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Middle East

We recognise that the Middle East is an important and growing market for the UK. We have considerable experience advising clients from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey.

"Payne Hicks Beach has a very strong reputation in this field - the firm is what a top-end private client firm should be - they are a class act - they are creative in thinking of alternative approaches, very responsive and professional" Chambers HNW

Our expertise includes advising on:

  • Coming to the UK on an investor visa, and the pros and cons of alternative citizenship schemes;
  • Family office services – providing a one stop shop for the private offices of Middle Eastern families;
  • Tax efficient ownership structures for property acquisitions;
  • Buying and selling high value residential property in London either for investment, redevelopment or personal use
  • Buying and selling high value country properties and Landed Estates;
  • Disputes – both in the UK and cross border disputes;
  • Investment in commercial real estate, including hotels;
  • Property management issues including service charge disputes, planning issues, and neighbour disputes;
  • Corporate and commercial advice in relation to starting or investing in a business in the UK;
  • Extending your lease or buying the freehold;
  • Employment of domestic staff;
  • UK tax residence rules;
  • Tax and estate planning for non-UK domiciliaries including advice on the remittance basis of taxation and how to invest tax efficiently in the UK;
  • Structuring overseas assets, using Shari’a compliant trusts and other appropriate offshore holding structures.


If you would like any advice on any of these areas please contact Robert Brodrick or Rosamond McDowell.

Payne Hicks Beach is ranked in Chambers HNW 2021. Quotes commending the private client team include, “they’re always very efficient, they give good advice and they are easy to deal with…their advice is clear, objective and understandable.” A source says, “you can tell that they care about their clients by looking at the quality of their work product…they take the time to address all questions to make sure everyone at the table understands what is going on. They go above and beyond. They’re a fantastic firm.”  Quotes highlighting the property team as a leaders in its field are, “the property team are incredible…an amazing firm, very experienced and highly professional…their advice is clear, objective and understandable.”