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Payne Hicks Beach LLP
10 NEW SQUARE
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QG
England

Family Tier 1

Payne Hicks Beach is 'the go-to for high-value, complex matrimonial disputes', acting for a wide range of high-profile and very wealthy clients. The team 'gets the best cases and the best results': it regularly appears in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and has developed considerable strength in diverse areas such as nuptial agreements, the treatment of pre-acquired and inherited wealth (in the context of financial remedies), and the international relocation of children. Under the leadership of Philip McGuirk and Rebecca Cockcroft, the department recently launched a fertility and surrogacy team, as well as adding to its ranks with the arrival of Nicholas Bennett from Farrer & Co.  Other names to note in the 'top-class and standout department' are Ian Airey and the 'incomparable, super-energetic, robust and committedBaroness Fiona Shackleton.

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‘The PHB team with Baroness Shackleton has the ability to secure and retain work from the most high-profile clients. The lawyers are able to offer clients not only the highest level of legal services but also a very down-to-earth sense of being cared for and in good hands. Not many others manage this in the same way. There is strong focus on team work so that whilst a number of individuals may be engaged in a case, there is a real sense of unity

‘Baroness Shackleton is one of the greatest family lawyers ever. She handles an incredible work load, has a very finely tuned sense of direction for each case and is a brilliant strategic thinker. She is very attentive to her team and fosters loyalty and support from them

A standout firm which rightly deserves its place as the go-to for high-value, complex matrimonial disputes. It is in a class of its own. Rebecca Cockcroft and Catherine Costley are both fantastic. Rebecca is leading the team brilliantly and brings a fresh, dynamic approach which clients love. Catherine is extremely well respected. Baroness Shackleton remains the star of the firm

The family team at PHB is geared towards finding solutions in all cases, but is particularly good at dealing with those which others might find intractable. It is a firm without weaknesses, attracting the very best clients, boasting a hugely talented team and consistently delivering an exceptional service

‘Fiona Brown and Catherine Costley are in a class of their own. Rebecca Cockcroft is now one of the leading lights. Matthew Booth is superb – he is charming, urbane and unflappable’

Philip McGuirk is a natural choice for the A-list client; he brings calm, focused brilliance to his cases. Simon Beccle is hugely experienced with a very loyal client base. Ian Airey is intelligent and authoritative. Emily Foy is immensely able

Payne Hicks Beach is a firm of great heritage which maintains the highest of standards’

Ben Parry-Smith attracts great confidence from clients. Nick Manners is a very smart and measured associate. He is a careful thinker and a very hard worker. He brings great strength to the cases he works on

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Under the direction of Simon Blackburn, the team at Payne Hicks Beach works with the owners of over 50 landed estates and numerous country houses, varying in size from a few acres to well over 30,000 acres, many of which include houses and grounds that are open to the public. The team handles a broad array of matters, including the buying and selling of farmland and country houses across England and Wales. The group is also rated for its advice on diversification and development schemes, such as alternative energy schemes, and other areas of expertise include advising on the protection of mineral rights. Robert Brodrick is recommended for his advice to trustees and owners of landed estates on tax and estate planning.

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James Bacon has a remarkable blend of technical expertise and understanding combined with an ease with his clients. He rightly generates complete faith, while never losing sight of the need to communicate and understand

Very personal and high-level service with direct access to the senior team. Quick responses and good advice. Robert Brodrick is always available, understands his clients and offers considered and grounded advice in all aspects of estate planning, calling in specialists when required’

‘Payne Hicks Beach offers a bespoke and tailored service which is designed to meet the specific needs of the clients. It is an understated practice offering excellent service and advice. The lawyers have the utmost respect for their clients and seek to provide the service that the individual client needs and requires

‘Rosamond McDowell provides an excellent service and truly tailors the advice to the needs of the family as a whole and also as individuals. Rosamond will put the needs of the clients first when and if there is an issue that needs immediate attention

There is strength in depth across a range of disciplines. The lawyers are able to advise and deal with all aspects of landed estate work, incorporating private client, trust, agricultural, commercial, tax and property work streams. Their experience and understanding of the interplay of these elements, combined with strong individual skills, instils confidence in the advice. They perform well on the transactional elements too

Basil Dixon and Venetia Taylor are a balanced team. Individually competent, personable, accessible and committed to the task, they have proven resilient under the time pressure of deadlines

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach has an excellent track record advising trustees, protectors, high-net-worth private client beneficiaries and landed estates in trust and probate disputes. Under the leadership of Richard Manyon, the team's reputation has been continuing to grow in the international sphere and the department has handled substantial disputes relating to Jersey, Guernsey, the Bahamas, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. It garners praise for advising wealthy clients and public figures from Russia, the subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East. Jessica Henson recently joined the firm as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, enhancing the practice’s contentious trust capabilities and bringing 'exceptional intelligence and ability to an already strong team'. Ane Vernon  was promoted to partner.

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Richard Manyon is absolutely dedicated to his clients, and is exactly the kind of solicitor whom clients love to instruct. He is very ably assisted by Emily Stoneham, who is impressive and really efficient

‘Jessica Henson is knowledgeable beyond her years and inspires confidence in her clients – she is definitely playing with the big hitters

Jessica Henson is a real class act – efficient, smart and does everything with a smile. A new jewel in the Payne Hicks Beach crown

‘Ane Vernon is an excellent new partner – she is tremendously organised. Charlotte Henshall is extremely bright and offers top-level service

The firm is rooted in private client and family work, which gives the contentious trusts and probate teams a depth and quality that is hard to replicate

It is rare to find two partners with the global profile of Richard Manyon and Jessica Henson working together in the same practice. They are regulars on panels and lead the academic debate in the area as well as acting for a large number of very happy clients

‘The team at Payne Hicks Beach has some of the best junior partners in this field – it has an extremely bright future ahead of it. Richard Manyon has very quickly emerged as a serious player in contentious trusts and already has an extraordinarily impressive client base

‘A superb team dealing with complex trusts matters and with an unparalleled reputation in this area. Richard Manyon is extremely clever and extremely tough as an opponent. He is one of the best tacticians I have come across, as well as being enormous fun to work with. He gets excellent results for his clients’

‘Stephen King has enormous experience and expertise in this area

Education: individuals Tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach education team is led by the 'fantastic' Ane Vernon and is skilled in a variety of matters. Its work includes admissions, exclusions and appeals, as well as a wide range of compliance issues. Dominic Crossley's extensive expertise in privacy and media law makes the firm a strong choice for advice on reputationally-sensitive issues. The group also has notable litigation experience.

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‘Ane Vernon is a very astute operator. She is sensitive to client needs and clear in her legal analysis.’

‘Ane Vernon is a fantastic solicitor in this area.’

In my experience, Ane Vernon forms excellent relationships with clients and takes an intelligent interest in the wider context of the case. She is very well informed on the education sector in general and at the same time receptive to the peculiarities of a particular institution.’

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach 's M&A department works closely with the firm's highly regarded private client group,  and habitually advises ultra-high net worth individuals, including family offices, on the full range of work including realisations and joint ventures. Jonathan Gatward leads the overall corporate department and primarily advises privately owned and managed businesses, with specific experience of share and business sales, acquisitions and reorganisations. Nick Sayers heads up the M&A group, acting for owner-managed businesses, substantial international groups and UK public companies on their acquisitions and disposals. Another name to note is Howard Taylor who specialises in the the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, private equity transactions, joint ventures and public company listings and fundraisings.

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Diligence, attention to detail, commercial awareness, personal chemistry and client service are excellent.

We have worked with Nick Sayers and Howard Taylor for many years and they provide excellent client service and work very effectively with fellow advisers on a range of corporate transactions.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach advises UK and international ultra-high-net-worth clients, many of whom feature in the Sunday Times Rich List, the Forbes 400 and the Arabian Business Rich List. It handles a mix of international and domestic work, with continued instructions from Scandinavia and the Middle East. The 'talented' team is also adept at handling complex issues ranging from assisting UK resident non-domiciled clients with pre-arrival planning and structuring advice to advising some of the UK’s oldest and largest landed estates. The team is noted for 'the personal attention from the partners', including practice head Rosamond McDowell, Robert Brodrick, Frederick Bjørn and Basil Dixon. The arrival of Martin Paisner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP further strengthened the department.

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The team is discreet – the lawyers waste no breath blowing their own trumpet, focusing instead on providing a gold-standard service to their worldwide client base. From the intricacies of tax to the interweaving of international structures, the lawyers sail effortlessly over the choppiest waters

Rosamond McDowell is very responsive, shows good initiative and is good at organising specialists in the firm when needed

Robert Brodrick is very experienced in advising landed estates clients’

‘PHB is at the top of my list of go-to London firms. The lawyers are very capable, have a great bedside manner and resolve both complex and straightforward matters efficiently

Robert Brodrick is a very knowledgeable and respected lawyer. He has a wealth of experience which enables him to quickly handle matters. He has a great team of talented lawyers to assist him. Frederick Bjørn is extremely personable and capable. The team’s expertise continues with Rosamond McDowell and more

‘A highly personalised approach combined with in-depth knowledge and expertise. Robert Brodrick has a wealth of knowledge and he is able to clearly and concisely explain what is necessary. He is also able to navigate complex family issues to ensure a successful outcome

They are traditional lawyers in a positive way – you feel that you know who you are dealing with, it is a personalised service and the lawyers are genuine experts in their area. My main contact is Basil Dixon who is very personable and professional and always responsive’

‘Basil Dixon has the ability, poise and strength of character, without any of the arrogance that so often goes with it, to handle the most weighty matter or client. James Bacon is a technical supremo, while also as charming as they come. Every estate, however complex, however grand, is dealt with effectively and apparently simply

Reputation management Tier 2

The privacy and media law team at Payne Hicks Beach has secured numerous significant victories in High Court claims, and handles matters ranging from libel, privacy and harassment through to data protection. The team increasingly acts for an international client base, predominantly made up of high-net-worth individuals. Sports and entertainment personalities, private equity firms, politicians, family offices and leading corporates often seek the group's assistance with crisis management, breach of confidence and urgent injunctions, among other issues. Dominic Crossley, who has acted for a number of victims of phone hacking, also advises a range of online and book publishers. Crossley oversees the practice with Lucas Moore and Hanna Basha, who is a name to note for pre-publication advisory work. Online publications and data protection issues are notable areas of practice for Andrew Willan.

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‘Dominic Crossley has an unparalleled reputation in libel. A brilliant team player; he is always able to reassure his clients, even in the red heat of battle.’

‘Hanna Basha has a wealth of experience acting for well-known individuals, and her courtroom experience is unrivalled. She is very skilled at handling clients and providing high quality advice, and is also always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Dominic Crossley is the partner to go-to for reputation management. He combines shrewdness and understanding of the law with a practical approach to solving problems.’

‘Nick Grant is very intelligent, an excellent drafter and has loads of experience of court work. He is very hardworking and also a very pleasant individual.’

‘Dominic Crossley is highly respected as one of the leading partners in this area.’

‘Andrew Willan is a top-class associate with far more experience than most lawyers of his age. He has great judgement and an unflappable temperament and will surely become a top partner before long.’

‘Dominic Crossley is a very strategic thinker.’

Residential property Tier 2

The ‘hugely capable practitioners’ at Payne Hicks Beach advise on all types of residential property matters, including high-level conveyancing, financing and leasehold work. A significant part of the firm’s client base is made up of wealthy individuals based in the Middle East or Scandinavia. Andrew Berry leads the ‘exceptionally delightful’ team; he is experienced in aiding landowners in promotion, collaboration and development agreements to realise residential and mixed-use developments. The team has undergone significant recruitment in recent months, most notably Emma Copestake, formerly of Withers LLP, who arrived in July 2020 to provide her expertise in landlord and tenant matters, contentious and non-contentious enfranchisement and complex funding arrangements. Richard Stapylton-Smith leads the firm’s French desk.

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‘One of the, if not the, leading private client firms in the country, with an immense history. Hugely capable practitioners and exceptionally delightful people to work with.’

Andrew Berry knows the market inside out, all the pitfalls and opportunities. There is very little he does not know about when it comes to real estate.’

‘They are efficient in responding and attending to detail and providing good advice.’

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

'The firm to turn to when we have a difficult legal problem', Payne Hicks Beach's commercial and corporate litigation team is '100% focused on obtaining the best result and provides first-class legal advice'. It is well known for its disputes expertise in areas including banking, finance, professional negligence and reputation management. Particularly well known for media-related litigation, Dominic Crossley heads the dispute resolution department, with Lucas Moore acting in claims involving financial services, international trade, fraud, insolvency and shareholders. Richard Manyon and Ane Vernon are also recommended.

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‘A growing and ambitious litigation team – they have real focus and drive.’

‘Lucas Moore – an outstandingly bright solicitor, with a ton of litigation experience – he can take the most complex commercial litigation in his stride.’

‘Ane Vernon will fight her client’s corner hard, but not lose sight of commercial realities.’

‘The litigation team is 100% focused on obtaining the best result for us. They always have an excellent grasp of all the facts of a case and provide us with first class legal advice. They are the firm to turn to when we have a difficult legal problem.’

‘Lucas Moore is extremely thorough and has a commanding grasp of all the facts of a case. He has quickly gained respect of our company with his detailed knowledge and professional handling of cases.’

‘Excellent and capable team across a range of disciplines and suitability for different types of cases.’

Senior executives Tier 3

The employment department at Payne Hicks Beach advises senior executive clients on a broad variety of work, including discrimination and whistleblowing cases, wrongful and unfair dismissal claims. Practice head Peter McRoberts' client base is drawn from the financial services, commodities, advertising and media sectors; he often acts on high-value and reputationally sensitive cases and is also often instructed by medical professionals.

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‘Peter McRoberts is always very well prepared and goes the extra mile for his clients, but is also pragmatic and helps them find workable solutions to often challenging problems.’

‘The firm has a track record of being involved in high-quality, high-profile cases. They punch above their weight in terms of the cases they are able to attract.’

‘Peter McRoberts has a depth of experience and brings professionalism and sensitivity to very challenging issues. He has a good team of senior associates too.’

‘Peter McRoberts is excellent – empathetic, but calm and level-leaded and good at assessing the risks ahead. He also has very good relationships with his clients.’

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach advises private individuals, trustees, art dealers and charities, with particular strength in advising private owners of art and heritage land and buildings on tax, title and bailment issues. The team also assists with planning issues relating to heritage fixtures; the administration of high-value private art collections; and public access and conditional exemption matters. Practice head James Bacon is recommended for his knowledge of heritage property taxation and the use of maintenance fund settlements for land.

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Rosamond McDowell had complete mastery of my situation and I would follow her blindly wherever she is

Rosamond McDowell is highly efficient but also very personable and charming. A reliable source of all information needed to meet my legal and tax requirements. I trust her completely

A firm with weight, and a proven record, in the art and cultural property sector over a long period. The lawyers are consummate professionals

James Bacon is a leading figure in this field. He has a rare combination of sensitivity to the client and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the law and its complexities

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

At Payne Hicks Beach, clients receive ‘forensic attention to detail’ coupled with a ‘thorough understanding of the subject matter’. Practice head Andrew Berry is extensively experienced on all commercial property fronts and leads a team with extremely broad expertise. For investment matters, the group has forged a reputation in acting for Scandinavian, French, Middle and Far Eastern clients on inbound London investments, namely in relation to prime residential property. On the development front, both commercial and residential projects are acted upon with promotion agreements, funding and land sales all included within the offering. Bluechip occupiers, including those with large portfolios, also rely on the group, primarily in relation to the occupation of retail, warehousing, restaurant and hotel premises. Landlord and tenant expert Emma Copestake recently arrived from Withers LLP.

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‘We had a complex development site to sell; the attention we received was of the highest standard and we cannot complain about any aspect.’

‘They provide personal attention and deal in a practical manner, making things easy for us. I cannot praise them enough.’

‘The firm always act 100% professionally, with absolute integrity, and with an in-depth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. When the matter is urgent, they deal with it expeditiously and adopt a commercial approach, whilst at the same time being forensic in relation to the attention to detail within each transaction. They always provide an exceptionally high standard of service and take full responsibility for their actions.’

‘Richard Stapylton-Smith has provided an exceptional professional service over the last 20 years, with solid legal advice to my various commercial entities. He has also provided personal legal advice and is now not only a trusted legal adviser, but has become a personal friend.’

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

At Payne Hicks Beach, clients receive ‘forensic attention to detail’ coupled with a ‘thorough understanding of the subject matter’. Practice head Andrew Berry is extensively experienced on all commercial property fronts and leads a team with extremely broad expertise. For investment matters, the group has forged a reputation in acting for Scandinavian, French, Middle and Far Eastern clients on inbound London investments, namely in relation to prime residential property. On the development front, both commercial and residential projects are acted upon with promotion agreements, funding and land sales all included within the offering. Bluechip occupiers, including those with large portfolios, also rely on the group, primarily in relation to the occupation of retail, warehousing, restaurant and hotel premises. Landlord and tenant expert Emma Copestake recently arrived from Withers LLP.

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‘We had a complex development site to sell; the attention we received was of the highest standard and we cannot complain about any aspect.’

‘They provide personal attention and deal in a practical manner, making things easy for us. I cannot praise them enough.’

‘The firm always act 100% professionally, with absolute integrity, and with an in-depth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. When the matter is urgent, they deal with it expeditiously and adopt a commercial approach, whilst at the same time being forensic in relation to the attention to detail within each transaction. They always provide an exceptionally high standard of service and take full responsibility for their actions.’

‘Richard Stapylton-Smith has provided an exceptional professional service over the last 20 years, with solid legal advice to my various commercial entities. He has also provided personal legal advice and is now not only a trusted legal adviser, but has become a personal friend.’

Partnership Tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach advises on every stage of a partnership's lifecycle, drawing on firm-wide expertise in personal tax, financial services, corporate law, employment and dispute resolution. It also advises on the use of partnerships as investment vehicles. Group head Jonathan Gatward has an active advisory practice. Nick Sayers focuses on transactional partnership matters.

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Well resourced and knowledgeable corporate department providing clear practical advice.’

Jonathan Gatward is an approachable and accessible individual who provides clear commercial advice at a reasonable cost.’

Commercial property: development Tier 5

At Payne Hicks Beach, clients receive ‘forensic attention to detail’ coupled with a ‘thorough understanding of the subject matter’. Practice head Andrew Berry is extensively experienced on all commercial property fronts and leads a team with extremely broad expertise. For investment matters, the group has forged a reputation in acting for Scandinavian, French, Middle and Far Eastern clients on inbound London investments, namely in relation to prime residential property. On the development front, both commercial and residential projects are acted upon with promotion agreements, funding and land sales all included within the offering. Bluechip occupiers, including those with large portfolios, also rely on the group, primarily in relation to the occupation of retail, warehousing, restaurant and hotel premises. Landlord and tenant expert Emma Copestake recently arrived from Withers LLP.

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‘We had a complex development site to sell; the attention we received was of the highest standard and we cannot complain about any aspect.’

‘They provide personal attention and deal in a practical manner, making things easy for us. I cannot praise them enough.’

‘The firm always act 100% professionally, with absolute integrity, and with an in-depth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. When the matter is urgent, they deal with it expeditiously and adopt a commercial approach, whilst at the same time being forensic in relation to the attention to detail within each transaction. They always provide an exceptionally high standard of service and take full responsibility for their actions.’

‘Richard Stapylton-Smith has provided an exceptional professional service over the last 20 years, with solid legal advice to my various commercial entities. He has also provided personal legal advice and is now not only a trusted legal adviser, but has become a personal friend.’

Property litigation Tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach receives regular instructions from high-net-worth individuals, but also acts for landed estates and commercial entities in high-value residential and commercial real estate disputes; both of which are handled by team head and solicitor advocate Matthew Spring, and include enfranchisement and lease extensions alongside easement and other freehold rights disputes, among other issues. Landlord and tenant disputes expert Scott Goldstein made partner in December 2019.

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Meeting Payne Hicks Beach (PHB) is a business relationship that exceeds expectations. PHB presents the courteous “we will commit all the time to get full value” qualities that one hopes to find in professionals.

Scott Goldstein is an exceptional lawyer and one benefits from his wide practical experience and legal insight. A high degree of trust and confidence is established that a resolution of the property dispute being considered is likely to be positively resolved. In my case the advice received resulted in a potential solution mechanism being identified that had not been envisaged.’

Excellent thoughtful team ready to get to the bottom of issues.

Scott Goldstein was excellent all round.’

I have worked with the property litigation team at PHB for about 10 years, and have never ceased to be impressed by the immensely high quality of the team. A talented bunch of razor-sharp legal minds and tactical thinkers.

Matthew Spring – Matthew is great to work with. He has excellent legal knowledge and a tactical brain several moves ahead of his opponents. He has impressive attention to detail, analysing every decision and crafting every document to maximum strategic effect. A formidable lawyer.’

This team have a good range of personalities among its fee earners to cover a range of cases.

Matthew Spring – an excellent lawyer and ‘details man’ who also has a good grasp of litigation tactics and great client relationships. A thorough and diligent lawyer with the courage of his convictions.’

Sport Tier 5

Sailing is a hallmark of Payne Hicks Beach's practice, which is also has strengths in boxing and motor sports. Jonathan Gatward leads the practice and is an expert in commercial and IP agreements. The team’s contentious work is primarily handled by Hanna Basha, who specialises in representing athletes in privacy and defamation cases, most notably former professional boxer Frank Bruno. Litigator Dominic Crossley, who is also very active in defamation cases, is also highly recommended.

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‘A firm reputation in the media world, including for sports personalities.’

‘Dominic Crossley is excellent – a great strategic lawyer and excellent with clients. Hanna Basha is similarly excellent and well respected in the field. ‘

‘Payne Hicks Beach are a highly respected and experienced firm in this area. They have a reputation for excellence and can be trusted to handle complicated cases for very high profile clients. ‘

‘They have quality throughout their team and are all highly personable and a pleasure to work with. They have secured a niche as one of the top tier of firms which appears regularly in the top cases.’

‘Hanna Basha is one of the outstanding litigators in this area. She has a wealth of experience acting for well known individuals, particularly sportspersons, and her courtroom experience is unrivalled. She is very skilled at handling clients and providing high quality advice, and is also always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent strength at both partner and associate level and an ability to conduct media work for both claimant and defendant perspectives.’

‘Dominic Crossley is an excellent partner, who is hugely liked by clients and has the ability to unflappably deal with the most difficult cases. He has a superb ability to combine sound legal judgement with commercial and tactical savvy.’

‘Hanna Basha is an enormously experienced and hugely client-friendly lawyer, who has a great grasp for media related cases and can be relied upon to take the right decisions at the right time.’

Immigration

The immigration department at Payne Hicks Beach has extensive experience of acting for individuals from around the world, including the US, the Middle East, India, Turkey and South America. Key areas of work include advising high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 investor visas, assisting overseas companies establishing a branch in the UK and advising on sponsor licence revocations. The 'outstandingKathryn Bradbury heads the team and has a great deal of experience in EU free movement and UK nationality law. Matt Ingham joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in February 2020; he is praised for his 'excellent client care skills and creative thinking'.

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‘Exceptional skillset, clearly joined up and operationally effective, and very presentable. A great, easy-to-work-with team.’

‘This is a market-leading immigration team for work for HNWs. Matt Ingham’s arrival from Mishcon has significantly bolstered their offering in this respect.’

Excellent client care. The team led by Kathryn Bradbury offers a high level service to clients with complex and unique immigration issues.

Technically superb with a highly personable service.Very good value, great knowledge and super responsive and helpful

The team is exceptionally client focused, very high levels of responsiveness and super helpful to clients.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is an outstanding lawyer. She is totally dedicated to her clients and contacts and the advice she gives is always relevant and easy to understand. She is also very responsive. The best I have come across, quite frankly.’

‘Matt Ingham is a first-rate solicitor who is an absolute dream to work with. His client care skills are excellent and he is a creative thinker who regularly comes to me for advice on novel ideas to assist clients in a sticky situation. He also stands out for his willingness to lock horns with the Home Office when necessary over big issues.’

‘In my view, Kathryn Bradbury is in the very highest bracket of UK immigration solicitors. She has a deep understanding of law and policy and is able to deploy that knowledge to the benefit of her often high-profile and demanding clients.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is the leading immigration lawyer in London in my opinion.  She knows her subject matter incredibly well, and will find a client solution that others say is impossible. You can put Kathryn in front of any client and she always delivers.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is honest, smart, helpful and very responsive.’

‘Matt Ingham is excellent – he thinks creatively and is very goal-focused, not hidebound or conservative in this thinking.’

Payne Hicks Beach LLP is a specialist Lincoln’s Inn-based firm established in 1730 providing a full range of legal services to domestic and international private and commercial clients.

The firm: Payne Hicks Beach LLP is particularly well known for its reputation and skill in ultra-high-net-worth family and private client law and is regarded as one of the very best of the small number of firms in the UK who provide these specialist services at the highest level. It has complemented this capability with a top-ranking capacity in certain areas of law including: commercial, privacy & media, citizenship & immigration and surrogacy, fertility  & modern family law. This commanding position is bolstered by an excellent reputation for being forward-thinking in its specialist areas, providing high-quality advice in the areas of contentious trusts and dispute resolution, employment, residential and commercial property and landed estates and agriculture.

Much of the firm’s work has an international flavour arising in particular from the US, Scandinavia, Middle East, Far East, Russia, Africa, Switzerland and other European countries. It acts for individuals and businesses: UK individuals, international clients, landed estate owners, entrepreneurs, trustees, fiduciaries and family offices, family businesses, private and listed companies, charities and schools, financial institutions and professional practices. Work can be handled in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish and Arabic.

Types of work undertaken: Payne Hicks Beach LLP key practice areas include: private client, family, corporate, employment, dispute resolution, privacy & media law, , sports law, property, property litigation, landed estates & agriculture, citizenship & immigration, surrogacy, fertility & modern family and advising vulnerable clients.

The private client practice is recognised as one of the best in the UK. Its areas of expertise are very wide-ranging from domestic and international tax, trust and estate planning, family offices, US/UK work, heritage property and agricultural work, property development, taxation, probate and trust administration. The team acts for individuals, families, estates, trusts, family businesses, educational establishments, museums and charities with the aim to build long term relationships with clients and families that often span several generations. Whilst many clients are based in the UK, a significant number are overseas or have overseas interests and the team advises on a variety of offshore and international matters.

The family law department has unmatched expertise in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including Part III claims (where divorces take place abroad, and financial matters are resolved in the UK), pre- and post-nuptial agreements, the treatment of pre-acquired and inherited wealth, and the complex issues involved when children are removed from the home jurisdiction and implications of the Civil Partnership Act.  Family law is an increasingly complex area on which the team is renowned for its unrivalled experience guiding clients through difficult and emotional times.  Bespoke specialist advice is also offered in relation to the rapidly evolving area of surrogacy, fertility, adoption and modern family.  Members of the department belong to Resolution, the SRA’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme and The International Academy of Family Lawyers.

The corporate department advises on the full range of corporate and business law. The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice on acquisitions and mergers, new issues, management buy-outs, banking, competition law, intellectual property, family office and governance, sponsorship, marketing and sale of goods, and partnership matters.  Clients include high-net-worth individuals, business owners, private and publicly listed companies, international groups, family offices and private equity and sovereign wealth funds across a wide range of different industries and sectors. The team has significant experience in acting for wealthy individuals in relation to their corporate law and business requirements, complementing the firm’s leading position for private client and family work.

The employment department advises employers and senior employees on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including their rights and obligations and the conduct of tribunals and other hearings. It is known for advising on complex contractual whistleblowing or discrimination issues that are often very high value or of significant public interest for senior individuals, and for employers across a wide cross-section of industries.

The dispute resolution department handles a broad range of work including domestic and international contentious trusts and estates, Inheritance Act claims, finance disputes including banking, shareholders and insolvency, commercial disputes in general and specifically in the motor industry professional negligence, breach of warranty, intellectual property, landlord and tenant, loan instrument disputes and town and country planning. There is particular expertise in representing clients before high-profile public and regulatory inquiries and Judicial Reviews. Other areas of work include marine and construction contracts, sailing-related issues, partnership disputes, and property disputes.  With niche practices in sports, education and entertainment.  Every day life and commercial dealings can lead to unwelcome disputes and, as experts, the team makes sense and resolves all types of complex problems.

The privacy and media department specialises in managing and protecting client reputations through its extensive experience and intimate understanding of how the media and other publishers work. The team’s work encompasses a wide range of clients and circumstances and is well known advising on: significant reputational attacks, unwanted media/social media attention faced by high net worth individuals, libel, privacy, harassment, GDPR and Data Protection Act issues, pre-publication issues for publishers, litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings, phone hacking claims for claimants, online-publication, cyber-stalking and Norwich Pharmacal applications, urgent interim-injunctions and claims for breach of confidence. The partners in the team are well-recognised commentators on the development of the law in these areas.

The property department advises on all aspects of property transactions, environmental issues, leases, secured lending, management of investment property and development work including joint ventures and planning agreements. It is well known for its expertise dealing with prime residential property transactions often involving international investors from the US, Scandinavia, Europe and Middle and Far East, farm, forestry and renewable energy projects, and agricultural property and landed estates.

The citizenship and immigration department advises on the full range of UK immigration applications, providing services from initial entry to the UK, all the way through to British citizenship. The team is best known for advising: high net worth individuals in connection with UK Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur applications, overseas companies establishing a branch or subsidiary in the UK under the Representative of an Overseas Business Route, Sponsor Licence revocations for companies and on complex applications for EEA nationals and their family members. Additionally, the team is experienced in appeals and judicial review applications within the immigration context. In the ever-changing world of immigration, the team understands the importance of staying abreast of the continual changes in immigration rules and policy.

The landed estates and agriculture team has a depth of experience which enables them to provide a seamless and wide ranging service to landowners.  Payne Hicks Beach is one of the few London firms that remain fully committed to an agricultural practice. The team advises on key factors such as tax, finance, investment, succession and the structuring of property ownership.  Specialist advice includes: buying and selling of farmland across the country, first registrations of large tracts of land, protection from trespass and the protection of mineral rights, diversification and development schemes (for example in relation to alternative energy systems), the difficult process of generational change and succession planning for landed estates including major trust and farming business reorganisations; and tax matters such as maximising agricultural/business property relief and entrepreneurs’ relief.

The property litigation team combines its in-depth knowledge of the property sector with top level dispute resolution skills to resolve disputes concerning property.  The team provides specialist advice and support to both commercial and individual clients dealing with lease renewals, notices and rent reviews, service charge and dilapidation disputes, boundary and covenant disputes, planning issues and judicial review, and the arbitration or adjudication of construction disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Robert Brodrick rbrodrick@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Chief Financial Officer Adrian Jennings ajennings@phb.co.uk 020 7693 5880
Citizenship and Immigration Kathryn Bradbury kbradbury@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Corporate Jonathan Gatward jgatward@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Dispute Resolution Dominic Crossley dcrossley@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Employment Peter McRoberts pmcroberts@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Family Rebecca Cockcroft rcockcroft@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Family Philip McGuirk pmcguirk@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Landed Estates and Agriculture Simon Blackburn sblackburn@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Privacy and Media Law Dominic Crossley dcrossley@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Private Client Rosamond McDowell rmcdowell@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4347
Property Andrew Berry aberry@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Property Litigation Matthew Spring mspring@phb.co.uk 020 7465 4300
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ian Airey  photo Ian Airey Ian advises on all aspects of family law, but specialises in complex…
 Luke Arnold  photo Luke Arnold Luke is a civil litigator with a particular focus on property disputes.…
 James Bacon  photo James Bacon James advises on trust and succession law and tax. His work covers…
 Hanna Basha  photo Hanna Basha Hanna specialises in defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, with a wealth…
 Georgina Bayley  photo Georgina Bayley Georgina is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department. Georgina specialises in…
 Simon Beccle  photo Simon Beccle Simon has an extensive and busy family law practice specialising right across…
 Nicholas Bennett  photo Nicholas Bennett Partner
 Andrew Berry  photo Andrew Berry Andrew is the Head of the Property Department comprising the residential, commercial…
 Frederick Bjørn  photo Frederick Bjørn Frederick acts for UK domiciled and international HNWI on tax issues for…
 Simon Blackburn  photo Simon Blackburn Partner
 Matthew Booth  photo Matthew Booth Matthew advises clients in relation to a broad range of family law…
 Kathryn Bradbury  photo Kathryn Bradbury Kathryn is partner and head of the Citizenship & Immigration department. Kathryn…
 Robert Brodrick  photo Robert Brodrick Robert advises on tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy individuals, their…
 Fiona Brown  photo Fiona Brown Fiona is a specialist family lawyer dealing primarily with complex high net…
 Camellia Buckmaster  photo Camellia Buckmaster Senior Associate in the Family department. Camellia advises on all aspects of…
 Rebecca Cockcroft  photo Rebecca Cockcroft Rebecca is Co-Head of the Family department and her work covers all…
 Ian Connell  photo Ian Connell Ian is a family law specialist with wide experience of assisting clients…
 Emma Copestake  photo Emma Copestake Emma is a partner in the Property department. She advises on all…
 Catherine Costley  photo Catherine Costley Senior Associate, specialising in family law.    Catherine’s work covers all aspects…
 Dominic Crossley  photo Dominic Crossley Dominic specialises in the law of privacy/breach of confidence, defamation and harassment,…
 Basil Dixon  photo Basil Dixon Basil advises individuals, trustees, family offices and estate managers on a wide…
 Justin Dunlop  photo Justin Dunlop Justin focuses largely on residential and commercial investment advice and residential housing…
 Melissa Ellis  photo Melissa Ellis Melissa is a senior associate in the Private Client Department and advises…
 Emily Foy  photo Emily Foy Emily is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Family Department. Her work…
 Jonathan Gatward  photo Jonathan Gatward Jonathan is the head of the Corporate and Sport departments. Jonathan is…
 Scott Goldstein photo Scott Goldstein Scott trained in the City and spent seventeen years in practice in…
 Nick Grant  photo Nick Grant Senior Associate.  Nick has experience of a variety of contentious disputes. In particular,…
 Emilie Helm  photo Emilie Helm Senior Associate in the Family Department
 Andrea Henshall photo Andrea Henshall Andrea is a Senior Associate in the Property Department at Payne Hicks…
 Jessica Henson  photo Jessica Henson Jessica is a partner specialising in risk and disputes in relation to…
 Victoria Hingston  photo Victoria Hingston Victoria is a senior associate in the family department. She has a…
 Matt Ingham  photo Matt Ingham PartnerSince 2010 Matt has been advising high net worth individuals with regard…
 Stephen King  photo Stephen King Until December 2018 Stephen was Head of Dispute Resolution and Head of…
 Klara Kronbergs  photo Klara Kronbergs Klara advises on a broad range of tax, trust, estate and succession…
 Jeremy Lowe  photo Jeremy Lowe Jeremy is an experienced member of the firm’s landed estates and agriculture…
 Nick Manners  photo Nick Manners Parrtner, focuses on all areas of family law, including issues arising from…
 Richard Manyon  photo Richard Manyon Richard has a Chancery practice encompassing trusts, property and civil disputes before…
 Rosamond McDowell  photo Rosamond McDowell Rosamond is a partner and heads up Payne Hicks Beach’s energetic Private…
 Philip McGuirk  photo Philip McGuirk Philip advises on all aspects of family law, with his primary focus…
 Peter McRoberts  photo Peter McRoberts Peter is the Head of the Employment department.  He has many years…
 Maya Mills  photo Maya Mills As an associate in the media litigation department, Maya has experience of…
 Lucas Moore  photo Lucas Moore Partner, specializing in commercial disputes including claims arising in financial services, international…
 Martin Paisner CBE  photo Martin Paisner CBE Throughout his career Martin has specialised in private client and charity, and…
 Katie Parkes  photo Katie Parkes Senior Associate Katie advises in all areas of private family law, including…
 Ben Parry-Smith  photo Ben Parry-Smith Partner in the Family department
 Dean Ryan  photo Dean Ryan Associate in the Private Client department at Payne Hicks Beach. Dean advises…
 Isabella Savill  photo Isabella Savill Senior Associate Solicitor in the Family Department.   Isabella is a specialist…
 Nick Sayers  photo Nick Sayers Nick has a corporate transactional legal practice.  He acts on the sale…
 Luke Scarratt  photo Luke Scarratt Luke’s areas of practice include financial remedy proceedings and Children Act 1989…
Baroness Fiona Shackleton  photo Baroness Fiona Shackleton Fiona advises high profile private individuals in relation to complex and confidential…
 Charlotte Skea-Strachan  photo Charlotte Skea-Strachan Charlotte is an Senior Associate Solicitor, and advises clients on all issues…
 Matthew Spring  photo Matthew Spring Matthew is the firm’s first solicitor-advocate, entitled to appear at all levels…
 Emily Stoneham  photo Emily Stoneham Emily is a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution department with a particular…
 Isobel Symonds  photo Isobel Symonds Isobel is an Associate in the Corporate Department. She joined Payne Hicks…
 Howard Taylor  photo Howard Taylor Partner in the Corporate Department. Howard is a corporate lawyer specialising in…
 Ane Vernon  photo Ane Vernon Ane is an experienced litigator who advises on a wide range of…
 Chris Weaver  photo Chris Weaver Chris specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.  His…
 Andrew Willan  photo Andrew Willan Andrew works on a broad range of contentious matters for both private…
 Maria Ludovica (Vicky) de'Sanna photo Maria Ludovica (Vicky) de'Sanna Vicky is a Consultant in the Family Department. Vicky advises on a wide…
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 115
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Contentious Trusts & Probate:

  • Labrouche v Frey
  • Cornet v Wood
  • Drozdov v Ritsema van Eck
  • Case of JB [2018]
  • Blacker v Yerbury
  • AAZ v BBZ [2016]

Family/Matrimonial:

  • Owens v Owens [2018]
  • Kerman v Akhmedova [2018]
  • Versteegh v Versteegh [2018]
  • ABX and SBX and DX [2018]
  • Hayat Youssef Alireza v Hossam Youssef Ibrahim Radwan and Others [2017]
  • Owens v Owens [2017];
  • Work v Gray [2017]
  • Ecclestone v Stunt;
  • R v K [2018] EWFC 59
  • AAZ v BBZ [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam)
  • AAZ v BBZ & Ors [2016] EWHC 3361 (Fam)
  • AAZ v BBZ & Ors [2016] EWHC 3349 (Fam)
  • NR v AB [2016] EWHC 277 (Fam)
  • FY v (1) MY and (2) KLM (Children) (by their Guardian) 2016 EWFC 16 (Fam)
  • Re R (Children) [2016] CA (Civ Div)
  • Robertson v Robertson [2016] EWHC 613 (Fam)
  • Work v Gray (Phase II : Computation and Distribution) [2016] EWHC 562
  • Work v Gray [2015] EWHC 834 (Fam)
  • Chai v Khoo (aka Peng) [2014]

Defamation & Reputation Management:

  • The Leveson Inquiry (all of the 53 “Core Participant Victims”)
  • Max Mosley’s ground breaking privacy claim against News Group Newspapers Limited and his application in the European Court of Human Rights and claim against Google.
  • Other privacy cases include phone hacking claims for compensation and injunction applications.

Education:

Payne Hicks Beach successfully represented The London Oratory School in the widely publicised Judicial Review claim against the Schools Adjudicator, which also involved the Secretary of State for Education. The case attracted national media coverage and widespread public debate concerning faith schools in the UK. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2015/1155.html

The Lex 100 Verdict

Payne Hicks Beach boasts an 'excellent reputation' in the fields of private client, family law and dispute resolution in particular, and it was these specialisms which drew current trainees to the firm. The 'small, personal and human nature of the firm' was evident during the recruitment process where 'there was an interest in us as individuals and what we could offer the firm throughout'. The enviable location in London's Lincoln's Inn was also a big draw, and is perfectly suited to the firm's many high-net-worth clients. Payne Hicks Beach's intimate size and trainee intake means that recruits get a 'much higher level of responsibility, client contact and quality of work'. Another upside is that 'the partners take time and a genuine interest in helping you learn the principles behind what you are doing and making sure you get offered a wide range of work'. Trainees were proud of 'drafting documents', 'attending a high-profile employment tribunal hearing where I had drafted the witness statement' and 'seeing a matter through from opening to billing'. But such high levels of responsibility can also lead to trainees 'having to deal with difficult clients'. Complaints about PHB tended to centre on 'the reluctance to modernise' by some fee earners and departments, who have been 'slow to adapt to the new online centralised system'. 'The chintz in the meeting rooms' was also a bugbear for one respondent. To work with people 'who all have a fantastic sense of humour' and clients 'whose issues are always interesting and challenging', research Payne Hicks Beach.