Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Gordon Dadds provides private wealth, family and matrimonial, and lifestyle management services for individuals.
You, Gordon Dadds
& Ince, in any case
Our team of specialist professionals are discreet, confidential and knowledgeable; advising and supporting you on every aspect of private wealth, family and matrimonial, and lifestyle management services.
By leveraging our sector experience, legal skills and market experience you can feel secure in the knowledge that we will handle complex legal issues on your behalf while providing you with expert strategic advice when the need arises.
We have a proven track record in providing the full suite of private wealth advisory services to UK and International clients. Working with you to provide bespoke solutions, we can advise on family wealth management issues, Wills and succession planning, probate and estate administration, tax mitigation, trusts and trusteeship, contentious trusts Powers of Attorney, and all aspects of charities and charity law. For our international clients, we offer a reputed multifamily office team who offer a one-stop-shop for the full range of wealth management services at an international level.
Family and matrimonial
Divorce and relationship breakdown
When a relationship breaks down, you need someone you can trust to help you to make sense of things and to deal constructively with what is important to you. We are highly experienced in addressing the issues that matter, and will work with you to resolve the difficult personal and financial issues that will inevitably flow from the end of a relationship.
Sadly, disputes over the arrangements for children will often arise in the context of separation or divorce, and the welfare of any child is the family court’s paramount consideration when dealing with a family dispute.
Where possible we will ensure that your child is protected from lengthy disputes wherever possible. We are well versed in alternative methods of resolving disputes about children, which will often be more effective and less polarising than court proceedings.
We also offer representation in care proceedings, acting for both parents, and children through their court-appointed guardian.
Surrogacy and adoption
We offer a unique surrogacy service; advising and assisting the surrogate or the intended parents throughout the entire surrogacy process, for the UK and international arrangements. Once the child is born, we can also represent the surrogate or the intended parents through the court process to obtain parental orders.
Marriage and cohabitation agreements
Getting married or living with someone are exciting junctures in life. Whether you decide to marry or to cohabit, it is important to protect yourself and your financial position as much as possible in case that relationship ends.
Our family services:
- Financial remedies
- Pre and post-nuptial agreements
- Children law private and public proceedings (care proceedings)
- Cohabitation disputes and agreements
- Surrogacy and adoption
- Child maintenance
- Domestic abuse
- Alternative family structure relationships, including same-sex marriages and civil partnerships
HMRC and tax authorities around the world are collaborating ever more closely so it is essential to focus on sensible and effective planning to ensure your affairs are managed as tax-efficiently as possible.
Gordon Dadds & Ince Private Wealth Team is fully supported by a hugely experienced tax team. A wide range of domestic and international advice is readily available to provide pro-active support and guidance through the constantly changing tax landscape.
We provide advice for:
- Family wealth structuring using, trusts, corporate entities, partnerships or a combination of different entities;
- Matrimonial tax planning;
- Non-domicile & residence planning;
- Tax-efficient business structuring for optimal profit extraction;
- Inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation; and
- Tax investigations and dispute
You want to enjoy the things in life you have worked hard for and we are here to help you to do just that. Whether you are planning to buy a private yacht or jet, you are relocating with your family and the children need a new school, you need your utility bills to be paid or would like to be advised on tax issues in relation to your assets; we are here for you.
Our Lifestyle Management is complemented by our Private Wealth and Family services, so we can place your legal concerns into the safe and capable hands of our team of solicitors. For example, whilst we help you find a property that suits your needs, we can simultaneously deal with the legal procedures. Gordon Dadds is also a part of Ince; a dynamic international legal and business services provider with offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As a result, we have an integrated approach to deliver all relevant services from one place - making it even easier to meet your needs.
Gordon Dadds is part of The Ince Group; a dynamic international legal and business services provider with offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We work seamlessly to offer a wider range of legal and professional services. As a result, we have an integrated approach to delivering all relevant services from one place - making it even easier to meet and exceed your expectations.
Gordon Dadds is a trading name of Ince Gordon Dadds LLP and Gordon Dadds Private Office Limited. Legal services are provided by Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number: OC383616) authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA number: 596729). Lifestyle management and private office services are provided by Gordon Dadds Private Office Limited, a limited company registered in England and Wales (registered number: 11978656). Gordon Dadds Private Office provides consulting services and is not a legal practice nor does it provide legal services. Ince Gordon Dadds LLP and Gordon Dadds Private Office LLP are subsidiaries of The Ince Group plc. Further information is available on our website under legal notices.
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Matthew Biles / Partner, Head of Department, Private Wealth / Mayfair (London)
Helen Weaving / Director of Family Office Services / Mayfair (London)
Edward Knox / Associate / London
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News / From 6 April 2020 any capital gains tax due on a sale of a residential property must be paid within 30 days
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Blogs / Family investment companies: an innovative alternative to trusts?
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Blogs / Protecting Trusts
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Blogs / WhatsApp Will
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News / When should a client have a ‘pre-nup’
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