Firm Profile > Seddons > London, England
5 PORTMAN SQUARE
Seddons > The Legal 500 Rankings
Family Tier 4
Seddons is recommended for its advice on complex financial disputes on divorce and between cohabiting couples, often involving cross-jurisdictional issues. Strengths lie in advising on financial injunctions and the financial provision for children born outside of marriage, as well as pre and post-nuptial agreements. Under the leadership of Deborah Jeff, the team also excels in a broad range of children issues, from child arrangements to paternity testing. Neil Russell and Victoria Sterritt are also recommended.
‘The team provides all-round high-quality advice to clients across all areas of family law. The team has a depth of knowledge and experience and goes the extra mile to ensure the client achieves the result they are looking for‘
‘The matrimonial team has grown in stature over the last few years and the firm is able to provide an all-round service to complement the team‘
‘Deborah Jeff is excellent – she is clear in her advice (even when what she is saying is difficult for her client to hear), and always aims for the best, most realistic outcome. She’s also a tough negotiator, who you’d want on your side‘
‘Neil Russell has a burgeoning and increasingly high-profile celebrity practice, with a relaxed manner that puts clients at ease. He instils total confidence‘
‘Neil Russell has become one of the go-to people in the matrimonial world and is now regularly instructed by top industrialists and politicians. They know they can rely upon his business acumen and common sense to guide them through the most complex of cases‘
‘The Seddon’s team is small but perfectly formed and able to give well-tailored advice and service to its clients. Victoria Sterritt is a pragmatic, forensic and highly capable lawyer, with fantastic client care skills. She deftly deals with the most difficult clients with great sensitivity, care and good humour‘
‘Victoria Sterritt is a very good solicitor. She has a brilliant way of making the client feel relaxed and confident that every aspect of their case is being addressed. Victoria is a tough opponent to be on the other side from because she develops a strategy from the very beginning‘
‘A tailored approach to the family cases. Victoria Sterritt is superb. She has a grounded and approachable client manner which inspires confidence. She is tenacious and has strong legal acumen‘
Boris Johnson MP
The private wealth team at Seddons often acts for international high-net-worth individuals who have assets in multiple jurisdictions. It regularly advises UK residents, non-domiciliaries and international clients on all aspects of UK tax and trusts law. Team head Stuart Crippin specialises in advising on high-value domestic and international estates, as well as in UK tax and estate planning for both domestic clients and international clients with UK connections.
‘It is a small, focused team and you can be confident of quality advice whoever picks up the phone. Friendly, approachable and direct‘
‘An open and approachable manner, backed up by a top level of knowledge and experience‘
‘Really practical proactive advice to clients with a reasonable fee attached. Extremely responsive and I have always had a very quick response time on queries‘
‘Stuart Crippin is approachable and extremely knowledgeable. He has a calm and reassuring approach, helping to break down often complicated matters to the lay client‘
‘Stuart Crippin’s wide-ranging knowledge and experience allows him to make sensible decisions, especially in complicated IHT and probate matters. He is well supported by Zoe Pearse, who is approachable and efficient‘
‘Stuart Crippin is a lawyer who understands complex cross-border legal situations and knows how to achieve excellent results quickly by including and collaborating with excellent law firms abroad’
‘Sarah Clacker is super-smart and able to break down and explain supremely complicated cross-jurisdictional tax issues in a brilliantly straightforward way. She constantly surprises with her encyclopaedic knowledge of the area and will answer the most obscure questions immediately. She is very responsive and can turn advice around very quickly‘
‘Sarah Clacker in particular is able to take extremely complex legal issues and translate them to clients in a way in which they understand. I have come across very few lawyers with the ability to do this well‘
Seddons' dispute resolution department has a significant track record defending clients across industries including steel production, mining, fashion, and real estate. Experienced partner Marvin Simons heads the dispute resolution team, in which Christian Smith and John Melville-Smith are also key members. Aoife Keane was hired as partner in 2019 from Hausfeld & Co LLP.
Marvin Simons runs a small dispute resolution practice, taking a very hands-on approach with an exceptional eye for detail while never losing sight of the wider commercial context and client objectives.
Impressive range of international clients; outstanding service.
Christian Smith – the steadiest of hands; superb with clients.
Excellent and responsive customer service. Very intelligent team members who are always on the ball.
Seddons > Firm Profile
From Portman Square in the West End, Seddons advises their UK and international clients on corporate and commercial law, residential and commercial real estate, disputes, employment and HR issues, reputation management, wealth management, family law and more.
Striving to achieve the best possible outcome for clients, with the professional and personal skills needed for sensitive and complex matters, working alongside other professionals to protect clients’ financial and legal interests. They advise those from varied backgrounds, with an emphasis on business owners and professionals, and regularly act for high-profile clients, understanding the importance of preserving confidentiality and absolute discretion.
Seddons offers a discreet and integrated service which combines all relevant practice areas of law within a single strategic approach.
Types of work undertaken
Real estate: the commercial property team acts for banks, investors, developers, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs, and covers all aspects of real estate. The team is known for its highly commercial, prompt and efficient advice on matters including leasing, sales and acquisitions, investment, development, finance, and planning.
The real estate finance team advises institutional lenders, dedicated bridging financiers and property syndicates, covering all aspects of bridging and short-term lending arrangements, as well as mid-to-long term secured facilities. The firm’s long-standing relationships with some of the biggest players in the industry give it a unique perspective.
The residential property team handles sales and acquisitions, tenancy agreements, and non-contentious landlord and tenant matters. Clients include domestic and international clients, and range from first-time buyers to high-net-worth individuals, and from investors to lenders.
The dedicated leasehold enfranchisement team advises freeholders and flat owners in connection with the acquisition of freeholds of houses or blocks of flats, collective enfranchisement and lease extensions together with right to manage claims, rights of first refusal, and dealing with missing landlords. It has been involved in a number of landmark cases in this niche area of law. Seddons is an active member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.
Corporate: organisations of all sizes turn to Seddons for a broad range of commercial advice, including: business acquisitions and disposals, corporate insolvency and rescue, private equity, joint ventures, agency, distribution and franchising, merchandising and sponsorship, terms of trading and supply agreements, corporate governance, e-commerce and IP. The firm’s relationships with commercial clients extend beyond just legal solutions, encompassing wider strategic support and advice.
Dispute resolution: partner-led teams bring and defend claims for clients. The firm regularly acts on behalf of, or against, high-profile personalities and organisations. Work includes property litigation, probate litigation, partnership disputes, intellectual property, corporate disputes, insolvency, asset tracing, and freezing injunctions. The firm also offers arbitration and mediation.
Italian desk: for a number of years, the firm has worked with companies and individuals doing business in Italy as well as those seeking advice on English law, in collaboration with a network of professional advisors and financial institutions in Italy. Seddons has developed a particular name in the field of international derivatives litigation, acting for numerous Italian local authorities.
Media: a round-the-clock reputation management service to deal swiftly with all publications and threatened publications. Emergency applications to court to stop imminent damage are a speciality. The firm specialises in actions for breach of privacy, phone-hacking, confidentiality and libel, and is a market leader in reputation management. Seddons has negotiated record-breaking settlements for its clients, dwarfing awards won by other firms.
Employment: the firm’s employment specialists are dedicated to ensuring that its employer clients get the advice they need, when they need it. Whether it is general guidance on everyday HR issues or a difficult situation with an employee that has to be resolved urgently, Seddons considers the commercial, reputational and moral issues at stake. It provides HR legal assistance to employers across all sectors – including finance, retail, media, manufacturing, recruitment, professional services, travel and hospitality, and charities.
Family law: the firm strives to achieve the best possible outcome for clients, with the professional and personal skills needed for sensitive family matters, complex financial work and children issues. It also works with other professionals to protect clients’ financial and emotional interests. It advises those from varied backgrounds, with an emphasis on business owners and professionals, and regularly acts for high-profile clients, understanding the importance of preserving confidentiality and absolute discretion.
Private client: Seddons’ focus is on preserving clients’ wealth, pre-empting conflicts and protecting the interests of high-net-worth individuals and their families. It is uncompromising in defending clients’ interests and understands the need for absolute discretion and confidentiality. The firm draws on the in-house expertise and judgement of some of the world’s leading legal practitioners to provide a fully comprehensive service, finely tuned to client concerns and aspirations.
|Managing Partner||Simon Ross|
|Dispute Resoultion||Marvin Simons|
|Residential Real Estate||Howard Freeman|
|Residential Real Estate||Emily Lui|
|Commercial Real Estate||Tessa Naylor|
|Real Estate Finance||Adam Miller|
|Ahmed Ajina||Ahmed is an experienced Associate in our Immigration department and deals in…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Arnold||Rebecca is a partner in the Commercial Litigation team, and Head of…||View Profile|
|Juliet Baboolal||Juliet is a Partner in the Real Estate Finance team. She is…||View Profile|
|Katy Berkley||Katy is an Associate in our Real Estate Finance Team and acts…||View Profile|
|Rob Brooks||Rob is an Associate in the Real Estate Finance team, acting predominantly…||View Profile|
|Katherine Burrell||Katherine is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance Team and acts…||View Profile|
|Fiona Callaghan||Fiona is an Associate in the Residential Real Estate Team, acting in…||View Profile|
|Sarah Clacker||Sarah is an Associate in the Private Client department, specialising in tax…||View Profile|
|Stuart Crippin||Stuart is head of our Private Client team at Seddons, and has…||View Profile|
|Helen Crossland||Helen is Head of our Employment department. She has extensive experience in all…||View Profile|
|Lili Davarzani||Lili is a Partner in the Real Estate team and a highly…||View Profile|
|Alexander Egerton||Alexander is a partner in the Corporate team dealing with transactional and…||View Profile|
|Savvas Fiaca||Savvas has 30 years’ experience in Real Estate, both commercial and residential,…||View Profile|
|Howard Freeman||Howard is Co-Head of our Residential Real Estate team. With nearly 30…||View Profile|
|Leon Golstein||Leon is Head of our Property Disputes Team and a senior member…||View Profile|
|Kyle Irvine||Kyle is Head of the Corporate team and handles corporate transactional work,…||View Profile|
|Simon Jacobs||Simon is a partner in the Commercial Disputes team who has acted…||View Profile|
|Deborah Jeff||Deborah is the founder and Head of our Family Department. She is…||View Profile|
|Suzanne Jones||Suzanne is an Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency department, dealing with…||View Profile|
|Germana Lo Iacono-Smith||Germana is a member of our Dispute Resolution and Clinical Negligence &…||View Profile|
|Emily Lui||Emily is Co-Head of our Residential Property Team, acting for homeowners, buy…||View Profile|
|Nick Mann||Nick is an Associate in the Residential Real Estate Team, with 12…||View Profile|
|Richard Martin||Richard is a Partner in both the Residential Real Estate and Commercial…||View Profile|
|John Melville-Smith||John is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, with over 20…||View Profile|
|John Midgley||John is a Partner in the Property Disputes team and heads up…||View Profile|
|Adam Miller||Adam heads up Seddons Real Estate Finance Team, advising on all aspects…||View Profile|
|Moshe Moses||Moshe is a Partner in the Seddons Residential Real Estate team who…||View Profile|
|Tessa Naylor||Tessa is Head of our Commercial Real Estate department. Tessa specialises in…||View Profile|
|Simon Noonoo||Simon is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance Team. He joined…||View Profile|
|Lara Nyman||Lara is a Partner with the Property Disputes Team specialising in property…||View Profile|
|Paul Pierides||Paul is a partner in the Residential Real Estate team and handles…||View Profile|
|Daniel Robin||Daniel is a Partner in our Litigation Department. He acts in commercial…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Ross||Simon is the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Residential…||View Profile|
|Mr Neil Russell||Neil advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce, children and…||View Profile|
|Marvin Simons||Marvin is Head of our Dispute Resolution Team. He has wide experience…||View Profile|
|Christian Smith||Christian is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team. Christian has a…||View Profile|
|Sangeeta Somchand||Sangeeta is a Partner and experienced Property Solicitor, and specialises in development,…||View Profile|
|Natalie Stein||Natalie is an integral part of our Commercial Property Team. Natalie specialises…||View Profile|
|Victoria Sterritt||Victoria is a Partner in the Family department at Seddons. Victoria has…||View Profile|
|Chris Theodosiou||Chris is a Partner in our Residential Property Department. With over 15…||View Profile|
|Thomas White||Thomas is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate team, and has…||View Profile|