Firm Profile > RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP > London, England

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP
85 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AE
England

Professional discipline Tier 1

At the forefront of professional discipline work, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is 'full of excellent lawyers', who cover all regulated sectors and professions through specialist teams for healthcare professionals, solicitors and legal services regulation, and police disciplinary work. Frequently leading complex matters before the GMC and GDC, the 'extremely knowledgeable, articulate and experienced' Sam Flew heads the healthcare professionals team; commercial litigation head Nigel West also leads the solicitors regulation practice; and Leeds-based Tom Nutter heads the firm's police disciplinary/regulatory work. Also key to the practice are Susanna Heley, who represents solicitors, partners and employees in professional disciplinary matters; and Stewart Duffy, a specialist in disciplinary matters for healthcare professionals, who is dual qualified in medicine and law. At consultant level, Linda Lee is a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales; and Alex Leslie represents NHS professionals in disciplinary matters.

Practice head(s):

Sam Flew; Nigel West; Tom Nutter

Other key lawyers:

Susanna Heley; Stewart Duffy; Linda Lee; Alex Leslie; Alistair Hewitt; Simon Kernyckyj

Testimonials

Full of excellent lawyers, from the more junior end of the spectrum to the more senior partners.

They are all extremely professional and knowledgeable in the field, and rightly occupy a special standing in this area of law.

Excellent partners who run cases to a very high standard and head up great teams of juniors.

Very client friendly, and able to supply the full array of services that clients now expect.

They know the professional discipline area of law inside out, and are at the top of their game when it comes to defending practitioners.

They are always quick to respond to queries and will go above and beyond to help.

Excellent strategic and legal analysis of regulatory and disciplinary issues concerning solicitors.

Sam Flew is extremely knowledgeable, articulate and experienced, and always capable of seeing both what is possible but also what is realistic.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP has an old and established private wealth team in London with Jonathan Shankland at the helm. It has 'great depth in its team with excellent leadership from the top. The lawyers are experts at what they do, and the customer service is always outstanding'.  It acts for a whole host of renowned individuals and household names across multiple jurisdictions.  Some of its clients are royalty, aristocracy, sports stars and hedge fund managers. The practice is well-equipped to advise on international wills and estate planning, as well as trust and international trust matters. It is also skilled at advising on the taxation of UK residential property and landed estate and heritage matters.  Many of its clients have substantial collections of art, antiques and chattels. Arshoo Singh joined the team from Blake Morgan LLP while Victoria Fairley recently moved to Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland

Other key lawyers:

Arshoo Singh; Patrick Malone; Caroline Doyle

Testimonials

The strength of the firm is in the people, who are very approachable and inspire confidence. They have remained contactable throughout lockdown and always respond quickly. I have been especially impressed by their commitment to their clients, and advocacy for them. Jonathan Shankland is trustworthy, client focused and diligent‘.

‘The company is a professional, highly skilled operation with excellent staff. Always available to take calls, even through the Covid period.  The practice is top drawer and you pay in life for the best. Our main contact is Jonathan Shankland who is an excellent solicitor with a strong back up team. I would highly recommend him‘.

‘A strong overall team with excellent levels of client service. Jonathan Shankland is a pleasure to work with. A problem solver and easy to do business with, he is responsive and excellent at disseminating issues in a manner that is easy for clients to absorb‘.

Jon Shankland has developed the international private client team, which has been an important development in clarifying its specific offering to the UK res/non-dom market. Jon Shankland is an excellent practitioner and is very focused on growing his team. He has very strong technical ability but also is able to build successful relationships with clients based on practical considered advice’.

‘Fantastic team. Great strength and depth. Aware of current issues around the globe and able to deal with them. Able to pick up a complicated sanctions related issue at short notice and provide a Mandarin speaker as part of the team. Superb. Jon Shankland is a standout individual – a complete star. In-depth legal knowledge but more importantly fantastic strategic brain and clarity of execution‘.

‘Market leading advice delivered on quote with pragmatic approach to follow up discussions. Approachable and without ego – Jonathan Shankland‘.

‘I have known the RLB team for many years and have known head of team Jonathan Shankland due to his reputation as a leading tax and estates lawyer. Jonathan has a very broad client base of complicated matters and the team that he has around him is brilliant, he seems to keep finding new team members that add to the offering and I am always impressed by the quality of the clients that he is acting for. The team is really well thought of in the industry and everyone has heard of Radcliffes as a private client team. They can open doors through the personal relationships that they have with wealth managers, financial planners, private banks, fiduciaries, property professionals and accountants. Due to the depth of the team there is never a private client matter that they cannot handle and with a very high degree of experience and expertise‘.

Jonathan Shankland – he is right up there as one of the best operators in the London private wealth community and he is a go to name for clients and professionals. I trust Jonathan not only because he is technically excellent in a wide range of areas both on and offshore, but because he is really approachable and down to earth – not something that can be said for many of his competitors in this relatively small private client world. As a result of his expertise and his character, that makes him and his team very attractive to clients and advisors alike. Patrick Malone is a key member of the team and also excellent, along with some really good up and coming lawyers. Caroline Doyle is a star in the making‘.

Key clients

Jersey Telecommunications

Zedra Isle of Man (Ltd) Trust Company

47 Brand Europe

JTC Group PLC (Trust & Fiduciary Company)

Executors of the Estate of Leslie Squibb Deceased and the Squibb Group Ltd

The Van Dedem Family & Estate

Findale Ltd (Offshore client company and trust structure)

HFMC Wealth Management

Westminster Wealth Management

The Executors of the Estate of Charles Jencks Deceased/Linklaters

Court of protection Tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP advises on vulnerable person matters for both institutional and private clients. Its court of protection practice straddles its private client and healthcare teams. Andrew Parsons has extensive experience of advising NHS and private health and social care providers on all areas of healthcare law. Jonathan Shankland is adept at helping wealthy clients on a range of complex and high-end court of protection matters and capacity related issues.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland; Andrew Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Johnstone

Testimonials

Knowledgeable and thoughtful. Andrew Parsons – stand out healthcare practitioner in the care sector‘.

‘Radcliffes has a traditionally very strong mental health law presence, and has successfully deployed that expertise into the Court of Protection field.   Alexandra Johnstone impressed me hugely in picking up (pro bono) a very sensitive case at high speed for a client and working as a team player to coordinate pleadings and witness statements within a short time frame‘.

The team is very strong in this area and across sectors within the broad spectrum of mental capacity and Court of Protection Work. It is leading in the healthcare CoP side where Andrew Parsons’s Team acts on some very high profile matters for some big NHS foundation and private healthcare providers. The lawyers have a really interesting and impressive client base in this regard made up of some the big national healthcare players. They are highly thought of and I believe have won some awards‘.

I know Jon Shankland does a lot in his team with private client private matters to do with high end and high value tax and estate planning. The mix between the two has always impressed me as they have a wide reach in terms of the CoP and mental capacity matters that they can deal with and I know that they interact on large scale high profile matters. Andrew Parsons is excellent on the large Healthcare matters that involve NHS providers and private care providers and the case I have seen from them (as a costs draftsman) has been right at the forefront of developments especially during the pandemic‘.

‘Jonathan Shankland is my main contact and his expertise in the private client sphere is second to none and needs no introduction I think. I am aware of several cases with the CofP where Radcliffes through Jonathan have deal with significant gifting applications under power of attorney and deputyships in the several millions‘.

‘The whole team really has our interests at heart and this coupled  with its undoubted competence makes it a great team to work with‘.

Key clients

Central & North West London NHS Trust

Healthcare Tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP advises private healthcare providers and NHS Trusts on the full range of regulatory, employment, property, and commercial matters. Additionally, it represents clients regarding inquiries, health and safety investigations, and ICO complaints. Based in London, 'stand-out' senior partner and 'legend in this areaAndrew Parsons specialises in areas such as CQC issues, public law, and judicial reviews.  He works alongside head of healthcare Sam Flew, who is an expert in regulatory and disciplinary matters, as well as criminal investigations in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Parsons; Sam Flew

Testimonials

Great understanding of the industry they represent. Sensible view of cases (they take into account both legal and pragmatic considerations). They can see the woods in spite of the trees!

Radcliffes are very strong in the healthcare sector. Andrew Parsons has a wealth of experience and is very well liked by clients in the sector.’

The team is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive. Andrew Parsons is a standout practitioner in the care sector–a legend in this area for the knowledge and experience he has alongside a very affable and confident approach.’

Residential property Tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP covers all aspects of residential property work, with a notably strong reputation in leasehold enfranchisement. The team advises high-net-worth individuals, as well as offshore trusts and property companies, and it counts The Church Commissioners for England as a key client. Group head Karen Mayne assists clients with enfranchisement work, and she is also skilled in residential property financing and letting. Ping Leung, who headed up the team’s China desk, has retired.

Practice head(s):

Karen Mayne

Other key lawyers:

Philip Vickers; Christopher Keough

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP has particular expertise in acting for parties involved in probate and trust litigation. It acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants. Its cases frequently are high-value and involve complex trusts and estates in the UK and overseas. It is adept at advising on issues such as claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Act to actions against negligent trustees and applications to remove or substitute personal representatives. Jonathan Shankland, Dominic Green and Nigel West  head the team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland; Dominic Green; Nigel West

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Haddock

Testimonials

‘I have worked with a number of different lawyers in this team as a barrister. I am impressed by the scope of the work and the expertise in a number of areas of private client work. A brilliant firm – excellent clients.’

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is a proactive and engaging firm who consistently provides quality service to the highest of standards. Advice sought has always been delivered timeously with a broad knowledge of complex issues demonstrated at all times. Working with RLB has been nothing but positive. Jonathan Shankland’s proactive approach and engagement with clients has been fundamental in finding suitable tax solutions. Jonathan consistently demonstrates his vast knowledge and that he is a leader in his field. It has been a pleasure to work with Jonathan on all matters.’

‘Radcliffes has been excellent in helping me and my family through a very difficult time.  Jonathan is a very nice person but he also really does know his stuff. He is very technically able and seems always to come up with a solution to complex arguments. He has been very impressive when pitted against what I am told are other renowned lawyers in this field, he more than holds his own. I am always confident when going into a meeting with Jonathan and into the many rounds of mediation that we have been through; he is a powerful lawyer to have on your side. Nigel West is a ferocious operator when he needs to be and he has always had our backs when the gloves have needed to come off. People do not mess with Nigel I find and he always seems to be very well respected by all parties.

The firm has a reputation for being discreet and confidential and has years of experience of international trust matters. The cases are always partner led and the lawyers have a wealth of experienced partners who are able to combine advice on contentious and non-contentious aspects of a trust in a structured and effective way. A go to firm for difficult issues in need of a solution.

Nigel West is a very experienced litigator who takes a hands on approach to his work. One of the great tacticians who can work out how to achieve the result you want. Oliver Haddock is a litigator to watch out for in the future. He is well organised and efficient and can keep a case moving at speed on track.

I would consider this firm’s contentious trusts and probate offering to be one that is growing in the market place. I think the strength is in its ability to work closely with those in the team that are non-contentious lawyers who can add value to the contentious cases they handle. Jon Shankland is a good example of what I say above in that he has considerable technical and client skills that work well in harmony with his contentious colleagues.’

Family Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP has a wealth of experience of dealing with international cases involving jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts as well as preparing complex living together agreements and nuptial agreements. Its lawyers are skilled at handling both financial and children work. Head of department Caroline Penfold has a broad range of expertise with considerable skill in advising on high-net-worth cases with an international dimension. Carina Smith continues to deal with various high-net-worth cases in the High Court. Consultant Christopher Butler is particularly well-regarded for cases with complex financial and trust issues. Robert Emmett was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Penfold

Other key lawyers:

Carina Smith; Christopher Butler; Robert Emmett ;Lucy Bridger

Testimonials

‘Caroline Penfold is straightforward, approachable and supportive, as well as being unflappable and incredibly focused and persistent‘.

Always contactable, with quick and thorough follow up. Felt so well supported and advised‘.

Rather than force me to work at his pace the lead solicitor worked at my pace – being patient when I needed explanations and brief when he knew I understood whatever issue we discussed well. This is the polar opposite of a cookie cutter solicitor to client relationship. Robert Emmett was the lead solicitor, a very patient, intelligent and articulate person‘.

‘The company has great attention to detail and has continued to provide accurate assessments of likely court outcomes. Alongside good advice continually the company has provided thorough emotional support to me. Carina Smith has an excellent rapport and an incredible attention to detail. She is able to keep all relevant facts to hand throughout periods of waiting, always ensuring the most appropriate facts are presented at the right time. Carina has carefully thought through all aspects. Additionally Carina did an excellent job to help me to remain calm at times of intense frustration. Each time Carina has become involved in a specific issue I have been able to rest easy knowing it is in safe hands.’

Radcliff Le Brasseur’s family team is small but a real class act. The lawyers are able to offer a very high calibre of tailored advice for a significantly lower fee than its Magic Circle colleagues. Lucy Bridger is totally committed to her case- her clients completely trust her advice and have confidence in her. She is exceptionally hardworking as well as being highly efficient. She provides a level of expertise and skill far in excess of her years of practice. She is a delight to work with‘.

‘RLB is an upmarket firm that gives a very detailed and personal service to its family law clients. Carina Smith is an excellent family solicitor who specialises in financial remedies. She gives her clients great attention to detail and an analytical mind that makes sure every option is explored‘.

‘A terrific firm full of really clever people making great strides in the family law market. Caroline Penfold – great intelligence combined with very sound judgement. Christopher Butler – super to work with, he brings vast experience to any case. Robert Emmett – a very impressive young lawyer who will go on to great things. Lucy Bridger – smart and able’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has a fairly small but very strong family team comprised of high quality individuals. The quality of work is very high, and the lawyers represent their clients to an excellent standard. Carina Smith is remarkably understated for such an exceptional lawyer. She manages her clients, their cases and their expectations with an easy and straightforward manner, which belies the often complex considerations that underpin her work. She manages to get to know her clients and what it is they truly wish to achieve from the proceedings, and she will go to considerable lengths to achieve it. Robert Emmett- I have been very impressed by the speed with which he grasps legal and factual issues, is able to explain things succinctly and accurately to his clients. He provides sensible, clear and robust advise, and has an excellent manner with his clients. He is very organised and presents his cases extremely well’.

Property litigation Tier 5

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP handles commercial and residential property disputes but has recently been particularly active in the latter. Regular instructions include leasehold enfranchisement, service charge disputes, rent reviews and repair claims. This offering is complemented by Simon Hartley's expertise in dilapidations and terminal dilapidations insurance.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Jane Emberton

Testimonials

The property litigation team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur are top notch – they really understand what is practically and commercially important to their clients. They have a really solid grasp of the litigation process and understand how to manage it in the most efficient and effective manner.

Simon Hartley is excellent. He is simultaneously able to keep an eye on the bigger picture while also keeping on top of the finer details. He has particularly strong negotiation skills and can often find a practical solution where others might not.

My main contact here is Simon Hartley who is a very experienced property litigation solicitor.

Simon Hartley is very calm and easy to deal with but has a firm grasp on the issues and law and, importantly, the commercial drivers in a case. He is heavily involved in the dilapidations sector, especially through his founding membership of the Dilapidations Association, of which he is treasurer.

Simon Hartley is their standout. Very knowledgeable and very commercial.

Clear and precise knowledge of the property rental business.

Simon Hartley is patient, knowledgeable and sympathetic to clients.

‘They have been our trusted property lawyers for years. The team offer a wide range of services with in-depth experience.

Key clients

Newflex Leases Limited

Sir Robert Ogden Estates Limited

MacIntyre Hudson LLP

CW+ – Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity

Pankhurst Family Trust

MDDUS Property Limited

Four Seasons Health Care Limited

Knightsbridge Residents Management Company Ltd

P J Care Limited

Simit Sarayi UK Holding Limited

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is one of the UK’s leading medium-sized commercial law firms with around 200 employees working in three offices located in London, Leeds and Cardiff.

The firm: Over 150 years, RadcliffesLeBrasseur has built a reputation for providing sound, practical, high-quality legal advice, allying traditional values to forward thinking and commercial acumen.

While the firm is organised into traditional departments, multi-disciplinary teams from across the firm come together to deliver complete solutions for clients in key areas where it has particular strengths.

Types of work undertaken
Business and property: the firm specialises in advising property investors and developers in relation to the acquisition, funding, development, disposal and management of property. It provides a full company and commercial law service and prides itself on helping its clients to build businesses of all sizes. Clients range from start-ups and entrepreneurs, and private and family-owned businesses through to major plcs, multinationals and lending institutions. The department has particular expertise in landlord and tenant and commercial litigation and includes an arbitrator and an accredited mediator.

Healthcare: the firm has one of the most substantial healthcare practices in the UK acting for medical defence organisations, the NHS, private providers of healthcare, primary care practitioners and regulatory authorities. The firm is renowned for its specialist work in the field of mental health and public law and is a recognised leader in advising providers of mental health services and those operating care homes, where its expertise is unrivalled.

Tax and private client: the firm provides specialist inheritance and capital gains tax advice, planning for lifetime tax mitigation and to ensure that provision for the next generation is made as tax-efficiently as possible. It provides tax and trust advice for settlors, trustees and beneficiaries of UK trusts and advice on the administration of trusts and estates. The firm provides a complete estate and tax planning service from simple wills, codicils and lasting powers of attorney through to complex trust structures. It also services the needs of international private clients and investors in the UK and is one of the few teams in the UK looking after the specific needs of Turkish clients, providing bilingual and dual-qualified advice.

Charities: the firm guides charities, and their trustees, through the increasingly intricate demands of charity law and practice and the many other areas of law which affect charities in their day-to-day activities. The team provides specialist advice on charity formation, governance, compliance and regulatory matters, trading, fundraising and tax as well as advice on employment, property, commercial and corporate matters and disputes.

Employment: the team has a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of employment law, including dismissals, claims under the discrimination legislation, equal pay claims, breach of contract, pensions and share options and IR35 tax rules. Solicitors deliver their advice in a straightforward, practical and commercial manner. The firm is used to providing ad-hoc advice to organisations in urgent, often stressful circumstances, in which employment queries often arise.

Family: this department has a varied caseload including divorce, related financial proceedings, prenuptial agreements and all aspects of private client family law, including Children’s Act proceedings. The family department work encompasses issues relating to trusts (onshore and offshore) and tax, with the necessary expertise being provided within the tax and private client department.

Solicitors’ regulation: the firm has one of the leading regulatory teams specialising in solicitors defence work. In this fast-changing field of regulatory law, a solicitor facing any risk of disciplinary proceedings needs to instruct a specialist to protect his or her career. The team’s work includes advice in investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, assistance on practising certificate applications, representation on forensic investigations reports and caseworker reports prepared for adjudication and defence of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.

Trainees: four trainees are recruited each year. Application is by CV with covering letter to Hetty Maher, HR manager, or via the firm’s website.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief operating officer Jackie Darby
Charities Philip Maddock
Private client and international wealth Jonathan Shankland
Company commercial Stephen Blair
Corporate finance Stephen Blair
Employment Sejal Raja
Family Caroline Penfold
Health (mental health and care homes) Andrew Parsons
Health (MDOs and regulatory issues) Sam Flew
Insolvency Stephen Blair
Litigation and dispute resolution Nigel West
Property investment and development Karen Mayne
Residential property Karen Mayne
Solicitors regulation Nigel West
Photo Name Position Profile
 Julia Appleton  photo Julia Appleton Julia is a Partner in the Healthcare team and regularly advises many…
 Mark Baker  photo Mark Baker Mark is a Partner and heads the Commercial Property team advising clients…
 Ricardo Bassani  photo Ricardo Bassani Ricardo is a Partner in the Healthcare team and heads the firm’s…
 Stephen Blair  photo Stephen Blair Stephen is a Partner and Solicitor and head of both the Corporate…
 William Childs  photo William Childs Will is a Partner in the Healthcare department, specialising in advising medical…
 Sumaira Choudary  photo Sumaira Choudary Sumaira is a Partner and Solicitor working within both the Corporate and…
 Peter Coats  photo Peter Coats Peter is a Partner and Head of M&A. He advises on corporate…
 Stewart Duffy  photo Stewart Duffy Stewart is a Partner in the Healthcare department, advising doctors, dentists and…
 Jane Emberton  photo Jane Emberton Jane is a Partner in the Property team, specialising in all forms…
 Sam Flew  photo Sam Flew Sam is a Partner and Head of the Healthcare Professionals team, specialising…
 Marianne Frall  photo Marianne Frall Marianne is a Partner in our Healthcare Providers team, advising clients on…
 Simon Gomersall  photo Simon Gomersall Simon is a Partner in the Healthcare department. He represents doctors, dentists…
 Dominic Green  photo Dominic Green Dominic is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team and undertakes a…
Mr Simon Hartley  photo Mr Simon Hartley Simon is a Partner in RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s Property Litigation department, advising on all…
 Susanna Heley  photo Susanna Heley Susanna is a Partner in the Solicitors Regulation department, specialising in regulatory…
 Alexandra Johnstone  photo Alexandra Johnstone Alexandra is a Partner in the Healthcare department, advising and representing healthcare…
 Christopher Keough  photo Christopher Keough Christopher is a Partner in our Property team and specialises in high…
 Linda Lee photo Linda Lee Consultant
 Alex Leslie  photo Alex Leslie Alex is a Partner in the Healthcare team. He has more than…
 Hei Leung  photo Hei Leung Hei is a Partner in our Property team, specialising in residential and…
 Stuart Lindley  photo Stuart Lindley Stuart is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team. Since qualifying in…
 Philip Maddock  photo Philip Maddock Philip is a Partner in our Corporate team. He acts for clients…
 Karen Mayne  photo Karen Mayne Karen is a Partner and Head of Property. She specialises in the…
 Alan Meneghetti  photo Alan Meneghetti Alan is a partner in the Corporate department at RadcliffesLeBrasseur UK LLP,…
 Michaela Nicholas  photo Michaela Nicholas Michaela is a Partner in the Healthcare team. She brings a unique…
 Andrew Parsons  photo Andrew Parsons Andrew specialises in medical law and all areas of health and social…
 Caroline Penfold  photo Caroline Penfold Caroline is a Partner and Head of Family. Caroline advises on all…
 Richard Privett  photo Richard Privett Richard is a Partner in the Healthcare team, specialising in criminal and…
 Sejal Raja  photo Sejal Raja Sejal is a Partner and Head of Employment, specialising in advising employers…
Mr Anil Rajani  photo Mr Anil Rajani Anil is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation department, with extensive experience…
 Ian Sadler  photo Ian Sadler Ian is a Partner in the Healthcare team advising and representing medical…
 Jonathan Shankland  photo Jonathan Shankland Jonathan is a Partner in the Tax and Private Client team and…
 Carina Smith  photo Carina Smith Carina is a Partner in our Family team. She advises a broad…
 Philip Vickers  photo Philip Vickers Philip is a Partner in our Property team. He specialises in both…
 Nigel West  photo Nigel West Nigel is a Partner at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, where he heads the litigation department.…
Number of UK partners : 41
Number of other UK fee-earners : 63