Inheritance tax planning and wealth protection - advice for entrepreneurs
“We received a very intelligent and understanding personal service. She is just very astute at covering all the bases and protecting our wishes.” Chambers UK
Viv is "very professional and knowledgeable individual, who is also very personable and great with her client relationships." (Chambers 2019)
Viv is a partner in the private client team and, having qualified as a solicitor more than 25 years ago, is also one of the leading private client solicitors in Leeds and West Yorkshire. She advises high net worth individuals on their estate and succession planning, in particular those with significant business interests or who are high earning professionals, dealing with their Will and trust requirements and advising on asset protection and UK inheritance tax.
If you have a question for Viv please drop her an email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I spend time with my clients to build a rapport with them and understand their objectives, estate planning requirements and any family dynamics. Few people want to contemplate dying and how their estate should be distributed on their death. However, a careful considered review of all the circumstances combined with a tailored structured Will and other associated documents to ring-fence, for example, any lump sums payable on death from pension schemes or the proceeds of life insurance policies, can also provide significant benefits in terms of inheritance tax mitigation and wealth protection for future generations.
“Many of my clients are business owners and I work closely with my colleagues in our corporate and other business services teams to ensure that any succession planning in relation to the client’s business interests is undertaken in a cohesive and integrated manner, and that the use of any available relief from inheritance tax is optimised on the client’s death.
“My clients tell me that they appreciate my pragmatic, solution driven approach to their affairs and the clarity of the personalised and direct advice that I am able to offer them. I aim to really get to know my clients and understand their needs, building a long-term relationship whatever the future may hold!”
1985 University of Leeds, LLB (Hons)
1986 College of Law, Guildford, Law Society Finals
1988 Trained and qualified with Dibb Lupton Broomhead, Sheffield (now DLA Piper UK)
1990 Joined Hammond Suddards (now Squire Patton Boggs) as a solicitor in their Private Client team
1991 Joined Huddersfield University, initially as a senior lecturer in law, subsequently principal lecturer and course leader for the Legal Practice Course
2002 Joined Armitage Sykes, Huddersfield, as a solicitor and became a partner in their private client team
2008 Partner and Head of Private Client team at Schofield Sweeney, Bradford and Leeds
2013 Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood, international law firm, London
2015 Joined Clarion as a partner in the Private Client team
Clients are "impressed by her ability to translate complex matters into simple language my clients could understand," noting: "She has a manner that sets clients at ease and actively listens to what people have to say. My clients were delighted with her advice.Chambers UK 2019
Practice head Vivienne Wild has 'a wealth of experience and is capable of dealing with any level of complexity.'Legal 500 2018
She was very understanding and explained everything in an understandable way. She was lovely and had a personable manner.Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2017
Viv is exceptionally thorough, she has a fantastic memory and has an in-depth knowledge of her subject.Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2017
Viv continues to impress both peers and clients and receives praise for the strength of her technical expertise in asset protection and succession planning.Chambers UK 2014