Firm Profile > Seddons > London, England


Family Tier 4

Seddons has Deborah Jeff at the helm. The team advises on a myriad of complex financial disputes on divorce and between cohabiting couples often with cross-jurisdictional issues. Other areas of expertise include advising on financial injunctions and the financial provision of children who are born outside of marriage. In addition the team advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as children issues such as child arrangements, abduction and paternity tests.

Next Generation Partners


Seddons provides an excellent all round service so that clients can do a one stop shop for all their legal requirements‘.

Deborah Jeff is engaging with clients and unflappable. She really cares about ensuring the clients get the result they are after’.

‘Deborah Jeff leads from the front. She is empathetic to clients but a tough opponent to have on the other side’.

‘Neil Russell has built up an excellent reputation and has become one of the “go to” men in the London matrimonial world‘.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Simon Ross
Dispute Resoultion Marvin Simons
Corporate Kyle Irvine
Family Deborah Jeff
Employment Helen Crossland
Residential Real Estate Howard Freeman
Residential Real Estate Emily Lui
Commercial Real Estate Tessa Naylor
Real Estate Finance Adam Miller
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Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
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