The EU Succession Regulation aims to make the rules less complicated, but perhaps not for UK residents with EU interests.
The work of the Shoosmiths wealth protection team has resulted in their shortlisting in the private client category of the Law Society Excellence Awards 2015.
…but the number of people actually leaving significant sums of money to the younger generation is dwindling.
The problem with supercars…
Of interest to trustees in relation to transfers from a non-Jersey trust to a Jersey trust.
Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.
A team of private client lawyers from Leeds based firm Gordons has split away from the firm to set up a private law boutique.
Why the CoA award to Heather Ilott could be a landmark decision.
Summer Budget 2015: key changes download
The headlines in brief.
Will similar cases follow award to wife of penniless traveller turned green millionaire?
Guernsey: removal of a protector download
…after loss of trust and confidence. Including four practical points for professionals
Price of divorce set to rise download
Fees to increase to £550.
Why do some lawyers insist on clinging to archaic language?
As Prince George turns two it is fortunate that there are tax-efficient gift-giving measures for the rich.
Be like Mark Zuckerberg – consider non-disclosure agreements where luxury properties are involved.
Also: a wrongly paid legacy; a big trust fund dispute; and more
Ogier private client specialist Sally Edwards has been shortlisted as a Citywealth Power Woman.
Jurisdiction of choice for women wanting to divorce their wealthy husbands.
The end of inheritance tax advantages created by multiple pilot trusts.
The disclosure profile of assets will be important when advising wealthy families and businesses.
Jersey Expert Funds download
These funds are aimed at institutional and high-net-worth investors
Jersey Listed Funds download
This regime was introduced in Jersey for listed closed-ended companies
New rules for UK non-doms download
What new measures will be introduced and their implications for non-UK domiciliaries, both resident and otherwise.
’Organisational effectiveness’ to be a mandatory function
It has taken 15 years for Jersey’s authorities to prosecute for failing to report potential money laundering under its proceeds-of-crime legislation.
Biggest immediate impact is to create uncertainty about the UK as a destination for the internationally mobile
Withers has promoted five lawyers to partnership across its London, Milan and San Francisco offices, including two special counsel and heads of department.
New lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms apply to both property and financial affairs, and to health and welfare.
Eight Ogier private client specialists have been listed on this year’s Citywealth leaders list.
Shoosmiths’ wealth protection team has been recognised by being shortlisted in the STEP Private Client Awards 2015 Large Legal Team of the Year category.
Helping ultra-high-net-worth individuals manage their wealth.
Decision highlights a potential uncertainty in the proper scope of a freezing order.
Positive signal for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals.
A little chemistry can now turn your loved ones’ ashes into gems.
Wrongly added to EU list of international tax havens considered non-cooperative.
Organisations need to move quickly to appease investors and shareholders who were promised growth.
Only a few of the clauses related specifically to real estate issues, most of which seem rather odd today.
Twenty-two years after her death, Audrey Hepburn’s sons are said to be battling over memorabilia left to them by their mother.
Lost in Myspace download
Keen to stop yesterday’s photos becoming today’s gossip? Remove old social media profiles for good. It’s relatively straightforward.
Also: consequences for infrastructure; competition law; the court system; and more.
Withers has continued its US expansion by hiring nine new partners and 17 fee earners, the majority from legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge, and opening three new offices in California.
New form-filling requirement applies even to entities that are disregarded for tax purposes.
There are no death duties, estate duties, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes or value added taxes on foreign-domiciled estates.
There are benefits to having a separate Channel Islands Will.
Making a will in Guernsey download
In Guernsey there is a distinction between real estate and personal property, and other pointers.
BVI launches two funds products download
The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission has introduced two new funds products, the ‘Incubator Fund’ and the ‘Approved Fund’.
Collas Crill Jersey dispute resolution partner Danny Le Maistre spoke recently on ‘The Psychology of Trust Disputes’ at the BusinessLife Jersey Trusts Conference.
What will those who are or have been thinking of coming to England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland to live here for some time, but not indefinitely, do?
Comprehensive briefing includes 28 questions and answers covering all aspects of investment funds in Jersey…
British Gas will appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that employers must take account of commission when calculating holiday pay.
Private client issues such as inheritance tax, wills and trusts are top of the political agenda right now, and lawyers should prepare themselves for change.
It is comforting to solicitors and their insurers that indemnity policies will not be seen as an easy target to cushion clients’ bad business decisions.
Blake Morgan is merging with London-based firm Piper Smith Watton, nearly a year after the merger of Blake Lapthorn with Morgan Cole.
The message from the courts is crystal clear – 100% compliance or no effective break
Principle of the free movement of capital upheld in recent decision.
Collyer Bristow has once again been named in eprivateclient’s 2015 top 25 law firms.
Personal insolvencies fall again download
Figures at a decade low, following another drop in Q1.
The new tax-free allowance for interest distributions will change the savings landscape, and other developments.
How charities can deal with a challenge to a legacy.
Ogier’s head of private client and trusts services, partner Sally Edwards, will discuss common obstacles and issues arising in protecting the trustee in a session at the International Trusts & Private Client Forum in Jersey.
The aim of the directive is to ensure that consumers who purchase a property are protected against the risks. It also introduces EU harmonisation requirements on lenders.
Preparing for a dawn raid download
External counsel can help raided companies decide, say, whether to file for leniency. Bernhard Lauterburg of Prager Dreifuss is one of the experts on the panel in this Q&A article.
Bill is a clear signal of the intent of the Indian government to tackle the issue.
Interest from overseas investors in Jersey property is a having a positive effect on the island.
…and will substantially change the economic environment in the country.
…and the present is no time to request a loss determination.
Only a small minority of pension savers have plans to spend their whole pot on luxury items, following recent retirement reforms.
In advising potential art donors I find my clients are surprised when I ask, “Are you the owner of the art?” At times there is no quick or obvious answer.
If so, it is important to act quickly to ensure you keep your options open
High net worth family firm Vardags has signed a joint venture collaboration with Dubai firm Trench & Associates in order to break into the valuable United Arab Emirates (UAE) market.
From media reports of a Homeland Security report on an immigrant investor visa programme you might think there is a great problem that needs immediate attention. Not true.
A recent story has highlighted the importance of taking appropriate legal advice to ensure assets are distributed in line with an individual’s wishes.
Registered collective investment schemes may be offered direct to the public in Guernsey for the first time.
A high-level overview, relevant to anyone connected with the structuring, establishment or maintenance of corporate or private wealth arrangements for Russian clients.
Paul Lowery, leader of the wills, trusts and probate group at B P Collins LLP, says the announcement of plans to review the Deeds of Variation has been a long time coming.
Family offices defy generalisation download
Family offices are highly differentiated and need advisers who can understand the variety of needs inherent in looking after wealthy and entrepreneurial families.
The recent judgment in Wright v Wright has added to the growing debate about whether there should be a radical review of the courts’ approach to maintenance payments on divorce.
The Ministry of Justice has now issued guidance on the procedure for the transfer up of possession orders.
Aim is to put London at the centre of investment in crypto-currency, but all such technologies have major implications for privacy.
An overview of the main changes outlined by the Chancellor.
Ogier has been shortlisted as Law Firm of the Year, EMEA, in the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015
People need to consider their digital legacy when drawing up a will. Only around 25% of online bank account holders have arranged for their details to be passed on.
Ogier’s Sally Edwards, discussed ways to ‘divorce-proof’ a new structure with an audience of private client practitioners at an IBC conference.
Luxembourg’s advantages for companies considering locating their business here and insight into the country’s legal regime for enterprises.
Family lawyer Sue Andrews says sensationalised media reports about ex-wives having to go out to work must be put into context.
Retail consumers and investors across the EU will have to be provided with standardised information when considering purchasing an investment product.
Guernsey is renowned for being one of the leading jurisdictions for fiduciary work, having built a strong reputation over decades
It’s early days, but one clear trend to emerge so far in 2015 is that Singapore is the place to be.
Minter Ellison has been shortlisted in three categories for the 2015 Financial Review Client Choice Awards.
Withers has agreed a formal alliance with Singapore-based firm Khattar Wong as part of its strategy to expand in Asia.
Head of Bär & Karrer private client wins Woman of the Year: Leadership award at Citywealth Power Women.
The unpopular duty is in line for review if the Conservatives win in the next general election.
Julian Ribet, Levison Meltzer Pigott
Bär and Karrer has announced that it was elected Daniel Leu as a partner as of 1 January 2015.
Osborne Clarke has hired two new private client partners in a bid to re-launch its private client offering, which it previously scrapped in late 2013.
Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) has announced the hire of Pinsent Masons’ former head of private wealth Karl Woolley as a partner.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur has signed a nine-year lease on 28,000 sq ft of office space in the old Reuters building at 85 Fleet Street.
The Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 introduced a new type of entity, the foundation, into Jersey’s legal landscape. This note is a brief summary of the law.
This briefing, which has been written by Winckworth Sherwood’s family law experts, provides an overview of the procedure involved.
Jersey divorce reform download
The Jersey Law Commission recently delivered a consultation paper entitled ‘Divorce Reform’, which is refreshingly straightforward and comprehensive.
Katie Hooper was sworn in before the Royal Court of Jersey on 1 December and Matt McManus was admitted as a solicitor on 18 December.
The International Who’s Who Legal Private Funds 2015 identifies law firms and practitioners who stand out on an international level on the basis of votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers.
Meiklejohn advises all of the firm’s major trust company clients.
Withers has entered the Australian private client market with the launch of a strategic alliance in Melbourne and Sydney, just months after it opened in San Francisco.
A will drafted by a solicitor is the best Christmas gift for your loved ones.
We advise our clients on safeguarding, managing and transferring their assets during their lifetime and beyond.
Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans have announced they are merging in April next year, creating a firm with 120 staff.
Shepherd and Wedderburn Financial’s Sarah Tory, a personal financial adviser, has welcomed the recent proposals on tax.
Autumn Statement: important measures relevant to internationally wealthy individuals and families download
The chancellor made his Autumn Statement on 3 December. Included in this were a number of measures of potential significance to wealthy non-domiciliaries and non-residents.
Shoosmiths has expanded its family law team with the appointment of Chris Longbottom.
The Ogier partner was named in Eprivateclient’s list of the top 50 most influential people and Who’s Who Legal: Private Client 2014.
The DIFC has released a month-long public consultation on its draft rules relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims with assets in Dubai.
Gateley’s Manchester office has welcomed four new lawyers to its private client team.
Anthony Thompson, private capital partner at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, has been named as one of eprivateclient’s Top 50 Most Influential 2015.
The Wealthbriefing GCC Region Awards celebrated outstanding practitioners from the wealth management industry.
Estate planning: an investment download
Arguably, your will is the single most important document you will sign during your life.
Jan Golaszewski, a dispute resolution and litigation specialist, has been promoted to partner in Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office.
Alison MacKrill has been given a Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP).
Voicu & Filipescu’s specialised attorneys provide legal advice in all areas of insurance law to both corporate and insured individuals.
The firm’s real-estate practice group handles a wide range of matters for our commercial, industrial, financial, institutional and individual clients.
Shoosmiths has expanded its family law offering with the appointment of a partner, an associate and a solicitor.
Conyers has been awarded eight top rankings in The Legal 500’s 2015 edition. The firm’s offices in Bermuda, the BVI, Dubai and Hong Kong all received a tier-one ranking.
Chambers UK has placed Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in 43 categories, 17 of which are in Band 1.
Mourant Ozannes has announced three internal promotions to group partner with effect from February.
Jersey private trust companies download
This briefing note considers key issues relating to the establishment and use of a Jersey PTC in the context of private wealth management.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired Mayfair based private wealth specialists Berkeley Law in a bid to gain ground in London.
Five of the practice groups at B P Collins have been awarded a band-one ranking in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK.
Kings Chambers’ Paul Johnson has been ranked in the top 10 of barrister mediators nationally in the Chambers and Partners UK Guide.
This article explores some of the features and issues that may arise in corporate and private jet financing transactions involving the Cayman Islands.
Following a six-year project by the Law Commission, the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 came into force on 1 October.
You may be flying your personal or private jet in the US or through Europe, but registration in such jurisdictions may not be the right decision for you.
Sally Edwards, partner and head of the private client and trusts team at Ogier, has been shortlisted for the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2015.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Pershing Square Holdings Ltd on all Guernsey-related aspects of its conversion from an open-ended to a closed-ended registered fund.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced lasting powers of attorney and created a new Court of Protection to make decisions on behalf of adults who lack capacity.
Amanda Melton, family lawyer and partner at IBB Solicitors, has discussed the inheritance tax liability of an estate where cohabitees are not married.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s contentious trusts team has won The Legal 500’s Private Client Specialism of the Year award.
Members of Outer Temple Chambers, include director Steve Graham, were in Dubai last week for the major legal social event of the year.
B P Collins has been named as a ‘regional heavyweight’ for the first time in the 27th annual Legal 500 league tables and achieved top-tier status in five practice areas.
The new release of The Legal 500 UK has ranked Carey Olsen in tier one across all of its 16 practice categories in the Channel Islands.
New inheritance laws take effect download
The government has simplified the laws that deal with the estates of people who die without leaving a will behind.
Barnea & Co has extensive experience in advising on trusts and estates and on the legal issues arising in the management of family wealth.
Carey Olsen lawyers from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey have been recognised as leaders in their fields by this year’s Who’s Who Legal guides.
Slater & Gordon is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Cardiff-based trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen, The Lawyer can reveal.
Beware FATCA and undercover agents download
DQ is continuing to see an increased use of undercover agents by the IRS and other tax authorities in offshore jurisdictions.
The following commentary provides a brief overview of the short to medium term changes expected in the post-referendum environment.
Eprivateclient’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ list recognises Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co private capital associates Alistair Robertson and Katie Coles.
Collyer Bristow has recruited another partner, family law specialist Philippa Dolan, to its growing private client practice.
One of the leading private client teams in the UK, our department is committed to meeting the legal and financial advisory needs of the private individual.
Partner — Birmingham
Collyer Bristow has announced that Peter Daniel and Alison Kempenaar have been listed in the Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 under 35.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has announced the first in its series of wealth management briefings, which will run in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Boyanov & Co provides advice in connection with wealth management, tax planning, business and personal relocation, family law matters and employment law advice.
Taylor Wessing has announced three lateral partner hires for its private client practice and construction teams in London and Dubai.
The strategy practice helps clients solve their most challenging strategic problems by bringing insights and taking an issue-based approach.
As market leaders, we constantly pioneer to give our clients an intelligent, imaginative and resourceful service.
BWB’s public and regulatory law team, headed by Melanie Carter, provides practical and strategic advice and representation for its clients.
Our specialist property dispute resolution team can help to steer you through the complexities of the law to identify practical, cost-effective options.
With a diverse client base and varied work load, the property team has an unusual breadth of vision and understanding.
BWB’s dispute resolution and litigation team is made up of experienced litigators with a wide-ranging practice.
BWB’s legacies and probate disputes team is made up of experienced lawyers from a range of disciplines.
Mourant Ozannes has recruited David Byrne as its global head of business development and marketing.
Withers has opened a new office in San Francisco, its first new base in more than two years.
Craig Williams, partner and wills and litigation expert at B P Collins, has warned about the potential risk of ‘DIY probates’.
Scotland’s Harper Macleod is to take over Glasgow-based private client boutique Bird Semple, creating a £23m firm in the process.
Through our Zug office we offer notarial services at competitive rates.
Our private client team advises private clients and their families on all matters relating to matrimonial property and succession law.
Cheshire-based industrial disease specialists Roberts Jackson has received a £15m cash injection from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.
Partner and head of real estate
Partner and head of family
The Inheritance and Trustees’ Power Bill received royal assent on 14 May to become the Inheritance and Trustees’ Power Act 2014.
Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell partners are going to the polls today (16 July), to cast their votes on their potential £126m merger between the firms.
George Clooney has released a long statement condemning the Daily Mail for what he claims was a ‘completely fabricated’ article about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother.
Thouron v US: Third Circuit holds reliance on counsel may relieve penalties for late payment of taxes download
In Thouron v United States, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that reliance on tax advice may establish a reasonable cause defence to failure to pay penalties.
Statistics suggest that more than 450,000 cross-border successions occur in the EU every year, representing a value estimated to be worth more than €120bn.
Many people with an international element to their business or their lifestyle choose to employ domestic staff from overseas.
Many parents fail to consider who would take care of their children if they were not able to. The topic often sparks disagreement between parents.
Most enter into a life-long commitment with little regard for the financial consequences of their relationship breaking down.
Up until now, journalists have been allowed to sit in private divorce hearings but they have, in most cases, been unable to report on most of what they hear.
Carey Olsen has been recognised as Offshore Firm of the Year by The Lawyer magazine.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced the appointment of Dennis Ryan as head of corporate services in its Dubai office, effective 1 July 2014.
The topics considered in this update have, by accident rather than design, an anti-money laundering flavour to them.
DLA Piper has received the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA).
Under new HMRC plans, settlements of property made during the settlor’s lifetime would be subject to only one nil-rate band.
Shoosmiths is growing its wealth protection team with the strategic hire of Jane Whitfield, who joins from Wellers Law Group.
Partner — Edinburgh
HMRC has issued a third consultation document entitled ‘Inheritance tax: a fairer way of calculating trust charges’ on the inheritance tax regime for trusts.
By now, any ‘financial institution’ would need to have had its head in the sand in order not to be aware of the impact of FATCA and its need to comply with this new regime.
With a strong, dedicated team, we offer advice to private individuals and families throughout the UK and overseas.
Thirteen Carey Olsen lawyers have been named in the ninth annual Citywealth Leaders List 2014.
Collyer Bristow’s James Badcock, who has been a partner with the firm since 2011, has been appointed as head of the tax and estate planning team.
Mishcon de Reya is gearing up for a move out of its Red Lion Square headquarters and up the road to the Grade II listed Africa House on London’s Kingsway.
In Eastlands Homes Partnership Limited v Cunningham the EAT confirmed the correct approach to determine whether a claimant has been unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct.
This case concerned an application by the representors, in S and his mother WS to set aside the E Trust on the grounds of mistake.
In our first in-depth look at our awards shortlisters, the private wealth contenders show how they have shined in the face of globalisation and tougher legislation
Residential property and capital gains tax: changes afoot for non-UK residents and multiple-home owners download
Capital gains tax has found itself in the spotlight in recent weeks, owing to two significant changes to the CGT and residential property landscape.
Partner and head of Schillings Family
Chairman and senior partner
Both Ogier Legal and Ogier Fiduciary Services won awards at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014, which were held on 8 May at the Grange Hotel in London.
Update on Maryland estate tax download
Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has signed into law HB 739, which contains revisions to the Maryland estate tax law.
Conscious uncouplings — the importance of documenting that client representation has concluded download
There are a host of reasons to clearly document that the representation of a client — even on just a specific matter — has concluded.
Beijing-headquartered Longan has become the latest Chinese firm to venture into Hong Kong, after launching an office in the special administrative region.
Anthony Thompson of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has been named as lawyer of the year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014.
Private Client Bulletin — sharing the summer holidays; don’t take a risk drink-driving; give a lasting power of attorney; and more download
IBB Solicitors has released the spring 2014 issue of its Private Client Bulletin.
HMRC’s consultation on implementing a capital gains tax charge on non-residents disposing of UK residential property download
The Chancellor announced in the 2013 Autumn Statement that capital gains tax on the disposal of UK residential property would be extended to non-UK residents.
Penningtons Manches has won the Citywealth Magic Circle Award for ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the annual awards dinner.
Khaitan & Co assists clients in tax-efficient wealth management and estate planning and also efficient business succession planning.
The Law Society of Jersey, the statutory regulatory body for advocates and solicitors of the Royal Court, has appointed Jonathan Speck as its new president.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Baker Tilly on the sale of its private client financial management business to Towry, a wealth advice firm.
Every month, Stephenson Harwood will bring you news of developments in tax and private client law that will be of interest to high-net-worth individuals and their advisers.
Charles Russell’s turnover increased by 7 per cent in 2013/14 from £68.9m to £73.4m, marking a new record for the firm.
Shoosmiths has announced four new partners in the firm’s May promotions. All promotions take effect from 1 May.
In this case there had been a succession of fundamental errors in the administration of two Jersey trusts, both given the same name and having the same terms and beneficiaries.
Peter Hubbard, who on 1 May took over as the new senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), has described his vision for the future.
Baker Tilly’s team of forensic specialists provides expert, conflict-free assistance to clients facing contentious, sensitive and confidential situations.
Merging two firms with different histories, characters and personalities is never going to be easy. That’s a lesson that Speechly Bircham has learned the hard way.
After the Withers fiasco, Speechly targets a more realistic link with Charles Russell
Shoosmiths’ Edinburgh team has capped recent successes with a win for the private client team at the Scottish Legal Awards 2014.
For many people, their home is their most valuable asset and can give rise to a significant inheritance tax liability on their death (or the death of the surviving spouse).
If you are planning to purchase a foreign property, there are some legal issues you should consider first, including how you will own the property, taxation and inheritance.
Our specialist team provides a comprehensive range of construction law solutions across the wide spectrum of projects undertaken in the construction industry.
The Penningtons Manches private client team provides innovative, clear and tailored solutions.
Our family law department offers the highest quality of service to our clients, stemming from the experience and talent of outstanding family lawyers.
Our specialist team has established a reputation for advising and assisting on a range of issues relating to personal injury trusts, capacity and deputyships.
Carey Olsen has been named Guernsey Law Firm of the Year 2014 for the fourth time by Who’s Who Legal.
Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys LLP should the merger be successful later this year.
Partner and head of private individuals
Partner and head of business services
Partner — British Virgin Islands, Cape Town
Partner — British Virgin Islands, Cape Town
Partner — Guernsey
Partner — Jersey
Partner — Jersey
Families passing significant assets to the next generation want expert advice so they can feel confident about the security and ultimate disposition of their assets. Financial institutions handling estates of clients need expert, confidential legal advice as to avoiding, or handling, disputes. These are among the situations in which Dentons’ trusts, estates and wealth preservation group excels.
Partner — Guernsey
Partner — Jersey
Partner (LLP) — London, Jersey
Partner — Guernsey
Addleshaw Goddard has advised investment management services provider Rathbone Brothers on three transactions.
At IBB Solicitors, we provide expert representation for both individuals and businesses facing the challenges of criminal prosecution.
At IBB Solicitors, our property dispute resolution experts can provide constructive advice to effectively resolve a dispute.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has lured Goldman Sachs star Andrew Wilkinson back into legal practice to boost its pan-European restructuring business.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Thomas Eggar’s international and business taxation head James Quarmby to spearhead the growth of its private wealth practice.
Our pre-eminent litigation practice in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey advises clients on the full spectrum of contentious, semi-contentious and advisory work.
Our established private client team offers clients confidence that their legal advisers are pure specialists in their fields.
Our regulatory lawyers advise clients in financial services and other industry sectors on regulatory issues that affect their businesses in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
Whether you’re a private individual or a commercial enterprise, our trust and fiduciary lawyers work with you and your advisers to establish the appropriate structure.
Mourant Ozannes is to co-present two trust and private client conferences — one in Guernsey and one in Jersey.
Interpretation of ‘issue’ in wills download
The bailiff was recently asked to consider an application from Mrs Le Cras for a ruling from the court as to the interpretation of her late father’s two wills.
Shoosmiths’ Edinburgh team has been named ‘Private Client Team of the Year’ at the Scottish Legal Awards 2014.
Anthony Collins, founder and former senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors, has been awarded the 2014 Birmingham Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lawyers threatened the Law Society with possible legal action today in the wake of Chancery Lane’s recent guidance on drafting Sharia law-compliant wills.
Collyer Bristow has recruited experienced international private client tax specialist William Hancock from Speechly Bircham.
Withers has been recognised as a leading law firm in the recently published edition of Chambers Global.
Portuguese firm PLMJ has set up a Swiss desk and opened an office in Lausanne in response to increasing amounts of work involving private clients with assets in Switzerland.
Collyer Bristow has announced its 2013 client survey results. Each year, the firm conducts a survey to get feedback on the service it provides to its commercial and private clients.
Ogier BVI and Bryan Cave have advised a private investor group led by Peak Hotels & Resorts Group on the acquisition of Aman Resorts.
Mourant Ozannes has a new Guernsey advocate. Matthew Guthrie, a senior associate within the international trusts and private client practice, has been sworn in at the Royal Court of Guernsey.
Bircham Dyson Bell is to merge with four-partner private client boutique Ambrose Appelbe, adding around £2m to its top line.
MAC has published a report on the Tier 1 investor visa, which focuses on whether the investment thresholds of the current scheme provide sufficient economic benefits to the UK.
Speechly Bircham is in preliminary merger talks with six-office firm Charles Russell in a move that would propel the combined outfit into the top 25 firms by turnover according to The Lawyer UK200.
Clifford Chance’s private equity practice has taken a blow with the departure of star Carlyle partner Kem Ihenacho to Latham & Watkins.
Taylor Wessing has been named one of eprivateclient’s Top 25 Most Admired Companies.
Allison Leopold Tilley and Jorge del Calvo of Pillsbury have been named by The Daily Journal as being among California’s top private equity lawyers and emerging companies lawyers.
Irwin Mitchell is due to open its ninth UK office in Southampton on 7 April.
Outer Temple Chambers has announced that David Russell QC, together with Javier Canosa, will be speaking at the Private Client Forum this month.
Popovici Nitu & Asociatii is acting as special adviser to the number-one-ranked Romanian professional tennis player, Simona Halep.
Offshore firm Ogier has sold its fiduciary business in a management buy-out backed by private equity company Electra Partners, which values the business at £180m.
Jim Edmondson will join Mourant Ozannes’ international trusts and private client practice as a consultant based in London.
Ogier has won the Law Firm of the Year Award 2014 for Jersey at the Citywealth International Financial Centres awards, which focus on the private wealth sector.
Offshore firm Mourant Ozannes has hired Farrer & Co’s former senior partner Jim Edmondson as head of its international trusts and private client practice.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced that Caymanian attorney Erik Bodden has joined its Cayman Islands office.
Shoosmiths has announced that chief executive Claire Rowe and partner Emma Gibson have been recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2014.
Conyers has hired Zoe Hanson, who has worked in the trust and corporate management services industry in Bermuda for 10 years, to its Bermuda private client and trust practice.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named among the leading law firms in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
Who’s Who Legal’s website recommends 13 lawyers from Ogier in Guernsey and Jersey, which is reportedly more than any other Channel Islands law firm.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Chris Bown is leaving the magic circle firm to join private equity house CVC, a key client of the firm’s corporate group.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has has hired Raymond Davern, a senior practitioner in the field of trusts and private client work, to its Cayman Islands office.
Ogier has announced that partners Steve Meiklejohn and Philip Le Cornu have been included in Private Client Practitioner’s Top 50 Most Influential list.
Document disclosure is vital in some divorce cases, as the long and bitter Young row demonstrates
Broseta is launching a Zurich office, in what is thought to be the first move by a Spanish firm into Switzerland.
In The International Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers, Conyers Dill & Pearman was named one of the world’s most highly regarded firms for private client work.
Ogier Fund Services has been highly commended in the 2013 Fund Services Awards for the category of Best Specialist Fund Service Solution.
Boodle Hatfield, which has the most expensive offices of this year’s UK200 firms, has confirmed that it is to move to new offices in London’s Bankside, with the firm’s flagship premises set to open in July 2014.
Taylor Wessing has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s British Legal Awards: Private Client Team of the Year and Commercial Team of the Year.
Merger talks are rumbling on between Manches and Penningtons as the private client firm confirms it is “optimistic” that a deal will be done to create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Ogier has four people included in Citywealth’s Jersey Future Leaders list: three from Ogier Private Wealth and one from Ogier Legal.
Series of unfortunate events shows legal profession taking a major role in latest outing of TV show
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
Amendments to the BVI trust regime download
VISTA has achieved significant traction in succession planning for family businesses and individuals from a civil law background.
Ogier has improved its Guernsey rankings and maintained top positions in Jersey in Legal 500 2013.
Manches is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons in a move that would create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Mourant Ozannes has been named International Legal Team of the Year at the STEP Private Client Awards 2013–14.
Boodle Hatfield has posted a 2 per cent rise in turnover to £20.7m for the 2012/13 financial year, marking the first time that the until now publicity shy firm has reported its year-end results.
Irwin Mitchell is closing in on a deal with an unnamed Spanish firm which will determine the future of its Spanish subsidiary, Irwin Mitchell Abogados.
Slater & Gordon is circling Manchester-based Pannone with the intention of making the firm’s consumer business its next strategic acquisition.
Andrew Hine, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s private client practice, has been listed in Spear’s magazine’s ‘Top Ten Tax and Trust Lawyers’.
Andrew Goodman, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s Private Client team, has been confirmed as part of the line-up for WealthBriefing’s upcoming Breakfast Briefing.
Robert Dobbyn, an associate at Ogier, has been listed in Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35.
Kirstie McGuigan, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s private client team, has been named one of Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35 2013.
Breedy Henderson partner Rosalyn Breedy has joined Forsters and wrapped up the niche private wealth practice she founded in the process.
Shoosmiths has made 18 associate promotions for 2013.
Speechly Bircham is staking its future on international expansion across Europe kickstarting today with the launch of a second office in Switzerland.
The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill, which makes significant amendments to the intestacy rules, recently had its first reading in the House of Lords.
Ogier’s Sally Edwards and Fiona Barrie have been included in Citywealth’s IFC Power Women Top 100.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes, has been shortlisted in three categories for the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has finalised its acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ Cambridge-based personal injury and Court of Protection practice.
The name partners at Bristol-based Davis Wood are understood to be the executors behind the will of a pensioner who specified that all the proceeds of her estate were to be paid to ”whichever Government is in office.”
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The Finance Bill 2013 received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013, triggering a number of private client measures to come into force.
Traditionally, a valid trust requires at least one beneficiary capable of benefiting. The reason for this restriction lies in the enforceability of the trust.
Ogier Fiduciary Services announces director promotions for Ian Rumens and Stephanie Rose.
British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm O’Neal Webster has launched a London office, headed up by former Walkers partner Christopher McKenzie.
Withers private client partner Ziva Robertson has quit the firm to join McDermott Will & Emery in London.
Mourant Ozannes has been shortlisted in two categories at the STEP Private Client Awards 2013.
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Mills & Reeve has announced that its merger with Manchester firm George Davies has completed.
Wealth management work is booming as individuals and families from around the world seek UK legal advice on structuring their affairs
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Legal Team of the Year at the inaugural STEP Caribbean Awards.
Taylor Wessing has announced the addition of a lateral hire to its private client practice. Sanjvee Shah is set to join the firm on 7 May 2013.
ACH Shoosmiths has opened its new offices in the heart of Edinburgh’s business and financial district.
Mourant Ozannes’ third annual International Trusts & Private Client Conference will be held on 4 October 2013 in the Cayman Islands.
Mourant Ozannes recently hosted a forum dedicated to international trusts and private wealth management in Jersey.
Bermuda continues to maintain its position as an attractive jurisdiction for the international high-net-worth private client.
Six new partners are among 22 promotions at Shoosmiths. The partners are joined in the law firm’s 2013 round by 16 new senior associates.
We focus on the creation and reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for the purpose of the preservation of client capital and the succession planning of ownership structures for family businesses.
Shoosmiths has reached 100 employees at its Manchester office.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has earned top marks in the UAE offshore category of Legal 500’s EMEA directory.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been highly ranked in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global.
Various industry publications rate NCTM as one of the best Italian law firms in the field of M&A and private equity.
Mourant Ozannes has gained recognition as the leading offshore law firm for international trusts and private client work.
Hogan Lovells has revealed that three of its partners were listed as All-Stars in the 2013 BTI Client Services All-Star report.
Paul Christopher, Hong Kong managing partner, talks to Asian Legal Business about increasing interests for private trusts in Asia.
Exeter-headquartered Michelmores has beefed up its Bristol base with the hire of Osborne Clarke private client head Sandra Brown.
Our Private Wealth practice advises wealthy families and entrepreneurs on the legal structuring of their wealth and investments.
Withers is to launch a consultancy group following client demand for a service that will help family-run businesses resolve arguments.
The Curtis private client group advises high-net-worth individuals, including owners of closely held businesses and executives of public companies.
Appleby’s Private Client & Trusts group provides trust services to high-net-worth individuals, families, international private banks and trust companies. We advise on all aspects of trust law, including the establishment, restructuring and winding up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts.
Addleshaw Goddard is now the largest firm in the UK with a full-service private client facility. We are regarded as pre-eminent in our field and have a large team of excellent technicians.
Taylor Wessing is one of only a handful of serious international law firms with strength-in-depth in the private client field across numerous jurisdictions.
Mourant Ozannes’ International Trusts & Private Client practice group (ITPC) is led from the firm’s London office by former barrister and international trusts litigation specialist Douglas Close.
Shoosmiths Access Legal gives our private clients access to the law through friendly, approachable people who know that understanding individual need is the first step to making the law work.
We are able to tackle the most challenging or highly charged matters quickly, efficiently and without fuss.
The civil courts will be dominated by credit crunch litigation and professional negligence battles in 2013, The Lawyer reveals today, while London’s courts continue to attract the wealthiest of litigants (see The Lawyer Top 20 Cases).
Withers has hired partner Simon Michaels from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for its wealth planning practice in Singapore.
Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral partner hire by re-recruiting Speechly Bircham international tax and wealth structuring head Charles Gothard.
Taylor Wessing has hired Manches partner Amanda Nelson and is relocating partner Ryan Myint to Singapore in key moves for its private client practice.
Scottish firm Ledingham Chalmers has strengthened its private client practice by merging with Aberdeen boutique Esslemont Cameron & Gauld.
Withers has announced a bumper round of partner promotions, with five added to its partnership.
The careful management of wealth for future generations is a hot topic for the well-off, with private client lawyers at the heart of the decision-making
Scottish firm Tods Murray has absorbed two-partner private client firm Fyfe Ireland.
LG private client partner Caroline Garnham has left the firm to concentrate on the social networking site she dreamed up five years ago.
Professional trustees can no longer rely on the Hastings-Bass principle as a cure-all for their mistakes. Michael Alden and Sue Savill report
Changes to the Government’s policy on philanthropy are in the spotlight as the Big Society agenda takes shape, say Christopher Groves and Alana Lowe-Petraske
A recent pension law upgrade could be a game-changer in terms of advising clients on how their wealth is transferred. By Julie Hutchison
Family constitutions, governance, succession planning and plain old hard work are in the spotlight, writes Catrin Griffiths from Monaco
Hunters is taking advantage of the fallout from the Dawsons-Penningtons merger and the senior management changes at Farrer & Co to ramp up its presence within Lincoln’s Inn.
Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons after coming under pressure to recapitalise and keep a grip on its core partnership.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Herbert Smith’s only dedicated private client partner just three months after the latter firm declared its ambition to grow in that area.
Herbert Smith is upping its emphasis on private client work as part of a strategic push into emerging markets.
Celebrity lawyer Simon Smith is to launch his own practice in London six months after quitting Schillings.
Howes Percival is forging ahead with plans to treble its private client team following the arrival of two lawyers.
Allen & Overy spin-off Maurice Turnor Gardner (MTG) has hired two pensions partners.
Three Payne Hicks Beach private client partners will leave the firm next month to set up a boutique private client practice. Louise Stoten, a partner at Payne Hicks for the past 10 years, will set up New Quadrant Partners along with partners Marcus Parker and Jane Bennett, who both joined the firm last year. They will be joined by Payne Hicks associate Zoë Camp and tax and trust principal Simon ...
Three Payne Hicks Beach private client partners will leave the firm next month to set up a boutique private client practice.
Thomas Eggar has appointed Richard Jordan to replace Patricia Woolgar as head of its private client group.
North West firm Mace & Jones has been named as a defendant in a £60m professional negligence claim alongside Kings Chambers’ John Hoggett QC.
Four LG private client partners have jumped ship to set up a wealth advisory boutique in Mayfair to target ’high-end’ individuals in the UK and abroad.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is putting its newly acquired family and private client team at the heart of its growth strategy two years after outsourcing the practice.
Private client lawyers have been proactive in response to the many recent setbacks with the launch of the Family Office Channel. Sarah Cormack and Patricia Milner explain the benefits already gleaned and the many to come from this innovative forum
When Clare Maurice was made up at Allen & Overy (A&O) in 1985 she was the sole female partner at the firm.
McDermott Will & Emery has launched a private client practice in its London office with a view to aligning the service with that in its New York offering.
The Radmacher case heard in the Court of Appeal, which accepted the viability of a prenup against the ruling of the first instance judge, appears to have allowed for an incursion of foreign law into English courts. By Henry Brookman
Private client and property boutique Forsters has hired former RadcliffesLeBrasseur private client chief Kelly Noel-Smith.
Allowing hacks into the melting pot of the family courts could have as yet unforeseen consequences, says Raymond Tooth and Jeffrey Nedas
Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold.
As part of my determination to ensure that the justice system is as open and transparent as possible - and therefore accountable to the people it serves - media organisations will for the first time be able to attend proceedings of all the family courts as of Monday (27 April).
Settling the estate of an eccentric artist who left behind bizarre artefacts and hundreds of claimants has been the (strangest) case of a lifetime, explains Peter Walmsley
In December last year Lord Chancellor Jack Straw QC declared that the Government would propose to change the law to allow access to the Family Court so that justice could be seen to be done.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) wide-reaching internal restructuring was triggered by an unexpectedly sharp downturn at the beginning of this year, according to managing partner Wim Dejonghe.
Mishcon de Reya has signed up to a legal advice helpline, with two of its lawyers giving advice via online business support site Smarta.
Slaughter and May has completed the biggest deal of the football transfer window, securing Russian star Andrei Arshavin for Arsenal.
As the global economy braces itself for an uncertain 2009, Patricia Milner and Charlie Tee take a look at what the coming year has in store for private client lawyers
Commoditisation is a reality of 21st Century business – the only way to combat its effects is to accept it, says Michael Alden.
After a decade of high profile cases and escalating payouts, 2009 could herald the reform of arcane divorce laws, says Peter Baughan.
Withers for Manches in divorce" /Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has parted company with his divorce lawyers at Withers in favour of Manches' Helen Ward, The Lawyer can reveal.
Shearman & Sterling has landed a lead role advising one of the largest victims of US hedge fund manager Bernard Madoff's $50bn (£33bn) pyramid scheme.
Manches family partner Helen Ward has cemented her place as the UK's leading divorce lawyer after securing a £50m divorce settlement for Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy has started a Christmas vacation scheme at the Queen’s law firm, Farrer & Co.
Royal WAG Chelsy Davy has started a Christmas vacation scheme at the Queen’s law firm, Farrer & Co - a move which her peers at Leeds University hope will gain the institution kudos among employees.
Clintons’ star family lawyer Liz Vernon is to go up against Withers partner Mark Harper in the Ecclestone divorce, set to produce the largest divorce settlement in UK legal history.
North West firm Pannone has launched a dating forum for its divorce clients.
The battle for the assets from Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s marriage is to be fought out by heavyweight family lawyers Helen Ward of Manches and Fiona Shackleton of Payne Hicks Beach.
London charity specialist Bates Wells & Braithwaite has hosted a poetry breakfast with Cornish poet Sally Crabtree in advance celebration of National Poetry Day today.
Manches has ramped up its family practice in response to a rush of enquiries following the economic slump.
Family lawyers are already seeing an increase in work as a growing number of women seek to secure assets as the economic boom turns to gloom.
Executive-level salaries, severance pay and pension benefits are being targeted by the Dutch tax authorities – but forming a special type of limited company can halve the size of the eventual bill.
Harbottle & Lewis has hired a former Radcliffe Chambers barrister as head of its charities group.
Private client firm Boodle Hatfield has hired an LG tax and private capital partner.
Where is the best place for a woman to get a divorce? London of course, the divorce capital of the world. ‘Forum shopping’, as it is known in family law circles, creates a myriad of problems for all parties involved in the divorce process.
The EU’s efforts to reduce forum shopping for divorce cases – and potentially curtail the UK’s status as the top choice – has in reality created a minefield of legislation.
Teething problems with the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are defeating the legislation’s admirable objectives, argues Fiona Smith
The increasing mobility of international families and its strain on relationships has made it necessary for private client lawyers to understand the complexities involved in dealing with international divorce.
Forsters snares four Withers partners" /Mayfair firm Forsters has secured four partners from Withers following legal discussions over their accession.
Mishcon de Reya has bolstered its wealth-planning group after raiding West End firm Seddons for a specialist residential real estate team.
Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London" /Salisbury-based charity and private client firm Wilsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) head of charity and is to open a London office in ...
Norfolk-based Steeles Law has been retained by Formula 1 chief Max Mosley as he launches libel proceedings against the News of the World.
Bath firm Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons is set to step up its recruitment programme after hiring two partners for its London practice.
Mishcon de Reya to put investment before profit" /Mishcon de Reya has reported limited growth in 2007-08 as the firm’s partners prepare to invest heavily in new offices and growing the litigation arm.
Norfolk-based firm Steeles Law has won Formula 1 chief Max Mosley £60,000 in damages after suing the News of the World for breach of privacy.
Withers has promoted family law partner Julian Lipson to head its family practice.
Until laws on divorce and cohabitants are brought into the 21st Century injustice will continue, says Julian Lipson
Divorcing couples have been dubbed the latest victims of the credit crunch. With house prices on the slide and houses failing to sell, would-be divorcees are finding themselves forced into extending their time under the same roof together.
The Law Commission’s attitude to the enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements has been slammed by family lawyers’ association Resolution for its lack of urgency.
#Surrey-based Stevens & Bolton has hired private client partner Stuart Skeffington from Withers. Skeffington specialises in advising on taxation of investments, complex offshore structures, business exits and reconstructions, tax planning for international families and employee remuneration strategies. Skeffington was at Wither
Media law firm Schillings scored a victory in the Court of Appeal today (7 May), which held that the privacy of client and Harry Potter author JK Rowlings’ five-year-old son had been infringed.
Family lawyers have expressed shock at the death of Mark Saunders, who was killed in a shoot out with police last night (6th May) in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted only one partner this year compared with two promotions last year and five in 2006.
Speechly Bircham has picked up the lead role acting for model Elle Macpherson on her deal to become the new face of $1.33bn American cosmetics giant Revlon.
Mishcon has written to the International Olympic Committee urging it to clarify how it will protect dissident athletes.
Al Fayed's legal team has finally been ordered to stand down from pursuing avenues as to the reasons Princess Diana and Dodi died.
Mohamed Al Fayed's legal team yesterday were considering their options after the jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
Heather Mills has failed in her attempt to block the publication of the judgment handed down in her divorce from Paul McCartney.
Payne Hicks Beach client Sir Paul McCartney is to pay estranged wife Heather Mills £24.3m in a divorce settlement determined by High Court judge Mr Justice Bennett.
North East firm Dickinson Dees has launched an all-woman wealth management team to target the lucrative market of independently wealthy women in the region.
Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.
The Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.
White & Case has won a landmark House of Lords victory that will undermine key points of the UK's extradition treaty with the US.
Withers has hired corporate and family specialist Rosalyn Breedy to its London office as head of counsel.
Details of what is expected to be the biggest divorce settlement in history may be made public, Mr Justice Bennett has warned Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.
A new family courts pilot scheme poses more questions than it answers.
Thomas Eggar has joined leading City figures in their campaign against the tax crackdown on non-domiciled individuals living in the UK.
The Heather Mills/ Paul McCartney divorce hearing will extend into next week after the estranged couple failed to reach a settlement in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.
The Crossley divorce case has grounded to a halt after Susan Crossley dropped her claim to her ex-husband's fortune.
Common law set 12 King's Bench Walk barrister Lincoln Crawford has been named as the recorder convicted of harassing his ex-wife and new partner.
Payne Hicks Beach could find its client Sir Paul McCartney cross-examined by estranged wife Heather Mills as the divorce case goes to court today (11 February).
Recent changes to the inheritance tax threshold have the potential to make wills an easier sell than ever before.
Sharia trusts' use of forced heirship rights tends to fragment share ownership down the generations, in some cases sparking disputes. Toby Graham advises on what to watch out for.
What should happen when bankruptcy and divorce proceedings coincide?
Twenty two media groups have joined forces to lobby the Government for a cap on the exponential costs in libel cases.
Private client specialist Withers is to open an office in Hong Kong.
Russell Cooke and Weightmans reached a settlement that will see actress Leslie Ash receive £5m compensation for contracting a superbug infection at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The House of Lords will today begin hearing the case of Ian Norris, determining conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited to the US.
Private client specialist Withers is to open in Hong Kong, focusing on cross-border legal and wealth planning.
Manches is set to pursue insurance magnate John Charman through the Bermudian Courts to recover the £48m he owes his ex-wife as part of their divorce settlement.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to outsource its family practice following the departure of head of private client and family Jeremy Abraham.
Sick miners and their families are losing out on compensation they are entitled to because of administrative failures, according to a critical report by Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor.
Civil liberties specialist Bindman & Partners has successfully defended a civil servant accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act after leaking secret documents to the media.
The UK's family lawyers are enjoying D Day (Divorce Day) today, as more divorces are expected to be filed today than on any other day of the year.
Mishcon de Reya was all over the papers just before Christmas. In case you missed it, the firm is said to be looking to sue former client Heather Mills McCartney over her unpaid legal bills.
Media boutique M Law has won Heather Mills-McCartney as a new client, advising her on the three libel actions that are running alongside the former model's bitter divorce proceedings from Sir Paul McCartney.
DWF has made further moves to strengthen its family practice credentials, with lateral hires to its Liverpool and Preston offices.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) head of family and private client Jeremy Abraham has joined Matthew Arnold and Baldwin (MAB).
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has established a costs committee to advise it on what rates personal injury (PI) lawyers can charge.
Jones Day, Travers Smith and White & Case clients Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Royal Bank of Canada have landed a victory in the NatWest Three case, after the former bankers pleaded guilty to fraud.
Mills & Reeve has moved to cement its foothold in the matrimonial market by launching a website for people going through divorce, separation or dissolution of civil partnership.
City-based law firm Fox Williams is positioning itself to act for private clients against banks in the expected credit crunch fallout.
Mills & Reeve is set to launch offices in Leeds and Manchester after taking on Addleshaw Goddard's entire family practice in the North West.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its strategy of ramping up its tax practice by hiring star tax partner Liesl Fichardt from US firm Dorsey & Whitney.
Halliwells has boosted its private client team with the appointment of Irwin Mitchell partner Paul Hirst.
One half of the partnership at matrimonial boutique Sears Tooth has defected to major rival Mishcon de Reya.
Heather Mills has parted company with her divorce lawyer, Anthony Julius of Mishcon de Reya, a week after being dropped by her media spokesman Phil Hall.
What do onshore law firms look for when referring private client work offshore? The lawyers responsible reveal all
Recovering assets through the criminal courts can be a tricky business. Stephen Baker reports on how Jersey's civil courts are about to get busier as new confiscation legislation comes into force
Any change to the status quo regarding the taxation of non-domiciled UK residents will provide countries such as Gibraltar with an opportunity to cash in, says Joey Garcia
Baker & McKenzie private banking partner Jonathan Burt has joined Barclays Wealth as a senior wealth adviser. Burt will join the offshore and private banking arm of the financial service powerhouse in January 2008. The former Bakers’ partner was based in the City office for seven years where he focused on private banking.
Radcliffe Chambers' former chief executive Chris Owen has settled his claim for constructive dismissal after his acrimonious exit from the chancery set last year.
The police raided the Glasgow office of HBJ Gateley Wareing yesterday (4 October) for a £30m stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting and arrested one of the firm's partners.
An alliance of high profile lawyers to the stars are teaming up to launch a popular US alternative dispute resolution procedure for divorces in London this week.
CMS Cameron McKenna's new head of immigration is to be followed to the firm by her former team from Reed Smith.
Double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy has offered the services of his in-house legal chief Edward Smethurst to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.
Trade union and personal injury specialist Thompsons Solicitors is being sued for negligence by a travellers’ warden for more than £150,000.
Irwin Mitchell appoints NW family head" /Irwin Mitchell has appointed Elizabeth Tait to head the firm's family law department.
Private client specialist firm Withers has formed an alliance with an art investment consultancy to market jointly its art team to a new range of clients.
Ashurst, CC and Freshfields enable juniors' rugby dream" /Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ...
Kingsley Napley has been hired by the parents of Madeleine McCann to advise them on their legal rights.
Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in 2004 will be back in court tomorrow (11 September), as the CBS television network once again tries to overturn its $550,000 (£273,000) fine for indecency.
Charles Russell has been hit with a second negligence High Court battle in as many weeks.
Charles Russell will launch its West End-based office on Monday (10 September) in a bid to ramp up its private client practice.
Blackburn-based firm Haworth & Nuttall has claimed that changes to cohabitation laws will “fall at the first hurdle” due to extra costs.
The laws regarding the financial rights of cohabiting couples are changing, but is the shift significant enough to reflect this sea change in society?
When the Lords threw out HMRC's appeal against an income-splitting family business, the Government announced a change to the law. By James Johnston
Forum shopping in divorce cases is becoming ever-more popular. And the world's favourite shopping mall? England, of course. By Nigel Shepherd and Alison Bull
Cohabiting couples that split up should be given the equivalent rights as divorcing couples, the Law Commission recommended today (31 July).
Mishcon de Reya has been appointed to handle the divorce of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry in what could be the biggest divorce payout by a footballer, with Henry's fortune estimated at £25m.
Manches scored a first in English legal history when the Court of Appeal today (24 May) upheld the largest-ever contested divorce settlement.
North West firm DWF has hired the entire family practice team from Cobbetts.
Bircham Dyson Bell has launched a new family group to service its growing private client list with a combination of media and family law advice.
Family law chambers One Garden Court has set a long-term target to become London's pre-eminent chambers in its field, but sees the Carter reforms as a major hurdle.
Gemma Westacott, deputy editor, TheLawyer.com
West End-based Howard Kennedy has hired Ruth Moore, the former head of private client at Northern Home Counties-based Pictonsas, as a partner to boost its private client department. Moore will add strength to areas including estate planning, probate and trusts. Partner Jo Summers, head of private client, said "Ruth's appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to providing a first-class service to our clients. "The private client department will also be welcoming another associate in ...
Private client and family lawyers are experiencing a flurry of change, including the Government's planned extension of financial rights to cohabiting couples.
London firm Goodman Derrick has swooped on ASB Law, hiring three partners to strengthen its family and private client teams.
Mayfair firm Forsters has raided Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham to bolster its private client team. Partner Carole Cook and consultant Eliza Mellor joined Forsters last Tuesday (1 February), increasing the firm’s private client team to seven partners and two consultants. Cook and Mellor specialise in providing tax and trust advice to individuals, trustees and companies, with a strong emphasis on ...
The Solicitors Family Law Association is now known as ‘Resolution’. And with its push for collaborative law, the organisation is changing more than just its name. By Jon Robins
Brighton & Hove City Council has established a new list of preferred barristers following a review that has seen both Francis Taylor Building and Cloisters axed from the panel.
The origins of Canterbury-based Furley Page date back to the 18th century, when it was founded by a sole practitioner named James Hanson. Today, following a number of mergers, the firm comprises 20 partners and is one of the leading practices in the South East.Approximately 50 per cent of Furley Page’s turnover is derived from private client work. ...
Margaret Bennett Solicitors can lay claim to being something of an anomaly. In fact, all the lawyers at the family law specialist are women.
The divorce of Arsenal FC footballer Ray Parlour and his wife Karen broke new ground in terms awards. Liz Vernon sets the record straight
Settling family disputes through mediation is growing in popularity, but more can still be done. Lisa Parkinson reports
Parental disputes over children have never had a higher profile – and the most contentious area is the enforcement of contact orders. Kevin Hand and Rebecca Bailey-Harris report
Pemberton Greenish" /Although only a young firm, Pemberton Greenish is as steeped in tradition as its extensive client list of landed estates.
Manches has lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy. Kerry Fretwell joins the Reading firm as a partner, specialising in ancillary relief and cases involving children. She is part of the Solicitors Family Law Association Training Committee and was also involved in setting up the Collaborative Family Law Group, a body that encourages the settlement of family disputes without recourse to court hearings. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 4 October.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
Lester Aldridge is set to gain its first foothold in London after absorbing 200-year-old real estate, commercial services and private client boutique Park Nelson.
What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports
Manby & Steward has hired a new partner for its dispute resolution division. Brian Aikman, a recently-appointed deputy district judge, joins the firm from Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson, where he was a partner in the litigation department.
Trowers & Hamlins has signed up South East firm Kidd Rapinet’s private client head. David Semmens joins Trowers as a partner in the firm’s developing private client department, under the direction of group head Luke Valner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 22 September 2004
August saw the launch of Last Cawthra Feather’s (LCF) sports law team, an unconventional development for a regional firm made all the more unusual by the presence of former professional footballers-turned-consultants Jim Pearson and John Hendrie.
Trowers & Hamlins has targeted South East firm Kidd Rapinet’s private client department to acquire the head of the practice.
Government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia are to be opened up to private law firms for the first time when an official tender process begins in November.
The philosophy at Taylor Walton is simple: regional is best.
Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with GW Tait & Sons. The move will see two GW Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership, along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. The 18-partner firm has expanded significantly this year with the acquisition in May of a substantial part of the personal injury practice of Aberdeen firm Burnside Kemp Fraser and the opening of an Aberdeen office, its first outside ...
Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with G W Tait & Sons.
Some of the highest achievers start late in life. Some of those people end up at the very top of their professions. It’s the benefit of life experience, they say.
City firm Dawsons has boosted its corporate department with the promotion to partner of Ute Mueller. Mueller, who qualified in Germany in 1997 and joined the firm three years ago, specialises in international law.
Despite the trendy name, KSB Law is a firm strongly grounded in English history.
Canterbury firm Furley Page has bolstered its family law division with the hire of solicitor Anne Blenkinsop from Maidstone’s ASB Law. Blenkinsop has 14 years’ experience in family law and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.
Pictons chief executive officer (CEO) David Lambert is unusual in having a vision for the firm that he describes as “transient”. Some CEOs and managing partners might bridle at the suggestion of ‘transience’ in their thinking. But not Lambert.
Stephenson Harwood is losing its entire private capital and family team to Charles Russell.
After her victory in the Karen Parlour case, Liz Vernon sets the record, and her critics, straight. Gemma Charles reports
Clintons scored a high-profile success last week after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of its client Karen Parlour in her divorce claim against her ex-husband Ray Parlour. The court ruled that the Arsenal footballer must pay Karen Parlour a third of his future income in a landmark ruling that will change the face of high-earners’ divorces. Had the marriage lasted longer than its three years, the award would have been 50 per cent. Specialist matrimonial firm Alexiou Fisher Philipps ...
Barristers can now receive instructions direct from members of the public following a change in the Bar Council’s code of conduct. The Department of Constitutional Affairs last week granted approval for the council to remove the blanket ban on direct public access. The new scheme does not apply to criminal, family and immigration barristers, who must still receive instructions from solicitors. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 July
Matthew Arnold Baldwin announced a string of promotions last week, including Karen Jones, who became a partner in the firm’s IT and e-commerce division. Five lawyers have also been made up to associate.
Family lawyers are being targeted by a new legal consultancy that completes the pension valuation and sharing aspects of divorce proceedings for solicitors.
Ian Hopkins, managing partner of South Wales law firm Leo Abse & Cohen (LAC), makes no bones about how the firm needed a shake-up two years ago. “We recognised that big changes were needed and went through an enormous cultural shift,” he admits. “We were a sleeping giant, but we’ve woken up.”
Philip Smith, the managing partner of Cheshire firm SAS Lawyers, is not one to hide his firm’s light under a bushel. “We’re very assertive on PR,” he says.
“Commercially active high-net-worth individuals demand expert legal advice,” says Julian Whately, senior partner of Westminster firm Lee & Pembertons. Whately claims that his firm provides that advice, and not just in the traditional private client sectors of, for example, trusts and personal tax planning. “What we aim to be is a one-stop shop for all our clients’ needs,” he says.
Scottish boutique Pagan Osborne has cherry picked a range of practices from dissolved Edinburgh firm Ketchen & Stevens.
Bishop Longbotham & Bagnall Solicitors (or, as it would prefer to be known in these days of abbreviated law firm names, BL&B Solicitors) perhaps sums up the dilemma faced by many established regional firms early in the 21st century. Should they keep the faith and retain tried-and-trusted ways of doing things, or jettison the status quo in favour of trendy alternatives, such ...
Regional law firms have shrugged off the economic malaise affecting their City contemporaries by reporting solid figures for the last financial year.
A lot of law firms talk about understanding their clients’ needs, but Clarke Willmott claims to offer “more understanding”. This is the South West firm’s brand, and it means what it says. “It could sound a bit nebulous,” says managing partner David Sedgwick, “but we’re serious.”
Dawsons has appointed a lateral hire of 18 months to senior partner in a bid to drive forward its private client practice.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has lost its leading corporate rainmaker, at the same time as the firm announces the axing of its three-lawyer children and education team.
Times have changed a lot since Berkshire firm Gardner Leader was set up in 1895. Nowadays firms are brand-aware, have state-of-the-art IT systems, work through management committees and even, in the case of the present day Gardner Leader, allow clients to provide ‘qualitative appraisals’.
Mayfair’s Boodle Hatfield has elected property partner Tim Manning as its new senior partner to replace long-standing leader Richard Moyes on 1 May. The appointment, after an uncontested election, comes in the wake of a firmwide overhaul which saw the 280 year-old firm return to its core practice areas of property and private capital. Outgoing senior partner Moyes will return to fee-earning in the private client department.
Experts in the dock’, screamed one broadsheet headline in January 2004 after the Court of Appeal quashed Angela Cannings’ conviction for murdering two of her children. The Court of Appeal said that in cases such as Cannings’ it will often be unsafe to proceed to trial if the outcome would depend on a serious disagreement between distinguished and reputable experts.
The steady erosion of professional privilege will have significant implications for lawyers and their clients. John Rhodes reports
Is the UK’s attitude to wealth changing as its population becomes increasingly affluent? Arabella Saker reports
Recent changes to family home inheritance tax may have major implications for how clients prepare for their future financial security. Penny Catterick reports
King & Spalding has scored another coup for its private equity group by taking on a funds specialist from Goldman Sachs. Stephen Culhane served as vice-president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co and was legal director of the private equity group. He will join King & Spalding’s New York private equity group, where he will specialise in fund formation work. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March
Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers has lost a leading childcare barrister, who has joined London’s One King’s Bench Walk. It is understood that David Hershman QC has made the move to practise in a smaller set with a more specialist family focus. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 31 March
Hampshire firm Warner Goodman & Streat recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, making it one of the longest-established South Coast practices. But longevity is allied with expansionist and forward-thinking policies. Family-friendly policies are the norm, with staff working regularly from home. Profit, while clearly important, is not the sole motive ...
The bill creating foundation hospitals scraped into law last year. Through the mist and fog of political debate, one thing seems clear. Foundation hospitals will have to behave much more like private companies than extensions of the civil service. If trusts status was one step away from Whitehall, foundation status is probably three steps away – and that may only be the start of a long walk.
Hampshire firm White and Bowker has been around longer than many of its competitors. Established in 1750, the firm has existed “in a number of guises ever since”, according to chairman Niall Brook.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur family department head Roger Cobden-Ramsey has left to join small London firm Harcus Sinclair. His assistant Terry Bray moves with him.
Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed Charles Barter as head of the firm’s nine-person private equity group.
Shadbolt & Co has created a new management position in London to maintain its current development push. Liz Jenkins, head of the national and international projects and procurement group, has been appointed as managing partner and head of Shadbolts’ London office. Jenkins has recently worked on the £200m Colchester garrison project, acting for service providers Sodexho and WS Atkins. Her new role will include promotion of the firm’s projects/public finance initiative/public-private ...
Withy King managing partner Martin Powell is unequivocal in his commitment to new ways of doing things. “To move with the times a firm has to be run as a business, not a traditional partnership,” he argues. “You’ve got to recognise the value of your capital assets and finds ways to value the firm’s work-in-progress and its goodwill in a way that keeps everyone enthused.”
Olswang is poised to bulk up its private equity team with the hire of two SJ Berwin partners Jonathan Pittal and Perry Yam.
The Proceeds of Crime Act has created outrage among family lawyers, who may have to secretly act against the interests of their own client and breach professional privilege. By Jon Robins
Tim Sadka, managing partner of West Sussex practice Rawlison Butler, uses a boxing metaphor to sum up his sense of the firm. “We punch well above our weight,” he claims. Proudly, he quotes testimonials from clients praising the way in which he and his colleagues deliver a City service. Indeed, with its expansionist drive, Rawlison Butler looks well placed to be ...
Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur has lost two departmental heads – making a total of three partners this year. This means that the firm has lost four department heads in the past 15 months.
A bumper January, with gross income for the month hitting a record £2.25m, has helped St Philips Chambers post total revenues of £18.3m for its last financial year.
Holborn-based family and commercial property firm Barnett Sampson has dissolved after 20 years in practice, with the bulk of its partnership migrating to Anthony Gold.
It was an eventful 2003 for Newcastle’s Gibson & Co. In just a year the 300-year-old firm grew from four partners to six with the hire of two Allen & Overy (A&O) litigators.
Stephenson Harwood has lost three partners and two consultants from its private capital team, but has stated that the moves were “anticipated” in its business planning following profitability “concerns”.
The Government’s plans to reintroduce the Civil Partnerships Bill to Parliament in its amended form would introduce a scheme whereby same-sex couples can choose to register as a ‘civil partnership’. This would carry with it recognised legal (and social) status.
The people of Milton Keynes were, until recently, inhabitants of the largest conurbation without a league football team in Europe. The consortium Inter MK was formed to change all that. It spearheaded the drive to bring London’s Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes. This season, Wimbledon has played in front of capacity crowds in its temporary home of the Milton Keynes ...
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won out against 47 other law firms to become sole legal adviser to the General Social Care Council (GSCC), the regulator of the social care workforce.
O’Melveny & Myers is kickstarting its UK office by appointing a founder of SJ Berwin’s private equity group as London managing partner.
Last November, Kent firm Whitehead Monckton underwent a complete rebranding in a bid to raise its profile, not only in Kent but also across the South East. Its aim was to signal that the firm was no longer just a high street practice.
Leeds firm Zermansky & Partners welcomed in the new year with its eponymous founder Victor Zermansky celebrating 50 years on the roll of solicitors.
Eversheds PFI/projects partner Jason Poole is set to join the Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve as a partner later this year. Poole specialises in advising public and private sector clients on a wide range of PFI/public private partnership schemes, project financings and outsourcings. Pooles recent transactions ...
Eversheds has decided to cease its private client function in London and has reached an agreement to transfer the practice to Dawsons. Under the arrangement, Eversheds partner Neil Morris will be joining Dawsons from 30 April 2004. Partner Nigel Porteous will move to Maples & Calder in the Cayman Islands. First reported on www.thelawyer.com, 12 December
Eversheds has decided to cease its private client function in London and has reached an agreement to transfer the practice to Dawsons.
Plans are well and truly afoot to give Northern Ireland's PFI/PPP market a leg-up. Stuart Cairns gives the lowdown on the changing face of projects
Hundreds of angry fathers dressed in black and brandishing purple flags have staged a demonstration at the High Court in London as part of a Fathers’ Day protest against their treatment at the hands of Family Division judges. Between 60 and 70 men made it past security guards on Friday (13 June) to occupy the Family Court building itself, while the protesters claim that up to 500 others staged a non-violent protest outside. The court is believed to have been in session at the time and, ...
North East firm Jacksons has announced that it is splitting its core areas of business into two new firms, with effect from 1 September.
Addleshaw Booth & Co has pinned its hopes for private equity in London on Simon Pilling - regardless of Theodore Goddard. By Catrin Griffiths
Harrowing though her work must be, The Lawyer/Unicef Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Pat Monro still manages to keep smiling. Jennifer Currie reports
Northern managing partner and national litigation head for Pinsents Nigel Kissack is certainly not one to refuse a challenge. Matheu Swallow reports
After downsizing at his last firm, private equity boss Keir Barrie is happier to be charged with expansion at Theodore Goddard. Kathryn Hobbs reports
Zimbabwean lawyer Lydia Zigomo is taking a stand against President Mugabe's corrupt regime despite the threat of violent repercussions
Withers senior partner Diana Parker might opt for tweed and pearls, but her firm's US merger and LLP drive is leaving other firms open-mouthed
Eversheds is to bow out of family law and refocus its private client department in Norwich in the latest round of reforms, which has seen a strategic shift towards corporate and commercial work.
Michael Coleman has hurtled through his career rodeo-style, and with clients such as James Hewitt and the Hamiltons, he isn’t about to fall off
Henry Brookman has recently had the sort of press coverage that many advertising agencies dream about. Front page of The Guardian, page five of the Daily Mail, in addition to most of the other national newspapers, discussed on daytime television and follow-ups from around the world.
Fiona Callister meets David Willis, Forsters' senior partner, who has helped nurture the young firm which grew out of the ashes of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.
Sean Farrell meets Erica Shelton, the woman Sir Terence Conran referred to as 'bright and manipulative' after she won a £10.5m divorce settlement for his ex-wife.