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

Partnership Tier 1

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP's team advises international law firms on structuring, governance and partner exits. In addition, it has a niche in assisting the UK arms of US firms and in-house practices with legal services regulation. Group head Corinne Staves has significant expertise in advisory work, as well as contentious issues; she is experienced in partner and team admissions and exits, as well as matters arising from the private wealth industry. Richard Turnor specialises in the setting up of financial services businesses, and he also advises global law firms on their international structures and global liability profiles.

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A really good partnership team with an established and deserved reputation for partnership drafting, but also huge ability on partnership litigation. A really fantastic group, with some real stars. Also a strong group of associates.’

Richard Turnor and Corinne Staves are very knowledgeable, responsive, collaborative. Supported by good and responsive associates.’

Corrine Staves is incredibly quick to understand complex issues but not afraid to delve into the complexities where needed. She is always there, and always ready with the best advice.’

We are huge fans of Corinne Staves and Richard Turnor as partnership law advisers and generally. They have immersive knowledge of partnership law and genuine curiosity in all things partnership related. True specialists and fabulous to work with.’

Key clients


Pemberton Greenish LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is known for its specialist focus on complex cross-border estate planning and structuring for ultra-high-net-worth clients from all over the world. The team, which 'effortlessly blends client empathy with profound legal expertise and commerciality', acts for clients including  entrepreneurs, business people, traditionally wealthy families, trustees and private banks. Recently, the practice has had a strong focus on cross-border succession planning and the use of trusts and other structures to preserve wealth. As a result, it has been particularly busy advising on family governance and family constitutions, as well as on trust structures involving private trust companies. It has also been increasingly active advising its clients on the use of family investment companies. Jennifer Chambers heads the team, which also includes Ed Powles and further bolstered its senior ranks with the addition of Paul Whitehead from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Arabella Murphy left the firm to set up an independent non-legal consultancy.

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‘The MTG team is one of the very few specialist private client teams that can truly serve the UHNW and family office space. The lawyers possess a depth and breadth of technical ability overlaid with a commercial lens that enables them to advise client and help resolve their most complex challenges

I have worked with Ceris Gardner over very many years; she has always provided wise counsel and has clearly been responsible for setting the culture and tone of the firm

‘Jennifer Chambers is intellectually very agile and inventive. She is precise, to the point and never wastes the clients’ time

Jennifer Chambers,  Eesha Arora and Hannah Blakey are a real team and also feel very much part of our team. They are very responsive and accessible and have excellent technical skills. I have seen over the years how Jennifer has developed Eesha through to partner and how Hannah is rapidly developing as an associate

‘A very good private client practice generally, with strength and depth. Fiona Poole is a standout partner – she has very good technical and client skills and is a good speaker

The team at MTG combines all the strengths of a major player with those of a friendly, boutique practice. I am absolutely guaranteed to get solid technical knowledge and a warm welcome. Fiona Poole stands heads above many of her peers with her exceptional tax knowledge and approachable style

‘Fiona Poole is very bright and expert in her areas, as well as very personable. She is my go-to referral for private client work. It is an excellent team all round

‘Ed Powles is excellent technically and incredibly bright

Residential property Tier 1

The team at private client boutique Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP ‘provides a level of service one would expect from a larger law firm’, advising on high value residential sales and purchases in town and the country as well as financing issues on both the borrower and lender side. The team has a particular expertise in listed buildings and regularly provide ongoing strategic advice to high-net-worth families in respect of their property portfolios. Head of real estate Sarah Conway advises an international client base on complex and high value sales and purchases, as well as enfranchisement and lease extensions. Edward Burton, who together with Conway forms the ‘best property duo in the industry’, was promoted to partner in May 2020.

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‘A very professional, proactive and knowledgeable team. Nothing is too much trouble and the advice is given in a very swift timeframe and has been well considered.’

‘Edward Burton and Sarah Conway stand out in their field. They offer a very high quality service. One can always rely on both Edward and Sarah for not only for the breadth of their knowledge but also for being commercial in practice, which is a valuable asset.’

‘MTG provide a level of service one would expect from a larger law firm but with a more competitive fee structure. Sarah Conway and Edward Burton are the best property duo in the industry in my opinion.’

‘Without doubt the duo of Sarah Conway and Edward Burton are amongst the very best in the business. Their collaborative approach means a combination of knowledge and talent but also phenomenal communication. Their ability as a team to find solutions to even the most acute problems puts them right at the top of the tree in my mind.’

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton are dynamic, personable and always available even when swamped in work. Clients like to the way they work so well together, as do agents, and they would always be my first port of call.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is particularly skilled in advising on matters that span philanthropy, charity and private wealth. A core component of the practice is advising on the creation of substantial charities, as well as on large and innovative grant agreements between charities and philanthropists. Much of the team's work is complex with an international dimension and it has also noticed increased instructions from charities and charity trustees on safeguarding concerns. The team has also been busy providing advice to charities in the aftermath of internal allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Ceris Gardner heads the well-respected team, which includes Emma-Jane Weider, Jennifer Chambers and Jennifer Emms.

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The firm offers a remarkable range and depth of expertise which is at the very forefront of professional attainment and development in the sector. Ceris Gardner is one of the finest solicitors in a very competitive sector, providing outstanding service to her charity clients

The firm is dedicated to the world of trusts and charities, and I do not know of many, if any, other firms with this degree of concentration. Not surprisingly, it has gathered together specialists right at the top of their game

‘MTG has a stellar reputation as a boutique firm that can expertly handle all private client needs – from the straightforward questions to very complex, cross-jurisdictional, inter-generational issues

Ceris Gardner is the ultimate go-to expert for all philanthropy issues for international families’

The partners and staff are very responsive, listening to clients and addressing the issues presented to them. There is great follow up. They are up to date and the landscape of their advisory practice is constantly adjusting to meet emerging client needs’

Ceris Gardner is always there for her clients, empathetically responding to their needs. One always feels comfortable discussing issues with her – she is what a trusted adviser should be, an exemplar

Jennifer Chambers and Emma-Jane Weider are simply outstanding professionals

‘Excellent, knowledgeable individuals with excellent client care’

‘Jennifer Emms is very astute and hardworking

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Boutique firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has an international reach and focuses exclusively on private wealth matters for its global client base of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families. Team head Rupert Ticehurst has considerable strength in high-value and complex trusts and estates litigation. Simon Goldring, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is well known for his expertise in onshore and offshore trust and estates disputes. Associate Rosalind Hetherington is another key member of the team, with a particular focus on trust litigation. Paul Whitehead joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  while Arabella Murphy left the firm to set up an independent consultancy.

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Fantastic yet personable litigators, but probably more commercial than many of their peers. They can turn their hands to complex fraud as well as high-value trusts and estates matters

‘Rupert Ticehurst is a pleasure to work with as he tries to avoid unconstructive dialogue and is genuinely interested in finding solutions where available.  Simon Goldring seems to be everywhere at once. He is one of the most hardworking lawyers in the field’

All the advantages of dealing with a small and nimble practice, but with an incredible pedigree. Rupert and Simon are very well known in the industry, and are cut from the same cloth – they have huge amounts of energy and drive

This firm has been growing from strength to strength, and is now one of the leading players in the field, rivalling larger and longer-established firms. Rupert Ticehurst is insightful and practical, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also excels at inspiring and promoting a team of up-and-coming associates

‘The MTG team has a very strategic and forward-thinking approach to contentious trust matters. Planning is done very carefully with any (possibly necessary) fall-back positions worked out in advance which are sensitive to client needs and wants

‘Simon Goldring is an outstanding proactive and strategic thinker who works directly with clients to plan out how to best achieve what the client needs or wants. He works extremely well with offshore counsel. Rupert Ticehurst is excellent and very experienced and Ros Hetherington is equally excellent

Simon Goldring is rapidly carving a name out for himself and thoroughly deserves his recent invitation to join the partnership

‘Simon Goldring continues to impress. He has a real eye for detail, is very dogged and doesn’t give up. Rupert Ticehurst is a very good strategist

Art and cultural property Tier 3

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has substantial experience of advising a diverse range of clients both inside and outside the UK, including artists (and their personal representatives), collectors, national galleries and museums, as well as philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Other key clients include wealthy families with extensive collections in their family homes. Ed Powles leads the firm’s art and heritage property group, which has particular expertise in complex tax issues and gifts and estate planning. In addition, the team is skilled in advising on significant disputes, sales and purchases, financings and loans. Ceris GardnerJennifer Chambers and Clare Maurice are also notable practitioners.

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One of the very few firms that has a dedicated art and culture department. A team that has been in place for some years now, giving it continuity and, as the years go by, more and more experience

The lawyers are interested in art-related work and actively develop it. Standout partners include Jennifer Chambers and Ed Powles

It has a tight and precise team. A pleasure to work with. The team is making a very noticeable entry into the art world

 ‘Ed Powles has a brilliant mind, but is also more than adept at handling practical matters of all forms. Jennifer Emms is excellent


Boutique private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP's immigration offering concentrates on work for high-net-worth individuals, obtaining entry clearance under the points-based system for clients seeking to work or invest in the UK. The practice also advises on nationality work involving Home Office discretion. Practice head Ceris Gardner also advises on family visas and short-term business travel. Managing partner Emma-Jane Weider is also a key member of the team.

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‘The staff are very, very supportive and always aim to provide top quality service.’

‘Excellent problem-solving and expertise in all areas of business immigration.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and with a depth of knowledge on complex immigration issues and how to deal with them practically.’

‘High quality and great to deal with.’

‘Brilliance in providing legal advice and services.’

Colin Senez stands out – he thinks outside the box and is very bright.’

‘Emma-Jane Weider and Ceris Gardner are both very knowledgeable, client-friendly and pragmatic.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Clare Maurice
Managing Partner Emma-Jane Weider
Head of Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate Jennifer Chambers
Head of Charities & Philanthropy Ceris Gardner
Head of Immigration Ceris Gardner
Head of Contentious Trusts & Probate Rupert Ticehurst
Head of Real Estate Sarah Conway
Head of Professional Practices: Partnerships Corinne Staves
Photo Name Position Profile
 Eesha Arora photo Eesha Arora Eesha is a partner and is experienced in advising international individuals, families…
 Edward Burton photo Edward Burton Edward is a partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…
 Jennifer Chambers photo Jennifer Chambers Jennifer is a partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team. She…
 Sarah Conway photo Sarah Conway Sarah is a partner and Head of the Real Estate practice and…
 Jennifer Emms photo Jennifer Emms Jennifer advises on a range of private wealth matters, including taxation, trusts,…
 Ceris Gardner photo Ceris Gardner Ceris is a partner and head of the Charity and Philanthropy practice…
 Simon Goldring photo Simon Goldring Simon is a partner and focuses on trust litigation, and wills and…
 Clare Maurice photo Clare Maurice Clare is Senior Partner of Maurice Turnor Gardner.  Her main specialism is…
 Fiona Poole  photo Fiona Poole Fiona is a partner and specialises in complex estate and succession planning…
 Ed Powles photo Ed Powles Ed is a partner and advises on a range of private client…
 Corinne Staves photo Corinne Staves Corinne is a partner and Head of the Professional Practices team.  She…
 Rupert Ticehurst photo Rupert Ticehurst Rupert is a partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team.  His…
 Richard Turnor photo Richard Turnor Richard advises trustees and beneficiaries from the UK and around the world…
 Emma-Jane Weider photo Emma-Jane Weider Emma-Jane is Managing Partner of Maurice Turnor Gardner. She specialises in advising…
 Paul Whitehead  photo Paul Whitehead Paul is a partner and specialises in private client matters and international…
Partners : 13
Counsel/associates : 19
Trainees : 5