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Boodle Hatfield LLP

240 BLACKFRIARS ROAD, LONDON, SE1 8NW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7629 7411
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Fax 020 7629 2621
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53 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.boodlehatfield.com
London SE1, London W1K, Oxford

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Nigel Stone leads the practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP, which was strengthened by the arrival of Jane Ireland from Ashfords LLP in 2017. The team specialises in acting for private companies and fund syndicates of ultra-high-net-worth investors, as well as clients in the hotels and leisure and technology sectors. Richard Beavan and Rahul Thakrar focus on advising entrepreneurs and their associated businesses in areas such as retail, food and beverages, business and leisure services, the arts, and finance. The team also handles cross-border transactions. Rudy Capildeo was promoted to partner in 2017.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's 'excellent, smart, hardworking team provides quick response times and thorough research of legal problems'. Others report that the firm 'does a surprising amount of international work and draws on good ties with lawyers around the globe'. The practice advises on substantial and complex commercial disputes; and stands out for its arts law disputes expertise, including disputes relating to art finance. The 'calm and unflappable' litigation head Simon Fitzpatrick is 'cool headed, tactical and a good listener'; Tim Maxwell is focused on commercial and luxury asset litigation; and the 'very sharp and on the ball' senior associate Rebecca Foden is 'strong tactically and a strong advocate for clients'. Thomas Williams left the firm.

Leading individuals

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's team has national reach across Oxford and London and acts for a number of wealthy individuals and landowners as well acting for more than 80 landed estates. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable and expert’ Simon Rylatt and the ‘legendary’ Sue Laing. Saskia Arthur  heads the residential property team and routinely advises high-net-worth individuals and landowners on their estate management, tenancy issues and sporting rights as well as on their asset protection and the effective devolution of their estates. Fiona Graham has particular expertise in advising on tax, trust and succession matters for landed estates and UK trusts and family businesses. Highlights included acting for a UK investor in a significant estate purchase of a mixed-use agricultural estate comprising land, residential and commercial buildings. The estate is located in an interesting area with very specific title issues and potential long term issues about access to the estate. The team also advised a well-known philanthropist on the purchase of shares in an offshore company where the underlying asset was a country estate which included a substantial listed mansion.

Leading individuals

Fiona Graham - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Saskia Arthur - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kirsty Ions - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

At Boodle Hatfield LLP  ‘the level of service on all fronts and its response times are excellent; the team has a complete understanding of the complexities of the art market and its very strong and experienced art litigation team dovetails well with its excellent private client and art finance offering’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Simon Fitzpatrick  ‘gives one confidence in his ability’ and Tim Maxwell is ‘able to explain matters well to a non-legal person; he is a creative lawyer who is astute at finding answers to problems’. Newly promoted partner Rudy Capildeo ‘combines art finance expertise with significant commercial acumen and a very good knowledge of the art market’. Natasha Hassall is recommended for her experience at handling both onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning and wills for large landed estates that have substantial heritage property and art collections. The ‘active team has prestigious clients’ that includes artists from a diverse range of disciplines spanning well-known, high-net-worth artists through to up-and-coming street artists and couture fashion designers. The full-service team advises on everything from high-value disputes to setting up new art-focused businesses. Becky Shaw is a ‘hardworking associate with a real interest in her work’.

Leading individuals

Natasha Hassall - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Tim Maxwell - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rudy Capildeo - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP undertakes a wide range of work for leading charities such as the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre and also has an excellent practice in philanthropy. It routinely advises corporates, family businesses and individuals on major philanthropy projects. It has been advising a major international corporate on the establishment and ongoing governance of a UK corporate charitable foundation. Simon Rylatt heads the team and is a ‘steady hand at the helm’. Senior associate Eleanor Sepanski regularly deals with governance issues as well as philanthropy and CSR planning for companies. The skilled team is adept at advising corporate clients and family offices on various matters such as structuring philanthropic initiatives, establishing new charities, liaising with the Charity Commission as well as acting as trustees.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP  is ‘at the top of its game; it is a firm that really cares about its clients’. Simon Rylatt  is ‘one of the pre-eminent practitioners in this field globally’ and Andrea Zavos  is ‘excellent at running litigation and keeping sight of the big picture’. The ‘hardworking and astute’ Mark Lindley  has ‘already established himself as a star in this practice area; he has an approachable manner and is a very good technical lawyer’. The team receives significant referrals from leading UK firms, high-net-worth individuals and international intermediaries. The team has a strong reputation for its work in resolving disputes/managing complex litigation and has considerable expertise in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection, trust, family business and governance as well other succession issues.

Leading individuals

Andrea Zavos - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Simon Rylatt - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next generation lawyers

Mark Lindley - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP  has an ‘excellent reputation which it can live up to. It is a top player in matrimonial finance’. It is led by James Ferguson  who is ‘superb with clients, cool-headed and a supreme strategist’. Emily Brand  is ‘highly experienced. She is very supportive of her clients alongside having superb technical skills’. It is the ‘quality of its junior solicitors which partly sets the firm apart’. Alexandra Hirst  has ‘amazing attention to detail and is one of the most dedicated associates around’. Harriet Errington  is ‘engaging and very effective’ and Katie O’Callaghan  is ‘capable of running complex cases on her own’. The team is also skilled at advising clients on cross-border children disputes as well as other issues such as child abduction.

Leading individuals

Emily Brand - Boodle Hatfield LLP

James Ferguson - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next generation lawyers

Harriet Errington - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Katie O'Callaghan - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a ‘great private client team comprising high-quality lawyers’. Simon Rylatt is an ‘impressive tactician’ and the ‘highly experienced’ Andrea Zavos is an ‘excellent lawyer’. Zavos is ‘very straight with clients and a tough opponent’. The ‘outstanding’ Sue Laing is a ‘top private client lawyer’. Mark Lindley is ‘one of the best lawyers of his generation, very clever and has genuine expertise in this area. He handles extremely high profile matters well’. Sara Maccallum is another ‘excellent’ member of the team. The group has a large international and domestic client base. Hayden Bailey has extensive experience of tax planning and advises entrepreneurs, family business owners and city executives on their UK capital taxation strategy, wills, trusts and corporate governance issues. He also advises non-UK domiciliaries on their UK tax. The department is well-equipped to advise wealthy individuals and families, family businesses, art collectors, philanthropists, trustees, protectors, family offices and landed estates on a broad range of issues.

Leading individuals

Simon Rylatt - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP runs a ‘very professional’ real estate department, with a steady base of private investment clients and experience in residential and mixed-use development projects. Though the team is best known for handling private investment portfolios for Grosvenor and Bedford Estates, department head Caroline King is also instructed by clients such as IBM UK Pensions Trust. In the development space, King assisted a property developer with multiple site acquisitions for the development of elderly care facilities. Karen Mason and Andrew Wilmot-Smith have been involved in numerous strategic site acquisitions and residential developments; Mason also has experience with petrol filling station properties and roadside retail. Dennis Ko joined the team from Kennedys, while former head of construction David Johnson retired.

Leading individuals

Caroline King - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Construction
Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP

John  Wevill heads the transactional team at Boodle Hatfield LLP, which specialises in residential and urban development. The team also regularly acts for professional consultants such as architects, engineers, insurers and project managers in relation to the drafting and negotiation. In London, the team has advised on the refurbishment and redevelopment of numerous mixed-use landmark London properties. The firm also has a strong client base of wealthy international families, for whom the team continues to act on construction matters, drafting appointments and collateral warranties. Clients include Grosvenor, Marriott International, Bedford Estate, PMB Holdings Limited, IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd. Senior associate Joe  Ivatts is also a key contact. David Johnson has retired.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP handles work for both borrower and lender clients, particularly private banks, specialist lenders, and high-net-worth developers and investors, and focuses on the residential, office and private rented sectors. Clients include Arbuthnot Latham, Svenska Handelsbanken, Hadley Homes and Rubicon Capital. James Dakin leads the team; Rahul Thakrar is also noted.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has ‘a very shrewd and experienced team’ with ‘great strength in depth’. Hailed as ‘experts’ in the field of leasehold enfranchisement, the team is headed by the ‘completely unflappable’ Colin Young who is ‘personable, intelligent and a pleasure to deal with’. The group also has expertise in basement developments, restrictive covenants and the question of whether a property qualifies as a house. Senior associate Kellie Jones is ‘experienced, very sharp, knowledgeable and charming’ while Andrew Hindle is also recommended for rent recovery and neighbour disputes. Grosvenor, IBM UK Pension Fund and Bedford Estates are also clients.

Leading individuals

Colin Young - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has ‘a depth of experience and knowledge that is difficult to match’. Saskia Arthur heads a team of ‘market-leading experts in residential law’ and specialises in the sale and purchase of high-value residential property, landed estates and commercial farming operations, overage, landlord and tenant issues and easements. Other names to note include Amanda O’Keeffe who has expertise in the high end London and country property markets and Jane Littlejohn who is a ‘leading commercial and residential expert’. Graham Winkley and Simon Kerrigan are respectively praised as ‘leading experts’ in the residential transactional and landlord and tenant spheres. The firm’s international client base includes high-net-worth individuals, estates and large landowners. Associate Kirsty Ions is regularly instructed with the purchase and sale of high-value properties in Central London along with major country estates and farms. Also recommended are Shaima Jillood, and partner Dennis Ko, who joined the team from Kennedys.

Leading individuals

Amanda O’Keeffe - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Saskia Arthur - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kirsty Ions - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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