The public access scheme:
Briefly, the public access scheme means that members of the public can now instruct some barristers, for example, Alana, to undertake civil and commercial work (e.g. drafting documents for court, company documentation, Wills, trusts and provide tax planning advice) usually for a fixed fee.
The Professional access scheme:
Alana also advises under the professional access scheme whereby members of the professions, such as accountants, financial advisors and insurance companies can come to her directly for advice.
Before returning to practice at the Bar Alana worked with Arthur Andersen (accountants) and Clifford Chance (solicitors). She is a tenant at 9 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London and continues to advise clients (both under the public access and professional access schemes) in the Midlands.
Areas of Practice
Alana advises clients on:
- Tax effective schemes: Drafting relevant documentation to put the desired scheme in place.
- Wills & Trusts: Obtaining Probate, the administration of estates, Court of Protection matters, and advising Elderly Clients on tax planning and on the protection of assets for long term care; preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney; succession matters; on the interpretation of Will and trust clauses, and the role and responsibilities of trustees.
- Companies: On starting a business and the choice of mediums to set this up for example, as a partnership or a company. and the tax consequences; drafting the company documentation and employee contracts; advising on the purchase of company shares and the tax consequences; on the disincorporation of a company and the tax consequences; on Members voluntary liquidation; dissolution and shareholder liabilities; and on the winding up of companies.
- Disputes with the Revenue on: Employment status, allowable expenses and discovery assessments.
- General: The tax consequences of a separation and divorce; personal injury matters