Overview in London

Private client work continues to be a busy and lucrative area for many law firms, with the uncertainly surrounding Brexit impacting the London market, as high net worth individuals look to reorganise their investments ahead of the UK's exit from the EU. Tax, trusts and probate work has remained buoyant, while the charity sector has been thrown into the spotlight in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals, with many organisations now turning to legal advisers to get their house in order. The most active firms in this section include national stalwarts Charles Russell Speechlys and Mills & Reeve, the fast-growing Withers, which recently merged with tech law firm JAG Shaw Baker, and London bluebloods Farrer & Co, Forsters and Payne Hicks Beach.