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Payne Hicks Beach 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 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. Additionally, the firm has top-ranked capability in certain areas of commercial law as well as privacy and media law and citizenship and immigration. This commanding position is complemented 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.

Much of the firm's work has an international flavour arising in particular from the US, Scandinavia, Middle East and Far East, the main offshore centres, 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, Danish and Arabic.

Types of work undertaken: Payne Hicks Beach has eight departments: private client, family, corporate, employment, dispute resolution, privacy and media law, property, and citizenship and immigration.

The private client practice is 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 family law department has a leading reputation for advice on all domestic and international aspects of personal relationships including divorce and separation, financial provision, cohabitation, pre- and mid-nuptial agreements, adoption, custody and wardship, injunctions, asset protection, inheritance disputes and implications of the Civil Partnership Act.

The corporate department advises on the full range of management buy-outs, corporate and business law. Work includes acquisitions and mergers, new issues, banking, competition law, intellectual property, family office and governance, sponsorship, marketing and sale of goods, and partnership matters.

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.

The dispute resolution department handles a broad range of work including domestic and international contentious trusts and estates, Inheritance Act claims, arbitration, mediation, commercial disputes, intellectual property, commercial, landlord and tenant, and town and country planning. There is also particular expertise in representing clients before high-profile public and regulatory inquiries. Other areas of work include yacht design and construction contracts, sailing-related issues, building contract work, partnership disputes, insolvency advice for corporate and individual clients, and property disputes.

The privacy and media department specialises in managing and protecting clients’ reputations through its extensive experience in these areas of law and an intimate understanding of how the media and other publishers work. The areas of the law relevant to this expertise are: defamation, misuse of private information, the Data Protection Act, breach of confidence and harassment. 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 also deals with residential conveyancing, farm and forestry transactions, 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. Additionally, the team is experienced in appeals and judicial review applications within the immigration context and also, as timing can often be crucial in establishing a home in the UK, advises on the most expeditious solution, including fast track and VIP applications.

  • Number of UK partners: 28
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 90
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Private client: 35
  • Family: 35
  • Dispute resolution: 10
  • Corporate: 5
  • Employment: 5
  • Property: 10

  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Arabic
  • Danish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Mongolian

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