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Farrer & Co

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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Farrer & Co is well known for its advice to land-owning institutions, large estates, rural businesses and individual landowners. The large team continues to advise some of the UK’s biggest and highest-profile institutional and private clients in this area, on all issues relating to their agricultural and rural land/estates. It advises on the full spectrum of matters such as the sale and purchase of agricultural estates and substantial country houses as well as other areas such as the exploitation of sporting and mineral interests. Other specialisms include advising on rural development opportunities arising out of renewable energy schemes. Simon Pring is well regarded for his advice on all aspects of property law with particular expertise in advising on development opportunities and strategic estate planning, and is head of the team which includes: Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, the 'exceptional' Paul Krafft and the 'efficient, effective and thoughtful' James Maxwell.


The team is refreshingly different as while identifying any problems it always identifies solutions too. The team is both great fun to work with while providing the reassurance and attention to detail you expect from a top quality law firm‘.

Simon Pring has a good knowledge of mineral rights‘.

Simon Pring – plenty of cerebral horsepower and a good bedside manner. James Maxwell – efficient, effective and thoughtful‘.

Paul Krafft is exceptional‘.

Patrick Hammond is very competent’.

Key clients

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Church Commissioners for England

Burghley House Preservation Trust

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Farrer & Co’s excellent team acts for wealthy private individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect or invest in art. The first-rate team advises collectors, dealers and art advisors, and has an enviable client base of leading museums and galleries. The skilled team is also adept at handling art litigation and advising on complex art lending. Julian Smith is a well-known name for his expertise on charity law issues in the arts and heritage sector. Heads of department are Adrian Parkhouse, who leads on contentious matters relating to art and cultural property, and James Carleton, who advises on a wide range of art and cultural property matters including philanthropy. Mike Chantler is known for his work on the administration and taxation of heritage property and Rhoddy Voremberg is another key figure.


All the team is excellent‘.

It is undoubtedly an outstanding a well-respected team in this area. Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable’.

Adrian Parkhouse – universally recognised as a lead partner in this field. Friendly, charming and extremely knowledgeable in both the trade and the law‘.

James Carleton is very experienced on the non-contentious side‘.

Key clients

Natural History Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Imperial War Museum

Science Museum

Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College

The Art Fund

Museum of London

Historic Royal Palaces

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Geffrye Museum

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Anne-Marie Piper leads a strong team at Farrer & Co that has a superb client list of some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations. The group advises on the full array of matters from transactional and structuring advice through to innovative charity finance matters. It has also been advising a growing number of clients facing complex and mission-critical issues including regulatory interventions, governance failures, and corporate insolvency. It has a dedicated safeguarding unit and has immense expertise in working with major cultural organisations that are charities - it has for many years acted for a significant number of the country’s national museums and galleries. It also acts for a sizeable number of educational and religious charities. The team includes: Sam Macdonald, who advises clients on all aspects of UK charity law and related tax matters; James Carleton, who routinely advises institutional charities with significant investment assets; Elizabeth Jones, who advises charities on constitutional and governance matters; and James Maloney, who was promoted to partner in May 2018.


It has the breadth and depth of knowledge combined with a great team of experienced practitioners‘.

The Farrer & Co team as a whole is responsive and turns round requests for advice speedily and with great clarity‘.

Julian Smith has an exceptional grasp of all areas of charity law and his advice is always solution-led‘.

Julian Smith brings a huge breadth of knowledge both of charity law and of our organisation and is a pleasure to work with providing excellent advice‘.

Excellent client care is always to the fore with sound advice. Particular mention for Anne-Marie Piper and James Maloney for their exceptional support and clarity of their advice‘.

James Maloney is both thoughtful and pragmatic‘.

‘James Maloney stands out as a leading expert in providing philanthropy advice to families and private clients, both in structuring philanthropic entities and providing more nuanced thinking of philanthropic strategies‘.

Key clients

Motability and the Motability Tenth Anniversary TrustTurn2Us

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege

The Prince’s Trust

Japan House

Freelands Foundation

Bookmark Reading

Institute of Economic Affairs

Trust for London

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Farrer & Co is regularly involved in many of the largest trust and estates disputes often involving one or more offshore jurisdictions. Recently it has been involved in proceedings taking place in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The team benefits from the firm’s stable of high-net-worth clients, trust companies and fiduciaries from England and Wales and overseas, which provides a steady flow of high-value and complex instructions in this area. It is also increasingly advising on legacy disputes. Toby Graham and Jeremy Gordon are highly recommended. Gordon also has extensive experience of resolving claims at mediation as well as in court. The team also includes Charlotte Fraser, Joanna Poole and Adam Carvalho.


The whole team is excellent‘.

Top of the tree – the team has immense experience and offers a very dedicated service to clients’.

Farrer & Co is perhaps the most prestigious firm of solicitors in the private client and trust world. The partners and associates have lengthy and extensive experience in all such matters‘.

Toby Graham is a tenacious fighter with an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law in various jurisdictions‘.

Toby Graham is knowledgeable, hardworking, practical, and completely focused on delivering for his clients‘.

‘Joanna Poole always tries to resolve matters, is forward thinking, very commercial and very analytical’.

Joanna Poole – wonderful to work with and very good with even the most difficult client. Jeremy Gordon – very capable, always with an eye to the bigger picture’.

It is very well known in the market, with some very high quality work‘.

Adam Carvalho is very, very hardworking, very diligent, very committed and very good with stressed clients‘.

Key clients

Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM

Summit Trust Company

Hon. Simon Jacobs

The trustees of the AM Sheffield settlement 1968

The Executors of Mrs Staveley


Coutts & Co

The Trustees of the Hampden Settlement

Age UK

Edward Magan

Kea Investments Limited

Education: institutions Tier 1

The 'totally focused' multi-disciplinary team at Farrer & Co acts for a broad roster of high-profile and market-leading clients. Practice head David Copping is handling big-ticket cross-border matters pertaining to data protection and transfers, and advising higher education bodies on establishing international campuses. The 'exceedingly effectiveSam Macdonald is the key name for charity law, advising schools and universities on this area.


‘David Copping is extremely patient and able to make legal matters very clear to non-legal colleagues. No question is too much and he has the ability to assimilate with project teams very well.’

‘Peter Wienand, David Copping and Elizabeth Jones are all outstanding partners.’

‘The Farrer & Co team are very knowledgeable about issues facing the higher education sector. They also endeavour to take a balanced and practical approach when advising clients.

‘The team are attentive to detail and ask key questions to understand thoroughly the nature of the work at hand. They also have great safeguarding expertise.’

Key clients

Imperial College London

The University of Cambridge

The University of Oxford

King’s College London

Universities UK

London Business School

London South Bank University

The Rhodes Trust

The University of Westminster

Institute of Cancer Research

Education: schools Tier 1

Farrer & Co's 'high-quality and fully engaged' education team continues to be at the forefront of acting for national schools on issues such as safeguarding, child protection, data protection and immigration. The team is led by Jonathan Eley and Sam Macdonald, and has a strong reputation for handling high-value, complex and sensitive work for clients. Recent highlights include several cross-border matters led by David Copping and David Smellie relating to the establishment of overseas institutions. Other core members of the group include contracts lawyer Paul Jones; newly made-up partner Maria Strauss, who has experience advising faith-based schools; and Ben Longworth.


‘The team has a real in-depth experience of all the issues faced by schools with a particularly strong focus on safeguarding. They have a great understanding of independent schools and charity governance.’

‘Farrers provide an exceptional level of responsiveness with advice that is second to none. They have strength and depth across the team, with a clear sense of a sophisticated, nuanced house style.’

‘David Smellie is a very good tactical thinker, has oodles of experience and is very pragmatic, which is very reassuring.’

‘Jonathan Eley is excellent – he’s not afraid to challenge the client.’

Key clients

Winchester College

Eton College

Harrow School



Downe House

Alpha Plus Group

Grey Coat Hospital

Westminster School

Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire, while Anna Birtwistle, who joined the team from CM Murray in June 2019, has particular expertise with regards to high value negotiated exits, with a strong track record of work for clients in the financial services sector.

Family Tier 1

Farrer & Co is best known for its work in high-value and complex international matrimonial cases involving substantial assets often where there are sophisticated asset protection structures in place and substantive tax and trust issues to be considered. The team under the leadership of William Massey is adept at handling large matrimonial cases with multi-jurisdictional trust aspects as is evidenced by its recent advice to the trustees of the F Trust which holds £1bn in assets and who were joined to divorce proceedings. It is also skilled at handling heavyweight children matters and routinely advises clients on abduction, relocation and on obtaining safeguards on temporary leave to remove cases. Mark Fenton is no longer at the firm.


There are a lot of stars in this team‘.

Claire Gordon is very numerate, intellectually really strong and instils confidence and calmness in her clients’.

Sarah Hutchinson is excellent‘.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Farrer & Co 's media and entertainment team handles non-contentious and contentious matters and it is active across corporate, employment, IP, commercial and reputation management mandates. The team receives plaudits for its 'exceptional' publishing sector expertise where it is instructed by leading print and digital publishers. The team has particular expertise in music and academic publishing mandates, and is also instructed by authors and literary estates . GDPR instructions have been prevalent for the team and it has provided advice on the impending ePrivacy Regulation for its publishing clients. The wider media and entertainment team acts for international broadcast production and rights companies, music estates, leading news generators and syndication houses, as well as radio, culture and film clients. In the sports sector, the team acts for leading events rights holders on production and broadcast agreements. Henry Sainty is 'very talented' and is noted for his publishing sector expertise, as well as his work in the sports and culture sectors. Paul Jones heads the team.


The team has a wealth of experience.

The team is highly regarded for its strong publishing practice.


Key clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group


Sage Publications (leading international STM/academic publisher)

The Press Association/PA Media

BMJ Publishing Group (the publishing and digital arm of the British Medical Association, and publishers of The British Medical Journal)

British Library

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (the exam body for graded music exams and also a leading music publisher)

Lonely Planet Publications

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Farrer & Co has a committed team that advises very wealthy individuals and families nationally and internationally. It covers the full gamut of matters from onshore and offshore trusts and tax, to international wealth and succession planning, investment strategies and philanthropy. A high proportion of its work is international as it has particular expertise in Switzerland, the Channel Islands, the US, the Far East and the Middle East. Other areas of expertise lie in landed estates as the firm acts for over 50 substantial estates and historic houses. As well as having considerable skill in complex tax structuring it also advises on trust law for business families, landed estates, wealth creators, international wealth and private investors. Sarah von Schmidt heads the department.

Residential property Tier 1

The highly regarded practice at Farrer & Co stands out for its expertise advising a prestigious client list on the purchase and sale of prime central London properties, as well as financing transactions and deals involving special purpose vehicles. Practice head Laurie Horwood advises on deals which often involve complex financing arrangements for high net worth individuals, leveraging his commercial property background to navigate the challenges of particularly difficult transactions. Annabel Dean acts for private banks and high-net-worth clients, many of whom are based in the Middle East, in a range of areas, including in relation to rural property transactions. Associate Hugh Wigzell has experience advising on new build developments in the UK and Asia, where his extensive knowledge covers areas such as acquisitions and tax structuring.


‘Farrer & Co are an outstanding law firm in the field of residential property – their attention to detail and diligent approach to property transactions is their key strength.’

‘Laurie Horwood, Annabel Dean, Laura Conduit and Edmund Fetherston-Dilke are all very personable and pleasant individuals who I enjoy working with.’

‘The residential property team at Farrer & Co are always a pleasure to work with – everyone on the team is very pleasant, approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Laurie Horwood is easy to talk to, very experienced and always listens to the situation or the problem before offering his opinion or advice.’

‘The team’s standards of client care are excellent and everything is done with grace and charm.’

‘Laurie Horwood, Laura Conduit and Annabel Dean all go well above and beyond and are clearly a very tight team who all support each other closely. It is an absolute pleasure to work with them.’

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Farrer & Co is best known for its representation of clients in the financial services and wealth management sectors, where the firm works for banks, brokers and trust companies. Although mandates are often domestic, the team has significant experience in matters involving offshore jurisdictions, invariably acting for family offices and high net worth individuals. Furthermore, the firm retains a strong standing in the publishing and not-for-profit sectors, acting for UK clients on strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. Corporate M&A work covers both the public and private markets, with mandates for publicly listed companies balanced with private equity-backed transactions. Practice head Richard Lane leads the firm's international strategy, and acts for a growing number of US and Middle Eastern clients.


Bright, smart and creative. The team know their clients and start with their  needs and values, rather than starting with the problem and imposing a solution

Excellent market knowledge, very commercial, pragmatic and practical advice

Extremely friendly, unflappable, flexible and responsive.

Richard Lane, Marie Bates and team are  smart, hard-working and very good at the detail

Tom Bruce has excellent market knowledge, is very commercial, and offers excellent tactical insights

Key clients

Bridgeweave Limited

Brookfield Business Partners LP

PGA European Tour Limited

Ping Pong Group International Limited

Boden Limited

Serabi Gold plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

SAGE Publications Limited

Helperby Therapeutics Group Limited

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Partnership Tier 2

Farrer & Co's team has particular expertise in corporate and commercial partnership matters concerning property, intellectual property, family, private client, tax and employment issues. The group also has a strong partnership structuring and regulatory offering, which sits alongside its disputes practice. Clients span the professional services and other regulated businesses. Department head Jonathan Haley  specialises in partnership and LLP law and is instructed on a variety of non-contentious issues. Kathleen Heycock focuses on complex team moves, international partner disputes and acquisitions, and Andy Peterkin predominantly advises financial services firms. Litigator John Wilkinson and employment law expert Rachel Lewis are recommended for contentious matters, while Anna Birtwistle, who joined from CM Murray LLP in June 2019, has significant experience of advising on misconduct investigations, discrimination and whistleblowing claims and restrictive covenants.


The Farrer’s partnership team provides a quality service to a range of professional clients.

Jonathan Haley is one of the leading partnership practitioners. He understands the sector and what clients want.

Farrer & Co is a hugely professional organisation which performs the role of top-level adviser to perfection.

They are polished and wise in their advice. Well versed in dealing with high-net-worth individuals and entities and capable of giving guidance to very senior individuals.

Key clients

James Hambro & Partners LLP

MJ Mapp Group

Allies & Morrison LLP

Eden Rock Capital Management LLP

Salisbury Partners LLP

Meaden & Moore LLP

Reputation management Tier 2

The reputation management team at Farrer & Co specialises in acting for high profile and wealthy individuals. An increasing share of the team's stellar client roster consists of major charities and sports governing bodies. The firm also represents a number of household name publications on the defendant side. Department head Julian Pike has been involved in several high-profile matters and also advises his clients on planning and preventing crises. As such, he handled reputation management issues for the Football Association and the England Football team throughout the 2018 World Cup, which included protecting the privacy of all individual players and their families. Key associates Tom Rudkin  and Alicia Mendonça-Richards , who advises a large number of international clients thanks to her foreign language skills, are on the forefront of many cases.

Key clients

James and Pippa Matthews (née Middleton)

Football Association

The Economist Newspaper Limited

British Athletics

David Matthews

Lawn Tennis Association

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Sport Tier 2

Farrer & Co’s sports team has a strong track record of advising national governing bodies on event planning, safeguarding, disciplinary matters, reputation management and disputes, in addition to a wealth of expertise providing bespoke advice to athletes and footballers on their private affairs and handling complex safeguarding investigations for major football clubs. Partner Henry Sainty, who specialises in commercial contracts for sports rights holders, advised UK Athletics on the staging of the 2018 Athletics World Cup, which included corporate structuring issues and sponsorship and broadcast agreements. Associate Tom Rudkin specialises in disputes, arbitration and reputation management and brings considerable litigation experience to the group, having previously represented clients in the High Court and the CAS.


‘Led by Julian Pike, the Farrers team has an excellent understanding of the unique pressures facing this business area whilst also providing top flight legal services.’

‘Julian Pike is excellent and down to earth, offers practical advice.’

‘Tom Rudkin is a pleasure to work with and very bright.’

Key clients

The Football Association

British Olympic Association

British Gymnastics

UK Athletics

Lawn Tennis Association

PGA European Tour

British Rowing

International Canoe Federation

Marylebone Cricket Club

Henley Royal Regatta

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Farrer & Co is particularly well-regarded for high-end residential and private office investments, urban extension projects and mid-market transaction, particularly those in London. Clients include a number of overseas ultra-high-net-worth individuals from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Russia as well as educational bodies, charities and landed estates. Practice head Andrew Bailey also represents major banks on the funding of development and investment transactions and is experienced on the development of business parks and mixed-use schemes.


‘Established and capable team in all aspects of property law.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.’

‘Great empathetic and responsive team’.

‘Charles Anderson has an excellent mix of experience and talent in his team to deal with any issue at the right level’

‘There is a seamless handling of clients which have structures requiring work in both property and private client areas. The team at Farrers are always fully engaged and work well as as team’.

‘Great and personable with good technical knowledge but also the ability to take a step back and think commercially.’

‘The team have the ability to think outside the box, to understand their clients’ needs and aspirations, and then to help them to achieve their ambition in an innovative and highly effective way. ‘

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Employment: employers Tier 3

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire.

Key clients

Imperial College, University of London

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

London Business School

Natura Cosmeticos

C Hoare & Co

The Natural History Museum

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Farrer & Co represents prestigious clients in relation to various civil fraud matters including international fraud claims, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and contentious trusts. Other areas of expertise include contract disputes, misuse of confidential information, and fraudulent breaches of duty and conspiracy by directors, trustees and co-contractors. Clients include corporates, institutions and private individuals. While operating out of just one London office, the firm undertakes work in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia andEastern Europe. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team and is experienced in civil litigation including commercial and corporate disputes with fraud elements. Ben Longworth was recently promoted to partner.


‘Very strong in this area. They have great strength in depth from partner level down to junior associate and even paralegal.’

‘High quality, creative and personal service.’

‘Toby Graham, while known principally for his work in contentious trusts, is also very strong in civil fraud. He is a great choice for a large civil fraud case, particularly one with a trusts dimension. His stand out feature from a client perspective is an absolute determination to deliver for the client.’

‘Tom McPhail is the best associate level solicitor I have ever worked with, in any field. He is particularly suited to civil fraud cases because of his terrific forensic abilities and attention to detail.’

‘John Wilkinson is an intuitive and creative lawyer who concentrates on the commercially important issues and keeps key parties on side.’

Key clients

Celsa Steel (UK) Limited

Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments Limited

RP Explorer Master Fund

Red Kite Management Limited and others

Jeffery Holland

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Incorporated

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

ICTS (UK) Limited

Property litigation Tier 3

'Providing a good service', Farrer & Co receives regular instructions from institutional clients, including the Duchy of Cornwall, the Duchy of Lancaster, Church Commissioners, other landed estates, national museums and charities, alongside high-net-worth individuals but the practice led by the 'practical, pragmatic and highly regardedSiobhan Jones is also well versed in assisting corporate and commercial clients. Typical work includes development-related matters, disputes over land use, contract interpretation and high-value dilapidation claims.


They stand out as available, practical and robust in their approach.

Siobhan Jones keeps a close eye on value for money and looks at the overall picture, leading to carefully considered and incredibly helpful advice.

Any fool can get you into litigation – a talented lawyer such as Siobhan Jones gets you out of it smoothly.

The team is great to work with: they are hard working, dedicated and really do go the extra mile.

Key clients

Age UK

Ballymore Investments

Artslans Urban

Citibank Europe

Duchy of Lancaster Church Commissioners for England

Duchy of Cornwall

Charities Property Fund

BNP Paribas

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Farrer & Co's 'lawyers are interested in clients' business and go to great lengths to understand the issues that affect them'. The practice has an emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and commercial contracts. The key individuals are  practice head Adrian Parkhouse, the 'outstanding' Kate Allass, Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham, along with Ian De Freitas, John Wilkinson, Charlotte Fraser and Ben Longworth. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019 and William Charrington is an experienced senior associate.


The practice combines the human touch of a firm with a strong private client background with  the quality and efficiency of any City firm‘.

Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. He gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He is also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances‘.

Kate Allass is very switched on and empathetic; she manages clients and their expectations superbly, and knows when to press hard and when to back off for a while‘.

Ben Longworth is knowledgable, practical and tremendously easy to work with – he is the dream instructing solicitor’.

‘Kate Allass is absolutely outstanding. Very bright and understands the legal aspects of the case, but also very practical and commercial.’

Key clients

AMT Futures

RP Explorer Master Fund

Heartwood Wealth Management

Red Kite Management

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

British Airline Pilots Association

Celsa Steel (UK)

PGA European Tour

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Farrer & Co is particularly well-regarded for high-end residential and private office investments, urban extension projects and mid-market transaction, particularly those in London. Clients include a number of overseas ultra-high-net-worth individuals from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Russia as well as educational bodies, charities and landed estates. Practice head Andrew Bailey also represents major banks on the funding of development and investment transactions and is experienced on the development of business parks and mixed-use schemes.


‘Established and capable team in all aspects of property law.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.’

‘Great empathetic and responsive team’.

‘Charles Anderson has an excellent mix of experience and talent in his team to deal with any issue at the right level’

‘There is a seamless handling of clients which have structures requiring work in both property and private client areas. The team at Farrers are always fully engaged and work well as as team’.

‘Great and personable with good technical knowledge but also the ability to take a step back and think commercially.’

‘The team have the ability to think outside the box, to understand their clients’ needs and aspirations, and then to help them to achieve their ambition in an innovative and highly effective way. ‘

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Building on the firm’s national strength, Farrer & Co’s international client base has increased thanks to Ian De Freitas’ expertise; he also has notable experience in ICO investigations and data breaches as well as GDPR compliance work. Henry Sainty leads the data protection and freedom of information department, which is active in GDPR and e-privacy matters; other areas of knowledge include information sharing issues, breach management and litigation. The group is also particularly noted for its safeguarding expertise, regularly advising schools, universities, sports governing bodies and religious organisations on information sharing and child data; and also assists public authorities with freedom of information issues, public sector information and environmental information regulations.

Key clients

Lawn Tennis Association

esure Group plc

Lonely Planet

J.P. Boden & Co.

PGA European Tour


Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Consilio Global

Vistra Group

Various Canadian clients (referred by Cassels Brock)

Planning Tier 4

Farrer & Co has enjoyed robust growth to its client roster, with commercial entities, charities and professional bodies instructing the planning team on redevelopment proposal applications, relocation exercises, CPO applications advice, and mixed-use development projects. Contentious work encompasses judicial review claims on behalf of landowners and a recent objection to a development affecting an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Practice head Karen Phull offers planning advice on commercial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients. The team also acts for high-net-worth individuals on mandates including property acquisitions and development proposals in conservation areas.


The team has the ability to understand the particular needs of its clients and provides practical advice when needed.

An established and capable team in all aspects of property law.

Knowledgeable, experienced, approachable, and friendly.

Provides top-class advice.

Karen Phull is always a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients


The Royal College of Surgeons

British Library

The Burghley Estate

Retail funds Tier 4

Farrer & Co has a strong track record advising asset managers on the establishment of authorised funds, including Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Non-UCITS Retail Schemes (NURS) funds. The firm has also established a notable profile in the area of charity funds and, in addition, has become highly reputed for its work for clients in the education sector. Senior associate Jessica Reed is part of the team which acts as a standing adviser to Rathbone Unit Trust Management on its range of funds; a past highlight involved assisting the client with its launch of the Rathbone Global Sustainability Fund, a new UCITS fund.  Another mandate saw group head Grania Baird and others act for the same client on the establishment of the Rathbone High Quality Bond Fund.

Key clients

The Charities Property Fund

CCLA Investment Management Ltd / CCLA Fund Management Ltd

Omnis Investments Limited

Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd

Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Ltd

Aubrey Capital Management Ltd

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Farrer & Co has experience in dealing with high-value commercial contracts, ranging from joint ventures and supply and distribution agreements to agreements in highly regulated industries and cross-border deals. The firm has particular expertise in the media, arts and education sectors. 'Excellent' practice head Paul Jones specialises in public procurement and complex commercial contracts, including outsourcing, IT, infrastructure and technology projects.


‘In-depth knowledge of their areas of particular expertise allied to a pragmatic approach’

‘Farrer & Co’s lawyers combine fabulous legal knowledge with real commerciality, common sense and sector-specific expertise’

‘Paul Jones combines attentive drafting with an acute appreciation of client needs and expectations

Key clients

Bauer Media

Childs Farm


Gold Key Media

Brookfield Business Partners LP

UBM plc

UK Athletics

The National Gallery

Telegraph Media Limited

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Farrer & Co, which advises a high-end client base of investors, funders and banks, handles work across the health, education, real estate and charities sectors. The team is led by the 'thoughtful' and 'impressive' Clive Lovatt  who primarily acts for property developers, banks and cultural institutions. He was the lead partner advising the British Library on its development of the land adjacent to the library where the Alan Turing Institute will be located. The 'calm and reassuring' Edward Banyard Smith works with charities and schools, and advised the Duchy of Cornwall on the long-running development at Poundbury.


‘The Farrers team’s in-depth experience and understanding has enabled us to deal with complex structures and overcome difficult issues.’

‘The service provided by the team at Farrer & Co is excellent; they are approachable, reliable, diligent and highly professional.’

‘They have superb background knowledge and a flexible approach which ensures their solutions and approaches are correct.’

‘Clive Lovatt is an impressive individual, thoughtful, calm, competent and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Edward Banyard-Smith has a calm, confident, reassuring manner which is reflected in his working practice.’

‘Edward’s detailed legal knowledge, coupled with an excellent understanding of the construction industry allows for considered and flexible solutions to most effectively meet a clients requirements.’

‘Edward Banyard Smith and Jonathan Came are very knowledgeable and always helpful.’

‘Edward Banyard-Smith is consistently prompt and helpful in his advice.’

Key clients

Highbridge Properties plc

Royal College of Surgeons

Deutsche Bank

Artesian Property Partnership

Charities Property Fund

Coutts & Co

British Library

Lloyds Banking Group

Duchy of Cornwall

Price & Myers LLP

Property finance Tier 5

Farrer & Co has a strong reputation for advising major commercial lenders, international banks and UK private banks, while on the borrower side the firm's clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals and private companies, charities and educational institutions. The team handles investment and development finance, particularly involving high-value residential properties. Martin Blake leads the practice; Marc Glancy, who specialises in secured lending transactions for investment and development properties, and Bethan Waters, whose clients include a number of major banks, are also key contacts.


Farrer & Co. provides a partner-led service, which ensures that matters are dealt with by experienced individuals and are prioritised.

Bethan Waters brings together a wealth of experience and a sound understanding of our business – she is a pleasure to deal with.

Marc Glancy provides sound commercial advice and is always mindful of timing, working hard to ensure that transactions are completed in line with expectations and on schedule.

The team has strong banking and finance knowledge; the ability to respond in a timely manner; and is not afraid to take decisions and to provide advice we can rely on.

Farrer & Co’s main strength resides in its ability to hire people of the same quality and professional skills so that whoever you deal with, you get the same level of professional response and quality.

The real estate team within Farrer & Co is of exceptional quality – it is my “go-to” firm for real estate work. The team’s key strengths are the tenacity to get the job done within the agreed timescales and the ability to be commercially minded on each transaction.

Whilst I get a good service from other firms it does not compare to that of Farrer & Co.

The individuals in the team are always available to discuss points and are happy to provide a measured argument, allowing us to make an informed decision on what course of action to take.

It is a highly knowledgeable practice specialising in real estate finance. Farrer & Co is a well-resourced firm with high-calibre lawyers.’

Martin Blake manages the transaction from start to finish, acting as the first point of contact and taking ownership from day one. He takes the time to explain all risks and their associated mitigants and nothing is too much trouble.

Farrer & Co has specialist knowledge of private businesses, particularly those with complex trust structures.

Bethan Waters is visible and influential in transactions, and has a good understanding of what clients require.

Marc Glancy is extremely knowledgeable, commercial, and has a deep understanding of our business. He is responsive even when out of the office and I value his advice greatly.

The team’s friendly and sincere approach is its number one quality. It makes liaising with them extremely easy whilst maintaining a professional approach at all times. Their quality of work is also first class, so with the technical ability and favourable working culture, this team is certainly considered top of the list when we require legal counsel assistance.

The culture of Farrer & Co is clear to witness through every individual I’ve come across: friendly, diligent, hardworking and, above all else, a genuine desire to help wherever possible. It is rare to find all these qualities together.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Coutts & Co

Credit Suisse

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Ltd

Lloyds Bank plc

Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C), London Branch

Triodos Bank NV

Rothschild Wealth Management (UK) Limited

Secure Trust Bank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

'Proactive, sensibleFarrer & Co provides advice ranging from the establishment of regulated businesses and financial promotion rules, to cross-border passporting and SMCR. As well as representing clients from the innovative charity sector and institutional projects, the firm has particular expertise in the asset management and private banking sectors. Practice head Grania Baird has 'a very good understanding of business and the regulatory and legal impacts on it.' She specialises in the asset management sector and acts for asset managers, wealth managers, private banks and multi-family offices on a range of regulatory issues. Notable in her team is Andy Peterkin, who led in acting for Bridgeweave Limited in relation to a financial services AI app, designed to deliver information to other financial services firms on particular stocks and investments.


‘Farrer & co understands the needs of the client and is able to come up with pragmatic solutions’

‘Flexible and provide good communication when undertaking any tasks’

‘Their breadth and depth of knowledge enables them to respond to all enquiries no matter how diverse’

‘Grania Baird has the helicopter view of everything that is being undertaken and ensures there is no duplication’


Key clients

CCLA Investment Management Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited and TUTMAN LLP

Aubrey Capital Management Limited

Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited

Bridgeweave Limited

Oxford University Endowment Management Limited

C. Hoare & Co

Omnis Investments Limited

Sandaire Investment Office (trading name of Sand Aire Limited)

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Led by the 'very experienced and reliableDavid FletcherFarrer & Co handles a 'wide-range of insolvency cases', particularly in matters which intersect with the private client and charities sectors. The team also excels at handling insolvencies involving complex trust structures and advising high-net-worth individuals during the breakdown of their marriages on insolvency issues arising out of directorships/shareholdings in companies in financial distress. Anne-Marie Piper is recognised as having a specialism in advising charities in financial difficulty, and she also acts for insolvency practitioners when they are appointed over charities.


The friendly and approachable team receives a wide range of interesting cases from the firm’s private client base and contacts.

This is a very committed and dedicated team with a willingness to work with you in the trenches when it gets difficult.

David Fletcher has a long experience of working on corporate insolvency matters.

Nyla Yousuf is capable, affable, technically good, and a pleasure to deal with.


Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service.

The firm: The firm advises individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organisations on every aspect of the law, wherever the need arises. From its offices in London the firm works with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service.

The firm’s clients present it with complex and varied challenges. Whether that’s a complicated family trust issue, a multinational corporate transaction, or an emerging threat to their reputation, they need clear thinkers who can advise on the best solutions, fast thinkers when speed is of the essence and agile thinkers who can produce a fresh approach to get the job done. That’s why they choose Farrers.

Clients value the firm’s in-depth knowledge, technical excellence and diversity of disciplines. But what really binds long-standing relationships with them is its approach: personable, pragmatic, plain speaking and always steadfast in its values, which it holds dear. Values which mean the firm gains clients’ trust, always striving to do the right thing, and aims for the best results for them.

Superb client service sits at the heart of everything the firm does – modern lawyers with timeless values.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Anne-Marie Piper
Agriculture and estates Simon Pring
Art and cultural property James Carleton
Banking and Finance Simon Graham
Brand management Peter Wienand
Charities Anne-Marie Piper
Civil fraud Adrian Parkhouse
Construction Clive Lovatt
Contentious trusts Toby Graham
Corporate/M&A Richard Lane
Data protection Henry Sainty
Defamation/reputation management Julian Pike
Dispute resolution Jeremy Gordon
Education: higher and further education Julian Smith
Education: schools Sam Macdonald
Employment David Smellie
Family/matrimonial William Massey
Financial services Grania Baird
Immigration Russell Cohen
Insolvency and restructuring David Fletcher
Intellectual property Peter Wienand
International private client Nick Dunnell
Investment funds Grania Baird
Media and entertainment Henry Sainty
Planning Karen Phull
Private client Rhoddy Voremberg
Private equity Russell Cohen
Partnership Jonathan Haley
Real estate Andrew Bailey
Real estate finance Simon Graham
Residential property Laurie Horwood
Sport Julian Pike
Tax Robert Field
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Number of UK partners : 74
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The Lex 100 Verdict

'Four things: the clients, the fascinating (and usually tricky) work, the culture and the lovely main building' all make Farrer & Co an attractive choice. 'The quality and uniqueness of the clients seemed to be unparalleled' said one recruit, 'this promised to bring with it some challenging work, which was confirmed to me when I completed the vacation scheme'. The firm is correspondingly a Lex 100 Winner in this category. A small intake of ten makes for a 'friendly, collegiate atmosphere' where trainees 'feel like human beings' rather than 'a cog in a huge machine'. What's more, 'working closely with partners throughout the training contract' is the norm. The work/life balance is 'brilliant', and the hours are 'much more sociable than at some other firms'. It's clear to see why Farrer & Co is 'not a workhouse' but a 'place to build a career'. The main complaint was that the firm 'does not have a canteen or any communal areas'. This means that 'there are lots of people you never bump into informally', something which is exacerbated by the office being 'spread across two buildings'. Trainees did not enjoy 'receiving a phone call from a very distressed tenant' nor 'having half an hour to draft two interim applications before the post went out on a Friday'. More positive moments included 'spending the day taking a note on a very juicy investigation', 'assisting the head of department with a controversial article for an academic journal' and 'attending a client meeting with a public figure'. For a firm with a 'winning culture', a 'distinguished history' and expertise in a number of different practice areas, consider Farrer & Co.