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Living in France ? Can you afford the cost of living longer?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

By making the lifestyle choice for living in France, you will want to make the most of what this country has to offer by enjoying the beautiful scenery and climate for as long as you possibly can.

That may be much longer than you think. […]

French Wealth Tax

By Graeme Perry

Solicitor, at Sykes Anderson Perry Limited Solicitors in London, England.

Wealth tax is an important factor when individuals purchase a property in France. This is largely because it is an unfamiliar tax to UK residents. The way in which the tax applies has changed significantly over the years but […]

November 2018 Interesting times ahead!

by Jonathan Watson | Associate Director | Foreign Currency Direct

GBPEUR Forecast

GBPEUR rates have ended October on lows as Brexit uncertainties persist and the pound finds itself struggling to maintain a form. November no longer holds any deadline dates on Brexit which means in the absence of any new […]

Downsizing your home needn’t mean short-changing your heirs. Living in France.

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

It is possible to scale down the size of your property to unlock retirement funds and still leave a lasting legacy for your family.

With France offering such favourable property opportunities in outstanding surroundings, it is not surprising that many Britons choose to retire to their own […]

September 2018 GBPEUR Forecast

by Jonathan Watson | Associate Director | Foreign Currency Direct

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September provides opportunities for answers to questions on some of the key points on Brexit and UK politics, following a brave recovery by the pound as we ended […]

Five questions to ask about your UK pension in France

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

How much tax will I pay?

If you have not accessed your UK pension and then takeit all as a lump sum,you could pay just 7.5% in French taxes (other conditions apply). Otherwise, taking cash or income from UK pensions attracts income tax rates up to 45% plus […]

August 2018 GBPEUR Currency Forecast

by Jonathan Watson

GBPEUR looks like it could remain, once again in the trading parameters we are now becoming very familiar with. This is all essentially down to the lack of any significant news to push exchange rates outside of the interbank levels of 1.11-1.15 we have become very accustomed to in 2018.

Whilst GBPEUR […]

Six tips for protecting and growing your wealth


By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Today presents many challenges to preserving your wealth and seeing it grow over time. Alongside economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we have endured years of ultra-low interest rates and an ever-changing tax and regulatory landscape. All this makes it harder for investors to achieve returns that are […]

Looking after your pension starts with avoiding scams 

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

There has never been more choice for what Britons can do with their pension. While this freedom is generally welcome, unfortunately it has brought a sharp increase in pension scams attempting to defraud people out of their retirement savings.

British police revealed around £43 million was lost […]

June 2018 GBP/EUR Currency Forecast 

by Jonathan Watson


The pound is continuing trading at some of the better rates against the Euro in the last year with interbank levels around 1.14. Considering the highest level in the last year has been 1.16 and the lowest 1.075, we are still at a very good level of buoyancy for Euro […]