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Sophie St John


Sophie heads the private client legal services offering at RSM. She deals with a wide range of legal issues relating to private clients with a particular focus on advising high net worth individuals, non-domiciled individuals and offshore trustees.

RSM appoints legal private client partner
Carolyn Brown

11 October 2017

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Sophie St John as a private client partner in its client legal services practice.

RSM named a Platinum Employer Partner by STEP
Gary Heynes

21 September 2017

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has been named as a Platinum Employer Partner by the STEP in recognition of the training and professional development opportunities it offers to its staff.

'Dementia tax' raises questions around planning

23 May 2017

The Conservative proposal regarding how to fund social care costs in the future – dubbed the ‘dementia’ tax – raises many questions, but what about future tax planning? Will this be easy to navigate? Will it bring future complexity? Or will it be too difficult to implement

Buy-to-let landlords: think twice before rushing to use a company

19 April 2017

Tax changes introduced on 6 April 2017 have led some landlords to consider whether property should be held in a company rather than personally. Full interest relief should be available to most buy-to-let properties held in a company, so on the face of it, it seems a better tax position – but is it?

Up to £38,300 tax free – no questions asked

22 March 2017

If you add up all the many tax-free allowances for different types of profits, and organised your finances to use them all, you could enjoy as much as £38,300 of income and gains without paying any tax at all. Now that’s a valuable prompt ahead of the start of the new 2017/18 tax year.

Inheritance tax planning - don't leave it too late

17 March 2017

Inheritance tax planning is about ensuring that reliefs and allowances, which in some cases can fully exempt an estate from tax, are being fully utilised. The rules for these reliefs can often be complex and while many might think they should apply, they might not – and this might only be discovered when it is too late.

Dividend dis-allowance

09 March 2017

The £5,000 tax-free dividend allowance was introduced in the first Budget of the new Conservative government in summer 2015. This, we were told, would create a ‘simpler system’ which would mean only those with significant dividend income would pay more tax. Now, less than two years later, it seems that we will have a more complex system and those with modest income from shares will see a rise in the amount of tax they owe. Two years is clearly a long time in politics.

Measures affecting private clients

08 March 2017

Recent budgets have increased the tax burden on those with very significant wealth, such as owners of prime property and non-UK domiciled individuals. However the 2017 Spring Budget has focused on a wider group, perhaps best described as the affluent.

Case Study - The benefits of investing in management information: Barlow Robbins LLP
Gary Heynes

Hear from Ray Black, Partner & Chief Executive of Barlow Robbins LLP, on the benefits his firm has realised from investing in its management information systems and the advice he would give to firms embarking on similar projects.