Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
15th Floor, Milton House
Milton Street

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is ‘a powerhouse for trust litigation. It has great experience both onshore and offshore and throws its all into every fight’. It has a global client base of UNHW families. Under the leadership of the well-renowned Rupert Ticehurst the team acts on a select number of very high value or unusually complex cases. It also covers tax disputes, particularly investigations and follow on litigation with the HMRC. Ticehurst’s cases span advising on the removal of trustees, protectors and executors as well as advising trustees on divorce, freezing orders and claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duties. Simon Goldring focuses on both onshore and offshore trusts and estate disputes and has acted in a number of prominent trust cases recently. Senior associate Rosalind Hetherington is another important member of the ‘hugely experienced and commercial team that frankly has a knack for distilling complex issues into something palatable and understandable’.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Ticehurst

Other key lawyers:


‘The first choice for big trusts cases. Rupert Ticehurst – At the top of the industry. Simon Goldring – Very dynamic and determined. A well deserved reputation at the top of the field‘.

‘This is a team that handles some very high profile disputes. Its engagement with clients is excellent and advice it provides sensible. There is real expertise here. Rupert Ticehurst is an excellent lawyer and highly experienced. He fights very hard for his clients’.

‘The team at MTG combines hardworking, intelligent and thoughtful litigators with experienced private client lawyers. Rupert Ticehurst remains one of ‘the’ names in this field for the strength and depth of his experience’.

‘One of the leading firms in the country in contentious and non-contentious work. Its big strength is that it has an equally strong private client department, so there will always be individuals on hand to provide advice on connected issues such as tax. It has quickly built up a strong following and reputation in contentious work’.

‘Simon Goldring is a very impressive individual and I suspect he will be one of the leading partners in the years to come. His great asset is in building lasting relationships with clients. He seems to have several long-running matters which is a testament to the strength of his relationships with his clients’.

‘A boutique firm with real clout and a very able team at all levels. Equally comfortable with cases onshore and offshore, including hugely complex and valuable pieces of litigation with substantial commercial/fraud elements. A class act.’

‘Rupert Ticehurst leads from the front and gives direction to the whole team. Simon Goldring is absolutely committed to his clients, canny and clever, obviously well liked by all at MTG. Rosalind Hetherington has a fierce intellectual grasp of the law and sound tactical sense’.

‘Headed by Rupert Ticehurst it has grown enormously in a short period of time. Rupert is a doyenne in the world of Trust Litigators and has a steady hand on the firm guiding it expertly into positions of growth. Simon Goldring has helped propel the firm’s practice and has been a large part of the recent growth’.

Key clients

Members of the Al Thani Qatari Royal family

Vince O’Brien (former trustee of Kid’s Company)


Work highlights

  • In the Matter of the Estate of Sheikh Saoud Mohamed A.A. Al Thani (Deceased) BVIHCV 2019/0230, unreported (Ellis J) and Court of Appeal BVIHCVAP2021/0001 the team acted for the claimants representing three beneficiaries entitled to 20% of the estate.
  • In the matter of Keeping Kids Company, Official Receiver v Batmanghelidjh & Ors [2021] EWHC 175 (Ch) acted in the very high profile case concerning the “Kids Company” charity.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Jennifer Chambers leads a ‘fab team’ at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP that has a specialist focus on complex international and cross-border estate planning and succession structuring for UNHW clients. Clients include foreign royalty, English aristocracy, entrepreneurs and traditionally wealthy families as well as private banks. Emma-Jane Weider ’s key specialism is in advising non-domiciled clients on UK tax and estate planning matters and she regularly advises on the implications of becoming tax resident in the UK. Paul Whitehead  is adept at advising on diverse matters such as onshore and offshore trusts as well as residence and domicile matters. Clare Maurice  receives a regular flow of instructions from trustees, beneficiaries, family offices and others on a variety of complex trust, estate planning and personal taxation matters. Ceris Gardner has a broad practice and has particular strength in complex, high-profile and high-value probates that have a cross-border dimension.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Ceris Gardner; Clare Maurice; Fiona Poole; Claire Weeks; Hannah Blakey; Eesha Arora; Paul Whitehead; Emma-Jane Weider


‘I have worked with MTG for a number of years on an extremely high profile and complex ultra high net worth client, with demanding personal and trust issues. I find them to be extremely responsive, professional and a pleasure to work with. MTG works collaboratively, in the best interests of our client, at all times. In my years working with them I have seen the clear progression of individuals in their team, and they demonstrate incredible stability when it comes to client engagement teams’.

‘I have worked closely with Jennifer Chambers, Claire Weekes, Eesha Arora, and Hannah Blakey. Eesha, who is now lead partner on our mutual client, has earned the trust of all key stakeholders at the client and perfectly navigates their differing priorities and concerns. Most of all the team is all very collaborative and great fun to work with – which helps massively when working through such difficult issues! I would not hesitate to recommend any of them to my clients and contacts’.

‘Its expertise and technical knowledge in relation to cross-border trusts and estates is unparalleled. Claire Weeks is extremely dedicated to ensuring that every legal and tax point is addressed for her clients. She has great foresight and anticipates issues before they arise, so that the solution is already in train by the time they do. She is technically excellent’.

‘It is very well organised team and every partner and associate I dealt with have been impressive and together they offer high quality advice. Paul Whitehead is exceptional but down-to-earth and never forgets there are people behind in every structuring of tax- and succession planning. He can explain complex tax ramifications without using jargon to private clients’.

‘Good private client team. Very good women led teams. Fiona Poole very good – knowledgeable calm and efficient’.

‘A one stop (largely) non-contentious private client shop. Great expertise in all areas. Eesha Arora – massively knowledgeable and very commercial. She really thinks about all the angles and issues’.

‘MTG has outstanding professionals. Advice is always to the point and of high quality. I also appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the partners and staff

‘My experience is mainly with Emma-Jane Weider and Claire Weeks. Emma-Jane Weider has extensive experience. I appreciate very much that advice from Emma-Jane is always to the point and never too extensive or full of irrelevant considerations. Claire Weeks has been working with Emma-Jane Weider and was promoted partner recently. She has similar qualities to Emma-Jane Weider and is extremely responsive’.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP fields a skilled and nimble team with Sarah Conway at the helm. Key areas of expertise include acting in many high-value residential sales and purchases throughout the UK with particular expertise in listed buildings. It is also adept at handling leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions in addition to advising on residential financings and the purchase of SPV companies holding residential properties. It is a known name for its work on super prime transactions and Edward Burton is another key figure who has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of residential property work from listed buildings, country houses to new build super prime apartments.  Other core areas of expertise include providing specialist real estate advice when there is family disharmony and advising on private client and trust related matters with a real estate element (including doing a substantial amount of work on de-enveloping matters).

Practice head(s):

Sarah Conway

Other key lawyers:


‘They are refreshingly easy to deal with, transparent and engaged at all times. They don’t blind with science, their work ethic is second to none, and they are delightful people to deal with to boot’.

‘Ed Burton – Ed is tour de force, enormously bright but with absolutely no side. Self-deprecating, highly efficient and organised – I go nowhere before speaking to Ed first. He knows his business backwards and is a genuine pleasure to work with’.

‘Sarah Conway – with Ed, they make an outstanding team. Sarah is wise and calm, is consistently voted the best in the business, and the safest pair of hands. She has a great sense of humour and a real asset to MTG‘.

‘A truly personal service. Always available, extremely hardworking and an exceptional ability to navigate complex issues’.

‘All the partners I have dealt with have been highly efficient and discreet. With a fast moving residential property market speed and efficiency are crucial more especially with today’s considerably demanding compliance requirements. Sarah Conway. Always available whatever the day of the week. Extremely calm and efficient during large transactions’.

‘Edward and Sarah are an outstanding duo. Exceptionally hardworking and efficient, they are the most dynamic small team providing a very personal residential conveyancing service in Central London. They are both hugely knowledgeable, experienced and have a fantastic track record of finding sensible solutions and getting deals done. I hear nothing but outstanding feedback’.

‘Edward Burton is possibly one of the most hardworking and efficient individuals I have ever come across. His attention to detail is outstanding but he also knows when to take a view. Extremely experienced and outstanding communication skills when dealing with tricky clients, annoying agents and overly zealous solicitors’.

‘Sarah is a perfect partner to Edward, given her lengthy experience and incredible knowledge. She also brings a fantastic bedside manner and ability to get deals concluded successfully‘.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP‘s practice is home to well regarded senior associate Rebecca Waterhouse and associate Emilly Chalk. The team handles contentious and non-contentious partnership/LLP matters for international and UK professional services firms, especially law firms. Work includes structuring, governance and SRA authorisations while it also advises on partner moves and related disputes. Team head Corrine Staves has left the firm to join CM Murray LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Ticehurst; Rebecca Waterhouse; Emilly Chalk


‘The team are excellent with some top professional practices partnership lawyers. Brimming with experience.’

Rupert Ticehurst is a good litigator.’

‘Emilly Chalk is an impressively capable associate.’

‘MTG have worked with us for many years and have great insight and experience in an area where there is very little in the public domain to benchmark against. Always willing to listen and offer pragmatic and honest advice.’

Work highlights

    Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

    The team is ‘ridiculously strong’ at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP. It gives its ‘lustrous client list a service of exceptional quality without any of the arrogance associated with excellence’. Head of department is Ceris Gardner who ‘stands out for her breadth of knowledge and experience’. The ‘professional, knowledgeable and friendly’ team is particularly known for the way it connects philanthropy with charity and private wealth. Emma-Jane Weider advises operating and grant-making charities in the arts and educational sectors and a range of religious and cross-border charities on legal and governance issues. Jennifer Chambers is well-regarded for her advice to philanthropists on charitable vehicles and on the creation of foundations, tax efficient giving and grants.

    Practice head(s):

    Ceris Gardner

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Ceris Gardner is a mine of information delivered in a very practical, friendly and authoritative way. Her experience and knowledge of charity law surpasses anyone else in the market that I have dealt with, and her team provides seamless support’.

    ‘Excellent all-round knowledge and service with first-rate individuals, who are on top of the law and how best to use it to achieve the clients’ aims’.

    ‘Jennifer Emms: very bright, hardworking with a real eye for detail and an excellent manner with clients’.

    ‘Extremely high expertise and experienced. Very good boutique law firm. Emma-Jane Weider – a top-notch lawyer and leading in her field; thinks out of the box. Jennifer Emms – a pleasure to work with‘.

    ‘MTG has a superb understanding of charity law in the UK and stands out as one of the very best firms that can provide holistic advice at a consistently superior level’.

    ‘Ceris Gardner is a standout in her field. A superb private client advisor, she also specialises in charity and philanthropy and can provide sophisticated advice for the needs of UHNWs and charities’.

    ‘Jennifer Chambers -calm, logical, collaborative and a pleasure to work with. Emma-Jane Weider – quick, clever, can deal with complex issues’.

    ‘The charities and not-for-profit team is ridiculously strong. They give their lustrous client list a service of exceptional quality, staying well ahead of the curve, without any of the arrogance often associated with excellence.’

    Key clients

    Vincent O’Brien

    Work highlights

    • Advised its client in the context of the very high profile proceedings issued against him (and others) as a former trustee of the “Kids Company” charity.

    Employment > Immigration

    Boutique private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP addresses immigration issues as part of its full-service offering to corporate and high-net-worth clients. Holistic advice to individual clients is a key focus, with recent work dominated by attempts to find alternative routes for clients after the closure of the tier 1 investor visa. The team also advises businesses on workforce management, including setting up in the UK. Ceris Gardner heads up the practice, while managing partner Emma-Jane Weider is another key contact.

    Practice head(s):

    Ceris Gardner

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Very proactive and efficient team.’

    ‘Emma-Jane Weider and her team do their investigations diligently, and then the results are presented in a clear, logical and practical manner. Brilliant and concise analysis of the issues we put to them. Would certainly go back to them again if necessary.’

    ‘Real excellence, attention to detail, standout client care.’

    ‘Emma-Jane Weider is immensely knowledgeable in this area. I have great respect for her. Really excellent and always available.’

    Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 3

    Ed Powles heads the practice at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP that advises a diverse range of UK and non-UK resident artists (and their personal representatives), collectors, national galleries and museums, as well as philanthropists and entrepreneurs. The group also advises traditionally wealthy families who have extensive collections in their family homes. It works closely with its other departments to advise these clients on probate and tax matters, international estate planning, philanthropy and a whole host of other contentious and non-contentious contractual matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Ed Powles

    Other key lawyers:

    Ceris Gardner; Jennifer Emms; Clare Maurice


    ‘They are committed to art and cultural property hosting various talks on the subject. They have excellent offshore clients’.

    ‘A very knowledgeable group with very good clients‘.

    ‘A wonderful group of solicitors to work with. Committed and generous with their time’.

    ‘Ed Powles has a wealth of knowledge and an approachable manner. Clare Maurice is diligent and very impressive. Ceris Gardner is great, as is Jennifer Emms’.

    Maurice Turnor Gardner is a London based boutique private client law firm of highly rated lawyers and is well-known in the private wealth arena for all-round expertise and structuring private wealth around the world.  The firm focuses exclusively on the issues (both contentious and non contentious) which affect wealthy individuals, family offices, trustees and professional practices in the UK and elsewhere.

    Our clients come from all over the world, which has given the team in-depth technical  and cultural knowledge about a number of different regions and include entrepreneurs, traditionally wealthy families, trustees and private banks.  Their assets include interests in both listed and privately-owned companies, real estate, race horses, works of art, yachts and planes and investment portfolios of significant value.

    The firm: The three key words which encompass the firm’s philosophy are “respected”, “trusted” and “excellent”.  We seek to understand all the legal, commercial and tax issues affecting our clients and to provide them with principled and practical legal solutions, working in partnership with them as their trusted advisers.

    Types of work undertaken
    Personal tax, trusts and probate: The team advises on estate and succession planning to protect and preserve assets ranging from privately owned companies, real estate and liquid assets to racehorses, yachts, planes and art. Owing to the nature of our client base, we have particular experience of complex (often cross border), high-profile and high-value probates which frequently have cross-jurisdictional features. We also advise on the issues surrounding intestacy, post-death variations and the tax implications of post-death arrangements. We are able to help individuals and attorneys with Lasting Powers of Attorney and if necessary, Court of Protection applications. In addition we provide international clients with advice on pre-arrival planning and on exit strategies, and wealthy individuals and trustees with advice on UK taxation, particularly the treatment of non-UK domiciled individuals. Trustees and beneficiaries also seek advice from us on their powers, duties and rights under all forms of trust structures, both onshore and offshore.

    Contentious trusts/dispute resolution:  The team acts for trustees, beneficiaries and members of ultra high net worth families in complex, high-value disputes relating to trusts, estates and divorce, in the UK and offshore. Additionally we advise across the spectrum of contentious work including trustees seeking to avoid litigation, applications for directions, applications for removal of trustees and claims for breach of trust or fiduciary duty.  We assist trustees, family members and others to pre-empt, avoid and where necessary resolve difficulties and disharmony, including family governance/family charters.  Our advice is also sought by commercial/corporate trustees involved in disputes, advising on trustees’ duties and liabilities arising under commercial trusts.

    Real estate:  The team advises on high value and complex residential property matters for private clients focusing on high value acquisitions and disposals of prime and super prime residential property (from listed to new build) as well as corporate entities holding high value residential property, often cross-border, involving the sale or purchase of prime residential property in the UK while co-ordinating the sale or purchase of properties in other jurisdictions. The team also provides advice on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions and has significant experience in the transactional implications of these matters.  In addition the team advises on commercial property transactions for a wide range of clients including private clients, institutional investors, banks and corporates across the whole property life cycle and has particular expertise in dealing with the purchase, sale, letting, management and funding of high value and prestigious commercial properties.

    Partnerships and professional practices: The team provides advice on constitutional documents, governance, international structures, LLP conversions, partner/team moves, mergers/demergers and disputes including regulatory and compliance issues, for UK and global professional practices.  We are well known for our innovative uses of partnership and LLP structures in finance and corporate transactions and as succession planning vehicles for families.  Additionally we advise on corporate trusts including bare trusts, escrow and financing structures and voting trusts

    Philanthropy and charity:  The team is often instructed in connection with the creation and funding of charities and the appropriate charitable vehicle, ensuring the fiscal efficiency of the structure and donations, and the benefits of dual-registered charities in an international context.  We also provide advice on the day-to-day management of charities and governance issues, trustee protection and remuneration, the powers, duties and liabilities of trustees and tax issues, additionally providing assistance with the making of grants.  We advise trustees on their duties; the regulatory environment within which charities operate and about engagement with the regulators.  We also advise on legal issues for banks and corporates entering into contractual arrangements with charity counterparties, and on CSR programmes and charitable giving.

    Business immigration:  The team advises on all aspects of the immigration process, from assessing and compiling applications through to obtaining the relevant permissions for clients and their families to come to the UK, obtaining visas for investor and entrepreneur clients under Tier 1 of the points-based system.  We also advise on Tier 2 sponsorship licence applications for employers, non-EEA skilled worker visas, business visits, advising on obtaining indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship, on residence rights of EEA nationals and their family members.  We provide financial institutions with advice on immigration issues relevant to them and their clients.

    Senior Partner and Head of Private Wealth Clare
    Managing Partner Emma-Jane
    Head of Charities Jennifer
    Head of Immigration Ceris
    Head of Dispute Resolution Rupert
    Head of Real Estate Sarah
    Head of Art and Cultural Property Ed
    Eesha Arora photo Eesha AroraEesha is a partner and is experienced in advising international individuals, families…
    Edward Burton photo Edward BurtonEdward is a partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…
    Jennifer Chambers photo Jennifer ChambersJennifer is a partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team. She…
    Sarah Conway photo Sarah ConwaySarah is a partner and Head of the Real Estate practice and…
    Jennifer Emms photo Jennifer EmmsJennifer advises on a range of private wealth matters, including taxation, trusts,…
    Ceris Gardner photo Ceris GardnerCeris is a partner and head of the Charity and Philanthropy practice…
    Simon Goldring photo Simon GoldringSimon is a partner and focuses on trust litigation, and wills and…
    Clare Maurice photo Clare MauriceClare is Senior Partner of Maurice Turnor Gardner.  Her main specialism is…
    Fiona Poole photo Fiona PooleFiona is a partner and specialises in complex estate and succession planning…
    Ed Powles photo Ed PowlesEd is a partner and advises on a range of private client…
    Rupert Ticehurst photo Rupert TicehurstRupert is a partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team.  His…
    Claire Weeks photo Claire WeeksClaire is a partner and advises trustees, financial institutions and high-net worth…
    Emma-Jane Weider photo Emma-Jane WeiderEmma-Jane is Managing Partner of Maurice Turnor Gardner. She specialises in advising…
    Paul Whitehead photo Paul WhiteheadPaul is a partner and specialises in private client matters and international…
    Partners : 13
    Counsel/associates : 19
    Trainees : 5