Zahra Kanani is an experienced private client solicitor specialising on wills and inheritance tax planning for individuals in the UK and abroad. She advises regularly on the Sharia rules of succession and how they relate to UK inheritance tax.
Zahra supports high-net-worth families and individuals with their lifetime UK tax and estate planning. Her focus is on helping clients mitigate inheritance tax and protect assets for future generations by using available tax reliefs and exemptions. Such planning can include the preparation of complex wills and the use of trusts (and advising on their tax implications).
Zahra has a varied caseload of general private client work, such as powers of attorney, probate and the administration of estates with a particular focus on cross-border estates and those which include business assets. She also advises, on the creation and administration of trusts.
Zahra is interested in working with charities and has significant expertise in charity registrations and advising on suitable structures. She also offers ongoing advice to charity trustees about their legal duties.
She has developed an effective reputation in her faith community when it comes to advising on the interaction of the Sharia succession rules and UK inheritance tax. She is regularly invited to speak at events and conferences on this topic across the UK.
Zahra’s empathy, technical strengths, drafting skills and eye for detail allow her to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. She has proven herself to be a trusted adviser to the individuals and families she represents who approach her repeatedly for advice and recommend her services to others.
Zahra is a full member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and the Private Client Section of the Law Society. She is also currently studying in her spare time to be a Chartered Tax Adviser and hopes to complete this by the end of 2023.