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Private client > Family Tier 4The ‘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.
Other key lawyers:
Victoria Sterritt; Victoria Spencer; Rebecca Hick; Ffion Greenfield
‘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’.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
- Representing Prime Minister Boris Johnson in respect of his divorce and financial remedy and negotiating a settlement.
Other key lawyers:
Natasha Southam; Zoe Pearse
‘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’.
Marvin Simons; Christian Smith; Rebecca Arnold
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
New Quadrant Trust Corporation
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.
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.
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|Commercial Real Estate||Sangeeta Somchandemail@example.com|
|Residential Real Estate||Howard Freemanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Residential Real Estate||Emily Luiemail@example.com|
|Real Estate Finance||Adam Millerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Real Estate Litigation||Leon Golsteinemail@example.com|
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|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 a Senior Associate in our Real Estate Finance Team and…||View Profile|
|Rob Brooks||Rob qualified as a solicitor in 2013, joined Seddons in 2016 as…||View Profile|
|Katherine Burrell||Katherine is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team and acts…||View Profile|
|Jenny Chan||Jenny is part of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team. Jenny…||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|
|Natalie Dowding||Natalie is an Associate in the Property Disputes Team. Natalie’s work covers…||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|
|Ben Gillespie||Ben is a partner in Seddons’ Corporate Department and specialises in mergers…||View Profile|
|Leon Golstein||Leon is Head of our Property Disputes Team and a senior member…||View Profile|
|Lucy Green||Lucy is an Associate in the Real Estate Team. She represents private…||View Profile|
|Ffion Greenfield||Ffion is a Senior Associate in the Family team at Seddons. Ffion…||View Profile|
|Kyle Irvine||Kyle handles corporate transactional work, including company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, and…||View Profile|
|Simon Jacobs||Simon is a Partner in the Commercial Disputes team who has acted…||View Profile|
|Farhana Khanom||Farhana is an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team. She joined Seddons…||View Profile|
|Emily Lui||Emily is Co-Head of our Residential Property Team, acting for homeowners, buy…||View Profile|
|Nick Mann||Nick is a Partner 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|
|Ben Menahem||Ben is an Associate in our Residential Real Estate department and acts…||View Profile|
|Fiona Mendel||Fiona is a highly accomplished Senior Associate with wide-ranging knowledge and expertise…||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|
|Simon Noonoo||Simon is a Partner in our Real Estate Finance team. He joined…||View Profile|
|Lara Nyman||Lara is a Partner with the Dispute Resolution team specialising in property…||View Profile|
|Zoe Pearse TEP||Zoe is an Associate specialising in private client work. She has experience…||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|
|Simon Ross||Simon is the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Residential…||View Profile|
|Neil Russell||Neil is a Partner and Head of our Family Department. He advises…||View Profile|
|Christian Smith||Christian is the firm’s Head of Dispute Resolution and oversees the commercial…||View Profile|
|Sangeeta Somchand||Sangeeta is the Head of Commercial Real Estate department and an experienced…||View Profile|
|Victoria Spencer||Victoria is an Associate in the Family team at Seddons. She joined…||View Profile|
|Victoria Sterritt||Victoria is a Partner in the Family department at Seddons. She has…||View Profile|
|Chris Theodosiou||Chris is a Partner in our Residential Property Department. With over 15…||View Profile|
|David Wheeler||David has over 20 years experience of civil dispute resolution. He has…||View Profile|
|Thomas White||Thomas is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate team, and has…||View Profile|
|David Wright||David has a broad range of commercial litigation experience acting for claimants…||View Profile|
|Ed Zneimer Zneimer||Ed specialises in Real Estate Finance and Secured Lending, advising a range…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 33 Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
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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
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.
- 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.
- Seddons has acted in the defence of a substantial claim (£50 million plus) and freezing injunction commenced by a large body of claimants
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.