Firm Profile > Farrer & Co > London, England

Farrer & Co
66 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS
LONDON
WC2A 3LH
England

Living Wage

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Farrer & Co has a large team with 'real strength and depth' that advises landowning institutions, substantial estates, rural businesses and individual landowners. It acts for some of the UK’s largest and most high-profile institutional and private clients in this area, advising on some of the most significant transactions and development schemes in the market. The team led by Simon Pring has considerable expertise in a wide range of areas, from the sale and purchase of agricultural estates and substantial country houses, to the exploitation of sporting and mineral rights and rural development by way of renewable energy schemes and public rights of way. Other niche areas of expertise include village green applications and manorial rights. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke advises a number of major estates on complex issues. Paul Krafft assists private, charity and institutional clients with all aspects of their agricultural and rural matters, while James Maxwell is particularly skilled at advising on mineral rights.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pring

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Fetherston-Dilke; Paul Krafft; James Maxwell; Patrick Hammond; Tom Kirkman

Testimonials

‘Farrer and Co is a market leader in providing proactive, client-first advice. The lawyers are solution finders and provide clear, concise advice and get to the heart of the issue quickly

A truly unique team of individuals – together unbeatable and alone outstanding. Always my legal team of choice. Edmund Featherston-Dilke is a joy to work with, makes law fun and understandable, and always wants the best for his clients

The team is very commercial and there is no attempt to bluster when the answer is not known – everything is honest and kept simple. James Maxwell is an impeccable operator – his attention to detail combined with his knowledge, experience and calm approach provides an easy working relationship

Farrer & Co continues to be excellent in this area’

Very good knowledge and quick responses’

‘Edmund is at the top of his game and is well respected within the industry. Tom Kirkman puts the client first and while robust with the opposition is able to find solutions. He has the emotional intelligence to bring people around to a position in his clients’ favour

‘A very strong presence in the specialist minerals and waste sector. Great fun to work with. James Maxwell has a very engaging approach. He is hugely intelligent and very detailed in his approach, but with a view to getting the deal done

Patrick Hammond is able to communicate and explain complicated issues, unravel problems and put forward suggestions in a pragmatic, diplomatic and easily understood way’

Key clients

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Church Commissioners for England

Burghley House Preservation Trust Limited

Crown Estate

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Farrer & Co is well known for advising the international super rich. It acts for many wealthy individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect and invest in art. The leading practice also acts for a host of collectors, art dealers and advisers, along with various museums and galleries. The team is skilled too at advising borrowers and lenders where art is used as collateral security. Adrian Parkhouse has a strong reputation as an art litigator, while Julian Smith is highly respected for his work in advising charities and non-departmental public bodies on heritage matters. James Carleton has particular expertise in cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy, while Mike Chantler, who is now a consultant,  is renowned for his advice on the administration and taxation of heritage property. The well-regarded Rhoddy Voremberg is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parkhouse; James Carleton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team overall is excellent and is particularly recommended for its work with major cultural institutions

Farrer & Co is recognised as having an outstanding offering in this area. The art and cultural property work fits extremely well within its private client, trusts and estates, and commercial expertise. Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely top tier in this field. He is extremely bright, hardworking and a brilliant strategist. He is one of the most highly respected names in the area and rightly so

Rhoddy Voremberg continues to be a leading light in the art world

A small team that  picks up much of the interesting art-related work in the London solicitor market

Adrian Parkhouse – what he doesn’t know about art law and art disputes isn’t worth knowing. He’s unbelievably knowledgeable and impressive, and knows the art litigation market better than anyone. Top quality. If you’ve got an art dispute, don’t go anywhere else’

‘ Adrian Parkhouse is practical, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with. Insider insight to the thinking of London’s deal makers and courts’

Adrian Parkhouse is an exceptional and experienced litigator in the art world, while James Carleton is equally prominent in the non-contentious field. I would also mention Rhoddy Voremberg and Mike Chantler

Will Charrington gave excellent, precise and commercial advice in a complex case’

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

Geffrye Museum

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Tate Britain

Various Private Family Offices

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Anne-Marie Piper heads the team at Farrer & Co, which counts some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations among its clients. The team is highly recommended for its transactional and structuring advice for charities with extensive group, trading and constitutional structures. It has been advising a growing number of clients on complex issues such as regulatory interventions, governance failures and corporate insolvencies, and also has a dedicated safeguarding unit that acts for charities. The practice is further recommended for its innovative charity finance advice and for assisting high-net-worth individuals with engaging in charitable activities. The team has recently noticed a substantial growth in new instructions from corporates seeking advice on associated charitable foundations. Other key members of the first-rate team include Julian Smith, who acts for a wide range of foundations and functional charities; Sam MacdonaldJames CarletonPeter Wienand, who is noted for his work with charitable cultural organisations; Elizabeth Jones; and James Maloney.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Piper

Testimonials

Anne-Marie Piper provides clear and unambiguous advice and is able to make the important connections necessary to resolve the sometimes complex and difficult issues that arise’

‘Anne-Marie Piper is supported by an able team of knowledgeable practitioners and specialists in complementary disciplines

‘Julian Smith provides clear, straightforward advice on complex issues in a way that is easy to understand and to apply’

‘Julian Smith is responsive and available at short notice, and I value his counsel. His knowledge of Charity Commission procedures (and the thinking behind them) has been invaluable

Julian Smith is an absolute pleasure to work with  – a delight

Farrer & Co consistently provides exceptionally high levels of service and account management at all times’

‘All members of the team that we work with are knowledgeable, efficient and provide consistently high-quality work. The firm also provides opportunities to hear about the latest developments in the sector through high-quality events and bulletins

‘Elizabeth Jones is an exceptional lawyer and account manager. She provides consistently high levels of service, is knowledgeable and up to date with all matters, responds quickly and is a pleasure to work with

Key clients

Age UK

Japan House

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Motability

National Emergencies Trust

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Rhodes Trust

Save the Children

The Wellcome Trust

Thirty Percy Foundation

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

The core of Farrer & Co s corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. The group has an impressive track record in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and almost all its work has an international dimension. It is particularly skilled at coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, as well as handling cases involving substantial jurisdictional aspects. Adrian Parkhouse leads the practice, which is 'made up of excellent lawyers, who are creative, flexible, and able to think outside the box'. Examples include Kate Allass, a corporate and shareholder dispute expert, and Ian De Freitas, who is focused on matters involving data privacy, IP and IT, and outsourcing issues. Also key to the group are Toby GrahamJohn Wilkinson and Ben Longworth, along with senior associate William Charrington. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parkhouse

Testimonials

Extremely detailed and responsive. I moved from another lawyer’s practice and you really can’t compare their letters – extremely well written , concise and very detailed.

Contacts listen and absorb the information provided, they sum up all my thoughts in a very concise and detailed manner.

It is a real team, working very well together. it is really easy to talk to each member of the team, having full and deep knowledge of our case.

The individuals we work with are very good professionals, with deep knowledge of our case and applicable legislation, which makes it easy for us to understand our position better. However, what I would say stands out is their capacity to understand the client and use that understanding to improve our case position.

Utter commitment to their client. Prepared to work all night if necessary.

Extremely attentive, very sharp. Straight to the point. Immediately understood any points/concerns I raised and able to explain to me in a very clear manner. Attention to detail and good tacticians.

This firm provides a first-rate litigation service where the client’s needs are always given priority.

I work with John Wilkinson – hugely experienced partner in international litigation.

Oli Blundell – still relatively junior but very hard-working and with excellent judgement.

Top quality, and punches well above its weight. This team is picking up very significant commercial litigation disputes.

Adrian Parkhouse (partner): he’s absolutely excellent and, in terms of raw brain-power, one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. Clients rightly love him, because he gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He’s also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances.

Ian de Freitas is a top-quality litigator, always on top of the detail but able to see the big picture, always thinking both inside and outside the box, a great team leader, and he gets superb results for his clients.

Will Charrington is super clever, unbelievably hard-working, and an excellent lawyer. You don’t get a better associates than Will.

The team headed up by Adrian Parkhouse is not only made up of excellent lawyers, but they are also a thoroughly nice group of people. They’re creative, flexible and able to think outside the box.

Adrian Parkhouse is unflappable. The case we’ve been working on is unusual and has thrown up all sorts of issues, which Adrian has handled with aplomb. He is particularly good at handling ‘difficult’ clients.

The associates are all good, but I’ve been particularly impressed with Blue Eliot. Her drafting is excellent and she is great with clients.

Farrer & Co have an intimate working knowledge of our business and a number of individuals have worked with us on secondment at some point over the last ten years. This experience has provided Farrer with a unique insight into our business and its operations allowing the firm to provide legal support with full knowledge of our systems and processes and the requirements of functional partners. The litigation team at Farrer & Co are highly respected by the legal department and by internal business partners.

Kate Allass has acted as a trusted advisor to our business for many years. Kate provides excellent commercial advice in an timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

Always available when needed both by the client and by the counsel team. Really sensible, practical advice given. The team knows which fights to pick and which to avoid.

Kate Allass – very switched on, superb tactical brain, firm with opponents while maintaining their respect. Victoria Atkins – hard working, very efficient, practical, knows when to use counsel and when not to.

Farrers look after their clients like family.

Kate Allass is extremely intelligent and astute.

They are very thorough in their approach, and always provide in-depth comments on any letters or other material so that we (as clients) understand the situation 100% and can (together with the lawyers) make informed and optimal decisions about the way forward. They are very pro-active in keeping us in the loop and are always on top of everything. They showed time and again that they turn things (any letters or documents they need to draft or any other work) around very quickly if needed which is very important in my opinion in commercial litigation.

Ian De Freitas, William Charrington, Lucy Penn – my experience with working all three is very positive. They are constantly on top of everything, always well informed, and don’t mind working in evenings or weekends if required. Their analyses, arguments, suggestions, etc. are usually very good as far as I (not being a lawyer myself) can judge on this.

 

Key clients

AMT Futures Limited

RP Explorer Master Fund

Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM

Kea Investments Limited

Heartwood Wealth Management

Red Kite Management Limited

Robert Tchenguiz

British Airline Pilots Association

Mohsen Derregia

The Challenge Network

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Farrer & Co has acted in many of the largest trust and estate disputes, which often span multiple offshore jurisdictions. Recently, it has been involved in proceedings in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, as well as in the UK Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Led by Toby Graham and Jeremy Gordon, the team handles a significant proportion of very high-value cases, often amounting to several billion pounds. Adam Carvalho was promoted to the partnership. Charlotte Fraser and Joanna Poole are among the other key lawyers in a group that is ‘a benchmark for quality in this sector, with the right mix of experience and fresh talent to ensure that any contentious matter is dealt with assuredly and with commitment’.

Practice head(s):

Toby Graham; Jeremy Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Adam Carvahlo; Charlotte Fraser; Joanna Poole; Elizabeth Sainsbury

Testimonials

Farrers is one of a few standout firms for this kind of work. It has a great pedigree and depth of knowledge and can offer a complete service. Toby Graham is an outstanding team leader and manager for large-scale litigation. He is strong across the board but I would say his standout attribute is a relentless focus on achieving what the client wants

Top-class team with bags of experience. It is a very good example of how private client teams should be’

The Rolls-Royce of private client litigation firms. Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham stand out

Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham are both excellent litigators in the trust and probate field with some very good support at associate level. Jeremy Gordon is experienced, strategic and charming. Jo Poole is a brilliant lawyer with real expertise in the law. Adam Carvalho is a bright new young partner – clients love him, and he handles cases with aplomb

Toby Graham has years of experience. He has a very deep knowledge of trusts and knows how to deal with private clients matters. He is a big asset for Farrers, and the people who have the chance to work with him are really lucky as he is a source of knowledge in the area of trusts

‘It has exceptional quality from top to bottom. Jeremy Gordon is one of the best in the business and would be my first choice for any complex Chancery matter. Elizabeth Sainsbury is a star of the future and will be a leader in the field. She is exceptionally good at running complex cases and her client manner is second to none

Charlotte Fraser has made a real impact since taking partnership. She has been involved in some very high-profile cases and is a fantastic litigator. Adam Carvalho is a dextrous and extremely able litigator with an excellent rapport with clients’

Jeremy Gordon is charming, clever and great with clients. Joanna Poole is very bright and takes no nonsense. Elizabeth Sainsbury is calm and collected, and knows her stuff inside out’

Key clients

Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM

Summit Trust Company

The trustees of the AM Sheffield settlement 1968

The Executors of Mrs Staveley

RBC (CI) Ltd

Coutts

The Trustees of the Hampden Settlement

Age UK

Kea Investments Limited

Martin Foreman (as executor of the estate of Michael Cowan)

The Administrators of the Estate of Vladimir Scherbakov

Froriep (Switzerland)

Education: institutions Tier 1

Farrer & Co has 'experts in the field', as is evidenced by their work for high-profile and longstanding clients in the higher education sector, including the University of Oxford. David Copping, who is the head of the higher education group, advises clients on a host of matters such as commercial and IP, as well as international projects. Sam Macdonald is the key contact for the establishment of charitable organizations abroad. Both Macdonald and Julian Smith have vast experience of advising on charity law issues in the higher education sphere. Kathleen Heycock is the key name for advice on employment issues.

Practice head(s):

David Copping; Sam Macdonald

Other key lawyers:

Julian Smith; Kathleen Heycock

Testimonials

‘For me, the main strength is the way the advice is given – they take the time to understand what you need and then they communicate it in a way a nonlegal specialist can understand and that is invaluable.’

‘The team is highly technical with high calibre lawyers who are very responsive.’

‘Farrer has strength in depth in understanding the public sector, and from my perspective, higher education in particular. This shines through in its advice on governance and charity law, where there is authority, deep knowledge, valuable connections, and a mindset that recognises the need to find a solution rather than restate a problem. From a firm of such distinction, there is also authoritative experience and advice in company formation, joint investments, and the frameworks governing these. Governance for universities commonly stretches across subsidiary companies and joint ventures. Having the expertise and individuals who can advise safely and with insight is crucial. Farrer can do that readily.’

‘The associates and partners we work with know us very well and are therefore able to offer practical and actionable advice. They are also experts in their respective fields and are up to date on trends and market practices. Specific mention goes to Jeremy Isaacson (senior associate), who is an excellent adviser in the areas of consumer protection and IP, as well as David Copping and Peter Wienand (both partners), who are always very responsive and provide excellent advice on projects and in certain compliance areas.’

Key clients

Imperial College London

The University of Cambridge

The University of Oxford

King’s College London

Universities UK

London Business School

The Open University

The Rhodes Trust

The University of Westminster

University of Warwick

Education: schools Tier 1

The 'exceptional' practice at Farrer & Co has a market-leading reputation in the schools arena, with a particular strength in advising independent schools. The team is particularly skilled in handling disputes, safeguarding measures and child protection issues. Jonathan Eley, who heads up the schools practice, advises on sensitive matters such as peer-on-peer abuse and transgender rights. Real estate transactions are another driver of activity. In addition, the firm advises on international expansion programmes and mergers. Maria Strauss and Paul Jones both act for schools and trusts.  Sam Macdonald is the overall head of education. David Smellie leads the safeguarding unit.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Eley (Head of Schools); Sam Macdonald (Head of Education)

Other key lawyers:

David Smellie; Paul Jones; Elizabeth Jones; Maria Strauss; Ben Longworth

Testimonials

They use their own qualifications and experience and recruit others with a different skill set to augment the lawyers. This gives the client a very rounded service of advice and guidance.

Paul Jones – concise, knowledgeable, experienced and rapid with advice if required. Ben Longworth – extremely experienced and effective in dealing with insurance topics David Smellie – sector leading in child protection and safeguarding.’

‘I always feel the quality of the advice and information given is of the highest calibre and the team’s knowledge of the sector, the issues and potential future trends is excellent. It feels like they are a practice that is at the centre of national safeguarding policy-making and one is assured that their advice is authoritative. Additionally, the events that the practice hold for us as professionals within the safeguarding and education sector are a really outstanding aspect of the service they offer.’

Their unrivalled knowledge of legal matters affecting the education sector, from family law, safeguarding, data protection and education is second to none. Their a responsive, pragmatic and value for money.

Sam Macdonald is a leader of the charity and education fields. His depth of knowledge and experience is enormous. He is client-focused and always pragmatic. Jonathan Eley’s employment is top-notch with a pragmatic approach. David Smellie’s safeguarding advice is the best you are likely to get.’

Farrer has a highly qualified team which operates well as a unit. All our queries have been properly and promptly answered and have no doubt that the legal advice offered is of the highest quality. The team works well together, supporting and learning from one another, while retaining individual areas of expertise. There is significant collective experience. The regard with which the company is held in the education sector means that the team is called upon to handle queries from a wide variety of schools, which in turn means that it remains current and can offer detailed and relevant advice.

David Smellie is superbly well versed in issues pertaining to abuse and safeguarding. His approach is careful, considerate and kind. I have every faith in his judgement. He is flexible and takes on suggestions to support the wider schools community. The safeguarding blog is a particular example as was his willingness to work with a number of interested parties to create a guide for schools about lessons learned from non-recent abuse.’

Quite simply, Farreres has a reputation as the best and it is correct. David Smellie is master of all he surveys, the acknowledged expert on independent education in a practice built up over many years. Most of all, he has common sense and a good sense of humour. his management of his diary is exceptional.’

Key clients

Winchester College

Eton College

Harrow School

Cognita

Charterhouse

Downe House

Alpha Plus Group

Grey Coat Hospital

Westminster School

Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

Family Tier 1

Farrer & Co is 'one of the go-to firms for high-value, complex and international financial cases' involving substantial assets and complicated asset protection structures where there are a myriad of trust and tax issues. It acts for a range of ultra-high-net-worth families and international clients in cases that span multiple jurisdictions, and is also known for its heavyweight expertise in complex children matters. The team regularly advises on issues such as abduction, relocation and mirror orders, as well as obtaining safeguards in the event of temporary leave to remove. The department, which is praised for its 'strong team leadership at partner level that is supported by some excellent and up-and-coming associates', is led by William Massey, who has wide experience in money and children cases, with a particular emphasis on complex financial situations. Flora Harragin was promoted to the partnership and associate Alexander Woolley joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP.

Practice head(s):

William Massey

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bruce; Richard Parry; Jeremy Posnansky; Claire Gordon; Caroline Holley; Alexander Woolley; Rose Spencer-Longhurst; Frederick Tatham; Eliza Hebditch; Sarah Hutchinson; Flora Harragin

Testimonials

‘A powerhouse group of family solicitors at all levels under one roof, delivering the highest quality legal advice and service. The strength in depth at Farrers can be found very rarely across the division. Simon Bruce, William Massey, Claire Gordon, Sarah Hutchinson, Eliza Hebditch and Flora Harragin are all exceptional lawyers who care about the clients in a way that others lawyers can only be envious of

Farrers’ very strong team provides a Rolls-Royce service with the intellectual horsepower to match it. The team is discreet and judicious. William Massey and Claire Gordon are top family law practitioners, Sarah Hutchinson has a lovely manner with clients and very good instincts, and Flora Harragin is charming but tough – a great combination

‘This is the smartest firm in London. It’s a quality product from top to bottom. The partners and associates are all first rate. Its reputation is second to none. This is the go-to firm for divorce in London. Simon Bruce exudes calm confidence and his clients trust him for it. Caroline Holley’s judgement is second to none and her people skills are top notch

Claire Gordon is simply brilliant. She has a fine legal mind and works tirelessly for her clients, but is prepared to tell them where to settle at the appropriate moment. She is a powerhouse: she exudes reassuring confidence, and gets the job done with efficiency, skill, professionalism and kindness

‘Eliza Hebditch cares passionately about her clients. She works incredibly hard to get the best outcome possible – ideally by negotiation but she is not afraid of a fight if the case doesn’t settle. She is equally at home on children cases and big-money financial cases. A star

‘Sarah Hutchinson is an absolute star of the team and a pleasure to work with. Caroline Holley and Sarah Hutchinson are great new faces of Farrer and are very approachable

‘Eliza Hebditch is a cool head in a crisis. She is a brilliant lawyer. William Massey is one of the finest solicitors in the country. He knows the law inside out and he is held in the very highest regard by all in the profession

Freddie Tatham has great legal skills and a polished manner. He is breathtakingly clear – every word he says is spot on and easily understood.  Rose Spencer Longhurst’s quiet and understated manner serves her clients well – she is very bright and combines her wealth of knowledge with emotional intelligence

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Farrer & Co has developed a strong reputation for private company transactions for high-net-worth individuals, and the firm's corporate team is also well known for its expertise in the financial services sector, acting for a range of household-name banks and investment management companies. The team also has a growing profile in the private equity and venture capital space, and is particularly experienced advising entrepreneurial clients. Many of the deals worked on by the department have a cross-border element, with the firm leveraging its strong ties to offshore markets ona  range of transactions involving offshore trust companies and private offices. Richard Lane, who leads the practice, is increasingly acting for international clients based in the US and Middle East. Financial services specialist Anthony Turner is a key name in the team alongside private company acquisitions expert Simon Ward, and David Fletcher, who focuses on substantial family and private companies, entrepreneurs and investors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lane

Testimonials

‘Approachable and pragmatic. Direct partner involvement when necessary/required. The firm is very down to earth, ideally suited for family offices, private entrepreneurs no aura of big client/big deals/upper end transactions environment. Instead they portray the trusted advisor approach.‘

‘Richard Lane has a very cordial, can-do style. He has an ear for nuance and his advice is delivered with clarity and not overly-ponderous. As a consequence he has built long-term relationships in the publishing sector.’

‘The strong private client practice gives extra capability to the corporate practice, especially in relation to owner-managed businesses and/or businesses servicing wealth private clients themselves.‘

‘Anthony Turner has a good client manner with well-balanced judgement between key commercial and legal issues where the client doesn’t necessarily need to instruct. Available and hard-working.‘

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Bridgeweave Limited

Brookfield Business Partners LP

The Open University

PGA European Tour

Rathbone Brothers plc

Royal Society of Chemistry

SAGE Publications Limited

Smartpipe Group

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Farrer & Co's media, entertainment and technology team offers 'a reassuringly straightforward and professional approach'. It has impressive experience in the publishing sector where it acts for large newspaper and magazine groups such as Telegraph Media Group and Bauer Media as well as clients in specialist areas include music and academic publishing; Henry Sainty is particularly active in this space. Beyond publishing, the practice acts for international broadcast production and TV rights companies, sporting events rights holders and radio broadcasters, while Peter Wienand has particular experience acting for B2B data businesses. Paul Jones advises a range of media sector clients on digitisation projects and leads the group, which fields the expertise of corporate partner Richard Lane, employment law expert Jonathan Eley and litigator Ian De Freitas, who is strong for intellectual property and data protection disputes and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones

Testimonials

They have a reassuringly straightforward and professional approach. They are knowledgeable and unshowy. Richard Lane typifies the above-described approach.

I have found that the team respond quickly and with detailed but practical advice. They are extremely nice to deal with and their fees are very reasonable and transparent.’

Tom Rudkin is extremely able, articulate and easy to deal with.

They are all always super responsive, and very smart. They grasp issues quickly and are happy to get on with things leading with our editorial colleagues, or me in the legal team, switching seamlessly and always providing appropriate advice.

Peter Wienand is great, always happy to take a quick view no matter how short notice my query is, and delves into the detail when we need more help from his wider team.’

The practice has a very good, detailed and thought-through understanding of our business and its needs and values. This is brought to bear very well by staff at all levels.

All staff have a very strong understanding of our business, its needs and values, and that comes through in their approach to work for us. I work most closely with two partners: Henry Sainty and Richard Lane, though I have worked with others. Henry has an excellent grasp of our values and our aims and brings a subtle but powerful intelligence and creativity to all matters. Richard is excellent for our M&A work: thorough, intelligent, robust and focused on getting the right outcome for us.

Key clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group

Yell (formerly Hibu)

Sage Publications (leading international STM/academic publisher)

PA Media (formerly The Press Association)

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 Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Farrer & Co's team has 'real strength and considerable expertise', advising some of the wealthiest and most prominent families and individuals across the UK and internationally. It is adept at providing multi-jurisdictional advice to the global super rich and has a strong practice in relation to complex tax structuring both in the UK and internationally. The department routinely advises on capital gains and inheritance tax and is recommended for its considerable expertise in handling tax risk advice and reporting obligations, as well as family governance issues and trusts matters. Other strengths include its expertise in landed estates, as it acts for over 50 substantial landed estates and historic houses. Sarah von Schmidt heads the department, which was recently strengthened at senior level by the promotion of Alexandra Hollingshead to the partnership and the recruitment of  Georgina James from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarah von Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bridges; Mike Chantler; Russell Cohen; Bryony Cove; James Carleton; Rhoddy Voremberg; Debbie Pennington; Oliver Piper; Alexandra Hollingshead; Georgina James

Testimonials

I have the highest regard for Sarah von Schmidt and the team at Farrer. The lawyers are a pleasure to deal with, technically strong and very sensitive to clients’ needs – they do not give cookie-cutter advice

Sarah von Schmidt is highly recommended, especially for her work on landed estates

‘The team has real strength and considerable expertise. It shows practical joined-up thinking and a high level of technical skill. It is very engaged in what it does

‘It is known for having large clients with complex needs for whom the team can offer excellent specialist services – it has real strength and depth

James Carleton is excellent for art and chattels

Bryony Cove is very empathetic and has a very good manner with clients

Oliver Piper has really good technical and client-handling skills

 ‘Russell Cohen continues to do amazing work; he is a great lawyer’

Residential property Tier 1

Farrer & Co is ‘far ahead of the rest‘ in residential property and secured lending work; the team acts for both buyers and sellers on some of the largest and most significant conveyancing transactions in the sector. Over the course of 2019, the firm continued to sharpen its focus on matters involving complex tax and structuring issues. Practice head Laurie Horwood is ‘one of the brightest sparks’ in the industry, with an impressive track record of both residential and commercial property work and strong relationships with the sector's largest lending banks. Laura Conduit has gained a reputation for working on some of the the most complex and fast-paced transactions, while senior associate Hugh Wigzell specialises in new build developments and has a growing reputation among major developers. Other key partners include the experienced Edmund Fetherston-Dilke.

Practice head(s):

Laurie Horwood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the real estate team at Farrer & Co for years – they are truly excellent. Professional, engaging, human yet very commercial and also aggressive when required in tight bidding situations. We have an excellent working relationship where they truly understand that every hour can count sometimes, and will drop everything to make it happen. That can really make or break a deal which we have sometimes spent many months in the lead up to, so when it comes to having a cracking team on board my preference will always be this team.’

‘Their transparency and efficiency has in my experience, put them far ahead of the rest. They are a cohesive, talented bunch that appears to match the energy and enthusiasm that I offer my clients.’

‘I have worked with many of the partners and associates at Farrer & Co and find them all to provide an exceptional and uncompromising service to clients. I work with many legal firms on property transactions and Farrer & Co are in my view the best at providing a very thorough and client focused service.’

‘The residential property team at Farrers really specialise in buying and selling expensive residential properties and have separate teams that focus on commercial property and rural land. This means that they are completely comfortable with all issues that arise on transactions of this nature and furthermore are used to the kind of clients that we all have the pleasure of dealing with on these transactions. They are, in my opinion, head and shoulders above their peers for private residential property work. As a team they are very collaborative and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Laurie Horwood, Laura Conduit, Annabel Dean and Edmund Fetherstone-Dilke are all pleasant individuals that I enjoy working with and I find their attention to detail of particular merit. All are easy to deal with and I believe provide clients with the confidence required to complete high value property transactions.’

‘Edmund Fetherston-Dilke brings a huge number of years of experience to the table and occasionally tells jokes that make me laugh. He is particularly good on complicated title issues or matters needing rural and agricultural expertise.’

‘Laurie Horwood is one of the brightest sparks I’ve come across. Incredibly measured and clients find him very reassuring.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Coutts & Co

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Ltd

Emirates NBD

ING Luxembourg

Citi Private Bank

Credit Suisse

Bank Julius Baer & Co. Limited

EFG Private Bank Limited

Schroder & Co Limited/Cazenove

Kleinwort Hambros

C. Hoare & Co

Senior executives Tier 1

Farrer & Co fields a deep bench of experienced employment lawyers, and has an impressive client roster for both employers and senior executives work. The firm is notably active in Employment Tribunal and High Court cases. Recent areas of growth include collective redundancies and industrial action work. On the employers side, the team maintains strong sector links in financial services, retail, media, education, museums, sports and charities. For senior executives, the department focuses on acting for prominent individuals at leading banks, retailers, media companies and City partnerships; it also regularly handles restrictive covenant and team move claims for individuals in High Court. David Smellie heads up the London team, while senior counsel William Dawson is a key name for senior executives work. In a major coup, the 'highly intelligent and hugely strategicAnna Birtwistle joined from CM Murray LLP in July 2019. A key junior partner with an enviable client roster of senior executives is Eleanor Rowswell.

Practice head(s):

David Smellie

Other key lawyers:

William Dawson; Rachel Lewis; David Hunt; Eleanor Rowswell; Anna Birtwistle; Katie Lancaster; Jonathan Eley; Kathleen Heycock

Testimonials

‘Anna Birtwistle is a gem. She has unmatched client skills, incredible energy and enthusiasm in her subject and there is no doubt about her breadth of knowledge. She reads between the lines and used the full arsenal of her extensive knowledge when it comes to solutions.’

‘They are a leading player in this space. Not that many leading employment practices do both employer and employee work, and they stand out for their work for individuals.’

‘William Dawson is an éminence grise. He has great gravitas, and is a formidable opponent..’

‘I recently had a case opposite Anna Birtwistle and was really impressed. She did an excellent job, with a very tricky client.’

‘Anna Birtwistle is wonderful. A genuine pleasure to work with, highly intelligent, hugely strategic, committed, focused and an impressive ability to deal with the most difficult of clients.’

‘They have a rare spread of talent, lawyers who can cover the full range of both types of employment law and just as importantly types of client. Certainly in the top rung of firms for senior executives.’

Key clients

All new lateral hire partners joining Ernst & Young

The pilot members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Partners leaving a private equity firm

Partner at a Magic Circle law firm

Senior equity partner of a big four accountancy practice

Partnership Tier 2

At Farrer & Co, lawyers have expertise across the spectrum of partnership issues, including transactions, international structuring, regulatory issues and contentious matters. The 'unflappableJonathan Haley leads the professional practices group, and advises on transformational and business-critical transactions in regulated sectors.  Anna Birtwistle, who joined from CM Murray LLP in 2019, has significant experience of contentious issues and investigations involving LLPs and their members. Eleanor Rowswell specialises in the interface between partnership and employment law, predominantly focusing on complex discrimination litigation. Kathleen Heycock is the name to note for advice on team moves and international acquisitions by regulated partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Haley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Farrer & Co is now one of the leading firms for partnership transactional and non-contentious matters. The team is led by Jonathan Haley, who is completely unflappable and who engenders the utmost confidence in clients.

Farrer is a hallmarked firm well able to deliver high level, high-value advice to corporate clients as well as serving professionals well.

Jon Haley is a class act; polished and professional he inspires confidence in the client always. He is very capable and excellent in resolving problems.’

Key clients

Senior equity partner of a big four accountancy practice

Ex-managing partner of a large US law firm

Meaden & Moore LLP

Seaman and Johns (Stratton Street LLP)

Webster Hart LLP

Kepler Partners LLP

Alvarium Investment Managers (UK) LLP

Allies & Morrison LLP

James Hambro & Partners LLP

Eden Rock Capital Management LLP

Reputation management Tier 2

The 'highly professional and attentive'  reputation management group at Farrer & Co 'offers practical, thoughtful and prompt advice' on the entire spectrum of defamation, privacy and harassment matters. Besides dealing with immediate crises, the team also provides services to address clients' long-term reputation protection needs. Buoyed by its reputation as a market-leading firm in the areas of charity law, arts, schools and universities, the team is often retained to advise on issues involving highly-sensitive institutions. In addition, it is a go-to destination for wealthy and high-profile individuals, celebrities and corporations, while also demonstrating the ability to advise leading media companies. Department head Julian Pike is described as a 'standout operator' by one client, while associate Alicia Mendonca-Richards excels in social media matters, online harassment and right to be forgotten actions; 'rising star' Tom Rudkin often assists with data protection and cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Julian Pike

Other key lawyers:

Tom Rudkin; Alicia Mendonça-Richards; Athalie Matthews

Testimonials

‘I have found the team I dealt with to be highly professional and attentive. They always respond in a timely manner. They are knowledgeable and experienced but also know when to seek more specialist advice if this becomes necessary.’

‘Julian Pike is highly experienced, thoughtful, articulate, confident, knowledgeable, very perceptive and personable, and always willing to work long and unsocial hours as required.  Athalie Matthews is very diligent, and excellent at forensically going through the detail. She is very considered, reliable, extremely responsive and drafts very good letters.’

‘Recognises that a law firm doesn’t have all the answers and knows how to build a coalition of advisers to support the client. The team is extremely adept at building personal relationships and binding its network into its firm.’   

‘Julian Pike is a standout operator. He understands what is realistically achievable for the client and with a compassionate approach helps get them there.’

‘Tom Rudkin is a rising star who is always willing to help think through an issue.’

‘The team offers practical, thoughtful and prompt advice. They always respond quickly and in a helpful way. Tom Rudkin is extremely able and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Very savvy in the context of reputation management, prepared to be tough when necessary, straight with the client about the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Julian Pike is clearly very experienced and an expert in this field.’

Key clients

James and Pippa Matthews (née Middleton)

Football Association

Natural History Museum

British Athletics

BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts)

Lawn Tennis Association

The Sackler Family

The Economist Newspaper Limited

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Age UK

Sport Tier 2

Elite London firm Farrer & Co places a strong emphasis on reputation management and integrity in sports, as exemplified by its recent work for the FA and the England women's national football team during the 2019 World Cup. This example typifies the work of practice head Julian Pike, who is very strong in advising both governing bodies and individual athletes on reputation management, but is also very experienced in regulatory and contractual disputes. Henry Sainty is another key name; he has extensive experience in handling commercial contracts for governing bodies. A growing are of expertise for the firm is advising sports organisations on subject access requests. Tom Bruce and David Hunt are also well-regarded for governance and employment issues respectively.

Practice head(s):

Julian Pike

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An extremely knowledgeable team not only in terms of what is legally possible, but also what is practical and can be implemented effectively.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the sector and try to make sure their advise recognises any limitations and sets out options to help an organisation find the most suitable solution for their circumstances.’

‘Tom Bruce is the most knowledgeable lawyer in regards to corporate governance issues in the sports sector. He has advised so many organisations, and his detailed knowledge of the sector, coupled with his legal skill, means he is now the go-to person for any governance related issues in the sport sector.’

‘David Hunt is a clear expert on all matters relating to employment law. However his real skill shines through when he is applying his knowledge to different settings, and his advice this year on employment law challenges for referees in sport has been hugely helpful. He provides clarity of thought and leaves you feeling informed and able to make decisions on the best way forward for your organisation.’

Key clients

The Football Association (FA)

British Olympic Association (BOA)

British Gymnastics

UK Athletics

Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

PGA European Tour

British Rowing

International Canoe Federation

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Henley Royal Regatta

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Led by the ‘outstanding and wholly engagedMark Gauguier, Farrer & Co adopts a ‘pragmatic and creative approach to problem solving’. The team’s development and investment activities are characterised by high-value transactions in the mid-market with the London-based assets serving as a priority. The group routinely works with international property investors from Hong Kong, Russia and the Middle East who are looking to expand their interests in the UK. Investments into private offices and high-end residential assets are areas of particular strength, as is a range of asset management including landlord and tenant matters and relevant litigation. The development caseload includes a wealth of flagship projects for institutional clients with urban extensions a well-established forte. Clients regularly single out senior associate Henry Stevens as ‘excellent’ for development-related transactions. Sector strengths include education, charities and estates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gauguier

Other key lawyers:

Henry Stevens; Kate Corke; Charlie Anderson

Testimonials

‘Henry Stevens is excellent.’

‘The team at Farrer work extremely well collaboratively, with the interests of the client remaining at the forefront of all they do.’

‘The commercial property team are proactive, easy to talk to and pragmatic in their thinking.’

‘Very easy to deal with. Clarity on single points of contact. Very very good on explaining legal issues in plain language (both in writing and orally). Always ready to talk.’

‘Mark Gauguier is outstanding. He was engaged throughout and felt as if he was really one of the team trying to get the deal over the line. Friendly and approachable at all times. Good on interpersonal skills and kept friendly even when we were discussing business. Was never patronising when I did not understand a legal point and was always able to explain matters in clear English. He was wholly engaged and thoroughly professional. A delight to work with.’

‘A personalised and professional service. They make sure that they understand the businesses that we are involved in and are proactive in their advice. They are not dogmatic in their administration.’

‘Quite above and beyond any other of the firms with which I deal.’

‘They seem to give their associates and trainees excellent experience and support/mentoring.’

‘Pragmatic, efficient and helpful. A lively, wise team to work with.’

‘We find Mark Gauguier’s team friendly, hard working and always willing to put extra effort in if necessary to get the deal done.’

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

Property Trust Group

Square Ape

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Employers Tier 3

Farrer & Co fields a deep bench of experienced employment lawyers, and has an impressive client roster for both employers and senior executives work. The firm is notably active in Employment Tribunal and High Court cases. Recent areas of growth include collective redundancies and industrial action work. On the employers side, the team maintains strong sector links in financial services, retail, media, education, museums, sports and charities. For senior executives, the department focuses on acting for prominent individuals at leading banks, retailers, media companies and City partnerships; it also regularly handles restrictive covenant and team move claims for individuals in High Court. David Smellie heads up the London team, while senior counsel William Dawson is a key name for senior executives work. In a major coup, the 'highly intelligent and hugely strategicAnna Birtwistle joined from CM Murray LLP in July 2019. A key junior partner with an enviable client roster of senior executives is Eleanor Rowswell.

Practice head(s):

David Smellie

Other key lawyers:

William Dawson; Rachel Lewis; David Hunt; Eleanor Rowswell; Anna Birtwistle; Katie Lancaster; Jonathan Eley; Kathleen Heycock

Testimonials

‘The Farrer & Co team is one of the very best I have worked with. They have outstanding technical knowledge allied with a practical and commercial approach. They are highly responsive and always provide a point of view (rather than just describe the law). They have been particularly helpful on individual employee cases as well as newer employment law domains such as regulated references in Financial Services.’

‘Kathleen Heycock is technically very strong, always responsive, calm, highly professional and demonstrates poise at all times.’

‘They are very pragmatic and user focused. Advice is practical rather than a summary of the law. They take time to know their clients well and create long-lasting relationships.’

‘I have found Farrers to be simply first class. They have solved every problem put to them. Truly professional, approachable, consistently efficient and a winning team. More efficient by far than another large firm I’ve dealt with. There is a sense that nothing gets left on the back burner.’

‘Katie Lancaster is a truly outstanding lawyer, giving the most exemplary and clear guidance, calm reassurance, a clearly communicated analysis of the options available and a very balanced and thorough advice on the best way forward. She is a first class listener and engages with and understands the emotional aspects of particularly sensitive issues.’

 

Key clients

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Imperial College

C Hoare & Co

The Natural History Museum

London Business School

Meaden & Moore LLP

The Independent Bursars’ Association (ISBA)

The Independent Schools Council

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Farrer & Co's 'creative and personal' team has notable expertise in fraud in the financial services sector, international fraud claims and contentious trust disputes. Adrian Parkhouse represents clients in commercial disputes across various sectors, including financial services, investment and art. John Wilkinson is also well-versed in commercial disputes involving fraud. Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham are both experts in fraud cases with trust elements. Associate Oliver Blundell is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parkhouse

Testimonials

‘I think Farrers are very strong in this area. They have great strength in depth from partner level down to junior associate and even paralegal. I am currently in year 5 of a very large fraud case with the firm and their performance has been impeccable throughout.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Red Kite Management Limited

RP Explorer Master Fund

Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments Limited

Holy Sisters Trustees Incorporated

Jeffery Holland

ICTS (UK) Limited

Reza Tabatabaei

Robert Tchenguiz

Naveed Akhtar

Dr Mohamed Haddad

Retail funds Tier 3

Farrer & Co has considerable expertise in regulated funds work, supporting fund clients with structuring, management and regulatory compliance issues, particularly FCA compliance work, advice on the role of ACDs, and asset liquidity matters. The team also has notable expertise in alternative retail fund types, including charity and local authority funds, supported by established practices elsewhere in the firm. The team is led by Grania Baird, who advises fund managers on structuring and compliance issues, as well as complex reorganisations and mergers. Senior associate Jessica Reed is a dedicated retail funds lawyer with cross-border and in-house experience.

Practice head(s):

Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Charities Property Fund

CCLA Investment Management/ CCLA Fund Managers

Omnis Investments

Oxford University Endowment Management

Rathbone Unit Trust Management

Thesis Unit Trust Management

Aubrey Capital Management

Savills Investment Management

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Led by the ‘outstanding and wholly engagedMark Gauguier, Farrer & Co adopts a ‘pragmatic and creative approach to problem solving’. The team’s development and investment activities are characterised by high-value transactions in the mid-market with the London-based assets serving as a priority. The group routinely works with international property investors from Hong Kong, Russia and the Middle East who are looking to expand their interests in the UK. Investments into private offices and high-end residential assets are areas of particular strength, as is a range of asset management including landlord and tenant matters and relevant litigation. The development caseload includes a wealth of flagship projects for institutional clients with urban extensions a well-established forte. Clients regularly single out senior associate Henry Stevens as ‘excellent’ for development-related transactions. Sector strengths include education, charities and estates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gauguier

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Anderson

Testimonials

‘Henry Stevens is excellent.’

‘The team at Farrer work extremely well collaboratively, with the interests of the client remaining at the forefront of all they do.’

‘The commercial property team are proactive, easy to talk to and pragmatic in their thinking.’

‘Very easy to deal with. Clarity on single points of contact. Very very good on explaining legal issues in plain language (both in writing and orally). Always ready to talk.’

‘Mark Gauguier is outstanding. He was engaged throughout and felt as if he was really one of the team trying to get the deal over the line. Friendly and approachable at all times. Good on interpersonal skills and kept friendly even when we were discussing business. Was never patronising when I did not understand a legal point and was always able to explain matters in clear English. He was wholly engaged and thoroughly professional. A delight to work with.’

‘A personalised and professional service. They make sure that they understand the businesses that we are involved in and are proactive in their advice. They are not dogmatic in their administration.’

‘Quite above and beyond any other of the firms with which I deal.’

‘They seem to give their associates and trainees excellent experience and support/mentoring.’

‘Pragmatic, efficient and helpful. A lively, wise team to work with.’

‘We find Mark Gauguier’s team friendly, hard working and always willing to put extra effort in if necessary to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Square Ape

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Farrer & Co is singled out for its ability to 'consistently provide exceptionally high levels of service'. Henry Sainty leads the team and acts on data protection and freedom of information matters for clients in the retail, sports and education sectors. He is supported by Ian De Freitas, who possesses a 'depth of knowledge and confidence' in ICO investigations and data breach work. Senior associate Owen O’Rorke is 'unequivocally recommended' for his expertise in contentious and non-contentious data protection work including ICO investigations and subject access requests.

Practice head(s):

Henry Sainty

Other key lawyers:

Ian De Freitas; Owen O’Rorke

Testimonials

‘Farrer & Co consistently provide exceptionally high levels of service and account management at all times. All members of the team that we work with are knowledgeable, efficient and provide consistently high quality work. The firm also provides opportunities to hear about the latest developments in the sector through high quality events and bulletins.’

‘We tend to engage Farrer & Co when we hit something new: no case law; no definition; no regularly guidance, looking for a practical steer as to how to meet our obligations and practically move forward.’

‘Owen O’Rorke. The epitome of a knowledgeable, approachable, and diplomatic associate. He has supplied reliable and workable advice to the private schools sector since the inception of GDPR. Unequivocally recommended.’

‘Ian De Freitas – has the depth of knowledge and confidence to convince your senior management that GDPR is not the devil and compliance is both achievable and beneficial; no mean feat.’

Key clients

Telegraph Media Group

Japan House

Professional services providers including Vistra Group and Logicalis

J.P. Boden & Co. Limited

Lawn Tennis Association

Lonely Planet

Rhodes Trust / Schmidt Science Fellows

esure Group plc

Eton College

Mayor of London

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Trade mark, copyright and database rights litigation at Farrer & Co is handled by the 'well connected' Ian De Freitas, who has recently represented third sector, education and gaming clients in a range of infringement and passing-off disputes, including IPEC proceedings. 'Outstanding' practice leader Peter Wienand has a niche in advising museums and galleries on IP protection and exploitation, notably for the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and National Galleries Scotland. Copyright advice is also a strong point for Wienand, who works with impressive names in media and publishing. Associate Natalie Rimmer regularly assists with commercial IP matters

Practice head(s):

Peter Wienand

Other key lawyers:

Ian De Freitas; Natalie Rimmer; Antonia Lyne; Anisha Birk; Paul Jones

Testimonials

Farrer & Co’s TMT team is pleasant, knowledgeable and effective. Partners and associates visibly work together to get the job done and they do so in an open and pragmatic way.

Farrer & Co operates a highly professional team and provides a very competent service to a range of high-profile clients in the public and charity spheres.

Peter Wienand has an excellent balance between technical legal knowledge, commercial acumen and an ability to explain in an easily understandable manner which non-legal colleagues could understand.

Peter Wienand is outstanding. A consummate professional, always providing robust and clear legal advice with practical and often creative observations and solutions. Has an uncanny ability of taking apart seemingly complex and unresolvable problems to arrive at incisive and most useful advice.

Natalie Rimmer, Antonia Lyne and Anisha Birk all are strong researchers and most capable.

Paul Jones and Natalie Rimmer helped us in one particular IP joint venture contract negotiation spanning several jurisdictions. They were not only insightful, friendly and helpful, but their advice was spot-on and clear. Natalie Rimmer made sure we were supported at every turn, making herself available whenever needed.

Ian De Freitas has a deep knowledge of his areas of expertise (IP, data and technology), is very well connected internationally, responsive, pragmatic and a solutions-finder.

Key clients

The Natural History Museum

The Economist

Spyscape / Cipher Corp Limited

The Kennel Club

Rhodes Trust

East London Liquor Company

Drumond Park

Priva Holding BV

Lumos Foundation

National Galleries Scotland

Planning Tier 4

The planning practice at Farrer & Co is characterised by its work on urban development and community projects, as well as its expertise in judicial reviews and the heritage sector. The team has also recently taken on an increasing amount of planning-related environmental work. Its notably diverse client list covers high-net-worth individuals, landed estates, businesses in the manufacturing and leisure sectors and public institutions. Karen Phull leads on the range of planning work, with recent highlights including high-profile developments for museums in London as well as complex CPO work for corporate clients in the City.

Practice head(s):

Karen Phull

Other key lawyers:

Anthony McNamee

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge across the property sector as a whole.’

‘Karen Phull has demonstrated the excellent quality of Farrer & Co that I have found to exist whenever I have dealt with them.’

‘Karen Phull is very detail oriented without losing sight of the big picture. She is commercially astute and tenacious.’

‘The team have a very good eye for detail as well as an approach that is both pragmatic and commercial.’

‘The individuals I work with are very personable and good at identifying options moving forward and solutions. They don’t just highlight the problems and leave you to it’

‘The Farrers team is at the cutting edge of what is possible in the land and planning disputes arena.’

‘Excellent advice, a ‘tour de force’ in projecting the argument to the opposing side and an overwhelming action plan to get the job done.’

‘If you have a problem or concern in the land planning or disputes just go to Karen Phull – no need to look elsewhere. Keep her on speed dial!’

Key clients

Porcelanosa

Celsa Steel UK Limited

Duchy of Cornwall

British Library

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Farrer & Co has a 'diverse and dynamic team' who work with prestigious clients across a variety of sectors including charities, museums and heritage. The practice also assists banks and investors on construction financing matters. Head of team Edward Banyard Smith is well regarded as a 'highly reliable' and 'commercially minded' practitioner. He has acted on major projects and developments for schools and charities. Clive Lovatt is noted for his representation of cultural institutions and property developers, handling a range of non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Edward Banyard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are extremely professional; prompt and quick to react to events. They also able to offer alternative strategies which are bespoke to my needs.’

‘Farrer has a great international network enabling this law firm to handle complex international cases.’

‘Advice which is consistently of the highest level delivered by top-quality operators at all levels of the business.’

‘A truly wonderful, diverse and dynamic team. Approaching work with a great attitude and willingness.’

‘Edward Banyard Smith has an in-depth knowledge in this field of law which especially includes new techniques such as building information modelling.’

‘Edward Banyard Smith is always available and happy to provide his advice which we have, without fail, found to be highly reliable, on point and commercially minded.’

Key clients

Highbridge Properties plc

Royal College of Surgeons

Artesian Property Partnership

Charities Property Fund

Coutts & Co

St George’s Weybridge

Duchy of Cornwall

Price & Myers LLP

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Lloyds Banking Group

Property finance Tier 5

Farrer & Co handles investment, acquisition and development finance for clients ranging from major UK and international banks to high-net-worth individuals and estates. It has expertise in asset classes including hotel and leisure, retail, office and residential properties. At the helm is Martin Blake, who is highly skilled in cross-border financings, especially structures involving Islamic finance. Bethan Waters, whose clients include a number of charities, and secured lending transactions specialist Marc Glancy are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Blake

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Farrer & Co. have an intimate working knowledge of our business and its operations, allowing the firm to provide transactional support with full knowledge of our systems, processes and requirements.’

‘Marc Glancy and Bethan Waters provide sound commercial advice and are always mindful of timing, working hard to ensure that transactions are completed in line with expectations and on schedule.’

‘Farrer is a large enough firm that they can cover a great number of legal aspects and they have a simple approach to being able to connect with different partners via our main contact. Highly experienced individuals and teams that work well together.’

‘They are all highly experienced in their fields. We have a very good relationship which has been built up over a number of years. They provide the time and insight into any question, small or large.’

‘A well-organised practice with talented individuals. The team I work with are very knowledgeable and approachable with great attention to detail. The team are adaptable to change which, especially in the current environment, is a great skill to allow transactions to continue to run without interruption.’

‘The team are well regarded by myself and my colleagues. We trust them to offer sensible advice and provide practical solutions when required.’

‘They put the client’s interests first and are an asset to the firm they work for. I enjoy working with them.’

‘Excellent attention to detail. Marc Glancy is extremely approachable and exhibited first-class knowledge whilst being able to explain complicated matters in an understandable manner.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada

C. Hoare & Co

Deutsche Bank

Secure Trust Bank PLC

Coutts & Co

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Citibank NA

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Bank Julius Baer

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Farrer & Co’s experience covers the establishment of regulated businesses, conduct of business issues, financial promotion rules, SMCR matters and cross-border passporting. The firm has particular expertise in the asset management and private banking sectors, as well as advising the charity sector. Practice head Grania Baird acts for asset managers, wealth managers, private banks and multi-family offices on a range of regulatory issues. Also notable is Katy Ruddell, who was promoted to senior counsel in 2019 and specialises in regulated lending.

Practice head(s):

Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on delivering an excellent product that meets, so far as is possible, the client’s needs. The team combines undoubted technical legal knowledge with a clear desire to understand the context and the specifics. They have been excellent at taking a view on statutory matters open to interpretation.’

‘We work principally with Grania Baird and Nandini Sur. They form a strong team. Whilst demonstrating good pragmatism and flexibility, they never lose sight of the need to be technically sound. Their advice comes at a price, but they adopt a sensible approach to agreeing fees and, in my experience, represent good value for money.’

 

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

Rathbone Brothers plc

Oxford University Endowment Management Limited

Omnis Investments Limited

Sandaire Investment Office (trading name of Sand Aire Limited)

International arbitration Tier 7

Handling disputes involving multiple jurisdictions, Farrer & Co focuses on commercial arbitrations involving post-M&A and corporate disputes and the energy, financial services, construction, public procurement and shipping sectors. In addition, the practice is experienced in investor-state arbitrations, art-related matters and sports disputes. Hendrik Puschmann and Kate Allass co-head the practice, where Adrian Parkhouse and Ian De Freitas are also key partners.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Puschmann; Kate Allass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A first-rate team.

The whole team is professional and gives detailed and reasoned instructions. Advice and direction are well thought through and arguments are detailed and backed up with facts. They think in advance, which often pre-empts issues we may face in court.

The commitment of partner Hendrik Puschmann to arbitration as a discipline is exceptional.

It is well known for its work on behalf of wealthy individuals. The international arbitration practice is headed by the very impressive Hendrik Puschmann, who fits perfectly into the global ambitions of the firm. His team has already gained reputation for its work on complex arbitration matters.

Hendrik Puschmann is pragmatic, efficient and effective. He is a superb arbitration specialist, who is commercially minded, client focused and extremely hardworking.

Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely excellent and, in terms of raw brain-power, one of the top arbitration solicitors in London. Clients rightly love him, because he gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He’s also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances.

Ian De Freitas is a top-quality litigator, who is always on top of the detail but able to see the big picture. He also always thinks both inside and outside the box, is a great team leader and gets superb results for his clients.

Key clients

Hitzinger GmbH (in administration)

International Canoe Federation

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Aggarwal  photo Sarah Aggarwal Sarah has experience of a variety of commercial property matters including acquisitions,…
 Kate Allass  photo Kate Allass Kate has a varied litigation and arbitration practice, acting for corporations, institutions…
 Ben Amoah  photo Ben Amoah Ben advises both claimants and defendants on all aspects of commercial litigation…
 Charles Anderson  photo Charles Anderson Charlie has over 30 years’ experience of advising on commercial property investment…
 Graham Anderson  photo Graham Anderson Graham advises a broad range of clients including national and international businesses,…
 Grania Baird  photo Grania Baird Grania advises asset managers, private banks and other financial services firms on…
 Alan Baker  photo Alan Baker Alan assists with a wide range of IP and commercial matters, primarily…
 Edward Banyard Smith  photo Edward Banyard Smith Edward has significant experience of advising on all aspects of construction and…
 Marie Bates  photo Marie Bates Marie advises on a broad range of corporate matters and commercial transactions…
 Anna Birtwistle  photo Anna Birtwistle Partner at Farrer & Co since June 2019.
 Charlotte Black  photo Charlotte Black Charlotte advises on all direct taxes, stamp duties and VAT. Her client…
 Martin Blake  photo Martin Blake Martin has broad experience in a range of domestic and international banking…
 Mark Bridges  photo Mark Bridges Mark is the chair of private client at Farrer & Co and…
 James Bromley  photo James Bromley James is an associate in the Tax Team. He has experience providing tax advice…
 Simon Bruce  photo Simon Bruce Personal and family law cases are so often associated with extremely sensitive…
 Tom Bruce  photo Tom Bruce Tom advises corporate and commercial clients on a broad range of corporate…
 Mark Burgess-Smith  photo Mark Burgess-Smith Mark Burgess-Smith joined Farrer & Co in 2020 as Senior Counsel in…
 Jonathan Came  photo Jonathan Came Jonathan advises a broad range of construction clients, including national and international…
 James Carleton  photo James Carleton James has a diverse client base that includes advising individuals, family offices…
 Adam Carvalho  photo Adam Carvalho Adam advises primarily on contentious trust and probate matters. He has been involved…
 Alice Cave  photo Alice Cave Alice advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious…
 William Charrington  photo William Charrington William advises corporate clients, institutions and individuals on a wide range of…
 Kate Chatters  photo Kate Chatters Kate advises individuals and estates in relation to a wide range of…
 Russell Cohen  photo Russell Cohen Russell advises on all aspects of tax planning, estate planning and trust…
 Laura Conduit  photo Laura Conduit Laura is a specialist residential property solicitor experienced in freehold and leasehold…
 Jolyon Connell  photo Jolyon Connell Jolyon advises individuals, companies and institutions on a wide range of contentious…
 David Copping  photo David Copping David is the Head of the Higher Education Group. He specialises in non-contentious…
 Kate Corke  photo Kate Corke Kate deals with a wide range of property matters including the sale…
 Bryony Cove  photo Bryony Cove Bryony specialises in mainly onshore work including complex inheritance tax and capital…
 Lindsay Cunningham  photo Lindsay Cunningham Lindsay deals with a wide range of residential property matters, in particular…
 Diana Davidson  photo Diana Davidson Diana advises on all aspects of trust law, including onshore and offshore…
 John Davies  photo John Davies John qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and works on a broad…
 William Dawson  photo William Dawson William advises employers and “high flyer” employees, based both in the City…
 Ian De Freitas  photo Ian De Freitas Partner
 Nick Dunnell  photo Nick Dunnell Nick’s main areas of expertise are tax and trusts, particularly the taxation…
 Suzanna Eames  photo Suzanna Eames Associate
 Adele Eastman  photo Adele Eastman Adele originally qualified at Farrer & Co, specialising in employment and education…
 Jonathan Eley  photo Jonathan Eley Jonathan advises employers and senior executives on the full range of legal…
 Blue Elliott  photo Blue Elliott Blue assists on a wide variety of contentious matters for individual, institutional…
 Veryan Excelby  photo Veryan Excelby Veryan has a diverse range of clients and advises on all areas…
 Edmund Fetherston-Dilke  photo Edmund Fetherston-Dilke Edmund advises several major estates on the full variety of legal issues…
 Sophie Fewson  photo Sophie Fewson Sophie predominately advises UK-domiciled private clients on wills and estate planning. She…
 David Fletcher  photo David Fletcher David is a corporate partner and advises on a broad range of…
 Charlotte Fraser  photo Charlotte Fraser Charlotte has broad experience acting for both private and corporate clients on…
 Charlotte Freeman  photo Charlotte Freeman Charlotte advises on a variety of banking and financial transactions acting for…
 James Furber  photo James Furber James is the senior property partner in the property department. He acts…
 Charles Fursdon  photo Charles Fursdon Charles advises private, commercial and institutional clients on a wide range of…
 Mark Gauguier  photo Mark Gauguier Mark has a wide range of commercial property experience and he has…
 Jessica Gibson  photo Jessica Gibson Associate
 Marc Glancy  photo Marc Glancy Marc has a broad banking and financing practice advising individuals, corporates and…
 Caroline Gordon  photo Caroline Gordon Caroline provides advice to UK and international clients on their tax and…
 Claire Gordon  photo Claire Gordon Claire enjoys a diverse client base and an extensive caseload involving all…
 Jeremy Gordon  photo Jeremy Gordon Jeremy advises clients both private and corporate on a wide range of…
 Toby Graham  photo Toby Graham Toby is head of Farrer & Co’s Contentious Trusts and Estates group. He…
 Simon Graham  photo Simon Graham Simon is head of the Banking practice. He advises lenders and borrowers…
 Jo Grainger  photo Jo Grainger Jo’s role is to work specifically on secondment to clients advising on…
 Rose Gurney  photo Rose Gurney Rose’s experience includes acting for private individuals, landed estates and charities on…
 Jonathan Haley  photo Jonathan Haley Jonathan is head of the professional practices group at Farrer & Co.…
 Patrick Hammond  photo Patrick Hammond Patrick advises a range of individual and institutional landowners on matters relating…
 Flora Harragin  photo Flora Harragin Flora works on a broad range of family matters, both contentious and…
 Eliza Hebditch  photo Eliza Hebditch Eliza’s work is almost equally divided between children and money cases. She…
 Kathleen Heycock  photo Kathleen Heycock Kathleen is a Partner in the Employment Team who is recognised for…
 Rebecca Heyworth  photo Rebecca Heyworth Rebecca deals with all aspects of family law, in particular, divorce, matters…
 Alexis Hille  photo Alexis Hille Alexis specialises in providing advice to UK and international individuals, family offices…
 Elena Hinchin  photo Elena Hinchin Elena has nearly 10 years’ experience in Immigration Law. She built up…
 Caroline Holley  photo Caroline Holley Caroline advises a diverse client base on both contentious and non-contentious matters,…
 Alexandra Hollingshead  photo Alexandra Hollingshead Alexandra specialises in providing advice to trustees and UK and international individuals…
 Rachel Holmes  photo Rachel Holmes Rachel provides technical legal support and lectures (both internally and externally) on…
 Tom Homfray  photo Tom Homfray Tom is a member of the Commercial Property team. He has acted…
 Laurie Horwood  photo Laurie Horwood Laurie’s practice covers a wide range of matters relating to residential and…
 David Hunt  photo David Hunt David advises a broad spectrum of clients from the education, sports, banking,…
 Sara Hunt  photo Sara Hunt As the Knowledge Lawyer for the family team at Farrer & Co,…
 Sarah Hutchinson  photo Sarah Hutchinson Sarah is a partner and family mediator. She works on a broad range of…
 Jeremy Isaacson  photo Jeremy Isaacson Jeremy qualified as a solicitor into the Intellectual Property & Commercial team…
 Georgina James  photo Georgina James Georgina James joined Farrer & Co as a Partner in Private Wealth…
 Emily Jamieson  photo Emily Jamieson Emily advises corporate and commercial clients on a broad range of corporate…
 Siobhan Jones  photo Siobhan Jones Siobhan specialises in all aspects of property related litigation and dispute resolution.…
 Paul Jones  photo Paul Jones Paul Jones is a commercial contracts expert with an exceptional track record…
 Holly Jones  photo Holly Jones Holly advises individuals, families and trustees on tax issues, trust and company…
 Elizabeth Jones  photo Elizabeth Jones Elizabeth is the practice head for Charities at Farrer & Co. Elizabeth…
 Alice Kendle  photo Alice Kendle Alice advises individuals, institutions and corporate clients on a wide range of…
 Caroline Kirby  photo Caroline Kirby Caroline specialises in planning, drafting, establishing, troubleshooting and restructuring UK and international…
 Thomas Kirkman  photo Thomas Kirkman Tom advises landowners on a wide range of rural matters, with a…
 Krista Kojecky  photo Krista Kojecky Krista is a member of the Commercial Property Team. She specialises in…
 Paul Krafft  photo Paul Krafft Paul’s main area of practice is in advising private and institutional clients…
 Katie Lancaster  photo Katie Lancaster Katie is a partner in the employment team and is head of…
 Sally Lane  photo Sally Lane Sally is familiar with all legal aspects of a sale and purchase…
 Richard Lane  photo Richard Lane Richard advises on a broad range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals…
 Fred Lee  photo Fred Lee Fred is an associate in the Commercial Property team and advises on a…
 Robert Lewis  photo Robert Lewis Robert advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Robert…
 Rachel Lewis  photo Rachel Lewis Rachel provides advice across a full spectrum of employment issues to a…
 Ben Longworth  photo Ben Longworth Ben advises corporate clients, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations on…
 Antonia Lyne  photo Antonia Lyne Antonia specialises in intellectual property, commercial and data protection law. She has…
 Sam Macdonald  photo Sam Macdonald Sam is the Head of the Schools Group. He advises charities and…
 James Maloney  photo James Maloney James advises a broad range of charities and other organisations, including grant-making…
 Helen Martin  photo Helen Martin Helen works on a wide variety of corporate matters for both private…
 William Massey  photo William Massey William Massey is a partner at Farrer & Co and head of…
 James Maxwell  photo James Maxwell James acts for private and institutional landowners in relation to the management…
 Catherine McAleavey  photo Catherine McAleavey Catherine advises individuals, families and trustees on UK capital tax and succession…
 Richard McDermott  photo Richard McDermott Richard advises on all aspects of trust law, wills, tax and estate…
 Tom McPhail  photo Tom McPhail Tom advises on a broad range of contentious matters for individuals, institutions…
 Alicia Mendonca-Richards  photo Alicia Mendonca-Richards Alicia specialises in reputation management and contentious media. She advises both claimants…
 Kelly Merris  photo Kelly Merris Kelly is an associate in the Farrer & Co Family Team. She…
 Alyson Morrell  photo Alyson Morrell
 Francesca Mouncer  photo Francesca Mouncer Francesca has experience working on high value residential transactions including freehold and…
 Serena Nicholls  photo Serena Nicholls Serena provides advice to corporate, institutional and senior executive clients on a…
 Matthew North  photo Matthew North Matthew advises lenders and borrowers on a wide range of international and…
 Jo Ord  photo Jo Ord Jo assists on a wide variety of contentious matters for individual, institutional…
 Susanna O’Leary  photo Susanna O’Leary Susanna specialises in the sale and purchase of residential premises and the…
 Owen O’Rorke  photo Owen O’Rorke Owen joined Farrer & Co in 2014 having spent five years at…
 Isabel Paintin  photo Isabel Paintin Isabel advises predominantly UK-domiciled Private Clients and Charitable Organisations on a wide…
 Adrian Parkhouse  photo Adrian Parkhouse Adrian is head of the art and heritage group. He has broad…
 Caroline Pearce  photo Caroline Pearce Caroline has experience working with both international and UK-domiciled clients needing advice…
 Debbie Pennington  photo Debbie Pennington Debbie advises on international tax, estate and succession planning, with a particular…
 Andy Peterkin  photo Andy Peterkin Andy advises a wide range of financial institutions, including asset managers, private…
 Karen Phull  photo Karen Phull Karen has extensive experience in a wide range of planning matters including…
 Julian Pike  photo Julian Pike Julian heads Farrer & Co’s reputation management practice. He has more than…
 Anne-Marie Piper  photo Anne-Marie Piper Anne-Marie is head of the Charities team. She acts for sponsors of…
 Oliver Piper  photo Oliver Piper Oliver advises individuals and institutions on all matters relating to the formation,…
 Charmaine Pollock  photo Charmaine Pollock Counsel
 Nicola Pomfret  photo Nicola Pomfret Nicola advises trustees, banks and high net worth individuals on tax and…
 Joanna Poole  photo Joanna Poole Joanna is a member of Farrer & Co’s specialist Contentious trusts and…
 Jeremy Posnansky QC photo Jeremy Posnansky QC Jeremy has undertaken cases at all levels, up to the House of…
 Simon Pring  photo Simon Pring Simon is head of the estates and private property team. He advises…
 Alice Quirk  photo Alice Quirk Alice joined the Family Department as an associate in November 2017 after…
 Amy Radnor  photo Amy Radnor Amy joined Farrer & Co in 2018 from a Tier 1 central…
 Jane Randell  photo Jane Randell Jane assists in a variety of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and…
 Laetitia Ransley  photo Laetitia Ransley Laetitia advises charities, philanthropists and not-for-profit organisations on a broad range of…
 Jessica Reed  photo Jessica Reed Jessica advises a wide range of financial services firms, including asset managers,…
 Philip Reed  photo Philip Reed Philip advises charity and not-for-profit clients on a wide range of charity…
 Catherine Rogers  photo Catherine Rogers Catherine advises predominately UK-domiciled clients on wills and estate planning, including advising…
 Eleanor Rowswell  photo Eleanor Rowswell Eleanor is an experienced employment lawyer who advises both senior executives and…
 Katy Ruddell  photo Katy Ruddell Katy has extensive experience in financial services law, both in-house and in…
 Tom Rudkin  photo Tom Rudkin Tom is an Associate in Farrer & Co’s Reputation Management practice, and…
 Elizabeth Sainsbury  photo Elizabeth Sainsbury Elizabeth advises on a wide range of commercial, trust and private wealth…
 Henry Sainty  photo Henry Sainty Henry is head of the media, entertainment and technology group. He specialises…
 Helen Sculthorpe  photo Helen Sculthorpe Helen has extensive experience of residential property transactions, both freehold and leasehold,…
 Clare Serenyi  photo Clare Serenyi Clare works for a wide variety of clients on private family law…
 Sonal Shah  photo Sonal Shah Sonal’s work focuses on landed estates, high value probate matters with cross-border…
 Richard Shillito  photo Richard Shillito Richard advises print and online publishers on libel, privacy, contempt and related…
 David Smellie  photo David Smellie David is head of the Employment team. He has wide experience of…
 Julian Smith  photo Julian Smith Julian has specialised in advising charities since 1994, and acts for a wide…
 Annabel Spearman  photo Annabel Spearman Annabel advises both international and UK clients on wills, trust law, tax,…
 Rose Spencer-Longhurst  photo Rose Spencer-Longhurst Rose works on a wide range of family matters, contentious and non-contentious…
 Alison Springett  photo Alison Springett Alison provides tax and trust planning advice to UK domiciled and resident…
 Henry Stevens  photo Henry Stevens Henry is experienced in acting in a wide variety of commercial real…
 Maria Strauss  photo Maria Strauss Maria specialises in contentious business, dispute resolution and employment law for Religious…
 Daisy Tarnowska  photo Daisy Tarnowska Daisy works on a broad range of family law matters, both contentious…
 Frederick Tatham  photo Frederick Tatham Freddie works on a broad range of family law matters, both contentious…
 Anthony Turner  photo Anthony Turner Anthony is a partner in the corporate team. He advises both corporate…
 Katy Tydeman  photo Katy Tydeman Katy advises a range of institutional and private landowners on agricultural and…
 Rhoddy Voremberg  photo Rhoddy Voremberg Rhoddy is the head of the firm’s private client department and specialises…
 Simon Ward  photo Simon Ward Simon advises on private company acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings. Simon specialises in…
 Bethan Waters  photo Bethan Waters Bethan assists on a wide variety of banking matters. She works with…
 Sarah-Jane Watson  photo Sarah-Jane Watson Sarah-Jane specialises in employment law. She advises employers and employees on a…
 Barbara Webb  photo Barbara Webb Barbara advises a broad range of corporate, institutional and private clients on…
 Hannah Whyatt  photo Hannah Whyatt Hannah deals with a range of clients including charitable trusts and companies,…
 Peter Wienand  photo Peter Wienand Peter is head of the IP and commercial team. His practice areas…
 Graham Williams  photo Graham Williams Graham has over 25 years’ experience in the field of pensions law…
 Alice Yandle  photo Alice Yandle Alice advises corporate, institutional and individual clients on contentious and non-contentious employment…
 Annabel Younger  photo Annabel Younger Annabel deals with a wide range of legal issues affecting residential, commercial…
 Nyla Yousuf  photo Nyla Yousuf Nyla specialises in corporate insolvency with detailed knowledge of the various formal…
 Emily Zethraeus  photo Emily Zethraeus Emily is familiar with the issues which can arise in relation to…
 Sarah von Schmidt  photo Sarah von Schmidt Sarah specialises in advising wealthy individuals and their families, entrepreneurs and landowning…
Number of UK partners : 74
Number of other UK fee-earners : 186

Farrer & Co is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace where everyone is able to thrive and bring their whole self to work.

We recognise the importance of creating an inclusive environment in which people can progress and fulfil their potential based on merit and regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

We value individuality and we celebrate the different contributions we can each make to the firm.

We also value the wellbeing of our people and pride ourselves on being a supportive employer, taking reasonable and practical steps to help them to balance their careers with other aspects of their lives. We think this is reflected in the fact that we have an exceptionally low staff turnover.

Diversity and inclusion enriches the culture of the firm and means that we are better positioned to continue to provide a first-class service to our clients.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Located in Lincoln's Inn, with a longstanding presence in the private client and family sectors, Farrer & Co provides trainees with 'a broader range of practice areas than most London firms (Corporate, Property, Litigation, Charities, Employment, Contentious Trusts, etc.) and a vastly more interesting client base'. Trainees love the 'variety of departments within the firm which was a big draw' as well as the 'level of client contact' and the 'small and collegiate' working environment. The firm uses a six-seat rotation system, commended by its trainees, who also appreciate its 'location and the quality of training'. Trainee feelings are reflected in the survey; Farrer & Co has an impressive seven Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, overall quality of work, client contact, work/life balance, social life, and its vacation scheme. One trainee sums up the appeal: 'we have a much smaller intake – this means we are often the only trainee in a department, whereas peers at other firms will be one of many. This often means more responsibility and client exposure, and usually opportunities to work with everyone in the team'. With an 'old-fashioned' atmosphere, trainees are critical of the firm's inclusivity, while praising the work/life balance. For those looking for a wide range of private client and commercial opportunities, within a small intake size at a traditional and collegiate firm, Farrer & Co is a great option .