Scott Vanes

Senior Associate - Wealth Preservation

"I am an estate planning lawyer with a special interest in wills, trusts, inheritance tax, and estate planning.”

I am a senior associate solicitor in the wealth preservation team at Higgs LLP. I have experience of all aspects of private client work, however I have a special interest in wills, trusts, and wealth and succession planning matters.

I also have experience of assisting clients with lifetime inheritance tax planning, including assisting with trust formation and ongoing trust administration.

I work closely with individuals in other departments of the firm and I also believe strongly in the importance of working with clients’ other professional advisers to ensure that clients receive the best holistic advice.

I am currently an associate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and I am working towards achieving full membership status.

  • Acting for and putting into place wills, lasting powers of attorney, and wider inheritance tax planning for numerous high net-worth individuals and business owners.
  • Intergenerational succession and inheritance tax planning for various families.
  • Assisted with pre-sale planning, involving trusts, prior to disposal of trading shares.
  • Assisting with post-death planning involving both business and agricultural relievable assets.
  • Advising on and constituting will trusts (post-death) to maximise the use of all available tax reliefs.

More about me

Joined Higgs



Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Favourite place

Salcombe - Devon


Walking, spending time in the countryside, playing the piano

"Thank you for all of your hard work and kindness, we cannot fault your professionalism, expertise, and efficiency"

Mr and Mrs C

"Scott's sympathetic guidance and efficiency in dealing with my matter was very much appreciated"

Mrs W

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