Articles by: Robert Kent

Robert Kent

Robert Kent

Director

Robert was an original founder of Kentingtons and has been working in tax and wealth management for over 30 years.

Robert was as a senior adviser for HSBC, in London, and ended up specialising solely on giving international advice to people from all over the world.

He then went on to work for Towry Law’s international division managing Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, working out of both the Windsor office and Brussels. Robert always wanted to expand into France, however, this was resisted by management who felt France was too complex.

Robert was then headhunted by a firm with an office in Brussels and was delighted to leave the UK to have his first experience living life as an expat. This is where he met his wife, Christine, who is a also a director of Kentingtons. It was whilst in Brussels, that Robert’s interest in France developed further, as many people who worked in Brussels chose to retire there and became the specialist in all matters French.

Christine being half French and half Belgian, was only too happy when Robert took up a new position on the French Riviera as south east regional manager for Siddalls, so finally achieving the dream of moving to France. Christine became pregnant with their first child and this coincided with a colleague leaving and Robert having to cover two regions. Unable to cope with the extra travel and workload, he parted ways with them and set up Kentingtons.

Kentingtons is a French based company, set up as Conseil en gestion de Patrimoine and Robert was one of the first advisers in France become certifié (certified but akin to chartered in the UK) and as such is able to offer advice on both fiscal and civil law, where related to financial planning, as well as offering wealth management counsel and management as Conseil en Investissement Financier.

Robert, lives with his wife Christine and their son Alex in sunny Provence. When not working Robert enjoys hiking, swimming and joys French fine wine and cuisine.

We Shall Not Be Moved

Last month we talked about residency, Brexit and Freedom of movement, which triggered a flurry of calls and emails from people of a particular situation. I say that it is particular, however, the high volume tells me that that there are enough concerned people to...

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Residency, Brexit and Freedom of Movement

Residency has always been an area of confusion, however, with Brexit, this has become more convoluted, due to EU rules, local laws of each country and Schengen rules. Of course, UK nationals, as EU citizens, never had to worry about the right to stay more than a few...

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Protecting What You Hold Dear

This article was first published in the Connexion December 2020 At this time of year we might be reflective on what we hold most dear, our family and loved ones and, especially, our spouses; their significance to you made all the more potent by the current pandemic...

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Should Brexit force a UK Pension Exit?

There has always been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what happens after Brexit, for many things. One of those anxieties has been the likely loss of EU passporting rights for UK financial services. Until recently, most people have considered that it is...

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C’est la Vie !

This month the editor sent me an article they had come across, in the mainstream French press, about assurance vie and asked me what I thought. Given that many people living in France have an assurance vie, including expatriates, we agreed it as an interesting topic...

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It Is Hard to be an Investor

When it comes to your money these days, it is hard to know what to do. Interest rates are 0.10% in the UK and 0.0% in the rest of Europe. This has led many people to add more of their money to the stock market, or even invest this way where previously not considered....

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Tax Myths & Misconceptions

Being the month of April (poisson d’avril / April fool) the Connexion have asked me if I could write about tax myths and misconceptions. Mmm… I might need a bit more than half a page for that, so failing the Connexion granting me 50 pages to write about this, I had...

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