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Boodle Hatfield LLP

Work 020 7629 7411
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London SE1, London W1K, Oxford

Sue Laing

Work 020 7629 7411
Boodle Hatfield LLP

Work Department

Private client and tax.


Sue specialises in succession planning, asset protection and capital and income tax advice for UK and international individuals, trusts, private companies and family businesses, the latter including a number of large landed estates. Sue also handles contentious trust matters in the UK and offshore, including those related to matrimonial disputes; she advises on trust and charity law generally; and her main focus is upon the protection and on the effective devolution of international family wealth.


Trained at Boodle Hatfield, becoming a Partner in 1981. Established the Oxford office in 1994 Head of the Department in London and Oxford from 2001 until 2011.


Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Member of the GAAR committee
Founder member of Professioanal Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM)


Oxford University.

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Boodle Hatfield LLP's team has national reach across Oxford and London and acts for a number of wealthy individuals and landowners as well acting for more than 80 landed estates. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable and expert’ Simon Rylatt and the ‘legendarySue Laing. Saskia Arthur  heads the residential property team and routinely advises high-net-worth individuals and landowners on their estate management, tenancy issues and sporting rights as well as on their asset protection and the effective devolution of their estates. Fiona Graham has particular expertise in advising on tax, trust and succession matters for landed estates and UK trusts and family businesses. Highlights included acting for a UK investor in a significant estate purchase of a mixed-use agricultural estate comprising land, residential and commercial buildings. The estate is located in an interesting area with very specific title issues and potential long term issues about access to the estate. The team also advised a well-known philanthropist on the purchase of shares in an offshore company where the underlying asset was a country estate which included a substantial listed mansion.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a ‘great private client team comprising high-quality lawyers’. Simon Rylatt is an ‘impressive tactician’ and the ‘highly experiencedAndrea Zavos is an ‘excellent lawyer’. Zavos is ‘very straight with clients and a tough opponent’. The ‘outstandingSue Laing is a ‘top private client lawyer’. Mark Lindley is ‘one of the best lawyers of his generation, very clever and has genuine expertise in this area. He handles extremely high profile matters well’. Sara Maccallum is another ‘excellent’ member of the team. The group has a large international and domestic client base. Hayden Bailey has extensive experience of tax planning and advises entrepreneurs, family business owners and city executives on their UK capital taxation strategy, wills, trusts and corporate governance issues. He also advises non-UK domiciliaries on their UK tax. The department is well-equipped to advise wealthy individuals and families, family businesses, art collectors, philanthropists, trustees, protectors, family offices and landed estates on a broad range of issues.

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