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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4


RadcliffesLeBrasseur advises corporates and individuals on fraud, white-collar crime, compliance and regulatory matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, PoCA matters, confiscation, money laundering, prevention of crime and internal investigations. The firm often deals with investigations by the SFO, CPS, FCA and HMRC.

Practice head(s):Nigel West

Other key lawyers:Anil Rajani; Stuart Lindley


‘Anil Rajani is results driven and always has the correct strategy in mind’.

Work highlights

  • Advising former directors of Northampton Town Football Club in relation to parallel civil proceedings breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and substantial criminal investigations and proceedings for fraud, money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and offences of conspiracy to cheat.
  • Advising a Saudi Arabian national and his company, in proceedings against an American corporation in relation to allegations of breach of contract involving potential offences under the Bribery Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Allegations were made in relation to money laundering and complex corporate structures to conceal the proceeds of crime.
  • Representing John Blavo in relation to allegations of a £23m fraud involving the Legal Aid Agency and the Lord Chancellor’s department.
  • Representing a lawyer currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of fraud by false representation and breach of position in addition to potential offences of money laundering.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1


For some clients, RadcliffesLeBrasseur 'has probably the most experienced lawyers in London for solicitors' disciplinary cases; the team always provides a first-class service'. In addition, the group assists healthcare professionals in relation to conduct, health and competence issues, including reputation concerns and criminal allegations. It recently added police professional discipline to its offering, with the arrival of Tom Nutter in its Leeds office from Slater and Gordon. Alex Leslie is focused on advising professionals working in the NHS; Sam Flew advises healthcare professionals on regulatory, disciplinary and criminal investigations and prosecutions; Nigel West is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation head; and Susanna Heley specialises in regulatory law and professionals. Also key to the team are Stewart Duffy and consultant Linda Lee.

Practice head(s):Sam Flew; Nigel West; Tom Nutter

Other key lawyers:Alex Leslie; Susanna Heley; Stewart Duffy; Linda Lee


'The firm sets the standard for all others in this area of law; its partners and associates are some of the very best practitioners around'.

'The solicitors in the team operate with the utmost professionalism and willingness to assist; nothing is ever too much trouble and clients always feel very valued'.

'Nigel West is a standout practitioner and an extremely able tactician'.

'Susannah Heley has top-class knowledge of regulatory law and practice'.

'Stewart Duffy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, while understanding that sometimes its applicability has limits'.

Leading individuals

Alex Leslie - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Nigel West - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4


RadcliffesLeBrasseur routinely acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants on various high-value and complex trusts and estates in the UK and overseas. Key areas of expertise include advising on applications to remove or substitute personal representatives as well as claims relating to breach of trustees powers and duties or claims relating to negligent trustees. Jonathan Shankland and Dominic Green are the names to note. Nigel West is another known name for his advice to various ultra-high-net-worth clients on their personal and corporate litigation matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Shankland l Dominic Green

Other key lawyers:Nigel West; Cheryl Gayer


'Nigel West is a highly experienced senior lawyer who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and commercial judgment to litigation and works hard to find a satisfactory solution to the client’s case.'

'Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer and you can see this with his confidence and style - he is never outwitted.'

'Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer; Jonathan Shankland has a very calming and settled manner and is very approachable; Cheryl Gayer is very organised.'

'Jonathan Shankland: for his ingenuity, ability to find solutions for his clients – his resilience and the all-round service he provides to his clients. He is extremely technically able across a vast number of different areas.'

'Cheryl Gayer  is great, very organised and also knowledgeable but she really makes matters tick along, she is very proactive.'

Work highlights

  • Advising on an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 on behalf of a disinherited child in a £50m complex estate.
  • Advising on an Inheritance (Provision for family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim  - there is a related application to remove and replace the executors.
  • Advising on a contested declaration of trust and loan agreement between former spouses involving offshore trust loans.
  • Defending a claim against the estate of the deceased as executors of the estate.
  • Advising in relation to an estate with extensive liabilities to unsecured creditors at the date of death.

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3


RadcliffesLeBrasseur routinely deals with complex Court of Protection matters and vulnerable person matters for both institutional clients and private clients. Its practice straddles its private client and healthcare teams. It acts for many private healthcare providers as well as NHS clients. Andrew Parsons has extensive experience of advising NHS, private health and social care providers on all areas of health law, including care homes law, mental health law and judicial reviews. Jonathan Shankland is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Parsons; Jonathan Shankland

Other key lawyers:Julia Appleton


'The team has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with a panoply of lawyers of all levels of experience, many of whom are excellent. Many of the trainees and junior solicitors are really able to tackle case-work beyond their years and do so with great enthusiasm'.

'The firm has a real "collegiate" feel to it. The lawyers are approachable, highly knowledgeable and always return calls the same day'.

'Julia Appleton is clever, competent and always personable. She is always pragmatic and sensible whatever the demands of the situation'.

Key Clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Four Seasons Health Care

CAS Behavioural Services

Barchester Healthcare

Care UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a Court of Protection matter concerning what residence was in the best interests of the service user in the client’s unit.
  • Frequently asked to advise the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in relation to orders made by the court for the trust to undertake capacity assessments under s49 of the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Instructed by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to challenge a placement in local authority social housing as being inappropriate for the service users’ needs.
  • Acting as a professional attorney and advising on the management of the estate of a UHNW business leader and leading financial name in the banking industry.
  • Advising an institutional client about the safeguarding of a vulnerable child at risk of trafficking.

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Family - ranked: tier 4


RadcliffesLeBrasseur is well-placed to advise on issues for high-net-worth individuals in addition to middle-income professionals and routinely advises self-employed creatives and entrepreneurs. The group works closely with its tax and private client team to advise on tax, trusts and probate matters for clients going through relationship breakdown. It frequently advises on jurisdictional issues and issues surrounding offshore trusts and on different tax regimes as well as on complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Caroline Penfold heads the team.

Practice head(s):Caroline Penfold

Other key lawyers:Christopher Butler


'It is a strong team that is increasingly making a name for itself'.

'It has a very broad spread of knowledge within the practice and all issues are handled with great sensitivity. Caroline Penfold lent support above and beyond what I would have expected'.

'Caroline Penfold is an extremely experienced solicitor who is handling complex cases'.

'Caroline Penfold is extremely efficient and thorough. Her attention to detail, and excellent client management win her the loyalty of her clients'.

'Christopher Butler has a wealth of experience'.

'Christopher Butler is an ever calm, measured and able solicitor with excellent judgement. When required he will be punchy and effective, but his main quality is that he sees through to the core of a problem and solves it'.

'Many years of experience as a solicitor, backed up by extensive judicial experience, make Christopher Butler a very safe pair of hands. He is pragmatic and calm, but determined to get the best possible result for his clients'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2


The size of the team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur allows it to advise on a broad range of HNW specialisms centred around private wealth, tax and estate planning. It is strong across the board from international wills and estate planning through to trust and international trust advice. It advises both individuals and professional trustees on a myriad of issues from Trustee Act 2000 obligations through to changes in the taxation of UK residential property. It is also strong on landed estate and heritage asset matters, as a number of its clients have significant collections of art, antiques and chattels. It has a China desk and through Tulin Hamit has a well-regarded Turkish markets team. Heads of department Jonathan Shankland and Victoria Fairley receive a lot of plaudits.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Shankland; Victoria Fairley

Other key lawyers:Tulin Hamit; Tom Frankel; Patrick Malone


'Jonathan Shankland is clearly a competent lawyer but his client management makes him exceptional and significantly increases the market-worthiness of Radcliffes. He is constantly 24/7 available by email, text, phone, whatever. He exudes client support and responsiveness.'

'Excellent responsiveness, client-centric, good advice - Jonathan Shankland is outstanding.'

'I trust Jonathan Shankland greatly which I think is so important when someone is dealing with your financial affairs and I know that if he is handling work for me that it will be done both diligently, efficiently and on time.'

'Jonathan Shankland is a top-notch lawyer and one I really rate. He's the full package - technically able, pragmatic, excellent client care skills and very responsive. He has a bright future ahead of him.'

'Victoria Fairley is extremely gifted and able.'

'Victoria Fairley has an extremely reassuring manner, and an outstanding ability to see a matter smoothly through to successful conclusion.'

'The team is extremely experienced and has a long and outstanding private client history. Tulin Hamit is extremely conscientious with her outstanding client base. She is extremely able.'

'Tom Frankel is a very approachable and likeable individual. Explained all the issues in layman terms and was very helpful.'

'Jonathan Shankland and Patrick Malone impressed with their international capabilities and ability to work collaboratively with firms outside their jurisdiction. They had a solid knowledge of international and tax matters.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in the well publicised HMRC proceedings against many household name BBC presenters over their position as employees/agents/consultants to the BBC and the IR35 provisions and code.
  • Represented the trust company in the structuring of an offshore property structure between the UK/Jersey/BVI with a value of significant millions.
  • Acting in the estate administration of the estate of the late Baron Van Dedem and winding up of extensive offshore structures holding invaluable historic art collection (hundreds of millions in value terms).
  • Advising client on UK inbounding tax, domicile and tax residency advice in relation to UK and international tax, trust and estate planning (£30m).
  • Acting in the administration of the estate of the leading finance figure Mike Wilson CBE – the founding director and partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management, the FTSE listed company.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Shankland - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Victoria Fairley - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Rising stars

Tulin Hamit - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

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London: Public sector

Healthcare - ranked: tier 3


As 'one of the most recognisable names in the healthcare market' RadcliffesLeBrasseur specialises in advising on CQC regulation and enforcement issues, mental health, and care homes, as well as advising healthcare professionals. Practice head Andrew Parsons acts for a large number of private sector healthcare providers and regularly advises on regulatory matters involving CQC and the police.

Practice head(s):Andrew Parsons


'The healthcare department provide high-quality, knowledgeable advice'

'Andrew Parsons is a standout leader in this field - he knows more about the healthcare sector than anyone, and is a problem solver with a wonderful manner with clients that instills confidence'

Leading individuals

Andrew Parsons - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5


The property litigation team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur is led by Simon Hartley, who handles a wide range of contentious commercial real estate work and has significant experience in rent reviews, but the group is also well versed in dealing with residential property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes and property issues associated with insolvency scenarios.

Practice head(s):Simon Hartley

Other key lawyers:Jane Emberton

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3


With a range of clients that includes high-net-worth individuals, estates and offshore trusts, RadcliffesLeBrasseur stands out for its leasehold enfranchisement and refinancing work and deep knowledge of trust structures, alongside its work on sales and purchases on new build properties, estates and country houses. The group also boasts considerable knowledge of the property market in China and inbound investment from China into the UK. Practice leader Karen Mayne leads a team of partners including Ping Leung, who heads the firm's China desk and specialises in advising lenders on secured lending and financing.

Practice head(s):Karen Mayne

Other key lawyers:Ping Leung


'RadcliffesLeBrasseur have great knowledge of leasehold enfranchisement  and licensing.'

'The residential property team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur has specialist knowledge of estate management schemes.'

Key Clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Work highlights

  • Advised on refinancing of five residential properties including facilities agreements, crossed collateral corporate guarantees, debentures and legal charges, personal guarantee and general property advice in respect of the financing through the lender, Deutsche Bank (Swiss) SA.
  • Advised on application for the freehold of a high value property.
  • Assignment of an off-plan contract for a high value central London apartment in Grosvenor Square.
  • Exchange of contracts conditional on planning permission for the erection of up to 38 houses and apartments with highway access associated infrastructure and landscaping.

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