About Practical Law Private Client

A guide to the Practical Law Private Client service.

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Practical Law Private Client

Our Private Client service provides up-to-date and practical guidance on private client law and practice. It covers wills, trusts and estate planning and the taxation of individuals and trusts, as well as mental capacity, estate administration and charity law. Our resources are aimed at advisers of individuals, charities and owner-managed businesses.

Our team ( www.practicallaw.com/6-383-4118) of private client specialists create and maintain all our resources. They are also available to answer your questions through our Ask service.

Our resources are supplemented with materials written by private client experts ( www.practicallaw.com/8-386-0682) at leading firms, which are kept up to date by our team.



Lifetime planning:

  • Inheritance tax planning.

  • Estate and succession planning on marriage and divorce.

  • Care fees.

  • Owner-managed businesses.

  • Capital gains tax for individuals.


  • Making wills.

  • Formalities.


  • Setting up and administering trusts.

  • Offshore trusts.

  • Taxation.

  • Trust disputes.

Mental capacity

  • Assessing mental capacity.

  • Planning for incapacity.

  • During incapacity.

International individuals

  • Residence and domicile.

  • Coming to and leaving the UK.

  • Holiday homes abroad.

After death

  • Probate, intestacy and administering of estates.

  • Variations and disclaimers.

  • Contentious estates.

  • Inheritance Act claims.


  • Charitable giving.

  • Setting up charities.

  • Running a charity.

  • Charity litigation.


  • General contract and boilerplate.

  • Legal concepts.

  • Full PLC Topic index.



As for all Practical Law practice areas, we provide:

  • Legal updates alerting you to developments in law, regulation and practice, as they happen. You can receive these by e-mail and RSS or view online. See Private Client legal updates.

  • Practice notes with clear and up-to-date explanations of law and practice. We consult primary sources, practitioners and leading texts, distilling the principles so you can advise with confidence. See Private Client practice notes.

  • Standard documents with drafting notes, created by our team of experts. Start with a market standard template you know to be up to date, including agreements, letters and forms. See Private Client standard documents.

  • Standard clauses with drafting notes for use in common commercial agreements. See Private Client standard clauses

  • Checklists to help you ensure you have everything covered. Quick reference reminders of the law as it applies in practice. See Private Client checklists.

The Private Client practice area also provides:


Current awareness

Our team of experts monitor and review thousands of sources daily to identify and analyse developments that are of practical significance to lawyers.

Private Client legal updates cover:

  • Significant new cases.

  • Proposed, draft and new UK and EC legislation and regulations.

  • HMRC updates and press releases.

  • Consultation papers and commentary from the UK government, the EC and relevant professional bodies.

  • Changes in market practice.

Each legal update includes:

  • A summary.

  • Relevant background information.

  • An analysis of the practical impact of the development.

  • Links to source materials (including transcripts for new cases), other legal updates and practice notes.

Choose to receive our Private Client legal updates by weekly or monthly e-mail:

  • Weekly e-mails are sent on Thursday night and will be in your inbox on Friday morning.

  • Monthly e-mails are sent on the last working day of the month and will be in your inbox the next morning.

Daily alerts

Daily alert e-mails are sent at 11.00 am each day. They list the developments that we have identified through our website trawls since the previous daily alert and indicate those which we intend to cover in more detail.

Each alert includes links to source materials (including transcripts for new cases).

How to access current awareness

To sign up to receive our legal updates by e-mail, visit E-mail preferences in My Practical Law

You can also:

  • View most recent updates on the Private Client homepage.

  • Search for past legal updates from any page of the website.

  • Sign up to receive updates by RSS as they are published.


Cases and legislation

You can link through directly from any reference to case law or legislation in our Private Client resources to the underlying source. Depending on your subscriptions, you can choose either to view the case report or statutory provision on our sister service, Westlaw UK, or through other providers including BAILII and legislation.gov.uk.


Special coverage

The Private Client practice area provides special coverage of key developments in the private client professional's calendar.

Budget, Autumn Statement and Finance Bill

Our one-stop shop coverage includes:

  • "What to expect" round-up of announcements, sent a week before the event.

  • Overnight e-mail summarising all the key private client announcements on the day of the event, with links to press releases, Practical Law resources and other relevant materials.

  • Comment from leading tax practitioners.

  • Detailed analysis and new guidance.

  • Legislation trackers.

See Budgets, autumn statements and Finance Bills ( www.practicallaw.com/0-383-4140) .

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