Jonathan Colclough


Jonathan has built an enviable international practice, and is the first port of call for many advisors in the UHNW space thanks to his detailed knowledge and experience, his commercial approach, and his ability to deliver results every time he is instructed.

I advise both UK resident and international clients on UK tax, trust, estate and succession issues with a particular focus on international cross-border matters for non-UK domiciled clients (resident in the UK or elsewhere), offshore trustees and family offices.

This includes advising on residence, domicile, the remittance basis of taxation, and developing or refining structures and strategies to preserve wealth and avoid unnecessary tax and succession implications. Such structures can be companies, trusts, partnerships or foundations, whether in the UK or outside.

I regularly advise individuals moving to or from the UK on how to plan their affairs in a tax efficient manner before they arrive or depart. Often this will include considering the impact on, and planning for, any business they own or structure they can benefit from.

I am experienced in advising business owners and entrepreneurs at all stages in the lifecycle of their business. This can include anything from putting an efficient Will in place, to advising on personal tax strategies around sale, or how to manage the succession of the business down to the next generation of the family.

I also work alongside family lawyers in the context of divorce or pre-nuptial agreements, particularly where family trusts are involved.

I travel to South Africa a few times a year on business and have built up experience on the cross boarder tax, legal and compliance issues between SA and the UK. In particular, these arise when investing in the UK (or outside SA) or moving to the UK.

I am a member of the STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and have obtained the STEP Diploma, and the STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients. I am named as a Leading Lawyer in Citywealth 2018 Leaders List and have received a STEP excellence award.

What the Directories say:

“His knowledge of the intricacies of international tax law, and specifically the interplay between UK legislation and the legislation of other jurisdictions, is sound and he gets his points across in an easy to understand manner.” The source continues: “He quickly grasps what the clients are after, and his advice is always well thought out and very practical.” Chambers HNW 2020

‘Jonathan Colclough has a good knowledge of international and UK laws.’ Legal 500 2020

Creating trust before being deemed UK domiciled

This matter involved advising a UK resident, non-UK domiciled individual on creating a non-UK trust before they became deemed domiciled in the UK and on how to fund the trust and administer it going...

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Cross-border tax planning

This matter involved advising a business owner on his move to the UK and how to do this in a tax efficient manner.  We advised on: securing Entrepreneur’s Relief (“ER”) on the sale of...

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Dual residency and cross-border employment-related taxation

This matter involved advising a non-UK resident and domiciled client on the UK system before he became UK tax resident including: When he would become UK tax resident Where he would be resident under...

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Pre-UK arrival planning

This matter involved advising a non-UK resident and domiciled entrepreneur on the consequences for him and his business before he became UK tax resident. We reviewed: His personal assets The non-UK company he largely...

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Transfer of business into UK succession trust

This matter involved advising a UK resident and domiciled entrepreneur on settling shares in his trading business into a UK trust to allow family succession, including: the application of business property relief the use...

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