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Seddons
5 PORTMAN SQUARE
LONDON
W1H 6NT
England

Private client > Family Tier 4

Seddons is recognised for its work on complex financial disputes on divorce which often involve significant cross-jurisdictional issues. Other strengths lie in dealing with issues such as the financial provision for children and nuptial agreements. Neil Russell recently stepped up to lead the practice following the departure of former head Deborah Jeff to Simkins LLP. Victoria Sterritt is another key member of the department, which is well regarded for its ‘real stable of talent‘.

Practice head(s):

Neil Russell

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Sterritt; Victoria Spencer; Ffion Greenfield

Testimonials

‘Extremely professional team, always ahead of the curve, knowledgeable and proactive. Perhaps the most valuable quality was that they brought a human aspect to a process that can be very nasty; I felt looked after, cared for, not alone and in safe pair of hands – which may sound simple but is extremely valuable within a corporate world and when you are going through the worst time of your life‘.

‘It provides an all round service which greatly benefits many clients. Neil Russell. He is becoming the “go to” man for all types of family law. His particular expertise is in dealing with the financial affairs of high net worth individuals. Because of his successes over the past few years, he has become much in demand’.

‘Very good firm, giving solid and reliable advice. Victoria Spencer is an excellent associate. Neil Russell’s clients love him‘.

‘A large firm with a growing family practice within it. With over 30 years of experience, Neil Russell’s profile at the top end of family law continues to grow. He has a huge wealth of experience, commercial acumen and common sense.’

A family team with a glowing reputation for excellence within a highly successful west end firm. Well connected, with an exceptional ‘bedside’ manner which soothes and reassures any client however troubled and an eye for settlement on favourable terms, Neil Russell comes highly recommended‘.

The Seddons family team attracts a broad spectrum of work and offers representation to a high standard. Victoria Sterritt: Victoria is a standout Partner at Seddons, balancing exceptional client care with encyclopaedic legal knowledge and an eye for detail second to none. Victoria’s dedication to her cases is such that clients always feel that she has gone above and beyond. Victoria’s meticulous preparation means that no stone is ever left unturned. She litigates in a measured but robust manner, epitomising good practice in family proceedings. Victoria elegantly navigates clients through the most hairy of court experiences with a calming yet effective litigation technique, ensuring the best possible outcomes. Ffion Greenfield: Excellent and diligent senior associate with a measured yet purposeful approach to proceedings‘.

Outstanding client care, attention to detail and thinking through every possible outcome before arriving on the best strategy for optimum outcome. Expectations of the client are moderated and clear, sensible advice given. Victoria Sterritt – top of her game. A real heavyweight who holds her own against the most aggressive opposition. Fights her client’s corner to the very end but with pragmatism and compassion. A real skill rarely seen‘.

 

Key clients

Boris Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advising Boris Johnson in connection with his divorce and financial settlement.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Seddons often deals with international HNWs who have assets in many jurisdictions. It works with UK residents, non-UK domiciled and international clients on all aspects of UK law. Department head Stuart Crippin has a wealth of experience in high-value domestic and international estates as well as UK tax and estate planning matters for both domestic and international clients with UK connections.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Crippin

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Pearse

Testimonials

‘The team provides highly individualised solutions in an international, cross-border context. The billing is reasonable, compared to the industry standard and the provided solutions beat benchmark in the positive direction. Stuart Crippin stands out not only due to his pragmatic, solution orientated and high quality advice, but also his responsiveness and sensitivity when working with highly demanding clients‘.

‘Seddons LLP is my go-to law firm in the West-End of London. It’s a nice sized firm – big enough to be able to handle a wide range of instructions but not so big that one loses the personal touch. Stuart Crippin delivers well reasoned private client advice in a friendly and approachable manner‘.

Stuart Crippin has a uniquely broad and deep technical knowledge‘.

‘Seddons is a forward thinking firm that has client experience at the forefront of its delivery. Its attitude to go the extra mile really sets it apart from other firms. Zoe Pearse is an exceptional private client solicitor, she has dealt with many of our clients and always gets great feedback‘.

The private client team at Seddons is discrete, with the personal touch to advise a wide range of clients, from complicated family structures, to offshore trusts. Stuart Crippin – always contactable, provides clear instructions, and is legally very up to date‘.

‘My experience with Seddons has been a very pleasant and enriching one. I find the advice it has provided to be direct, timely and actionable, which is especially valuable to clients in their structuring. The team has shown strong expertise in being able to combine the UK considerations with the broader client requirements in an offshore trust context, providing holistic structuring solutions. Stuart Crippin, in particular, is very professional and is a delight to deal with. He provides great comfort to clients, and is ever-ready to address any queries they may have‘.

‘An efficient and approachable team run by the affable Stuart Crippin. Stuart will lead where his expertise is required and allocate to the wider team dependant on the matter in hand. Stuart Crippin – a trusted advisor and extremely personable. Explains even the most complex tax issues in a user friendly way, and provides valuable assistance to matrimonial lawyers with his wealth of expertise. Excellent all round and (importantly) always responsive and helpful‘.

‘Seddons has been excellent in the client service, responsive and ready to assist wherever possible. Stuart Crippin is particularly notable, as he is leading the department, is commercial as well as technically great, and is always available to discuss the matter‘.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Seddons‘ dispute resolution team includes 'highly experienced litigator' Marvin Simons, whose caseload covers disputes concerning professional negligence, partnerships, insurance and banking litigation. In addition to being sought after for domestic cases, cross-border disputes are another driver of his work. Simons co-heads the practice with Christian Smith and Rebecca Arnold. The 'indefatigable' John Melville-Smith and 'proactive' Aoife Keane provide additional partner-level support.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Simons; Christian Smith; Rebecca Arnold

Other key lawyers:

John Melville-SmithAoife Keane; David Wheeler; Charles Burrell; Farhana Khanom

Testimonials

The team of lawyers is highly skilled, the service is partner-led, and they are available at all times. The team is also very diverse, and the juniors are competent and available – no nonsense delivery.

A mid-sized litigation practice with some very high-profile work.

The Seddons litigation team has a highly commercial focus, always seeking out what is in the best practical and commercial interests of its clients.

The team’s approach is professional and collegiate, while still putting the client’s interests at the forefront.

Marvin Simons is a highly experienced litigator, although he takes a light touch and delegates well to his juniors (and to counsel). He has an eagle eye – he misses nothing.

Christian Smith has been amazing throughout our dealings with the practice. Not only is he very capable, committed and professional, but also very caring and with excellent people skills.

John Melville-Smith is indefatigable – a litigator who never misses a point and wears opponents down until they make a mistake.

Aoife Keane is enthusiastic, proactive, and has great commercial sense and a loyal client following.

Key clients

Sueda Yusuf

Askin Ozerin

Maura Davenport

Ritanotiara

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.

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.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Simon Rosssimon.ross@seddons.co.uk
Corporate Ilan Kotkisilan.kotkis@seddons.co.uk
Dispute Resolution Marvin Simonsmarvin.simons@seddons.co.uk
Employment Helen Crosslandhelen.crossland@seddons.co.uk
Family Neil Russellneil.russell@seddons.co.uk
Commercial Real Estate Sangeeta Somchandsangeeta.somchand@seddons.co.uk
Residential Real Estate Howard Freemanhoward.freeman@seddons.co.uk
Residential Real Estate Emily Luiemily.lui@seddons.co.uk
Real Estate Finance Adam Milleradam.miller@seddons.co.uk
Real Estate Litigation Leon Golsteinleon.golstein@seddons.co.uk
Restructuring & Insolvency Ben Klingerben.klinger@seddons.co.uk
PhotoNamePositionProfile
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 is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Finance team, acting…
Charles Burrell  photo Charles Burrell Charles is a partner our Dispute Resolution department. He has broad experience…
Katherine Burrell  photo Katherine Burrell Katherine is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team and acts…
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…
Alexander Egerton  photo Alexander Egerton Alexander is a Partner in the Corporate team dealing with transactional and…
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…
Ffion Greenfield  photo Ffion Greenfield Ffion is a Senior Associate in the Family team at Seddons. Ffion…
Kyle Irvine  photo Kyle Irvine Kyle is Head of the Corporate team and handles corporate transactional work,…
Simon Jacobs  photo Simon Jacobs Simon is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team who has acted…
Suzanne Jones  photo Suzanne Jones Suzanne is an Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency department, dealing with…
Aoife Keane photo Aoife KeaneAoife is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution department. She has broad…
Ben Klinger  photo Ben Klinger Ben is Head of Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency. He specializes in all…
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 Senior Associate in the Residential Real Estate Team, with…
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…
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 Property Disputes Team specialising in property…
Zoe Pearse photo Zoe PearseZoe 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…
Daniel Robin  photo Daniel Robin Daniel is a Partner in our Litigation Department. He acts in commercial…
Simon Ross photo Simon RossSimon is the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Residential…
Neil Russell photo Neil RussellNeil is a Partner and Head of our Family Department. He advises…
Marvin Simons  photo Marvin Simons Marvin is Head of our Dispute Resolution Team. He has wide experience…
Christian Smith  photo Christian Smith Christian is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team. Christian has a…
Sangeeta Somchand  photo Sangeeta Somchand Sangeeta is the Head of Commercial Real Estate department and an experienced…
Victoria Sterritt  photo Victoria Sterritt Victoria is a Partner in the Family department at Seddons. She has…
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…
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
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