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

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

With Rupert Ticehurst at the helm, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP ‘s team has ‘incredibly intelligent strategists who work ferociously to serve their clients’ interests’. It has a global client base of UNHW families. The ‘nimble and commercial’ group of ‘stand-out lawyers who are real thought leaders in this space’, focuses on onshore and offshore trust and estate disputes. Ticehurst is recognised for his expertise across a wide range of cases from advising on freezing orders, to advising on the removal of trustees, protectors and executors.  Another core area of focus is handling claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duties. Simon Goldring is a skilled practitioner who has continued to act in a number of prominent trust cases recently. The practice is also praised for its ability to ‘leave no stone unturned’. Senior associate, Rosalind Hetherington, primarily concentrates on trust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Ticehurst

Other key lawyers:

Simon Golding; Rosalind Hetherington; Jerry Jamieson


‘Rupert Ticehurst who can litigate but is also a topflight private client lawyer who can see the whole picture and can draw on heavyweights in his team. So experienced and so wise.’

‘What is unique about the firm is the integration between their non-contentious private client and contentious private client teams. They have a strong overlap between individuals who are litigators and individuals who understand the tax aspects associated with trusts and estates work.’

‘Simon Goldring is fast becoming the leader of the team. It feels like he has moved effortlessly from being an associate to a partner. He has grown a reputation as someone who deals in high-value trusts matters. He is also very pleasant to deal with – a real team player.’

‘Rupert Ticehurst is a senior figure in the industry with an enormous reputation. One standout associate is Rosalind Hetherington (who is surely a partner in the making).’

‘Rupert Ticehurst is a master of this area. He is very quick, fantastic with clients and will knock down a wall to get what his clients want. Simon Goldring is a very shrewd and one of the best tacticians in this area. Ros Hetherington is sensational and definitely a rising star.’

‘The firm’s contentious trusts team is exceptional because of their dedication to achieving the very best results for their clients that they can. No stone is left unturned. They punch considerably above their weight.’

‘Simon Goldring has an incredible capacity and energy for hard and challenging work that is both impressive and exceptionally effective. The team is led by Rupert Ticehurst who is both exceptionally wise and practical in his approach to advising clients. Rosalind Heatherington is a key member of the contentious trusts team. Exceptionally hardworking and insightful. She is definitely one to watch for the future.’

‘It is a nimble, commercial private client firm with standout lawyers who are real thought leaders in the space. Rupert Ticehurst is simply outstanding. An all-round player who is technically gifted, commercial and a pleasure to deal with. He is always on my shortlist.’

Key clients

Members of the Al Thani Qatari Royal family

Work highlights

  • Acted for individual claimants representing three beneficiaries entitled to 20% of the estate (value ~$1bn comprising real estate in London and significant jewels and antiquities) of a deceased member of a Middle Eastern Royal Family.
  • Acting for three of 25 defendants in a dispute regarding the estate of a wealthy Nigerian businessman who was worth in excess of $1bn.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘highly ratedFiona Poole has been promoted to the head of department at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP – she leads a practice which ’provides magic circle advice in a friendly and boutique style way. They are the perfect combination of being intellectual and a pleasure to work with’. The agile team maintains its specialist focus on complex international and cross-border estate planning and succession structuring for UHNW clients. Clients include foreign royalty, English aristocracy, entrepreneurs, businessmen, traditionally wealthy families, trustees and private banks. Ceris Gardner has particular expertise in complex and high-value probates with an international dimension. Clare Maurice receives a steady stream of instructions from trustees, family offices and beneficiaries on a whole host of complex trust, estate planning and personal tax matters. Jennifer Chambers has considerable experience of establishing tax efficient structures for the preservation of assets and succession planning. The ‘extremely clever’ Eesha Arora has an international client base. Paul Whitehead  also plays a pivotal role in the department.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Poole

Other key lawyers:

Ceris Gardner; Clare Maurice; Jennifer Chambers; Ed Powles; Emma-Jane Weider; Colin Senez; Eesha Arora; Dominic Conde-Cole; Claire Weeks; Paul Whitehead


‘Market leading private client firm. Fiona Poole is entrepreneurial and empathetic. Ed Powles is very bright. Emma-Jane Weider is technically brilliant, with great people skills’.

‘Colin Senez – is well connected in the French speaking world. Eesha Arora – is incredibly bright and personable. Dominic Conde Cole – nothing phases Dominic and he is always available to take a call at short notice‘.

‘The team is very dynamic and able to react on short notice. I also understand that the firm had been strongly promoting women for a long time already. The individuals are very knowledgeable and are good in providing responses to the point’.

‘Claire Weeks and Clare Maurice are  excellent. They have all demonstrated an incredible ability to master difficult legal and tax issues and provide advice that is succinct and to the point’.

‘Excellence throughout the team – the perfect private client niche offering. Eesha Arora – brilliant at considering all angles and giving clear, pragmatic advice. Already a star but becoming an ever brighter one, rightly so’.

‘All of the partners with whom I have worked are extremely impressive, as are their associates. They are a top choice for clients with significant wealth who require sophisticated UK tax and estate planning advice, including where there is a cross-border component’.

Claire Weeks is a standout partner who is both technically masterful and a delight to work with. The team is easy to reach, a delight to deal with and always churns out comprehensive advice without one feeling that every second is ‘on the clock’.

‘Paul Whitehead is a walking tax encyclopaedia with a superb ability to distil complex issues into easily digestible advice which is commercial and clear. Paul is on my speed dial for any UK tax matters’.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

The first-rate team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP specialises in bespoke, complex and high-value matters for private clients. Under the leadership of Sarah Conway, it is lauded for its work on substantial residential sales and purchases. The team has particular expertise in listed buildings. In addition, the group is skilled in other areas, such as advising on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, as well as advising on residential financings. Another core area of focus is providing specialist advice on private client and trust related matters where there is a real estate element. Edward Burton works across a wide spectrum of residential property matters, from listed buildings on the London estates, to new build super prime apartments and country houses. Barton regularly acts on the most complex and highest value deals in London, and also advises on enfranchisement and lease extensions. In addition, he frequently works with the firm’s private wealth team on residential property structures.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Conway

Other key lawyers:

Edward Burton; Mary Campbell


‘Sarah and Edward are always at the end of a phone. Whatever time of day or night they are available for their clients and this characteristic is extremely hard to find within the sector. They are also more than happy to try and meet deadlines, think outside of the box to get the best for their clients and really are brilliant!’.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton – They are the ones that instil the discipline and ethics that help the firm achieve the above!’.

‘A very collaborative team who are always available to take calls and hold their clients hands throughout the process. Mary Campbell is particularly proactive. She remained calm during the process and showed no signs of pressure’.

‘Edward Burton is equally proactive and approachable. I find him very pragmatic and has given my clients good, honest advice. He will always keep all parties concerned fully informed and up to date’.

‘Market leading team who are truly exceptional – without question the best team in London for high value residential property. In a league of their own currently‘.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton – brilliant team, exceptional individuals, market leaders. Utterly lovely people, technically exceptional and genuine deal doers – very rare combinations‘.

‘The residential team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP are truly exceptional. They are always available, exceptionally hard-working and deliver the results either buyer or seller are wanting with full advice within often a tight timescale’.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton are both exceptional in their work. I know if they are working on a sale, whether for the buyer or seller, we will have amazing communication, advice, problem-solving and delivery of the result everyone is looking for’.

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

Jennifer Emms heads up the department at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP, which is praised for connecting philanthropy with charity and private wealth. Ceris Gardner is a recognised name for her work on charity law and tax matters, and more recently has had a particular emphasis on governance and risk issues. Emma-Jane Weider acts for many operating and grant-making charities in the arts and educational sectors, as well as for a variety of religious and international charities on a whole host of legal and governance issues. Jennifer Chambers is a known name for her work on a range of taxation and trust matters, and is adept at advising on philanthropy and charity law.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Emms

Other key lawyers:


‘We value the firm’s depth of knowledge of the charity sector, the involvement of the partners and the speed of the response where needed’.

‘We have particularly valued the advice of Emma-Jane Weider in providing clear and prompt advice where needed’.

‘Clare Maurice and Jennifer Emms are always lovely to work with and great team players when joining up for a client’.

‘World class founding partners who have built unparalleled next generation expertise’.

‘Ceris Gardner is a global standout for her expertise and relationship skills’.

‘Great specialist firm with expert knowledge in the philanthropy space’.

Employment > Immigration

Headed by Colin Senez, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is a boutique law firm that focusses primarily on work around HNW individuals, with a fully integrated service that includes tax, domicile, and other relevant services. Ceris Gardner works alongside managing partner Emma-Jane Weider, who has a broad private wealth practice.

Practice head(s):

Colin Senez

Other key lawyers:


‘Brilliant, clever and thorough solicitors who leave no stone unturned.’

‘Top notch team.’

‘MTG is a constant. Reliable and dependable for the best and clearest advice.’

‘Colin Senez nails his advice intellectually. He is straight to the point and always pragmatic.’

Excellent team, good partners and suitable levels of assistants. Profound knowledge of the sector. Definitely a “go to” firm for the advice we sought. All advice was focussed and relevant to our needs. We were very pleased with the advice we received.’

Emma-Jane is quite exceptional. A brilliant co-ordinator of the data from which the advice we sought was presented to us, as well as excellent technical knowledge.’

‘The immigration team is very efficient and has a lot of experience in immigration for wealthy private clients.’

Work highlights

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 3

Spearheaded by Ed Powles, the team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP works closely with its other departments to advise on an array of issues from international estate planning and tax, to philanthropy and the sale and purchase of art and cultural property. Its diverse client base includes artists, collectors, national galleries and entrepreneurs. Powles has a particular focus on conflict of law issues, and the difficulties that can arise in relation to issues surrounding title to artwork and heritage property. Ceris Gardner is another leading member of the firm who excels at advising on the taxation of heritage property. Jennifer Emms is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Ed Powles

Other key lawyers:


‘A solid team of private client experts: tax, import/export, estate planning, contracts… this group has you covered!’

‘Ed Powles is an approachable and highly competent solicitor who offers excellent insight on all legal matters, of great use in the art world’.

‘Ceris Gardner has immense experience. Jennifer Emms is a standout as well. Together they work seamlessly. A great team’.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership

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 and Head of Private Wealth Clare Maurice
Managing Partner Emma-Jane Weider
Head of Charities Jennifer Emms
Head of Immigration Ceris Gardner
Head of Dispute Resolution Rupert Ticehurst
Head of Real Estate Sarah Conway
Head of Art and Cultural Property Ed Powles
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…
Rupert Ticehurst photo Rupert Ticehurst Rupert is a partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team.  His…
Claire Weeks photo Claire Weeks Claire is a partner and advises trustees, financial institutions and high-net worth…
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