Speakers

Rupert Holderness
Blevins Franks

Rupert has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry, 30 of them working in France. Before moving to France, Rupert worked for NatWest Bank who transferred him to France in 1986, where he worked in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris.

In 1996, Rupert decided to specialise in advising the British community in France and started the French operation of Siddalls in Bordeaux. Siddalls France became part of the Blevins Franks Group in 2014 to become Blevins Franks France, where Rupert continues to head up the Bordeaux office.

Rupert holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kedge Business School in Marseille, specialised in financial planning. As to be expected after a language degree and 30 years of living in France, Rupert is bilingual and bicultural.

Rupert’s office in Bordeaux is made up of five authorised advisers and five support staff. Rupert and his team are further supported by a qualified team of Client Services Officers based in Malta and specialist tax advisers in London.


Mar Bonnin-Palmer

Mar Bonnin-Palmer
Currency speaker, Moneycorp

Mar Bonnin-Palmer is a Senior Key Account Manager at Moneycorp. She has been working in Foreign exchange since 2006 dealing with private individuals and companies that need to make international payments.

Previously Mar was a lawyer based in London dealing mainly with British clients buying a property in Spain so she is very familiar with the process of purchasing abroad. Mar has been working with French Entrée for 8 years helping our clients sending money to and from France in the most efficient way and she is a regular contributor to our French Entrée Magazine.

Mar is originally from Mallorca but has been living in the UK for more than 12 years. She will attend the seminar with her colleague John Kinghorn.

John Kinghorn is Manager of the UK Partnerships team at Moneycorp. Since 2005, he has been helping investors, property buyers and those moving abroad to manage their foreign exchange risk. Based in London, John spends most of his time meeting new clients and speaking at seminars around the UK.


Sally Dilks
French Law Specialist , Buckles Solicitors

Sally is a UK qualified solicitor with a degree in Law and French. She is Head of the French team at Buckles Solicitors and a fluent French speaker, having lived, worked and studied in France (Paris, Strasbourg and Beziers) for over three years. Sally has had first hand experience of dealing with French tax and social security offices, as well as 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, Sally has worked in a Parisian estate agency so has experienced French property transactions from a negotiator’s point of view too.

Since 2003, Sally has been providing specialist advice on all aspects of French property and inheritance law to English-speaking individuals as well as property-holding companies. With postgraduate level qualifications in both French and English law, Sally is ideally placed to liaise between her clients and French legal, tax and property professionals to achieve successful outcomes in an efficient and focused manner.

Sally and her team 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, Sally 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 Sally liaises with French Notaires and estate agents to arrange for the necessary paperwork to be drawn up.


Simon Conn

Simon has over 35 years’ experience in the overseas property market and has worked successfully during that period for a number of major financial services companies.

He is especially well known within the overseas mortgage industry and is a regular media commentator on matters relating to the purchase or refinancing of overseas property.

The most popular property hotspots around the world that Simon is currently involved in include parts of Western & Eastern Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, USA & the Caribbean. However, he has been involved in arranging finance in over 50 countries.