Harriet is based in the London office. She is an Associate in the Private Wealth team.
Harriet studied Natural Sciences at Durham University and converted to law after spending a year in Paris (where she studied French at The Sorbonne). She joined Michelmores after having trained at Collyer Bristow LLP.
Harriet works within both the Tax Trusts and Succession team and the Family team and her experience enables her to coordinate both areas. Harriet frequently advises high net worth individuals and private business owners with regard to asset protection, and her work often includes an international element.
- Preparing various wills governing both UK and non-UK property. Where the testator/testatrix is recently divorced, taking in to account any continuing financial obligations to his or her ex-spouse and/or children, and advising as to the impact of ongoing Children Act proceedings on any guardianship appointment.
- Drafting a post-nuptial agreement to protect a client's inheritance and her interest in various lifetime trusts. Considering whether those trusts and any future trusts established for the client's benefit would be viewed as 'nuptial settlements' on any divorce.
- Advising a family in respect of succession of their commercial property portfolio. This involved transferring value to the next generation through issuing and transferring new shares in to a discretionary trust, and preparing a family constitution.
- Advising the Jersey trustees of a trust with UK resident beneficiaries, including providing advice as to the taxation of the UK resident beneficiaries and the likely availability of the 'motive defence'.
- Explaining to various UK-resident non-domiciled clients the complex concepts of residence, domicile and deemed-domicile, and preparing domicile statements where relevant.
- Acting for the trustees of various landed estates. Advising from a legal and tax perspective, preparing various trust deeds and hosting annual trustee meetings. Liaising with principal beneficiaries, accountants, investment managers and land agents throughout and dealing with practical issues as they arise.