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Laura Kearns

Laura Kearns

Solicitor

T: 01225 489 776 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100
M: 07384 112 544 E: laura.kearns@roydswithyking.com

Laura is a solicitor in the Private Client team in our Bath office. She advises on a broad range of private client and tax matters for domestic and international clients including wills, trusts, tax and succession planning and mental capacity issues.



About Laura

Prior to joining Royds Withy King in September 2018, Laura trained at Withers LLP in London, qualifying into their Wealth Planning team in October 2015.  Laura graduated from Durham University with a degree in History and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London.

Expertise

Laura advises domestic and international clients on lifetime and succession planning, with a focus on associated tax issues. Laura has particular experience advising non-UK domiciled and non-UK resident clients in respect of their personal affairs.

Her work includes:

  • preparation of tax-efficient Wills, often for clients with international connections
  • elderly and incapacity issues, including the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • lifetime and succession planning for individuals and families, with a focus on inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning
  • advising on the establishment and administration of UK and foreign trusts
  • the creation of onshore and offshore structures to assist with the protection and efficient transfer of wealth
  • advising trustees in relation to their ongoing duties and obligations
  • domicile and residence issues
  • implementation of tax-efficient structures for holding UK real estate.

Memberships

Laura is a student member of STEP (Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners).

Interests

Outside of work, Laura enjoys hiking (particularly in the Lake District), going to the theatre and baking.

I chose to qualify as a Private Client solicitor because I really enjoy getting to know each client individually – learning about his or her particular circumstances and aspirations - and helping navigate through what can often be difficult, complex and sensitive issues. It is very rewarding to know you have helped to give a client peace of mind for the future.

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