Private Client

Irwin Mitchell expands in the south with Brighton launch   

Irwin Mitchell has opened an office in Brighton in order to extend its footprint in the south and to attract more high-net-worth clients. The firm is taking office space at Mocatta House, Trafalgar Place, and it will be set up to allow for client meetings and collaborative working. Irwin Mitchell already has four other offices […]

UK map

Shoosmiths sells 41-strong private client team

Following a strategic review, Shoosmiths has parted ways with its wealth protection group and sold it to a Midlands-based firm. Rothley Law is acquiring the 41-strong team, led by partners Melissa Maple, Adam Draper and Lucy Taylor. The groups specialise in wealth protection matters, wills and trusts, and Court of Protection. Rothley Law has offices […]

Hong Kong

Withers’ Hong Kong managing partner leaves for Mishcon

Withers has taken a hit in Hong Kong, after losing its managing partner and a private client partner to Mishcon De Reya. Wei Zhang, the firm’s office head, has spent more than 13 years at Withers. She joined Withers Bergman as an associate in 2010 and was given the nod to partner in 2017. Timothy […]

Charles Russell Speechlys kickstarts private capital initiative

Charles Russell Speechlys is to launch a new practice that focuses on landing new mandates from global private capital clients, families and their businesses. The firm’s “Private Office” is expected to focus on the private and business aspirations of new and existing clients and how they can service their global assets. Once established, the firm […]

Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions

Sanctions for most people have never really been on the agenda. Glossed over as something to be aware of but will never really an issue… Included the general AML compliance package but we never have any ‘hits’… Yes, we have a sanctions policy but we have never needed to implement it…

HICBC: January 2022 update – 2017/2018 tax position

A number of taxpayers with HICBC appeals awaiting the outcome of the forthcoming Court of Appeal in HMRC v Wilkes have recently contacted the firm about correspondence received from HMRC about their 2017/18 tax position.

Glasgow Scotland

Dentons hit in Scotland with 20-strong team move

Dentons’ private client team in Scotland is decamping to Shepherd and Wedderburn, with a team of 20 making the move. The group is led by partners Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham in Glasgow, and includes seven other lawyers. Both Kerr and Graham are legacy Maclay Murray & Spens, which merged with Dentons in 2017. Kerr […]

Taylor Wessing raids BCLP with 11-strong team hire

Capitalising on the hire of three partners last year, Taylor Wessing has recruited 11 further lawyers from BCLP’s private wealth team. The firm has hired the team following the arrival in November of BCLP’s co-leader of the private client team Damian Bloom and partner Simon Phelps. The team includes 11 lawyers comprising consultants, senior counsel, associates […]

Taylor Wessing lands partner duo from BCLP

Taylor Wessing has hired a two-partner private wealth team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The team includes the co-leader of the private client team Damian Bloom and partner Simon Phelps. Bloom has been a partner at BCLP since 2005. As part of his practice, he advises individuals and high net worth families on tax and […]