We offer specialist, bilingual expertise to clients who require advice on wills and estate planning in a French law context.

Common issues where our team can help include:

  • where there are assets in France, particularly where there is immovable property
  • French succession law and its impact on other issues such as legal reserve and rights for spouses
  • French inheritance tax
  • wills in French holographic form
  • changes in matrimonial property law/French marriage contracts
  • transfer of ownership by way of sale or gift as a succession planning tool
  • domicile for succession purposes

Our team

  • All members of the team from our lawyers to our administrative assistants and support staff are bilingual. Our team of lawyers has first-hand knowledge of the interaction of the French and English legal systems. We have huge experience in the field of French property and succession and are frequently asked to act as expert witness on matters of French laws in legal proceedings conducted in the UK. Much of our work comes from referrals from other lawyers and professional firms.
  • We belong to STEP UK (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), are members of LEXUNION and are accredited consultants to CRIDON Lyon.

Our people

  • Patrick Delas is qualified as a French Avocat and solicitor dealing with a wide range of matters relating to cross-border estate planning, inheritance and wealth tax.
  • Anu Hawoldar has qualified as a notaire in Mauritius in 1997 and trained as notary/Notaire in Maigrot Chambers and Avrillon Chambers for a couple of years before opening her own Chambers in 2000.
  • All have extensive experience of French law that comes only from working in France and an extensive network of French contacts. 

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.