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Private Clients
(High-Net-Worth Individuals) 

WHAT IS 'PRIVATE CLIENTS'?

Private client lawyers work with individuals and families, providing legal advice on a variety of matters such as investments, taxation, estate management, wills, and testamentary issues. Private clients are high net worth individuals or entities who hold massive amounts of properties and other assets. 

Assets Advisory & Protection
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It's important for you to safeguard your assets, giving you peace of mind. We can provide you with support and guidance to ensure you protect your assets. 

 

Our lawyers are experienced in advising on all aspects of methods to protect and enhance assets, and will help you decide on the best type for your needs.

Asset management structures such as trusts can be used to:

  • Plan for your family’s future needs

  • Safeguard assets for younger generations, including those yet to be born

  • Preserve family wealth in the event of bankruptcy,  divorce, or incapacity

  • Mitigate inheritance, capital gains, and income tax

  • Carry out long-term asset protection and estate planning

  • Provide assistance for younger generations without passing on full ownership of assets

  • Retain a degree of control over family wealth after making gifts and even after death

Charities, Foundation & Philanthropy
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Charities need advice on a range of legal issues against an ever-changing legal and regulatory background.

Charities, whether trusts or corporate entities, need specialised advice. Our team is led by experienced practitioners who can deal with:

  • Charity trustees – advising on their duties, powers, and possible liability, including acquiring trustee indemnity insurance.

  • Fundraising issues, including trading arrangements, the establishment of trading subsidiary companies, commercial participation agreements, and joint ventures between charities.

  • Legacies and gifts to charities, including estates in administration and advice on estates subject to a dispute, including the interpretation of wills.

  • Governance issues, including the adoption of terms of reference of governing bodies.

  • Risk management processes, including controls and the proper delegation of powers.

  • Public benefit

  • Taxation

  • Deregistration

Family Dispute Advisory
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Whether you require advice about separation, divorce, dissolution, or pension matters, we have specialists on hand to provide realistic advice and guidance, no matter how complicated the issue. If you find yourself in need of specialist family legal help, our team can advise on all issues associated with your family and matrimonial problems.

 

This could be divorce, child care and support agreements, family finance, and assets, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, or cohabitation. We are well known for our excellent results, combining sharp negotiation skills and technical excellence with a deep understanding of the issues and providing a service that is not only professional and straightforward but also compassionate.

When a relationship breaks down it is sometimes difficult for couples to agree on where their children should live and how much time they should spend with each parent. Whilst this can be a distressing time for parents, the best interests of children must always be considered paramount. 

Domestic & International Tax Advisory
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It is not just the extremely wealthy who are affected by inheritance tax. Our team can advise you on tailored tax planning strategies to reduce your liability.

Our team of lawyers can help with various tax planning strategies available to reduce potential liability. These range from making use of exemptions and allowances to set up sophisticated trust arrangements, and will enable you to:

  • Protect your own financial security

  • Effect a smooth transfer of wealth from one generation to another

  • Retain control and flexibility over your finances

  • Structure business assets in the most tax-efficient way possible

Wills, Probate & Estate Management
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Probate is the name often given to the process of administering a person’s estate after their death. We use our expertise to help executors or administrators avoid mistakes, problems and disputes – especially in the absence of an authorised will.

Get control on how your estate is distributed and avoid disputes by making a legally binding will. We can help you ensure that the benefit of your assets passes to the right people at the right time and that the right controls are in place when that happens.

Family Business & Succession
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From growing a business to starting a family or handing over control of that business to the next generation, every individual has their own goals to aspire to. Our lawyers advise our private clients throughout this family life cycle, providing the legal advice required for specific transactions such as purchasing a home or selling a business, whilst also advising on the long-term opportunities for succession and estate planning.

We specialise in advising clients on the best way to pass on their business assets, whether during their lifetime or on their death. We take the time to get to know you and your priorities. These can be to ensure their business can continue running without you or that the business can be sold, in a smooth manner and without unexpected problems or liabilities.

Personal & Family Investment
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We have a strong employment practice, routinely representing employers and employees in both their claims and defenses. We regularly advise employers on a full range of employment issues including unfair dismissal claims. We also advise employees with workplace disputes ranging from wages disputes, domestic inquiry, representing them in Industrial Court for adjudication of their claims and judicial review applications in the High Court. In representing clients, we constantly explore ways to achieve the best possible outcome in resolving their disputes including mediations and negotiations.

Family Office
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The increasingly complex needs of multi-jurisdictional and multi-generational families are now often being managed by family offices established in Malaysia and elsewhere around the world. The decision to manage wealth through a family office raises many issues, including deciding how to structure the ownership, defining the scope of services and considering the related tax and regulatory issues in each relevant jurisdiction.

Our approach is practical, solutions-oriented and innovative and we can offer a single point of contact for all legal needs, both domestic and international.

Wealth Management & Overseas Estates
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We have a strong employment practice, routinely representing employers and employees in both their claims and defenses. We regularly advise employers on a full range of employment issues including unfair dismissal claims. We also advise employees with workplace disputes ranging from wages disputes, domestic inquiry, representing them in Industrial Court for adjudication of their claims and judicial review applications in the High Court. In representing clients, we constantly explore ways to achieve the best possible outcome in resolving their disputes including mediations and negotiations.

Shariah Law Advisory
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We provide representation and advisory on divorce petitions (i.e. joint divorce petition and single divorce petition), child custody care and control, spousal maintenance and alimony, matrimonial property division, injunctions, annulment of marriage, citizenship application, and matters relating to adoption.