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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Work Department

Private Client


Frederick acts for UK and international high net worth individuals, advising on tax issues for non-domiciliaries and cross border migration; the establishment and restructuring of onshore and offshore trusts and Wills and estate planning (including strategic succession planning for family businesses).

A core focus of Frederick’s practice is advising on family governance for multi generational, entrepreneurial businesses, both in terms of transfers of wealth and control and asset protection. He has extensive experience in this area and was awarded distinctions in both the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Family Business and the STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Governance.

Frederick was elected to the STEP Business Families Global SIG Steering Committee in 2023.

Frederick’s offshore work focuses on clients with Scandinavian and US links, and is well connected within those communities.

Frederick is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has contributed to various publications.


Slaughter and May 2006-2010; Payne Hicks Beach 2010, partner 2015.


French (proficient)




Winchester College (1995-2000); Kings College London (2000-2003).


Skiing, windsurfing and tennis.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Frederick BjørnPayne Hicks Beach LLP

Rosamond McDowell heads the department at Payne Hicks Beach LLP, which advises high-net-worth clients from the UK and internationally (many of whom feature in the Sunday Times Rich List, Forbes 400 and the Arabian Business Rich List). It also continues to receive instructions from Scandinavia and the Middle East. Other core areas of strength include advising UK resident non-domiciled clients on issues relating to pre-arrival planning and structuring. Robert Brodrick’s practice is divided into three main geographic areas of clients: Middle East, US/UK and UK domestic. Other highly regarded members of the department include Frederick BjørnBasil Dixon, Martin Paisner and Clare Hetherington. Recent highlights included Emma Harris’ promotion to the partnership and Sara Morgan’s addition to the team from Fieldfisher in November 2022.