collas Crill.


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TL4 & ConTrA Summary | Private Client Summer School 2021

On Thursday 26th August 2021, we opened the doors to our first in-person event at ThoughtLeaders4 by kicking it off with Private Client Summer School: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide. For most delegates, this was the first event they had attended in over 18 months. For everyone in attendance at the summer school, there was a real sense of novelty to be back in the room where delegates were able to move freely, catch up, and begin to plant the seeds into relationships that will likely grow as they do in the industry.


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Private Client Magazine Issue 5 - Year in Review 2021: Looking Back and Looking Forward

In the latest issue of the Private Client Magazine, we present to you a ‘Year in Review’, which discusses the most significant trends and cases over the past 12 months. This edition also features an In Focus supplement on ‘Next Gen’, which tackles topical trends such as ESG, mental health, and generational wealth. Thank you to all of our authors, members, readers and Community Partners for their endless support and contribution. 2022 will no doubt bring new thoughts, ideas and trends, and we look forward to capturing new content and industry insight as we continue to navigate the legal maze.

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Knowledge BVI trust legislation enhanced by Trustee (Amendment) Act 2021

The Trustee (Amendment) Act 2021 (the "Amendment") came into force on 13 May 2021 and greatly enhances BVI's trusts legislation.

The Amendment inserts a new section 58B to the Trustee Act, expanding the court's jurisdiction to vary, add to, revoke or replace any provision of a trust. It builds on existing rules that allow the court to approve, on behalf of minor and unborn beneficiaries and other persons who are unable to approve themselves, arrangements that amend trusts.


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Private Client Magazine Issue 4 - Trustees Under Pressure

Issue 4 is live! A year on from the launch of our Private Client Community we continue to see growth in the breadth, engagement and commitment from our members. Emerging from a pandemic leaves us with even more of
a need to look to peers for inspiration, knowledge and confidence.

Thank you to our contributors for their interpretations on the pressure trustees have faced in the face of change. We also express our gratitude to our Community Partners whose support allows us to deliver the highest quality of content.


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Private Client Magazine: Issue 3 - 2021: ADAPT. ENDURE. PERSIST - NOW AVAILABLE

2021 isn’t exactly starting off how we’d hoped but here we are. We remain desperate to return to this so-called ‘new normal’ but for now, we continue to adapt. The true success of our growing community is a reflection of the passion and focus of every single person involved and we continue to generate thought-provoking content that comes to their first-hand experiences.

Thank you to our authors, readers and members and our Community Partners for their continued support. We are excited to show what we have planned for later on this year so watch this space…

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Deliver Value through Virtual Visibility.

Understand what is unique about the ThoughtLeaders4 community approach and how you can add Value to our Communities and be Visible through our Virtual platform.

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Why virtual mediation is here to stay for private client disputes

A couple of months ago few people in the legal world had heard of virtual mediation. Thanks to Zoom’s confidential breakout room technology, virtual mediation has been widely adopted by mediators and litigators who have adapted quickly. Once the Rubicon is crossed, there is no going back.


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Trustees and Divorce: Navigating Stormy Waters

Debt, death and divorce: often grimly cited as the estate agent’s best friends, they are also three main harbingers of trust litigation. The last of these can be particularly troublesome for trustees, who can find themselves in a difficult position when a beneficiary (or beneficiaries) of a discretionary trust divorce, especially when it is taking place in the English courts


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Proving Foreign Law

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Looking forward to the Year of the Ox

When you reflect on the Year of the Longtail, (I’m still Manx so can’t say R.A.T.), 2020, it could be the year that saved the HK private wealth market!

Though undoubtedly a year of disruption and upheaval, 2020 also brought about opportunities. When you look at Q3 2019, we were amid a period of political unrest that saw millions of people take to the streets and market commentators were highlighting the movement of wealth from Hong Kong to Singapore. I myself had noticed the transition of some peers attracted by the stable climate, more business opportunities and bigger apartments! Then towards the end of the year, we recorded our first case of COVID-19 and everything changed...


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Succession planning and the PTC

The wealth management landscape has been evolving over recent years, with international developments such as Brexit, political and environmental challenges, regulatory change and digital advancements all playing their part. Then in March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic plunged the world into uncharted waters.


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James Baldwin-Webb Joins Thought Leaders 4 as Private Client Partnership Director!

James has been the commercial lead on many globally renowned Private Client events and forums  and has over 10 years of experience of curating communities across the full spectrum of the Private Client advisory market.

James’s arrival re-unites him with Laura Golding and along with the ThoughtLeaders4 directors, gives over 30 years’ experience within Private Client, and will add continued impetus to an already rapidly growing community.


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TL4 Cross-Over Case Study Overview for Attendees

Case study fact pattern for virtual event - 19th November 2020


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TL4 X-Over Case Study

Case study outine for TL4 Virtual Community X-Over on 19 November 2020 is a unique virtual event bringing together HNW Divorce, FIRE and Private Client experts.


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Cooking up a storm: The Privy Council’s decision in Webb v Webb

This follows our previous piece, Divorced from reality: Pugachev, Webb, and illusory trusts in divorce proceedings, which was published in the August 2020 edition.

On 3 August 2020 the Privy Council handed down its eagerly awaited Webb v Webb ([2020] UKPC 22) judgment in the appeal from the Cook Islands. Its judgment grapples with several important issues, with perhaps the most eye-catching aspect


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Private Client Magazine: Issue 2 - NEXT GEN WEALTH - NOW AVAILABLE

I personally have felt for some time that non-contentious Private Client world in particular lacks a really thriving community aimed at the Next Generation of the wealthy and their advisors and this is very much what I hope this will become” - Chris Moorcroft, Harbottle & Lewis, Next Gen Wealth Founding Committee Member

ThoughtLeaders4 Next Gen Wealth initiative is delighted to bring you the Second Edition of the Private Client Magazine, showcasing the diverse interest, breadth and depth of the knowledge of our community.

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Death & Divorce Full Event Slides

Event slides from Death & Divorce webinar


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Top 10 Tips for Successful Video Interviews

Now that we’re all working remotely and practising social distancing, we’re seeing our clients’ meetings with candidates moving to video platforms such as WebEx, Zoom or Skype. As this is a new experience for many of us, we thought we would share our top 10 tips for successful video interviews.


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The Moral Maze – considering child adult claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

In England and Wales, we are free to leave our estates to whomever we choose. This is the principle of testamentary freedom, and it is a principle the Court is keen to uphold. Whilst we have this freedom in England and Wales, we also have the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (‘the 1975 Act’). A statute that was implemented to protect and provide for those individuals where it would be unjust for them not to receive financial provision from the deceased’s estate.


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What should Protectors be thinking about since the arrival of Covid-19?

Many protectors or their advisors will already have navigated difficult issues during the recession following the financial crisis in 2008, others will have done so even earlier. The issues which arise from the physical restrictions placed on us and our movement during the current crisis may be quite unusual, but the economic issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis are likely to be similar to previous downturns.


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Practical Considerations for Trustees

The profound impact which the current pandemic has had on all aspects of life cannot be understated. This, of course, includes the global economic downturn; in some quarters it has been compared to, or indeed said to be likely to eclipse, the Great Depression


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It’s time to adapt – the Next Generation is on their way!

It is widely publicised that economists and financial observers estimate that, over the next few decades, assets worth many trillions of dollars will pass from one generation to the next - dubbed “The Great Wealth Transfer”. This passing of wealth is likely to take many forms including the transfer of individual influence over existing wealth-holding structures and as such it is clear that the fiduciary industry will experience the effects of this intergenerational change.


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Unexpected Death in the Times of Covid 19:- Estates with U.K. as well as International Focus

Regardless of whether you previously read books on pandemics, were fully au fait with the Spanish flu of 1918, and/ or at least broadly knew that epidemics on a grand scale occur about once every 100 years, the Corona Virus has shocked the world in its speed of spread and truly terrible consequences. The death toll as of this writing is almost 29,000 for the U.K. and 250,000 worldwide.


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Dealing with the death of a settlor

Trusts are settled for many reasons but succession planning is usually featured at the top of this list. Many settlors like the idea of leaving a legacy, of leaving their accumulated wealth in safe hands and of doing what they can to minimise if not completely eliminate family disharmony after their passing.


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Articles
Private label funds – collective investment vehicles for HNWIs

Collective investment vehicles are very familiar to high net worth investors (“HNWIs”) and their connected structures (trusts/family offices etc). In fact, many such HNWIs are key investors for new fund launches. Most such funds are put together by wealth managers looking to profit from the management of the fund.


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Articles
Relaxing Requirements for Executing a Will during Covid-19

The archaic nature of England’s law on the execution of Wills has been called into question in recent years, but never more so than in the last couple of months with the outbreak of Covid-19. Embracing modern technology in Will writing has moved from being something that the industry felt it “should” do, to a more urgent plea to allow those that need to execute a Will now, to do so, safely and validly. Other countries have been more reactive introduced emergency legislation to deal with the situation, but so far, England has failed to do similarly


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Abuse of the Interpol system

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the planet to grind to a halt and will have a lasting economic impact. Whilst the severity of this impact remains to be seen, we know from previous economic downturns that well-connected elites in high risk jurisdictions have often used improper methods to recoup their personal losses.


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Tax for Entertainers & Sports People - Slides

Event slides for Tax for Entertainers & Sports People 


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Insolvent trusts and trustee duties

Economic uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the value of trust assets. Industry experts predict steep rises in insolvencies, affecting key industries. Many businesses may become cash-flow/balance sheet insolvent (if they are not already).


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Trusts in Divorce 6th July Event Slides

Slides from the Trusts in Divorce event on the 6th July


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Private Client Magazine - Issue 1 - NOW AVAILABLE

We are delighted to bring you our inaugural edition of the Private Clint Magazine, connecting you with the global private client community in the midst of lockdown.


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Cases Referred to in Trustees & Divorce Virtual Event

Crib sheet of cases referred to in recent virtual event


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Coronavirus’ impact on HNWs advice

The Coronavirus pandemic reminds us of Simone de Beauvoir’s “All men are mortal” Both encourage us to re-evaluate our priorities, prompting us to seize new opportunities otherwise ignored under the “business as usual” regime.


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Articles
Practical Considerations for Trustees

The profound impact which the current pandemic has had on all aspects of life cannot be understated. This, of course, includes the global economic downturn;  in some quarters it has been compared to, or indeed said to be likely to eclipse, the Great Depression.


Read more
Articles
Dealing with the Death of a Settlor

Trusts are settled for many reasons but succession planning is usually featured at the top of this list. Many settlors like the idea of leaving a legacy, of leaving their accumulated wealth in safe hands and of doing what they can to minimise if not completely eliminate family disharmony after their passing.


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Articles
Towards a radical overhaul of UK inheritance tax?

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in this world, but exactly how tax is raised on death and on lifetime gifts is subject to tinkering and political debate. A new cross-party parliamentary report proposes radical changes to completely change, rather than just tinker around the edges, how inheritance tax would be charged in the UK and, if ever adopted, would have significant impact on your wealth and succession planning.


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Ways of Protecting Family Wealth on Divorce

Parents are increasingly reluctant to provide financial assistance to their adult children because they are concerned that the money could be lost in a divorce. We are often approached by anxious parents who are keen to ensure that family wealth intended for their children and grandchildren won’t fall into the hands of their estranged son or daughter in law, should they later divorce.


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Potential Psychology and Emotional Challenges in HNW and UHNW Divorce

While we are all aware of the highly complex legal, financial, commercial and international issues raised by HNW divorces, how much do we know about the personalities that have evolved within this section of society? What might we encounter of the psychology and emotional aspects of the parties involved? HNW and UHNW individuals face and develop a set of challenges within life that might be unfamiliar to those who do not inhabit that world of affluence. The very nature of their circumstances allows them to distance and detach themselves from the everyday concerns that occupy most of the planet, the need to survive financial demands on daily basis, to make ends meet. Consequently there is often little awareness, sympathy or empathy for the human and existential struggles that they, like every other human on the planet, have to face.


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