We offer specialist, bilingual expertise to clients who require assistance with French and cross-border tax advice.

We can:

  • advise on the various taxes that may be levied on French assets (e.g. property) - wealth tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax and assist with the various declarations required
  • advise on the new tax regime applicable to trusts and reporting obligations since 31 July 2011 (The 2011 French supplementary budget of 29 July 2011 (LFR 2011) subjects trusts and estates to French tax. New reporting obligations are created on trustees and personal representatives effective in 2012)
  • use an Anglo French approach with unique tailor-made solution for your specific circumstances with an extensive network of French contacts.

Our team

  • All members of the team from our lawyers to our administrative assistants and support staff are bilingual. Our team of dual qualified lawyers has firsthand knowledge of the interaction of the French and English/UK legal and tax systems. We have huge experience in the field of the various taxes and duties in connection to French property ownership and how it affects foreign domiciled individuals.
  • We belong to the relevant professional associations including the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the French Chamber of Commerce and STEP England & Wales and STEP France (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). 

Our people

  • Our French law and tax team is led by Patrick Delas, an experienced bilingual Avocat au Barreau de Paris and Solicitor qualified in both French and English law

Patrick works closely with:

Why us?

Why you should choose us for your French law requirements

If you would like to speak with a member of our French law and property team please call 020 3826 7514 or complete our enquiry form.


Dawn Alderson is a member of STEP (the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners). STEP is the leading worldwide body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues


Avocat au Barreau de Bordeaux

Dawn Alderson dual-qualified solicitor in England & Wales and Avocat au Barreau de Bordeaux (French practising avocat).


Avocat au Barreau de Paris

Patrick Delas dual-qualified solicitor in England & Wales and Avocat au Barreau de Paris (French practising avocat).


Diplômée Notaire

Véronique Cardon is a Diplômée Notaire.


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For more than 50 years the CRIDON LYON has been the expert legal advisor for notaires and their collaborators. Created in 1962, the CRIDON LYON is a 'Groupement d’Interet Economique' (GIE) [group of economic interest] whose members are the 28 departmental (provincial) chambers of notaires located around the Rhin-Rhone-Mediterranean area and representing more than 3,000 notaires. A board of three administrators and a counsel of 12 members, all notaires elected by the general meeting ensure the CRIDON LYON governance. The GIE executive management ensures the operational function of the company.  Its 76 collaborators undertake daily legal consulting services in all main areas of law (domestic and international), training, documentation input in paper or digital format.


We work on hourly rates which reflect the skill and experience of our French qualified lawyers (who in most cases are also English solicitors), and other bilingual members of the team.

At the outset we will let you have an estimate or budget of the likely costs based on the information available to us at the time and will update these if your requirements or the circumstances of the case change.

We will work with you and your other professional advisers to find a solution which is effective across boundaries and taking into account not only the level of risk which you are prepared to accept but also the relative financial importance of the matter to you.

French Property Law

The French team has launched its own dedicated French property website which provides a comprehensive resource for people looking to buy a property or with property interests in France.