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The EU Succession Regulation No. 650/2012 — also known as Brussels IV — has been widely adopted across the European Union and will come into force in August this year. In the latest STEP webcast, Richard Frimston TEP and Michael Parkinson TEP explain the history and current status of Brussels IV, and detail the scope of Brussels IV across EU states. Richard and Michael look in detail at how Brussels IV applies in the UK, Ireland and Denmark as non-applicable jurisdictions, how renvoi functions under Article 34 and how existing treaties relating wills should apply once Brussels IV comes into force.
Speakers Richard Frimston TEP Richard is Co-Chair of STEP’s Public Policy Committee and Chair of the STEP EU Committee. He is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Group at Russell Cooke LLP in London and advises clients in relation to their wills, probate and tax planning issues and offers Notary Public services. Richard is highly regarded in cross-border practice in Europe and is the Law Society’s representative to the European Committee of the Union Internationale du Notariat (UIN). Michael Parkinson TEP Michael is a Partner with Macfarlanes focusing on private client issues such as inheritance tax and estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and the administration of estates. He sits on the steering committee of STEP’s Cross-Border Special Interest Group and contributes to industry publications and events. In addition to his expertise and work in cross-border estates, Michael heads up Macfarlanes' philanthropy practice advising charities on tax and governance matters.
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