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120 New Cavendish Street

Private client > Family Tier 4

Neil Russell sits at helm at Seddons and he is ‘a highly competent solicitor with an excellent following and client base’. The family law team handles a wide range of issues, and it receives a steady flow of instructions on complex financial disputes often involving cross-jurisdictional issues, as well as advising on the financial provision for children. In addition, it frequently assists clients with financial injunctions. Victoria Sterritt joined Davidson McDonnell Solicitors in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Neil Russell

Other key lawyers:

Ffion Greenfield; Victoria Spencer


‘Neil Russell stands out from the rest with his reassuring manner, relentless pursuit of his clients’ best interests, and his ability to navigate any traps to reach the best outcome for his clients.’

‘Neil Russell has become one of the go-to people in the matrimonial world for clients who have complicated cases and celebrities who wish to retain anonymity.’

‘Neil Russell heads the family team. He is hugely experienced and able. Neil is wonderful with clients, a shrewd litigator and great fun to work with; he provides an excellent service.’

‘The team are switched on and very thorough. Victoria Spencer has stood out to me as having excellent client care skills combined with tremendous tactical acumen.’

‘Ffion Greenfield has been extremely focused on achieving the most favourable outcome for our client since the outset and she is extremely organised. I have found her extremely impressive and her communication skills are great.’

‘Brilliant team of super individuals. Ffion Greenfield is a stellar solicitor; super bright and efficient and way ahead of her years.’

Key clients

Boris Johnson

Work highlights

  • Representing Boris Johnson in his divorce proceedings, including financial remedies and negotiating a settlement.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The nimble team at Seddons often deals with international HNWs who are highly mobile with assets in many jurisdictions. Stuart Crippin leads the offering, which has a particular focus on inter-generational wealth and making sure that the wealth passes on to the next generation, and the right members of the next generation, in a tax efficient way. Crippin regularly deals with high-value domestic and international estates as well as in UK tax and estate planning matters. At partner level, Lewis Edwards joined the firm from Hunters Law LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Crippin

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Southam; Lewis Edwards


‘Good sized firm which is able to offer all of the full suite of legal services, but without the magic circle price’.

‘Stuart Crippin is very knowledgeable and approachable’.

‘The firm’s approach is fresh and collaborative with all professional client advice groups such as IFAs and accountants. It’s really encouraging to see this modern and appropriate approach to client work’.

‘Natasha Southam is a model of what the legal industry should be about. Client focussed and a professional delivery that all private client lawyers should have as a standard’.

‘Stuart Crippin is approachable and giving of his time. He gives good clear instructions’.

‘What stood out for me was that this was personal service, and one where we collaborated for the best outcome for the client. That gave me, and the client, confidence’.

‘What made Natasha stand out from the majority of solicitors is that she was quick to reply to emails, she was courteous and personable, she kept me informed of progress, and she copied me in on correspondence to the client’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Seddons has a strong track record in representing both claimants and defendants in litigation involving foreign governments, steel production, mining, fashion, and real estate. Dispute resolution head Christian Smith has particular expertise in corporate disputes, shareholder conflicts, and commercial agency matters; John Melville-Smith is an expert in challenges to wills, contested probate and inheritance disputes, and contractual and professional negligence claims; and David Wheeler is 'highly experienced'. Marvin Simons recently stepped down as department co-head, but stays on as consultant.

Practice head(s):

Christian Smith

Other key lawyers:

John Melville-Smith; David Wheeler; Marvin Simons; Farhana Khanom; David Wright; Steffan Taylor


‘Christian Smith is a highly experienced commercial litigator, who has a confident manner and a firm grasp of the strategy and tactics required to succeed in litigation.’

‘David Wheeler is highly experienced, and devotes a lot of care and attention to his cases. He is practical, commercial, and really fights clients’ corners.’

‘Cost-conscious, so that unnecessary sums are not spent/wasted, but prepared to go to court where that is the right approach and will yield the right result for the client.’

‘Marvin Simons has a wide range of experience in general commercial and solicitor negligence matters. First-rate legal analysis, good, instinctive sense of merits, and excellent at delivering commercially-focused advice that addresses specific client concerns.’

‘Steffan Taylor is highly responsive and supportive.’

‘This is a strong commercial litigation team, with particular expertise in insolvency. They take a pragmatic approach to settlement, so as to achieve the best overall result for the client.’

‘The firm is responsive and pays great care and attention to the cases it works on.’

‘Very sound and experienced legal advice, with a focus on the right commercial outcome (often through carefully-managed mediations).’

Key clients

Susa Holdings Establishment

Knight Sales Services

From Fitzrovia, 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.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Simon Ross
Corporate Ilan Kotkis
Dispute Resolution Christian Smith
Employment Helen Crossland
Family Neil Russell
Commercial Real Estate Sangeeta Somchand
Residential Real Estate Howard Freeman
Residential Real Estate Emily Lui
Real Estate Finance Adam Miller
Real Estate Litigation Daniel Robin
Real Estate Litigation Leon Golstein
Photo Name Position Profile
Rebecca Arnold photo Rebecca Arnold Rebecca is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team, and Head of…
Juliet Baboolal photo Juliet Baboolal Juliet is a Partner in the Real Estate Finance team. She is…
Katy  Berkley photo Katy Berkley Katy is a Senior Associate in our Real Estate Finance Team and…
Rob Brooks photo Rob Brooks Rob qualified as a solicitor in 2013, joined Seddons in 2016 as…
Katherine Burrell photo Katherine Burrell Katherine is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team and acts…
Jenny  Chan photo Jenny Chan Jenny is part of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team. Jenny…
Stuart Crippin photo Stuart Crippin Stuart is head of our Private Client team at Seddons, and has…
Helen Crossland photo Helen Crossland Helen is Head of our Employment department. She has extensive experience in all…
Lili Davarzani photo Lili Davarzani Lili is a Partner in the Real Estate team and a highly…
Natalie  Dowding photo Natalie Dowding Natalie is an Associate in the Property Disputes Team. Natalie’s work covers…
Savvas Fiaca photo Savvas Fiaca Savvas has 30 years’ experience in Real Estate, both commercial and residential,…
Howard Freeman photo Howard Freeman Howard is Co-Head of our Residential Real Estate team. With nearly 30…
Ben Gillespie photo Ben Gillespie Ben is a partner in Seddons’ Corporate Department and specialises in mergers…
Leon Golstein photo Leon Golstein Leon is Head of our Property Disputes Team and a senior member…
Lucy  Green photo Lucy Green Lucy is an Associate in the Real Estate Team. She represents private…
Ffion  Greenfield photo Ffion Greenfield Ffion is a Senior Associate in the Family team at Seddons. Ffion…
Kyle Irvine photo Kyle Irvine Kyle handles corporate transactional work, including company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, and…
Simon Jacobs photo Simon Jacobs Simon is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team who has acted…
Farhana  Khanom photo Farhana Khanom Farhana is an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team. She joined Seddons…
Ilan Kotkis photo Ilan Kotkis Ilan is the Head of our Corporate Department. He specializes in mergers…
Emily Lui photo Emily Lui Emily is Co-Head of our Residential Property Team, acting for homeowners, buy…
Nick Mann photo Nick Mann Nick is a Partner in the Residential Real Estate Team, with 12…
Richard Martin photo Richard Martin Richard is a Partner in both the Residential Real Estate and Commercial…
John Melville-Smith photo John Melville-Smith John is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, with over 20…
Ben  Menahem photo Ben Menahem Ben is an Associate in our Residential Real Estate department and acts…
John Midgley photo John Midgley John is a Partner in the Property Disputes team and heads up…
Adam Miller photo Adam Miller Adam heads up Seddons Real Estate Finance Team, advising on all aspects…
Moshe Moses photo Moshe Moses Moshe is a Partner in the Seddons Residential Real Estate team who…
Simon Noonoo photo Simon Noonoo Simon is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team. He joined…
Lara  Nyman photo Lara Nyman Lara is a Partner with the Dispute Resolution team specialising in property…
Zoe  Pearse TEP photo Zoe Pearse TEP Zoe is an Associate specialising in private client work. She has experience…
Paul Pierides photo Paul Pierides Paul is a Partner in the Residential Real Estate team and handles…
Steven  Porter photo Steven Porter Steven has been qualified for over 42 years and having built his…
Daniel Robin photo Daniel Robin Daniel is a Partner in our Litigation Department. He acts in commercial…
Simon Ross photo Simon Ross Simon is the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Residential…
Neil Russell photo Neil Russell Neil is a Partner and Head of our Family Department. He advises…
Marvin Simons photo Marvin Simons Marvin is a senior member of our Dispute Resolution Team. He has…
Christian Smith photo Christian Smith Christian is the firm’s Head of Dispute Resolution and oversees the commercial…
Sangeeta Somchand photo Sangeeta Somchand Sangeeta is the Head of Commercial Real Estate department and an experienced…
Victoria  Spencer photo Victoria Spencer Victoria is an Associate in the Family team at Seddons. She joined…
Victoria Sterritt photo Victoria Sterritt Victoria is a Partner in the Family department at Seddons. She has…
Christian  Taylor photo Christian Taylor Christian has more than twenty years of experience in advising clients in…
Chris Theodosiou photo Chris Theodosiou Chris is a Partner in our Residential Property Department. With over 15…
David  Wheeler photo David Wheeler David has over 20 years experience of civil dispute resolution. He has…
Thomas White photo Thomas White Thomas is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate team, and has…
David  Wright photo David Wright David has a broad range of commercial litigation experience acting for claimants…
Ed Zneimer Zneimer photo Ed Zneimer Zneimer Ed specialises in Real Estate Finance and Secured Lending, advising a range…
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
Press Coverage :

CLIENT: Lendinvest
COMPANY/FIRM: Lendinvest
TESTIMONIAL: The Real Estate Finance team at Seddons has adapted to our changing needs as our business has grown from strength to strength. We always know we can rely on them for their commercial approach to getting deals done quickly and effectively. They are a friendly team and a pleasure to work with and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

CLIENT: Mark Posniak, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Octane Capital
TESTIMONIAL: We have been really impressed by how quickly the Real Estate Finance team at Seddons have become one of our trusted advisers. Their knowledge and pragmatic approach to getting transactions completed makes a refreshing change and we have nothing but praise for the way they respond to our exacting needs and take care of everything.

CLIENT: Nic Potter, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Commercial Acceptances Limited
TESTIMONIAL: As our trusted adviser for over 20 years, the Real Estate Finance team at Seddons understands our business and our culture and know exactly what needs to be done to facilitate our deals and ensure we have good security while working to tight deadlines. They often exceed our expectations with their speed of response and partner-led service.

CLIENT: Octopus Property
COMPANY/FIRM: Octopus Property
TESTIMONIAL: Having worked with the Real Estate Finance team at Seddons for a number of years, our confidence in them continues to grow. We are constantly impressed with their ability to assist in getting transactions completed swiftly and with the greatest care. A pleasure to work with, we see them as an extension of our own team.

CLIENT: Dorian Nineberg, Director
TESTIMONIAL: Adam and his Real Estate Finance team at Seddons have acted for us for a number of years. They understand the nature of our business and we trust them to come up with creative solutions to ensure that our deals are completed quickly without compromising our security. They are always available and on hand to give commercial and pragmatic advice.

CLIENT: Guy Pink, Former CEO and Executive Head of HR
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Helen for many years and her team at Seddons have been instrumental in supporting the HR directorate at Addaction with advice that as you would expect, is legally compliant but also immensely practical. Helen has a real grasp of our organisation’s culture and the context in which decisions are taken. Her advice has enabled us to successfully resolve complex ER issues without recourse to tribunal and has saved us significantly both in financial terms but also in staff time. She is used extensively by the HR team to support their decision making and she is now simply part of the team, in a way that we couldn’t imagine how we managed without her.

CLIENT: Lisa Mack, Director of People
COMPANY/FIRM: Tate Enterprises and Tate Catering
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Helen for a number of years and have consistently enjoyed exemplary service from everyone in the employment team at Seddons. Helen always responds quickly to my queries and provides excellent advice with simple and practical solutions. I have complete confidence in Helen; I am constantly impressed by her efficiency, attention to detail and quality of work. Helen and the team are a pleasure to work with, providing outstanding support and I look forward to continuing working together in the future.”

CLIENT: Paul Woolf, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Strongroom Limited and Kings Theatre Trust Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We found ourselves in a very awkward HR situation. Helen stepped in immediately with very clear and robust advice. She was meticulous throughout the process drafting complex letters with great care and thought. On top of that Helen was very supportive of us through what was a difficult situation for us personally and business wise.

  1. Seddons has advised Maslow Global Limited, a leading provider of real estate development finance, and its management team on the sale by the management team of a significant minority interest to Arrow Global Limited, a leading European investor and alternative asset manager in credit and real estate.
  2. Seddons has acted in the defence of a substantial claim (£50 million plus) and freezing injunction commenced by a large body of claimants
  3. Seddons has acted for the Claimants in a dispute over a multi-million property portfolio involving allegations of dishonesty, negligence and breach of director’s duties agreeing heads of terms for a substantial settlement.
  4. Seddons has acted for the sole beneficiary of a deceased testator with a circa £3 million estate whose relatives (those entitled on an intestacy) asserted undue influence on the part of our client in the preparation of the will. The case settled at a hard-fought mediation with our client retaining the lion’s share of the estate.
  5. Seddons has acted for the defendant (a Liechtenstein Anstalt) whose founder, the claimant’s elder son, faced proceedings by his father, through his mother as the litigation friend, to set aside the transfer to the Anstalt of some £2.5 million of London property based on incapacity and undue influence. Our client was prepared to return the properties subject to their being protected from his younger brother who, our client alleged, was controlling the proceedings for his own financial benefit. This necessitated an application to remove the claimant’s litigation friend and replace her with an independent one. The application failed at first instance but succeeded on appeal. The underlying proceedings immediately settled.