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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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Ziva Robertson

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Private client.


Ziva specialises in dispute resolution including complex trust disputes, contested estates and commercial disputes containing fiduciary elements. Her practice involves both the conduct and the avoidance of disputes and she has extensive experience in cross-jurisdictional and international litigation. On the dispute-avoidance side, Ziva brings her wealth of experience in litigation to advise on structuring trusts and other arrangements to minimize the risk of future disputes, by ensuring that the structure will meets the beneficiaries' evolving needs, that the choice of jurisdiction best suits the individual circumstances of the case, and that the structure includes as many litigation deterrents as possible. Ziva advises on and conducts mediation as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


Bar Admissions: The Law Society of England and Wales; Cayman Islands; British Virgin Islands.




The Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners; Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA).

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Ziva Robertson - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Nicholas Holland  at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP  is ‘one of the best known trusts litigators in London and has a strong reputation in many offshore jurisdictions; he has exceptional knowledge of trusts issues and is skilled at handling complicated cross-border disputes’. Ziva Robertson’s contentious practice spans the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Bermuda, Israel and Switzerland. Robertson routinely represents trustees, beneficiaries and protectors as well as companies and board members involved in fiduciary disputes. Counsel Lynsey McIntyre ‘knows what is what and how to get things done’. Significant clients include the Royal Bank of Canada, Hill Street Trustees as well as Pavilion Trustees Limited.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Ziva Robertson heads the team at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, which routinely acts in some of the most high value trusts, estates, wills and probate matters as well as advising on commercial issues, fund structuring and regulatory advice. The team is also well placed to advise on evolving tax regimes. It has a particular focus on trusts and wealth management issues with a US element. The team has expertise in US tax and wealth law in both its UK and US offices. Astrid Owen is another key member of the team and she is recognised for her skill on multi-jurisdictional matters primarily where there are UK and US interests. Simon Goldring  acts for a variety of clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals, family offices and entrepreneurs through to multinational corporations both in the UK and internationally such as South Africa, Latin America, the Far East and the Middle East. Simon Gibb was promoted to partner. Jean-Marc Tirard joined Tirard Naudin Société d'Avocats and Dhana Sabanathan is now at Winckworth Sherwood LLP .

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