Middle East desk

The UK has, for a long time, been regarded an attractive opportunity for overseas investors. With a wealth of experience, gained over many years, our Middle East Desk was established to support investor clients from the GCC in property acquisitions and other investments in the heart of Prime Central London and across the UK.

 

Our clients include Islamic banks, high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals, single and multiple family offices, companies and property investment funds based within the Middle East region and globally. 

 

Our Middle East desk solicitors possess local knowledge and experience. They understand the nuances of both cultures which allows  them to sensitively and discreetly add value to working partnerships. We can project manage your affairs, dealing with multiple professional advisers across a number of jurisdictions and are used to dealing with large, complex multi-faceted matters.

We can provide the following services:

Real estate


Business

 

Personal

 

It may not be legal services you need but you can still come to us for advice. For example, you may be coming to the UK and need to find a good school or you may be searching for a home or suitable premises  or a tax-efficient structure for a new business venture.

Working extensively with other professional advisers across a broad spectrum from asset managers and private bankers to architects and interior designers, we’ve done the vetting for you and can put you in contact with a number of trustworthy professionals. We can also review your commercial arrangements to ensure that contracts with providers are watertight.

We have advised the members of a Middle Eastern royal family on the options for dealing with a number of offshore trust and company structures holding residential properties in London in the light of the changes to the inheritance tax (IHT) legislation. We devised different proposals for different properties which navigate the various tax issues (IHT, Capital Gains Tax (CGT), in its various guises and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)) and have implemented those plans. The advice has involved the retention of one of the family trusts for the time being and further advice on the mitigation of IHT in relation to properties which are now owned personally.

 

Advised a Middle Eastern client on a £70m refinancing of a commercial property in central London. The funder was offshore but acting through its London branch and the client’s trust administrator was based in Jersey, requiring us to co-ordinate matters with multiple parties across three jurisdictions.

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Alyson Thornton-Clark

Partner

+44 (0)20 7591 3367

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Tanveer Rashid

Associate

+44 (0)1892 489 595

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Dominic Filleul

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 129

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Freddie Hunter

Associate

+44 (0)20 7591 3375