Private wealth and trusts

Cayman courts emphasise the importance of Beddoe relief and its availability in situations where a third party claim is for an amount greater than the Trust assets.

In the case of X (as Trustee of the A Trust) v Y (beneficiary of the A Trust)[1], the court reiterated the importance for Trustees of seeking Beddoe relief before commencing or defending an action. Obtaining Beddoe relief ensures that … Continue reading

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Filed under Offshore, Private wealth and trusts, Trust disputes

A severe case of the penalties

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has handed down its decision in Peter Sleiman Investments Pty Limited as Trustee for The Sleiman Family Trust and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2017] AATA 999 (Sleiman). The decision is a timely reminder of the … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Private wealth and trusts, Tax

HKMA and PWMA in Hong Kong collaborate to develop a Treat Customers Fairly Charter for the PWM industry

On 8 June 2017, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced that it has been working together with the Private Wealth Management Association to develop a Treat Customers Fairly Charter (the Charter) to further promote a customer-centric culture in the … Continue reading

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Filed under Hong Kong and Singapore, Private wealth and trusts

OPEN LETTERS REVEAL DISPUTE OVER THE ESTATE OF THE FORMER SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER

On 23 March 2015, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), the former Prime Minister of Singapore (and father of the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong ("LHL")) passed away, leaving behind a will. The will included a clause concerning LKY's … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills awarded “Outstanding Contribution to Thought Leadership Award” at the WealthBriefing Asia Awards 2017

Herbert Smith Freehills was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Thought Leadership at the Fifth WealthBriefingAsia Awards on 1 June 2017. Showcasing ‘best of breed’ providers in the global private banking, wealth management and trusted advisor communities, the awards were designed to … Continue reading

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Ilott v The Blue Cross and others – testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members around the common law world

On 25 April 2017 Richard Norridge, Joanna Caen and Gareth Keillor delivered a webinar on the state of the law relating to testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members following the landmark English Supreme Court decision in Ilott v … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Estates disputes, Hong Kong and Singapore, London, Private wealth and trusts

Herbert Smith Freehills shortlisted for the WealthBriefingAsia Awards 2017

Herbert Smith Freehills, Chambers Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year, has been shortlisted for the WealthBriefingAsia Awards 2017 in two categories: Legal Team – Great China; and Outstanding Contribution to Wealth Management Thought Leadership (Company). Showcasing ‘best of breed’ providers … Continue reading

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Upcoming webinar – Testamentary freedom – alive & well? Lessons from the UK Supreme Court and across the common law world

On Tuesday 25 April 2017 (9.30am – 10.30am BST/4.30pm – 5.30pm HKT), Richard Norridge, Joanne Caen and Gareth Keillor will deliver a webinar for Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts looking at developments in relation to testamentary freedom. The recent decision of … Continue reading

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Filed under Estates disputes, Private wealth and trusts

Court resolves dispute between parties as to who should hold the power to appoint trustees following settlor’s death

The English High Court has recently approved an application to change the provision of a trust deed relating to the appointment of new trustees.[1] The change was necessary because the original power was reserved exclusively for the settlor, who had … Continue reading

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Filed under London, Private wealth and trusts

Widow removed as administratrix after persistent breaches in administering the estate

The Hong Kong Court has recently ordered the removal of an administratrix, who was the widow of the deceased, after finding she had misappropriated and converted the estate to her own use, repeatedly breached Court orders and had failed to … Continue reading

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