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Payne Hicks Beach LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsPayne Hicks Beach LLP ‘is in the top bracket of contentious trust litigators'. It is led by the ‘affable and sharp’ Richard Manyon who is ‘now established as one of the ‘go to’ partners in contentious trusts and probate’. Another significant member of the department is the ‘all round superstar’ Jessica Henson. The team has its roots in traditional chancery work advising on disputes affecting some of the oldest and largest landed estates and domestic trusts. Its reputation has grown in the international sphere too. The team receives plaudits for its 'truly first-rate offering across the board’ and receives a steady flow of instructions in the most challenging multi-jurisdictional and domestic trust and estates disputes. Core areas of expertise include advising on cross-border litigation concerning complex structures, family governance and allegations of breach of trust/duties as well as advising on trusts in the context of divorce proceedings. Ane Vernon is also active in the space.
Other key lawyers:
Jessica Henson; Ane Vernon; Rosamond McDowell; Charlotte Henshall; Rebecca Moseley
‘This is a long established and highly successful team with real expertise. It is in many of the high profile cases particularly in the area of trusts. It invariably achieves a good outcome for its clients’.
‘Jessica Henson is an excellent addition to the team. A real expert with great experience, she provides pragmatic and sensible advice to clients. Richard Manyon is something of a force of nature but a real expert who knows the area inside out. He is an excellent tactician’.
‘Excellent quality in a young practice; will be market leaders for years to come’.
‘Richard Manyon and Jess Henson both already have a huge profile in this area; Charlotte Henshall is a very good associate’.
‘What sets PHB apart is the incredible value for money for clients. They have top tier individuals and experience with high-value and complex disputes, but they do not charge the same sorts of rates as larger firms. They are also a constantly growing practice, with new individuals at every level being introduced each year’.
‘The entire team at PHB is very smart, switched on to the issues in these areas but also easy to deal with and highly proactive. Richard Manyon is one of the standout partners in this area in the country. He has been a huge part of why PHB has built such a big following in these areas’.
‘The team has vast experience in dealing with high value and complex disputes and has a deserved first-rate reputation. They have the benefit of being able to draw on the expertise of their brilliant private client team, which is invaluable where as so often happens tax considerations shape the litigation or its settlement’.
‘Richard Manyon is incredibly bright and an excellent strategist. He has quick and sound judgment and an ability to cut through the distractions to the essence of a problem. The rest of the team is fantastic too including the knowledgeable and incisive Jessica Henson and Charlotte Henshall who is so bright and committed’.
- Advising on a matter that was successful at two trials in the High Court to establish client’s co-ownership of various valuable property assets.
- Obtaining a successful judgment in favour of the Trustees of the Lowther Grandchildren’s Trust on the construction and application of S. 32 of the Trustee Act 1925.
- Acting in an extremely long running case which came to trial in 2021 involving the SFO and the ownership of a large portfolio of assets scattered across the globe. Judgment by Foxton J in favour of its clients.
Private client > Family Tier 1Payne Hicks Beach LLP is a’ top notch firm that does A list work for the most influential, successful and high profile clients’ that is co-led by Philip McGuirk (who 'brings gravitas and intelligence to every case that leaves clients utterly reassured') and Rebecca Cockcroft ('polished, excellent and professional'). Baroness Fiona Shackleton receives many plaudits and ‘has earned the reputation that she has obtained: shrewd, strategic and an inspiration, nothing fazes her’. The department is 'outstanding’ and garners praise for its specialist advice on the full spectrum of complex family law issues often with an international dimension for high-profile individuals, entrepreneurs, UHNWs and others including members of international Royalty. It is frequently instructed in cases that go to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. There are several ‘stand-out stars’ in the team. Simon Beccle has a busy practice and much of his work has an international dimension. Victoria Hingston was recently promoted to the partnership. Overall it is a ‘class act with a team of great lawyers who know exactly how to run the big, difficult litigation but never lose sight of what the client wants’.
Philip McGuirk; Rebecca Cockcroft
Other key lawyers:
Baroness Fiona Shackleton; Simon Beccle; Ben Parry-Smith; Victoria Hingston; Matthew Booth; Nick Manners; Katie Parkes; Sarah Williams; Camellia Buckmaster; Catherine Costley; Joshua Moger; Luke Scarratt
‘The PHB family team has exceptional experience of the most complex international family law disputes. Very few other firms have this level of experience. Hand-in-hand with this the firm delivers a very personal service, giving clients the assurance that both their case and their welfare are being cared for with utmost attention.’.
‘Baroness Shackleton is the stand-out partner in this field. Her depth of experience is hard to match. The personal quality of the care she gives to her clients is, in my experience, unmatched. Fiona’s instincts for the finer points of a case are extraordinary; she uses this insight to assemble the expert team for the job and leads that team from the front and inspirationally’.
‘Baroness Shackleton is remarkable for her ability to cut through nonsense and see what is really going on. Ben Parry-Smith is sensible yet tenacious. Sarah Williams is patient beyond belief, Katie Parkes and Camellia Buckmaster are incredibly bright, efficient lawyers and they are all well supported by excellent paralegals and other support staff. Catherine Costley is a superb lawyer and champion for her client. They are a great bunch’.
‘PHB has an unparalleled reputation in the field of family law. I have experience of their modern families practice, which is excellent. Sarah Williams is a stand-out individual in my view. She has an outstanding knowledge of modern families and fertility law issues. She is a member of the ‘Modern Families Pod’, to which only those with expertise and significant experience of these issues are invited. I am a member of the pod, and can support Sarah’s wide-ranging experience in this area. Joshua Moger is one to watch. He’s ambitious, hardworking and full of ideas‘.
‘Ben Parry Smith is the new Baroness Shackleton: urbane, exudes confidence, a sophisticated approach to the knottiest of problems. Baroness Shackleton is unique. The most intuitive solicitor in London with the most impressive rolodex. Nick Manners is stand out. Managing hugely complicated and high profile cases with ease. He is also a pleasure to deal with which enables a conciliatory approach when possible’.
‘Catherine Costley, hardworking and able. Matthew Booth, thorough and sensitive. Philip McGuirk, experienced and intelligent. They are first-class’.
‘Ben Parry-Smith – a partner whose star is in the ascendant, clients love him and he gets on well with the other side, which often takes the heat out of a case. Simon Beccle- immensely supportive of clients and always accessible. Victoria Hingston – new partner and absolutely the future of the firm. When Baroness Shackleton retires, Victoria is her natural successor. Ben Parry-Smith – similarly a start of the new generation of lawyers at PHB. Luke Scarratt – young and keen and one to watch’.
‘Philip McGuirk is a shrewd and thoughtful planner of cases.. Rebecca Cockcroft thinks tactically about her cases from day one. Clients have the reassurance of knowing where their case is going from almost the first meeting, and she has the unerring good judgment to get them to the planned conclusion with the minimum of stress’.
Collardeau-Fuchs v Fuchs  EWFC 6
Al M October 2021 judgments:
The Foreign Act of State Judgment  EWHC 2883;
The Non-Molestation Judgment  EWHC 3305 ;
The Legal Services Order  EWHC 303
Court of Appeal Foreign Act of State Judgment  EWCA Civ 129
Re Al M – Approved judgment  EWHC 915
The Immunities Judgment  EWHC 660
The Fact Finding Judgment – Hacking  EWHC 1162
The Court of Appeal Immunities (permission to appeal) Judgment  EWCA Civ 890
The Lives With judgment  EWHC 1577
The Court of Appeal Fact Finding (permission to appeal) Judgment  EWCA Civ 900
The Court of Appeal Fact Finding Judgment  EWCA Civ 1216
Potanina v Potanin  EWCA Civ 702
AS v CS  EWFC 34
CA v DR  EWFC 21
WX v HX & NX and LX  EWHC 241
FRB v DCA [No 4]  EWHC 116
Other key lawyers:
Howard Taylor; Isobel Symonds
‘Small expert team with high levels of service and advice unique in a world of large firms.’
‘Professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Well written clear unfussy advice which is on point.’
Bonnier Publishing Limited
Fiat Chrysler (owned by Stellantis)
Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited
Aukett Swanke Group Plc
Pineapple Dance Studios
- Acting for Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited on the sale of the five star Grade I listed Luton Hoo Hotel to the Arora Hotel Group.
- Acting for the shareholders of Syntec Holdings Limited on the sale of the issued share capital to Eckoh for £31 million.
- Acting for Bonnier Books UK Group Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Black & White Publishing, the leading independent publisher in Scotland.
Other key lawyers:
Matt Ingham; Gintare Plistkovaite; Navka Raja
‘Payne Hicks Beach has a particular niche in acting for high net worth individuals facing persecution in their country of origin and seek to resist removal from the UK. This complex asylum/human rights work is conducted by a small number of firms, and PHB does it especially well.’
‘Payne Hicks Beach has a glittering reputation in business immigration. The firm conducts the full span of work applicable to commercial immigration law. In addition, given the firm’s strength in cases involving human rights and asylum, the solicitors at PHB have particularly innovative ways of addressing problems which arise beyond the ‘tick box’ approach mandated by the Home Office.’
‘Kathryn Bradbury – a longstanding star of immigration law, Kathryn heads up the immigration team and runs a very tight ship. She is able to combine skilled legal analysis with practical solutions and committed client care skills. Matt Ingham is a rising star and is able to efficiently handle extremely complex cases while also maintaining high standards of client care. Cases handled by Matt frequently involve legal proceedings in multiple different countries, as well as within the UK, and push legal boundaries. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’
‘Incredibly strong immigration offering, complemented by the wider private client areas. A truly unique technical proposition, delivered with a highly personalised service.’
‘Kathryn Bradbury – the best immigration lawyer in London and my go to choice for any client case.’
‘PHB takes an entrepreneurial and strategic approach to a practice area that can often be treated as a commodity by firms. The team has the insight and intelligence to serve as strategic advisors to businesses and individuals.’
‘Matt Ingham impressed with his tactical nous, effective client handling and strategic insight.’
‘Matt Ingham is excellent – good with clients, dogged, intelligent, solution-focused.’
Other key lawyers:
‘Responsive, a pleasure to deal with and willing to give real advice’.
‘A very knowledgeable and conscientious team that always strives to go the extra mile to assist us, and make us feel valued and important. The team collaborates well, so nothing is missed, but yet, no unnecessary overlap. Very clear and concise billing. Technology excellent, particularly useful of late with online meetings’.
‘Fantastic love of all things Rights of Way! What more could you ask for. Simon Blackburn has been a detail-driven and supportive lawyer who has allowed us to get to effective results’.
‘Simon Blackburn is one of the best landed estates lawyer of his generation; very experienced, very commercial and very personable. Bethany Milchem is relatively junior but is excellent at dealing with clients and a cheerful soul’.
‘It is rare to find a strong rural team in London and whilst the cost associated with procuring legal services in the capital can sometimes put off clients who would otherwise source their advice locally, there are times when quality of expertise and speed of response justifies the extra outlay, as here’.
‘This practice stands out for me because the personnel involved were always available, they stuck to their estimate despite the work being significantly more complex than initially anticipated and Simon Blackburn ensured that the various aspects of the trust and property work were marshalled and delivered on time to ensure a satisfactory conclusion‘.
‘Simon Blackburn – where Simon’s approach really stands out is in the care and effort that he takes to build relationships both with the other professionals involved and in this case with the counterparty to a divorce who sought to frustrate the legal process in train. Suffice it to say that his good bedside manner and diplomacy prevented on several occasions a difficult situation from escalating‘.
‘Simon Blackburn and Michael Parkinson are highly intelligent individuals and men of sound judgement. Their advice is invariably good and perceptive‘.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have been a client of the firm for nearly 40 years. They have a real understanding of trust management and the attendant legal and financial challenges. I have found them good strategic thinkers, tactically innovative, good at execution and very personable’.
‘Freddie Bjorn – has introduced some useful new perspectives regarding the current operation and future development of my grandfather’s will trust which has been assisted by PHB for over 50 years. He responds promptly and concisely to all queries and provides useful advice regarding opportunities and harms’.
‘The team adopts a holistic and pragmatic approach to a client’s financial affairs recognising the dynamics that apply to families. They are able to engage well across the various generations thanks to the personable way in which they provide their advice. Basil Dixon, Clare Hetherington, Verity Sherwin’.
‘Standing somewhat in the shadow of the firm’s more famous Family practice, the Personal tax, trusts and probate team of Payne Hicks Beach has quickly established itself as one of the leading practices in the UHNW and Family Office market, every bit the equal of some of the more established names. The quality of the firm’s client base is testament to this. The Payne Hicks Beach team is a pleasure to work with, and collaborate well with other service-providers (trustees/accountants etc.) all in pursuit of the client’s best interests’.
‘Basil Dixon combines his natural charm and personable approach, a huge breadth and depth of expertise with clarity of communication that cuts through the noise to the heart of the issue. His client service is second to none. Clare Hetherington is a future leader in the making, with professional poise beyond her ranking. Verity Sherwin is definitely one to watch’.
‘I find the team at PHB extremely knowledgeable, but able to get out of the ivory tower to give practical advice’.
‘Martin Paisner is a recognised champion in the Charities arena. Robert Brodrick is very personable, and wise beyond his years. Rosamond McDowell is well grounded, certainly far more than a safe pair of hands’.
‘Technical strength wedded with interpersonal skills – a necessity in the private client world! I thoroughly enjoy working with Robert Brodrick – he is responsive and collaborative, technically strong and amiable’.
Middle Eastern Sheikh
UK property developer
Meritus Trust Bermuda – as Trustee of a Family Trust
- Advising a very well known member of a middle eastern ruling family in relation to becoming resident in the UK after a period of non-UK residence.
- Advising a UK property developer on how to ensure that the substantial gifts he makes (£2m + each year) are covered by the normal expenditure out of surplus income exemption and on restructuring the ownership of his companies to ensure that business property relief is available.
- Advising the Trustees of a Bermuda Trust on their investment in a UK company that is involved in developing a new wave of health, wellbeing and recreational brands in the regulated global cannabinoid sector.
‘Ane Vernon and her team were superb. All the senior team were easily accessible, attuned to the objective, confident in their delivery and totally committed to getting the right outcome.’
‘Ane Vernon is probably one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with – and I have been working with law firms both UK based and global teams for over 30 years. She is technically excellent, supportive and empathetic (rare in a lawyer), available out of hours whenever her wise counsel was required and perhaps the most important element, non-judgemental.’
‘A real depth a specialism in a relatively niche area.’
‘Ane Vernon is extremely knowledgeable and thorough.’
‘The firm’s spread of expertise in dealing with high net worth individuals means they are able to provide a bespoke cross-jurisdictional service.’
‘I have worked closely with Ane Vernon dealing with individuals engaged in disputes with educational institutions, and especially private schools. Ane’s attention to detail and strategic thinking is invaluable for clients. No stone is left unturned.’
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Berry; Simon Blackburn
‘ Emma and I have worked closely for a number of years and indeed continue to work closely as I provide specialist planning advice for her clients. Emma is top of her game. Clients remain loyal to her for the quality of her sound commercial advice and efficiency. Exceptional all round’.
Dominic Crossley; Hanna Basha; Andrew Willan
Other key lawyers:
Lucas Moore; Nick Grant; Georgina Bayley; Maya Mills
‘A broad range of client focused lawyers with a superb level of experience of handling cases across the media law spectrum. Friendly and personable to deal with and thorough in their approach’
‘Lucas Moore is able to transfer significant experience in the commercial sector into disputes involving reputation issues. He is well-liked by his clients and has the capacity for demanding commercial disputes.’
‘Hanna Basha is an enormously experienced litigator on both the claimant and defendant side and has a great way with clients. She offers tactically sound and commercially astute advice.’
‘Andrew Willan is a superb partner who gets on top of his cases and provides excellent and carefully judged advice across the board.’
‘One of the strongest and most established boutique firms in this sector, always involved in high profile cases.’
‘Nick Grant – A star associate and one of the future leaders in the sector. Maya Mills – A strong and very hardworking associate with great experience.’
‘Dominic Crossley – He has, unsurprisingly, numerous clients who have returned to him if they find themselves needing assistance again. He has great tactical approach, a huge amount of experience and knowledge. He goes the extra mile for his clients. Well known and respected in this field.
‘Andrew Willan – Excellent understanding of the law and how to use it to best protect client’s interests. Very good at drafting compelling correspondence.’
Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
Strictly Come Dancing Dancers
Ocado Retail Limited
Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore
‘Excellent integration between the contentious and non-contentious teams, and between partners and associates – an advantage of a relatively small and close-knit firm.’
‘This is a hidden gem in the London litigation market: PHB will make a client feel taken care of, while building the best team to suit the demands of any given case.’
‘PHB is a safe pair of hands operating in this market, which is the most important thing.’
‘An excellent team that works collaboratively with clients and Counsel – adapted well to remote and hybrid working, and always ready to go the extra mile.’
‘Lucas Moore is a standout partner. He is always looking for innovative approaches to cases, and works seamlessly with Counsel to devise strategy and arguments.’
‘Ane Vernon – 100% committed to her clients and a real team player.’
‘Georgina Bayley has brought real heft to the firm’s commercial litigation offering. She is very client focused, efficient, and absolutely brilliant.’
‘Georgina Bayley – excellent client skills combined with a deep knowledge of procedural and substantive law that she wears lightly.’
- Acted for Diligence International in high-profile harassment proceedings that were discontinued against it in November 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Weaver; Kim Crangle
‘They offer very good value for money relative to their competitors in the City.’
‘I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Weaver and Kim Crangle on a discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal case in the financial services sector. Chris and Kim are both exceptional litigators. Chris is commercial, whilst being technically very strong on the law. He is always a pleasure to work with and gives his all to his cases. Kim is very bright and has a great grasp of discrimination law. She puts her all in to fighting her client’s corner and defending their best.’
Rayner Essex LLP
Griffins (insolvency practitioners)
One Heart Clinic LLP
- Acting for Rayner Essex LLP (accountants) on all partnership/LLP related matters.
- Continuing to act for Griffins (insolvency practitioners) on the full range of partnership matters.
‘The people are dedicated, incredibly hardworking, professional and always contactable. Their professionalism, understanding and adaptability‘.
‘Friendly, discreet and lethal in litigation. Rosamond McDowell – A joy to work with, combining tremendous fun with astonishing efficiency. James Bacon – Wise, calm and collected, a family could not have a more reliable solicitor of the old school’.
‘Rosamond McDowell – A joy to work with, combining tremendous fun with astonishing efficiency’.
‘James Bacon – Wise, calm and collected, a Family could not have a more reliable solicitor of the old school’.
‘As private client solicitors they offer well informed advice and guidance to families and have done so through the generations.’
Emma Copestake; Andrew Berry
Other key lawyers:
Justin Dunlop; Marisa Beccarelli
Emma Copestake; Andrew Berry
Other key lawyers:
Justin Dunlop; Marisa Beccarelli
‘Outstanding professionalism, hugely able and a history that speaks for itself. Andrew Berry and Marisa Beccarelli are outstanding.’
Other key lawyers:
‘PHB is a first-rate litigation firm. The lawyers are capable of dealing with diverse claims efficiently whilst taking a strategic approach to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.’
‘Scott Goldstein is excellent. He is details focused without losing sight of the wider commercial and strategic position.’
‘Matthew Spring – working with Matthew is like working with a chess grand master – he is several moves ahead, meticulous in his planning, and an exceptional advocate.’
‘An extremely effective team able to handle complex property litigation disputes with great skill.’
‘Matthew Spring is an extremely able and knowledgeable solicitor with a phenomenal work ethic.’
‘Scott Goldstein is a highly effective litigator, bringing great experience and insight to every dispute he is involved in.’
‘Scott Goldstein is an excellent operator. Always ready to question facts and re-appraise opinions; he leaves no stone unturned.’
‘The quality of the service provided is second to none.’
Morshead Mansions Limited
K Group Holdings Inc and Park Lane Holdings Inc,
Other key lawyers:
Hanna Basha; Nick Grant; Maya Mills
‘A strong and established boutique firm in this sector, always involved in high profile cases.’
‘Hanna Basha is a highly experienced and knowledgeable partner in the field.;
‘Nick Grant is a star associate and one of the future leaders in the sector.’
‘Maya Mills is a strong and very hardworking associate with great experience.’
‘Hanna Basha is a leading expert in boxing disputes.’
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
DNA Fit Life Sciences Limited
Pineapple Dance Studios
- Acted for boxer Dillian Whyte in the issuing of High Court proceedings in relation to the publication of private and confidential information on the Boxing Scene website.
- Acted for IIAA Limited on the appointment of distributors to its international network for its advanced nutritional programme supplement range.
- Acted for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in respect of a wide range of matters, including image rights, IP licensing and sponsorship agreements.
Payne Hicks Beach LLP > Firm Profile
Payne Hicks Beach is a full service law firm providing specialist legal services to domestic and international high-net-worth private individuals and families, family offices and commercial clients. Its offices in Lincoln’s Inn, which it has occupied since its establishment in the 1730s, complement its long and distinguished heritage. The firm is well known for building very strong client relationships, often spanning several generations and for having a thoroughly twenty-first century approach.
With a stellar reputation is built on its family and private client work: it is regarded as one of the very best of the small number of firms in the UK providing these specialist services at the highest level. This capability is matched by top ranking expertise in key areas of law including: commercial, privacy and media, citizenship and immigration and surrogacy, fertility, adoption and modern family law.
Expert teams handle complex problems for people across their personal or business lives. Whether an individual or a corporate client, the advice will be incisive, straightforward and solution led. Used to working under pressure, often in stressful and sometimes emotional situations, our lawyers handle difficult issues sensitively and are completely focused on protecting their clients’ interests. Time is taken to understand clients’ needs: whether advising individual clients objectively but sensitively to suit their particular circumstances or making sure the business and commercial realities that commercial clients face are understood in order to provide the right advice.
Much of the firm’s work is international, arising from the US, Scandinavia, Middle East, Far East, Russia, Africa, Switzerland and other European countries. Clients include: ultra-high net worth/high-net-worth and affluent individuals and their families (UK and international), landed estate owners, entrepreneurs, trustees, fiduciaries and family offices, family businesses, private and listed companies, charities, schools, financial institutions and professional practices.
Above all, the firm focuses on client care. Its structure, culture and commitment to outstanding client service ensures it can deftly handle complex problems for clients across their personal or business lives, delivering seamless advice across all its practice areas.
Types of work undertaken: Payne Hicks Beach’s key practice areas include: private client, family, corporate, employment, dispute resolution, privacy and media law, sports law, property, property litigation, landed estates and agriculture, citizenship and immigration, surrogacy, fertility and modern family, education and advising vulnerable clients.
The private client department is recognised as one of the best in the UK. Its areas of expertise are 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 the rapidly evolving area of surrogacy, fertility, adoption and modern family matters. 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. Everyday 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 sports law team is best known for its expertise in sailing, marine sports and equine matters which is complemented by its extensive experience in sport disputes, including marketing and sponsorship issues, media relations and sports contracts. The firm acts for a number of famous competitors and also for businesses and charities supporting the sport sector.
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.
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|Property||Emma Copestakefirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7465 4300|
|Property||Andrew Berryemail@example.com||020 7465 4300|
|Property Litigation||Matthew Springfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7465 4300|
|Reputation Management||Dominic Crossleyemail@example.com||020 7465 4300|
|Residential Property||Emma Copestakefirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7465 4300|
|Surrogacy, Adoption, Fertility & Modern Family||Sarah Williamsemail@example.com||020 7465 4300|
|Sport||Jonathan Gatwardfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7465 4300|
|Sport||Hanna Bashaemail@example.com||020 7465 4300|
|Tax, Trusts & Probate||Rosamond McDowellfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7465 4300|
|Luke Arnold||Luke is a civil litigator with a particular focus on property disputes.…||View Profile|
|James Bacon||James advises on trust and succession law and tax. His work covers…||View Profile|
|Hanna Basha||Hanna specialises in defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, with a wealth…||View Profile|
|Georgina Bayley||Georgina is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department. She specialises in…||View Profile|
|Simon Beccle||Simon has an extensive and busy family law practice specialising right across…||View Profile|
|Andrew Berry||Andrew is the head of the Property department comprising the residential, commercial…||View Profile|
|Frederick Bjørn||Frederick acts for UK and international high net worth individuals, advising on…||View Profile|
|Simon Blackburn||Simon is Head of the Landed Estates and Agriculture Team. He advises…||View Profile|
|Alex Blain||Alexander is an associate in the Property department. He specialises in commercial…||View Profile|
|Matthew Booth||Matthew advises clients in relation to a broad range of family law…||View Profile|
|Kathryn Bradbury||Kathryn is partner and head of the Citizenship & Immigration department. Kathryn…||View Profile|
|Robert Brodrick||Robert advises on tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy individuals, their…||View Profile|
|Fiona Brown||Fiona is a specialist family lawyer dealing primarily with complex high net…||View Profile|
|Camellia Buckmaster||Cameillia is a senior associate in the Family department. Camellia advises on…||View Profile|
|Rupert Burchett||Rupert is an associate in the Landed Estates and Agriculture team. Rupert’s…||View Profile|
|Sam Carver||Sam specialises in the creation and implementation of tax efficient trusts and…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Cockcroft||Rebecca is co-head of the Family department and her work covers all…||View Profile|
|Evelyn Collins||Evelyn advises clients in relation to a wide range of family law…||View Profile|
|Ian Connell||Ian is a family law specialist with wide experience of assisting clients…||View Profile|
|Emma Copestake||Emma is a partner in the Property department. She advises on all…||View Profile|
|Catherine Costley||Catherine is a partner in the Family department. Catherine’s work covers…||View Profile|
|Kim Crangle||Kim’s practice encompasses work for both employer and employee clients and advises…||View Profile|
|Dominic Crossley||Dominic specialises in the law of privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and…||View Profile|
|Alex Curran||Alex is a Senior Associate in the family department at Payne Hicks…||View Profile|
|Basil Dixon||Basil advises individuals, trustees, family offices and estate managers on a wide…||View Profile|
|Paul Dorrans||Paul is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department. He specialises in commercial…||View Profile|
|Clementine Dowley||Clementine is an associate in the dispute resolution team specialising in commercial…||View Profile|
|Melissa Ellis||Melissa is a senior associate in the Private Client Department. Melissa advises…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Gatward||Jonathan is the head of the Corporate and Sport departments. Jonathan is…||View Profile|
|Kelly Gerrard||Legal Director/ Knowledge Development Lawyer||View Profile|
|Scott Goldstein||Scott trained in the City and spent seventeen years in practice in…||View Profile|
|Nick Grant||Nick is a senior associate and has experience of a variety of contentious disputes. In particular,…||View Profile|
|Emma Harris||Emma is a senior associate in the Private Client department and advises…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Henshall||Charlotte is an senior associate in the Dispute Resolution department with particular…||View Profile|
|Jessica Henson||Jessica is a private client partner specialising in risk and disputes in…||View Profile|
|Victoria Hingston||Victoria is a senior associate in the family department. She has a…||View Profile|
|Matt Ingham||Matt is a partner in the Citizenship & Immigration department. Since 2010…||View Profile|
|Nick Manners||Nick is a specialist family lawyer who focuses on all areas of…||View Profile|
|Richard Manyon||Richard has a Chancery practice encompassing trusts, property and civil disputes before…||View Profile|
|Rosamond McDowell||Rosamond is a partner and heads up Payne Hicks Beach’s substantial and…||View Profile|
|Philip McGuirk||Philip advises on all aspects of family law, with his primary focus…||View Profile|
|Peter McRoberts||Peter is the head of the Employment department. He has many years…||View Profile|
|Maya Mills||As an associate in the Media Litigation department, Maya has experience of…||View Profile|
|Lucas Moore||Lucas is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department specializing in commercial…||View Profile|
|Martin Paisner CBE||Throughout his career Martin has specialised in private client and charity, and…||View Profile|
|Katie Parkes||Described as “an outstanding family law solicitor with an extraordinary ability to…||View Profile|
|Ben Parry-Smith||Partner in the Family department||View Profile|
|Dean Ryan||Dean is a senior associate in the Private Client department at Payne…||View Profile|
|Isabella Savill||Isabella is a senior associate solicitor in the Family department. She is…||View Profile|
|Luke Scarratt||Luke’s areas of practice include financial remedy proceedings and Children Act 1989…||View Profile|
|Rosie Sells||Rosie is an associate in the Dispute Resolution department with particular focus…||View Profile|
|Baroness Fiona Shackleton||Fiona advises high profile private individuals in relation to complex and confidential…||View Profile|
|Verity Sherwin||Verity is an associate solicitor in the Private Client department. She advises…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Skea-Strachan||Charlotte is a Legal Director in the Family department with a wealth of experience…||View Profile|
|Matthew Spring||Matthew is the firm’s first solicitor-advocate, entitled to appear at all levels…||View Profile|
|Sian Stephens||Sian is an associate in the Corporate department. Sian focuses on all…||View Profile|
|Emily Stoneham||Emily is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution department with a…||View Profile|
|Isobel Symonds||Isobel is a senior associate in the Corporate department. She joined Payne…||View Profile|
|Howard Taylor||Howard is a partner and corporate lawyer specialising in the sale and…||View Profile|
|Mr Till Vere-Hodge||Partner||View Profile|
|Ane Vernon||An experienced litigator in a broad range of areas of law, Ane…||View Profile|
|Chris Weaver||Chris specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. His…||View Profile|
|Andrew Willan||Andrew specialises in reputation management. His work covers all aspects of media…||View Profile|
|Sarah Williams||Sarah is a Legal Director in the Payne Hicks Beach Family department.…||View Profile|
|Andrea Yiakoumetti||Andrea is a senior associate in the Property department at Payne Hicks…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 39 Number of other UK fee-earners : 128
LanguagesEnglish French Danish German Arabic Italian Greek Spanish Russian
Contentious Trusts & Probate:
- Labrouche v Frey
- Cornet v Wood
- Drozdov v Ritsema van Eck
- Case of JB 
- Blacker v Yerbury
- AAZ v BBZ 
- Owens v Owens 
- Kerman v Akhmedova 
- Versteegh v Versteegh 
- ABX and SBX and DX 
- Hayat Youssef Alireza v Hossam Youssef Ibrahim Radwan and Others 
- Owens v Owens ;
- Work v Gray 
- Ecclestone v Stunt;
- R v K  EWFC 59
- AAZ v BBZ  EWHC 3234 (Fam)
- AAZ v BBZ & Ors  EWHC 3361 (Fam)
- AAZ v BBZ & Ors  EWHC 3349 (Fam)
- NR v AB  EWHC 277 (Fam)
- FY v (1) MY and (2) KLM (Children) (by their Guardian) 2016 EWFC 16 (Fam)
- Re R (Children)  CA (Civ Div)
- Robertson v Robertson  EWHC 613 (Fam)
- Work v Gray (Phase II : Computation and Distribution)  EWHC 562
- Work v Gray  EWHC 834 (Fam)
- Chai v Khoo (aka Peng) 
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.
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
Payne Hicks Beach LLP is committed to achieving an environment which provides equality of opportunity to all in which everyone is given the opportunity to realise their full potential in a transparent culture free from discrimination and harassment. We aim to provide and maintain an inclusive, supportive, understanding and friendly workplace.
The Firm is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter which requires us to carry out a regular diversity survey, submit the responses to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and publish the data. The latest figures are available at https://www.phb.co.uk/docs/general/E-_New_Equality_Diversity_Statement_1_June_2021.pdf
We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and consider all applications on the merits of their applicant against the job specification regardless of age, sex, gender re-assignment, marital/civil partnership status, race, nationality, caste, disability, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
We treat all clients equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We will also, wherever possible, take steps to promote equal opportunity of access to the legal services that we provide, taking account of the diversity of the communities that we serve.
We also uphold the principles of equality and diversity in our procurement practices and procedures and expect every chosen supplier to demonstrate that they maintain effective policies and procedures for ensuring equality and diversity.
CSR/How We Help Others
Payne Hicks Beach understands the importance of responsibility within our community. We are mindful of our unique position in society and our ability to help the environment and each other. We recognise that it is important that we engage in, and are considerate of, the wider concerns of society, beyond our day-to-day working environment. We have a number of initiatives promoting the ethos of helping others, which not only assist the wider community but also develop the individual members of our firm and make the firm a more positive and vibrant place to work.
With the diverse range of skills within the Firm we are able to actively support our employees in donating their time to these initiatives.
We actively support national and local charities through a combination of donated time, fundraising and financial support and believe it is important to support our local community within Lincoln’s Inn and the wider area.
Our chosen charities of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Coram’s Fields help inspire our activity and give focus to the impact we can make.
An active and enthusiastic committee of volunteers from across the Firm promote our charitable, pro bono/ volunteering and environmental objectives: this includes lawyers, professionals and support staff. Our committee shares ideas, encourages participation in the Firm’s charitable endeavours and helps foster our ethos of helping others.
We are mindful of the effect of our actions on the environment and have implemented policies to improve sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of our offices. We encourage our employees to prioritise environmental issues and consider the effects of their activities.
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Employment > Immigration
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Real estate > Residential property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport