Alex Ruffel



I focus on UK and international tax, trusts and immigration.

My areas of expertise include advising high-net worth individuals and families and their companies and trustees on complex and cross-border tax-planning, estate-planning and trust structuring. This includes assisting them to structure personal investments and interests tax-efficiently and planning for their successful transmission to the next generation.

I act in particular for non-UK nationals and non-UK domiciliaries and those who wish to relocate to or exit from the UK.

“Alex Ruffel ‘is excellent technically on complex cross-border work'” - Legal 500 2015

“Alexandra Ruffel is praised by peers for her technical ability. She concentrates on sophisticated trust and tax issues, and is also able to advise on immigration matters” - Chambers & Partners 2016

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 23/09/2016
    EU Citizens Working In UK Should Act Now To Protect Their Residence Status

    “Three months on from the Brexit vote, no formal negotiation has been initiated and it is still unclear what will happen to EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. The intention of Prime Minister Theresa May appears to be that the Article 50 notice will be given in early 2017. Unless a different period is agreed, the UK will then have two years from the date of notifying the European Council to negotiate its exit and the framework for its future relationship with the EU. “Until it leaves the EU, the UK is still a member of the EU and citizens of member states have the right to enter, live and work in the UK on the basis of EU law. The British government has indicated that after Brexit they will be generous to EU migrants who are living in the UK already but also that only EU nationals who are in the UK before a certain date may apply for settlement in the UK. It appears that is to provide against a ‘surge’ of new EU migrants coming to the UK before its exit from the EU, so it is advisable for EU citizens working in the UK to take all steps possible now to safeguard their position. “The best way EU citizens living and working in the UK can protect their status is to apply for permanent residence or a registration certificate showing that they are allowed in the UK. Those EU citizens with permanent residence should also consider naturalisation as a British citizen. This has several advantages over permanent residence as it cannot be withdrawn.”

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  • 24/06/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth Experts Comment On Implications Of A Brexit

    Brexit will potentially have a huge impact on the people who work in the UK’s financial services industries. Many banks, insurers and fund managers who have large businesses in continental Europe could consider relocating to Paris or Frankfurt, and senior staff will either lose their roles or have to move to another country. Some global investment banks, such as JPMorgan, have said that Brexit would lead to a significant loss of jobs in the UK.

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