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Sally Dilks

London, United Kingdom

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Summary

Practice Areas:

  • French Law
  • Inheritance and Tax Planning
Buckles LLP

Since 2003 I have been providing specialist advice on all aspects of French property and inheritance law to English-speaking individuals as well as property-holding companies. Being a bilingual Solicitor with postgraduate level qualifications in both French and English law, I am ideally placed to liaise between my clients and French legal, tax and property professionals to achieve successful outcomes in an efficient and focused manner.

I really enjoy combining my passion for France and the French language with helping my clients to sort out their French legal affairs. I get a lot of satisfaction from a job well done and from sharing my clients’ happiness at becoming owners of a home in France (not to mention a little bit envious!)

I regularly advise and assist clients with their French property purchases and sales, including providing in depth advice on French and EU inheritance law and tax and also on French Capital Gains Tax.  For those clients who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances, I can assist them with transferring French property from joint names into one name (on a divorce, for example), as well as with administering a French estate when a loved one has died.

In all such cases I liaise with French Notaires and estate agents to arrange for the necessary paperwork to be drawn up. I aim to provide my clients with peace of mind and reassurance that their matter is being handled with expertise and sensitivity – my clients’ best interests are central to my work.

Having studied, worked and lived in France (Paris, Strasbourg and Beziers) for over three years, I understand what it is like to be an expatriate in France. In particular, I have first hand experience of dealing with French tax and social security offices, as well as of regularly sampling the delights of the many wonderful boulangeries, cafés and restaurants. As well as working as a legal translator for a large international law firm, I have also worked in a Parisian estate agency so have experienced French property transactions from a negotiator’s point of view too.

In my work I strive to be professional yet approachable and to build a rapport with my clients that will result in both a successful outcome and a long-lasting client relationship.

Previous Employment

Heslop & Platt, Solicitors & French Law specialists2009 - 2013

Consultant Solicitor

The International Law Partnership LLP, Solicitors & International Lawyers2003 - 2009

Solicitor - French Law department

Lovells (Paris)2001 - 2002

In house Legal Translator (French to English)

VEF (UK) Ltd1999 - 2001

In house Solicitor advising on sales and purchases of French property

Collyer Bristow1998 - 1999

Trainee Solicitor/Solicitor - Property Department

S Rutter & Co1997 - 1998

Trainee Solicitor

Experience

Education

Universite Paris II – Pantheon Assas

University

2002 - 2003

DESS – Masters 2 in French Property & Construction Law

Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg)

University

1992 - 1993

Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises (Diploma in French Legal Studies)

Leicester University

University

1990 - 1994

LLB Law with French

LPC

College of Law (York)

1995 - 1996

Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Testimonials

Mr Pope

"The feedback from all concerned was unanimous, namely your thoroughness during the compromis and prior to finally completion made the meeting with the Notaire one of the most straightforward and time efficient ever. Thanks once again for all your help and effort in making it so easy."

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Associations & Memberships

Franco-British Lawyers’ Society - since 2010

Charity for the advancement of public education and training in the practice of French law and the laws of the UK and in particular in the context of the EU as well as for the enhacement of legal, economic and cultural ties between France and the UK

Law Society Private Client Section - since 2010

Community for practitioners in Wills, Probate, Financial & Tax Planning & Estate Administration

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