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Stuart Crippin is an established lawyer who specialises in the often-complex areas of domestic and international high-value cases. He has been described as ‘an expert on high-value estates and tax planning’ and possesses a wide-ranging experience in private wealth matters. ‘He understands complex cross-border legal situations and knows how to achieve excellent results quickly by including and collaborating with excellent law firms abroad,’ another industry observer noted.
Crippin heads up Seddons’ private client team, and also covers the UK tax implications of settling estates and trust disputes. A significant proportion of clients come from the UK, UAE, the US, Pakistan and Italy. Crippin’s most notable cases have had complex elements and included cross-border issues. An example is the case where he advised a Spanish-resident dual British/Cypriot national in relation to the succession of his US business and other assets ‘spread across a range of jurisdictions’.
Another case saw the solicitor administering a complex multi-million-pound intestate estate, which included the use of a ‘double death Deed of Variation’, which the client used to maximise UK tax efficiency, and the tracing of ‘missing beneficiaries overseas’. Other cases include a forensic investigation into a £25 million offshore trust, advising on a ‘complex and substantial value Jersey trust restructuring exercise’ for a high profile Middle Eastern client, and resolving a ‘complicated dispute’ involving the estate of a long-term UK resident non-domiciled individual with assets across Switzerland and the US, where he ‘played a key role in securing a substantial tax refund from HMRC for the estate under a rarely-used procedure within the UK-Swiss Tax Co-operation Agreement’.
‘I work closely with clients to understand their key concerns and objectives, then collaborate on an agreed plan of action,’ Crippin says. ‘I always try to create an environment where clients feel comfortable in discussing very personal issues, such as in relation to family dynamics. I find that it is as important to listen to what they do not actually say, as well as what they do say. Consequently, meetings in person tend to be invaluable.’
He regularly works with fiduciaries and overseas advisers to ensure his clients receive ‘comprehensive and co-ordinated advice’. Outside work, Crippin has written articles and commentaries for the Tax Journal and the STEP Journal, as well as contributing actively to HMRC consultations (in relation to the taxation of damages and Inheritance Tax). Furthermore, he has participated in several HMRC round table discussions (such as in relation to the use of Deeds of Variation and the transfer of assets abroad rules).
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