Advice about tax
We shape ourselves around your needs and go to great lengths to understand your financial situation, explain the options available, then help you decide on the best course of action. Our job is to deal with the process for you, so we will simply tell you what you need to know.
We offer an all-round tax advice service with all the support that a major law firm can provide. We take our duty of care very seriously. Clarity is everything. You will know exactly where you stand, what your liabilities are and we can help you plan for all possible contingencies.
The diversity and experience of our teams means that trusts and tax plans can be tailor made and dovetailed into your life.
Advice for investors, landowners and farmers, including the implications of buy-to-let schemes.
Setting up and reviewing inheritance tax planning arrangements forms a significant part of our business. We have many long-term relationships with individuals and families. Our advisers in wills, trusts and inheritance tax relief are recognised for their expertise in the UK and abroad. We don’t use financial products but we can work with your own or introduce you to financial advisers who can help.
Many trusts have to complete inheritance tax returns every 10 years. We operate a calendar system to ensure that everything is prepared in good time and handle completion and submission of the return. Inheritance tax returns are also required following someone’s death. We deal with that as part of the general administration of estates.
Capital gains tax
Capital gains tax (CGT) can arise on the disposal of an asset, and forward planning can help reduce or avoid it. Even the sale of your main home can have CGT implications because not all of it will always qualify for relief. You will definitely need advice when selling a business interest.
Income tax and pre-owned assets tax
These taxes impose charges on income and on benefits in kind. We advise on mitigating their impact and often achieve long-term annual savings.
Annual return service
We can complete a one-off personal tax return, or prepare returns annually – often for a fixed fee. We use specialist software and submit returns on line. As part of the process, we advise on pertinent issues and help you reduce future tax liabilities where possible.
Compliance and enquiries
If you receive a penalty notice or become the subject of an investigation we have a lot of experience in negotiating with HMRC to achieve the best outcome.
Tax planning specialist Simon Leney enjoys a sterling reputation in the market.
“I find his level of service and knowledge to be outstanding. He displays admirable calm in the face of antagonism.” (Simon Leney)
“Responsive, clear in their understanding of client needs, sharp in their knowledge of the relevant law and clear in their advice, polished and highly professional.”
Simon Leney is a veteran private client practitioner who is particularly well respected for his tax planning expertise. Sources state that he is “proactive and has a good grasp of difficult issues.”
Peter Scott is “always up to date with legal developments and goes out of his way to explain things.”‘
Simon Leney is well regarded for charity and tax planning issues.
Simon Leney is a tax expert and a leading light in the region. Knowledgeable and client orientated.
Peter Scott is a wealth preservation specialist who commands respect in the private client market.
Cripps a ‘go-to firm’ for tax, trusts and probate work.
The ‘wise and knowledgeable’ Anne Lewis has experience in tax planning.
Superlative service: “I find their level of service to be good, with timely responses and sound, appropriate advice.”
“Tackled this complex problem carefully, a thorough understanding of the tax issues involved.”
“Anne Lewis is a chartered tax adviser noted for her knowledgeable approach.”
Cripps LLP’s first-rate’ practice gives ‘pragmatic advice’ in all areas of personal tax, trusts and probate.
“All their lawyers are technically outstanding.”
“A dynamic and highly commercial firm that understands the need to deliver services quickly and accurately.”
Simon Leney is "considerate in all respects, responsive, knowledgeable and practical"
“A very prompt, thorough and polished team”
“We had an extremely positive experience from beginning to end, with a very responsive team.”
‘is clearly in the top echelon’
Clients praise "the clear professional advice that they offer and the swift responses that they always give."
Cripps has a "very good reputation" for its private client practice, which often handles complex, high-value matters with international aspects.
Sources describe Cripps as "innovative, forward looking and flexible."
Simon Leney is "a very well-respected individual" in the private client field in Kent, and enjoys an excellent reputation among his peers for his advisory practice.
"We have had total confidence in all the advice he has given us and he has made the process as stress-free as possible. I would say Simon is unflappable and has a very calming manner."
Sources highlight him as a "standout individual" for his regular contributions as both a speaker and a writer on trust matters.
"Cripps ‘manages to combine being a commercial outfit while still delivering a very personal and individual service’."
"I'm very, very impressed with the firm," reports an interviewee, while another praises "the clear professional advice that they offer and the swift responses that they always give."
"Sources also describe them as 'innovative, forward-looking and flexible.'"
"They're one of the biggest firms, a client could expect a large depth of experience from them, they've got a very big team and they deal with some quite complex issues."
"They've obviously got a strong private client practice - they've got the depth and breadth of expertise, they're a large, well-established firm and they seem to be attracting good people. I think for the more sophisticated clients, they are a one-stop shop."