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Seddons
5 PORTMAN SQUARE
LONDON
W1H 6NT
England

Private client > Family Tier 4

The ‘highly specialised and dedicated team’ at Seddons offers’ sensible, unwavering support to its clients based on sound legal advice’. Neil Russell  heads the department that advises on issues as diverse as complex financial disputes often with cross-jurisdictional issues to the full array of children matters. It is also adept at handling financial injunctions and pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as cohabitation agreements. Victoria Sterritt  is another key partner who enjoys a varied workload in relation to all areas of relationship breakdown and child arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Neil Russell

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Sterritt; Victoria Spencer; Rebecca Hick; Ffion Greenfield

Testimonials

‘My solicitor, Victoria Sterritt, demonstrated that she really cared for what happened in my case. And at times went over and beyond to help. For example talking to me on a weekend’.

‘It provides a magic circle type service whilst charging modest fees. Neil Russell is becoming a “go to” solicitor in the area of family law in London’.

‘A small but experienced, friendly and effective team. Neil Russell heads the team. His experience, charm and empathy shines through and it is clear how he relaxes and reassures his clients whilst always fighting their corner with ability and determination. The associate Victoria Spencer who frequently works with Neil is also known to me and impresses with her easy manner and hard work‘.

‘The family team is small put perfectly formed with a young and dynamic team. Victoria Sterrit is a very accomplished litigator, who has a great manner with clients, is strategic, diligent and great to work with’.

‘Seddons provides a first rate service for their clients. They are thorough and meticulous but also friendly, approachable and understanding of the difficulties that face clients within family law proceedings. Any potential client would be supported throughout the process whilst simultaneously being provided with first rate legal advice. Victoria Sterritt is empathetic and approachable whilst also ensuring that her advice is top notch. She is pragmatic yet also prepared to fight her corner for her clients’.

‘Victoria Sterritt – partner. One of the best there is. Client handing is absolutely brilliant. Clients trust her, warm to her and she is at their disposal 24/7 it seems (she’s never ‘off duty’!). Fantastic lawyer, fiercely bright and a real fighter when needs to be whilst offering sensible and practical advice in the background. A star’.

‘Strong partners and associates working closely together. Excellent knowledge base. Victoria Steritt – a dream to work with. Professional, organised and thoroughly well-prepared. Does a very good job of client management. Is not afraid to tell a client the truth and to give them robust advice. Similarly, she will fight strongly to achieve a client’s aims. Displays impressive judgment and reading of people and situation’.

‘Victoria Spencer – Clear-headed, organised and hardworking. Rebecca Hick – helpful, organised, calm under pressure. Has a bright future. Ffion is a very capable senior associate’.

Key clients

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Work highlights

  • Representing Prime Minister Boris Johnson in respect of his divorce and financial remedy and negotiating a settlement.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Seddons is praised for its ‘very personable and sensitive approach to clients’. Under the leadership of Stuart Crippin  it provides a ‘truly caring and professional service’. The nimble team frequently helps international HNW clients with assets in many jurisdictions. It works with UK residents, non-UK domiciled and international clients on all aspects of UK law and regularly co-ordinates with its clients’ accountants, bankers, financial advisors and trustees. Crippin specialises in high-value domestic and international estates as well as UK tax and estate planning matters for domestic and international clients with UK connections.  

Practice head(s):

Stuart Crippin

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Southam; Zoe Pearse

Testimonials

‘The team at Seddons is approachable, technically capable and responsive in addition to being genuinely nice people. We use a number of London firms, but find the ease of working with Seddons sets them apart from many others. Stuart Crippin is a real pleasure to work with, charming, smart and straightforward’.

‘Natasha Southam provided advice on a tricky matter that was clear and comprehensive. Natasha brought a commercial, efficient but professionally competent manner to all matters I have asked her to deal with’.

‘Good at Wills and estate planning for UK dom clients.Stuart Crippin is a very safe pair of hands’.

‘Stuart and his team are personable, approachable and have a deep understanding of the IHT work issues’.

‘I praise Natasha Southam very highly. She is incredibly personable, quick to respond, sensitive and always very professional. This is especially important when dealing with probate matters or family issues. Such an approach can help avoid matters that are very emotional to the clients becoming contentious’.

‘Approachable, knowledgeable and user friendly. Stuart Crippin comes from a stellar background. Stuart often works with Natasha Southam, associate who again provides an excellent service and they are a good team‘.

‘Stuart’s team focus on the family and client, which is very similar to our own approach. He has a wide knowledge and has built and continues to build a strong team. Seddons and Stuart appreciate the expertise in different jurisdictions and try to effectively work with offshore lawyers to create the best and most appropriate solution for the client’.

‘Stuart Crippin is extremely knowledgeable in his field, engaging, and very easy to deal with. Matters are understood and accepted quickly, the fees are reasonable and transparent, and generally he is a pleasure to deal with, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to my clients where we need onshore advice and assistance’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Seddons acts in defence-side matters for foreign governments, along with steel mining, fashion and real estate clients. Marvin Simons has a broad litigation practice; Christian Smith and Rebecca Arnold  both have extensive commercial litigation experience; and John Melville-Smith is 'very pragmatic'.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Simons; Christian Smith; Rebecca Arnold

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A brilliant team that is able to handle the largest and most complex matters calmly and effectively. Its calm approach conceals a steely core, and it is more than able to take aggressive action when needed.’

A Magic Circle service at significantly less cost. Hugely experienced in complex disputes and across disciplines, and with a valuable portfolio of clients that would make many rivals green with envy.

Christian Smith has vast experience in commercial disputes, fraud cases, and the interconnection between civil disputes and insolvency and regulatory issues. Pragmatic, not afraid of the fight, and completely committed to advancing clients’ interests.

‘Christian Smith is an outstanding litigator. Great with clients and really knows his stuff.’

‘Excellent partners and staff that helped us navigate the legal system, particularly Christian Smith.’

Christian Smith is always available to discuss matters and I value his commercial insight and approach.’

‘John Melville-Smith is an exceptional contentious trusts and estates lawyer. He is also very pragmatic in how he approaches matters and very cost conscious, so as to get the best deal for his clients.

‘John Melville-Smith is very sensible and respectful to all parties concerned when dealing with contentious matters. I have no hesitation in recommending him to clients as he is a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

New Quadrant Trust Corporation

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 Christian Smithchristian.smith@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 ArnoldRebecca is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team, and Head of…
Juliet Baboolal photo Juliet BaboolalJuliet is a Partner in the Real Estate Finance team. She is…
Katy  Berkley photo Katy BerkleyKaty is a Senior Associate in our Real Estate Finance Team and…
Rob Brooks photo Rob BrooksRob qualified as a solicitor in 2013, joined Seddons in 2016 as…
Katherine Burrell photo Katherine BurrellKatherine is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team and acts…
Jenny  Chan photo Jenny ChanJenny is part of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team. Jenny…
Stuart Crippin photo Stuart CrippinStuart is head of our Private Client team at Seddons, and has…
Helen Crossland photo Helen CrosslandHelen is Head of our Employment department. She has extensive experience in all…
Lili Davarzani photo Lili DavarzaniLili is a Partner in the Real Estate team and a highly…
Natalie  Dowding photo Natalie DowdingNatalie is an Associate in the Property Disputes Team. Natalie’s work covers…
Alexander Egerton photo Alexander EgertonAlexander is a Partner in the Corporate team dealing with transactional and…
Savvas Fiaca photo Savvas FiacaSavvas has 30 years’ experience in Real Estate, both commercial and residential,…
Howard Freeman photo Howard FreemanHoward is Co-Head of our Residential Real Estate team. With nearly 30…
Ben Gillespie photo Ben GillespieBen is a partner in Seddons’ Corporate Department and specialises in mergers…
Leon Golstein photo Leon GolsteinLeon is Head of our Property Disputes Team and a senior member…
Lucy  Green photo Lucy GreenLucy is an Associate in the Real Estate Team. She represents private…
Ffion  Greenfield photo Ffion GreenfieldFfion is a Senior Associate in the Family team at Seddons. Ffion…
Kyle Irvine photo Kyle IrvineKyle handles corporate transactional work, including company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, and…
Simon Jacobs photo Simon JacobsSimon is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team who has acted…
Farhana  Khanom photo Farhana KhanomFarhana is an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team. She joined Seddons…
Emily Lui photo Emily LuiEmily is Co-Head of our Residential Property Team, acting for homeowners, buy…
Nick Mann photo Nick MannNick is a Partner in the Residential Real Estate Team, with 12…
Richard Martin photo Richard MartinRichard is a Partner in both the Residential Real Estate and Commercial…
John Melville-Smith photo John Melville-SmithJohn is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, with over 20…
Ben  Menahem photo Ben MenahemBen is an Associate in our Residential Real Estate department and acts…
Fiona  Mendel photo Fiona MendelFiona is a highly accomplished Senior Associate with wide-ranging knowledge and expertise…
John Midgley photo John MidgleyJohn is a Partner in the Property Disputes team and heads up…
Adam Miller photo Adam MillerAdam heads up Seddons Real Estate Finance Team, advising on all aspects…
Moshe Moses photo Moshe MosesMoshe is a Partner in the Seddons Residential Real Estate team who…
Simon Noonoo photo Simon NoonooSimon is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team. He joined…
Lara  Nyman photo Lara NymanLara is a Partner with the Dispute Resolution team specialising in property…
Zoe  Pearse TEP photo Zoe Pearse TEPZoe is an Associate specialising in private client work. She has experience…
Paul Pierides photo Paul PieridesPaul is a Partner in the Residential Real Estate team and handles…
Daniel Robin photo Daniel RobinDaniel 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…
Christian Smith photo Christian SmithChristian is the firm’s Head of Dispute Resolution and oversees the commercial…
Sangeeta Somchand photo Sangeeta SomchandSangeeta is the Head of Commercial Real Estate department and an experienced…
Victoria  Spencer photo Victoria SpencerVictoria is an Associate in the Family team at Seddons. She joined…
Victoria Sterritt photo Victoria SterrittVictoria is a Partner in the Family department at Seddons. She has…
Chris Theodosiou photo Chris TheodosiouChris is a Partner in our Residential Property Department. With over 15…
David  Wheeler photo David WheelerDavid has over 20 years experience of civil dispute resolution. He has…
Thomas White photo Thomas WhiteThomas is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate team, and has…
David  Wright photo David WrightDavid has a broad range of commercial litigation experience acting for claimants…
Ed Zneimer Zneimer photo Ed Zneimer ZneimerEd specialises in Real Estate Finance and Secured Lending, advising a range…
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
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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
COMPANY/FIRM: FBSE Finance Ltd
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Addaction
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.