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Withers LLP
20 Old Bailey
LONDON
EC4M 7AN
England

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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Withers LLP's commercial litigation practice covers asset recovery and enforcement work, contract and company disputes, financial services claims, fraud, and white-collar defence and investigations. The team also acts in professional negligence, insurance, and restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Global dispute resolution CEO Peter Wood 'always attracts the big cases and the big clients'; Roberto Moruzzi is a renowned international commercial litigator; and Tatiana Menshenina is experienced in disputes involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Also key to the practice, Andrew Wass acts in financial mis-selling claims; and civil fraud head Stephen Ross is 'great with clients'; Eleni Polycarpou co- heads the firm's international arbitration group; Lesley Timms is 'an excellent lawyer'; and Sinead Harris is a specialist in disputes involving contentious insolvency, fraud, asset recovery, and enforcement issues. Financial services disputes partner Henry Farris joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood

Testimonials

‘The Withers team is open, personable, international, and tech-savvy.’

Withers is notable for the intensely international profile of both its work and its lawyers, and it has a particularly strong reputation in Italian and CIS work. It also appears to have a very collaborative culture, with particularly good relationships between partners and associates, and so is able to deploy strong and well-integrated teams to matters of all sizes.

‘The team has very hardworking and practical senior associates and very strategic partners.’

‘Peter Wood is a fabulous lawyer, who always attracts the big cases and the big clients.’

Roberto Moruzzi has a lifetime of experience in this field, and is able to assemble the right people for the job in question.

‘Tatiana Menshenina is a very strategic lawyer – she always thinks several steps ahead and keeps the broad picture of litigation in focus.’

‘Lesley Timms is an excellent lawyer, and Eleni Polycarpou is very experienced, and has good judgement.’

‘Stephen Ross is great with clients and runs a very effective operation.’

Key clients

Athena Capital Sicav

WRM

Heritage Travel and Tourism

MLDO Private Foundation

Transomas

Transomas Investments

Whitechurch Lane

Der Mond Oil

Locafrique Holdings

EUR

itk SAS

Blackmoor Investment Partners

Church Bay Trust Company

Mologic

Global Access Diagnostics

Broadcasting Investment Group

Visual Investments International

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Raffaele Mincione, Athena Capital Sicav and WRM to bring declaratory relief proceedings against the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
  • Representing members of an UHNW, high-profile family in a $1bn-plus claim involving legal causes of action in civil fraud and insolvency, in relation to gold, diamond, retail and export businesses.
  • Acting for Heritage Travel and Tourism and MLDO Private Foundation in the enforcement of a judgment debt of approximately €172m.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Withers LLP‘s ‘highly capable, skilled and knowledgeable team’ handles highly complex cross-jurisdictional senior executive work, spanning both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm has particular expertise in corporate reshuffling, assisting with arrivals, departures, and reputation control issues. Team lead Meriel Schindler specialises in high-value, cross-jurisdictional exit negotiation and investigatory work. Other key practitioners include Elaine Aarons, who has ‘unparalleled experience’ across all sectors including financial and pharmaceutical; Claire Christy, who handles sexual harassment and discrimination claims, as well as whistleblowing and post-termination restriction matters; newly-promoted partner James Hockin, who advises on cross-jurisdictional arrivals and departures; ‘detailed but pragmatic’ Melissa Paz, who handles complex Employment Tribunal and High Court claims; Hugh More, who has significant contentious expertise; and consultant Lisa Lewinsohn.

Practice head(s):

Meriel Schindler

Testimonials

‘The team led by Elaine Aarons has unparalleled experience, a deftness of touch, commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Their expertise, pragmatic advice, coupled with a genuine support and empathy for clients is a powerful combination.’

‘Highly capable, skilled and knowledgeable team. Personalised approach from start to finished and very responsive to a changing landscape.’

‘Melissa Paz is exceptional. Detailed but pragmatic. She is able to build a full view of the situation, go below the surface and understand the case from all angles.’

‘Meriel Schindler is an exceptional legal professional. She has a deep understanding of the law and is skilled in representing clients in a variety of employment-related matters.’

‘The team is responsive with a good knowledge of the law in this field giving sensible and pragmatic advice.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall and Matthew Woods co-head the first-rate department at Withers LLP, which acts for over 130 landed estates across England and Wales. In addition, the team is regularly instructed by clients entering the rural UK property market for the first time. As a number of its clients are also resident or domiciled abroad, the group is well placed to advise on a myriad of trusts and cross-border planning matters. In addition to its more traditional landed estate clients, it is also increasingly advising clients who are purchasing rural land for rewilding purposes. Edward Jarron is another name to note for his work on a broad range of complex property matters in the landed estate sector as well as other areas spanning country houses, development sites and renewable projects. David Holland was promoted to the partnership; he acts for individuals, trusts and companies in connection with the acquisition and disposal of rural property.

Practice head(s):

Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall; Matthew Woods

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge and diverse expertise across all sectors of the property legal fields’.

‘Bertie Hoskyns Abrahall, David Holland, Ed Jarron are all excellent lawyers with great knowledge, experience and skill’.

‘Very good client base and strong private client firm’.

‘Matthew Woods – calm and measured’.

‘Very strong with strategic advice’.

‘David Holland – excellent to deal with. Responsive, and refreshingly practical and balanced advice’.

‘Knowledgeable. Good communicators. Friendly. Ed Jarron and David Holland are key names’.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Clients of Withers LLP remark that ‘the partners in the practice are among the leading lights of charity law' and notably single out Alison Paines and practice head Chris Priestley for praise. The ‘extremely professional and knowledgeable’ team acts for a significant proportion of the top 50 charities in the UK, and a key strength of the first-rate practice is its expertise in strategy and governance matters, as well as its regulatory engagement at a senior level with the Charity Commission. In addition, given the firm’s international reach, the practice is regularly instructed on charity matters that span different jurisdictions. Paul Hewitt heads up the firm’s work for charities on legacy income and trustee disputes, while Philip Reed advises charities, not-for-profit organisations and philanthropists on a wide range of issues. The senior associates in the department also receive a lot of plaudits; Roger Waite acts for some of the UK’s largest charities and has considerable experience of advising many of the most substantial NHS charities, Emma Flower garners praise for her wide-ranging experience in areas as diverse as mergers, constitutional matters and fundraising law, and Amy Carter advises charities, philanthropists and businesses on a broad range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Withers are always really supportive and offer practical, organisation-focused advice which balances legal technicalities and business risk. Chris Priestley is our lead partner and offers great service and insight across the sector’.

‘The senior individual on the team, Alison Paines, was highly expert in the field and greatly accelerated my learning curve in a complex field. She was ably supported by Roger Waite who coupled his own expertise with a high level of responsiveness’.

‘In the charities team, Emma Flower is consistently impressive. Extremely knowledgeable, thorough and highly capable, I feel entirely confident with her advice’.

‘Partner, Philip Reed – I have found him very responsive, easy to work with, reassuring when the legal issues have been quite challenging and unfamiliar’.

‘Excellent international reach and expertise. Partner-led service. Chris Priestley brings decades of charity experience and expertise and delivers to clients in plain English. High quality, personal service’.

‘Alison Paines – an incredibly good lawyer who has great emotional intelligence and understanding of the human story that often lies behind the technical legal issues that a situation may present’.

Alison Paines is among the top charity lawyers in England, and has an incredible ability to find solutions to difficult problems. Chris Priestley is unflappable and has a profound knowledge of the sector and of charity law. Emma Flower is very shrewd. Roger Waite has acute powers of analysis and is extremely knowledgeable. Hugo Walford is also very sharp, and good with clients’.

‘I work closely with Hannah Brearley and Chris Priestley. Both are outstanding problem solvers, good listeners and adhere well to instructions. They deliver on time and on budget. Their advice is tailor made for our business needs.’

Key clients

NHS Charities Together

The Donkey Sanctuary

NCVO

Cancer Research UK

The British Red Cross Society

Royal Society

RSPB

Wellcome Trust

SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity

Plan International

Cats Protection

Royal British Legion

Diabetes UK

International Science Council

Local Trust and Big Local Trust

Castle Howard

TS Eliot Foundation

Start Network

British Red Cross Society

BP Benevolent Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Charities Together for many years including throughout its £150m Covid appeal, as well as the complex legal questions around the use of NHS charity funds to support staff.
  • Advising RSPB on a ground-breaking environmental finance project, involving the creation and sale of carbon credits generated from the restoration of peatland across the UK.
  • Advising SSAFA on an agreement in relation to a long-term fundraising venture.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Withers LLPhas a great team across all levels. The partners that we work with are excellent and the associates/senior associates are top notch.' Led by Suzanne Todd, the ‘knowledgeable and hardworking’ team ‘gets brilliant results for clients’ in the context of international trust disputes, UK and international succession disputes, as well as elder law/court of protection issues. It also garners considerable praise for its expertise in charity legacy disputes, and for its international expertise. Paul Hewitt has an ‘exceptional reputation’ for his particular interest in representing families with connections to the sub-continent. Senior Counsel Dawn Goodman has a wealth of experience in trust and succession disputes. Steven Kempster has a substantial offshore trusts practice, and also handles cases relating to charities. Stephen Richards advises clients both in the UK and internationally on disputes concerning inheritance and trusts, and often directs litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Natasha Stourton, Sarah Aughwane and Alice Tomlin are among the other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Todd

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Goodman; Paul Hewitt; Steven Kempster; Stephen Richards; Natasha Stourton; Sarah Aughwane; Richard Walker; Alexandra Dix; Alice Tomlin; Rosalind Russell; Olivia Turner

Testimonials

‘Paul Hewitt is one of the big players in this practice area: he scrutinises a dispute from every angle and manoeuvres expertly to outflank his opponent. Stephen Richards is both thorough and strategic, allowing him to see through a problem early and work towards a practical, attainable solution.’

‘Natasha Stourton is calm, confident, and knowledgeable. She is able to rise above the fray to effectively promote her client’s case. Richard Walker is a deep thinker who has a real feel for the law in this area. He is creative in seeking solutions and is a canny tactician.’

‘When Alice is working on your matter you know it is being well looked after as she is always on top of the detail meaning you are always one step ahead of the opponent. She is super bright and great fun to work with. Surely a partner in the making.’

‘Paul Hewitt is fiendishly hard-working, knows his area of law inside out and is a supremely effective litigator. Stephen Richards is charming, knowledgeable, first-rate litigator. Natasha Stourton is a young partner who’s certainly going places – a dynamic and effective litigator. Sarah Aughwane is a superb associate – charming, efficient and always across the detail.’

‘Paul Hewitt has an exceptional reputation, which he deserves. He is particularly good on strategy – he is very good at thinking a case through and working out how to get to the end result, rather than just reacting to the latest decision from the other side. He is well-liked by clients, very clever and knows his stuff.’

‘Its people and international outlook and reach are excellent. The depth of the advice is what sets Withers apart. They also have a very collaborative approach. Dawn Goodman’s attention to detail is good and she has an ability to bring into her Withers’ team the relevant complementary skills across the Withers international network. She is also very determined and conscientious.’

‘Of particular note are Sarah Aughwane, Richard Walker, Alice Tomlin, Rosalind Russell – they are all super-bright and personable and deserve recognition as partners of the future/ones to watch. Great team and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Hewitt is the ultimate warrior any charity client would want on their side. Paul is a key strategist, oozes expertise and has confidence that any opponent would crumble in battle.’

Key clients

Gopichand Parmanand Hinduja

Cooper, Myrna Sandra

McAlpine

Guha, Thomas Laszlo; Guha, Niko

Two BVI Private Trust Companies

Michael and Lindsay Bond

Samuel, Executors of Paul Richard Blelock deceased

Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers International)

Leon J Minvielle III and Anne Minvielle

Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie

Work highlights

  • Advised three of the Hinduja brothers, one of Britain’s wealthiest families, on Court of Protection proceedings involving over 20 hearings (at First Instance and the Court of Appeal) arising from the incapacity of the family’s patriarch.
  • Advising two of the children of a multimillionaire tyre magnate and racehorse breeder on the validity of his purported last will.
  • Advised the trustees of two high value BVI trusts holding assets in Hong King, Singapore, Japan and Australia on the successful court blessing of their decision to partition and distribute the trust assets against a highly acrimonious family background which included a dispute over parental rights arising out of international surrogacy arrangements.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 1

The court of protection team at Withers LLP is 'vastly experienced and has acted in some of the highest profile cases. It traverses this sometimes-idiosyncratic jurisdiction expertly and secures excellent results for its often HNW clients.' As well as acting for families and appointed representatives of older and vulnerable people, it regularly acts for trustees, executors, charities and other professional groups. Julia Abrey has a particular interest in cross-border mental capacity issues. Stephen Richards also garners considerable praise for his expertise in elder law matters. Paul Hewitt specialises in all types of trust and probate disputes, and routinely advises on contentious court of protection matters. Natasha Stourton  covers issues such as statutory wills, lifetime gifts and contested registrations. Senior associate Alice Tomlin is another key figure who covers a range of contentious trust and succession disputes, and has a particular focus on court of protection matters. The team also excels at advising on disabled trusts, and advance decisions to refuse medical treatment.

Practice head(s):

Julia Abrey; Stephen Richards

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stephen Roberts leads an internationally recognised team of private client and contentious probate lawyers. All the team are approachable and straight talking. Extremely valuable when difficult decisions need to be made’.

‘Julia Abrey, head of the elder client team has the right balance of empathy and detailed knowledge of complex law to deliver not just a first class service- but one where the client feels truly supported’.

‘Withers Court of Protection Team are second to none. The team have great experience whilst also the sensitivity needed for these matters. Stephen Richards is a leader in the field. Handles multi-party complex matters with ease’.

‘Alice Tomlin is always on top of her brief and always sees the key points. When Alice speaks people listen’.

Stephen Richards is both thorough and strategic, allowing him to see through a problem early and work towards a practical, attainable solution. Natasha Stourton is calm, confident, and knowledgeable. She able to rise above the fray to effectively promote her client’s case;’

‘Simply the market leaders. The gold standard. Paul Hewitt is an extraordinary lawyer. The name you want on your side. Stephen Richards is firmly intelligent, responsive and kind’.

‘Hugely well-coordinated team – they work seamlessly together. They are all very good lawyers, and nice to work with too. Paul Hewitt – excellent and experienced litigator. Stephen Richards – tireless litigator with excellent judgment’.

‘The team has a strong international reach, so you can approach them in relation to most jurisdictions and they will have knowledge, experience or contacts. Julia Abrey has a strong knowledge of many jurisdictions and is pleasant and efficient to work with’.

Key clients

Gopichand Parmanand Hinduja, Prakash Parmanand Hinduja and Ashok Parmanand Hinduja

Private client > Family Tier 1

At the helm of the family law team at Withers LLP is the ‘exceptionalSuzanne Todd, and the lawyers in the group are ‘all intellectually very strong, thoughtful and highly committed’. Another key figure is Diana Parker, who is praised by one client as ‘probably the most cerebral and finest technical and commercial lawyer of her generation doing family work’. Its superb international offering means that it is skilled at handling complicated multi-jurisdictional cases. At this ‘truly global firm’, Claire Blakemore expertly covers complex financial claims and highly complex children-related disputes. Michael Gouriet has a wide ranging divorce finance, pre-nupital, and child law caseload. Katharine Landells has a proven track record in dealing with the most financially and emotionally complex of cases. Julian Lipson is skilled at handling cases with an international dimension, often involving tax and trust implications, and substantial assets or incomes. The talented Brett Frankle receives a steady flow of instructions concerning contentious divorce proceedings for high-net-worth clients, often with multi-jurisdictional issues. Other names of note include Laura WinterbottomJennifer DicksonAlexander BreedonSarfraz Ali, and Adele Pledger.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Todd

Testimonials

‘Suzanne Todd is the head of department; a commanding yet friendly presence who delivers excellent results and is guaranteed to give parties the greatest possible level of reassurance. She is a strategic thinker, measured, affable and persuasive.’

‘One of the best family teams in the country.’

‘Claire Blakemore is outstanding. She is highly strategic, thoughtful and her professional advice rivals that of the best family KCs.’

‘Michael Gouriet is a marvellous solicitor; engaged, detailed, responsive, committed and wise. Diana Parker remains the best family lawyer in London. She has incredible judgment and strategic vision.’

‘One of the strongest all-round teams of partners, associates and assistants, there is little they have not seen and done before. A client base from the cream of society, commerce, finances and international ultra-high-net-worth families, means they all are alive to the needs of such clients, and meet them, then surpass them.’

‘Katharine Landells is the standout partner at this firm.’

Sarfraz Ali is an incredibly impressive solicitor. His forensic attention to detail is fantastic and he has an exceptional bedside manner with clients. He has the work ethic and the skills to be a leading partner soon.’

Jennifer Dickson is a newly made up partner; ambitious, eager and ferociously hard-working, she will be a leading light of the family law world. Excellent, confident judgment with decisive advice offered in a thoughtful and measured manner.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Christopher Groves  and Dora Clarke co-head the large team at Withers LLP, which has considerable international capabilities. It has long been the advisor of choice for the British and global elite and has the biggest team of US-qualified private client attorneys in London. Patricia Milner is recognised for her expertise in tax, trust and estate planning matters for both UK and non-UK resident and domiciled individuals and their families. In addition, she acts as a trustee and long-term counsel to many established families. Philip Munro’s practice centres on succession planning for international families – he also frequently acts for trustees and financial institutions on trust planning matters. Ceri Vokes is a known name for her work on complex cross-border tax planning. Claire Harris, Richard Cassell and Charlie Tee are all well-regarded. The team added Carrie Duncan to its ranks from Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP in January 2023. Nicolette Bostock joined the firm from Laura Devine Immigration in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Groves; Dora Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cassell; Patricia Milner; Philip Munro; Ceri Vokes; Claire Harris; Penelope Warr; Stephen Nerland; Charlie Tee; Mara Monte; Alessia Paoletto; Carrie Duncan; Nicolette Bostock

Testimonials

‘Responsive, forward thinking, smart, congenial’.

‘The team is quite unique in London to the extent that they have both UK and US private client lawyers closely working together as one team for clients who are subject to both tax systems. They differentiate themselves by having lawyers who have deep expertise in specialist areas such as trusts, insurance and funds’.

‘I believe they also stand out in terms of the depths of the relationships they have with their clients, and quality of service‘.

‘Highest quality and superb client list. Penny Warr, Charlie Tee and Mara Monte all super knowledgeable and great people too, excellent client service’.

‘This team provides knowledge and skills for international clients, which is vital for the increasing mobile clients where families are linked to multiple countries. They are thoughtful and clear about what they can do for each potential client from the beginning of the relationship, as well as costs that would be incurred’.

‘Alessia Paoletto is knowledgeable, thoughtful and client-centric. She also understands that change is happening across the professions with the rise of technology, and looks to see how clients can benefit from this in relationships she builds’.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Withers LLP is the firm’s UK life sciences hub and clients note that ‘the corporate team has deep specialist knowledge of venture capital transactions in the technology sector’. The Cambridge team consists of lead partner Susanna Stanfield, who has ‘deep specialist knowledge in venture capital transactions and is an authority in the field‘, and senior associate Mary Harley. They work closely with IP specialist Richard Penfold and venture capital expert James Shaw, who both work in Cambridge and London, as required. Stanfield advised biotech research firm Kynos Therapeutics on its spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and its £9m financing round.

Practice head(s):

Susanna Stanfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Withers’ corporate team in Cambridge has deep specialist knowledge of venture capital transactions in the technology sector.’

‘Susanna Stanfield has deep specialist knowledge and is an authority in the field.’

‘One strength is that Withers demonstrate quite clearly a collaborative approach and a ‘one team’ ethos.’

Key clients

Acin

Activum SG Ventures SCSp

Altruistic Innovations Ltd

Amadeus Capital

Automata

Aztec

Cambridge Innovation Capital

CellCentric Limited

Climate Edge Limited

Clowdy Group Limited (trading as Twine)

Coople UK Limited

Codebay Solutions Limited (trading as Lodgify)

Critical Pressure Limited

Diligen Holdings LLP

Doctify Limited

Elasmogen Limited

Emerge Venture Lab Ltd

Entrepreneurs Fund General Partner Ltd

ETF Partners LLP (Previously ETF Manager LLP)

Fig Leaf Promotions Limited (trading as Maths No Problem)

GoWorkaBit

Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation

In3Bio Research Ltd. (formerly Bioven (Europe) Limited)

Kynos Therapeutics Ltd

Limonaia Limited

LocalGlobe X, LP

Lyfstone AS

Mangrove Ventures

Meatable B.V.

Medovate Limited

Melico Sciences Limited

MEVOX Ltd.

Mirzyme Therapeutics Limited

Mologic Ltd.

Molten Ventures

Nature Metrics Ltd

Oja Global Ltd

Papier Ltd

Parcelly Limited

Akamis Ltd (formerly PsiOxus Ltd)

Parkinson’s Disease Society

Provenance

Quaisr Limited

Racketpal Limited

Regenerate Ventures Limited

Relayer Ltd

Roslin Technologies Limited

Satisfed Limited

Signatur Biosciences Inc

Skiller Whale Limited

Snap HR Limited (formerly Circalit Limited)

Solveteq Ltd

Start Codon Ltd

Story Terrace Ltd

Stress Point Health Limited

Synthesized Ltd

Testcard Ltd

Vinterior Holdings Limited

YLD Limited

Nationwide Engineering Research and Development

Work highlights

  • Advised biotech research firm Kynos Therapeutics on its spin out from the University of Edinburgh and its £9m financing round.
  • Advised on a $30m Series B funding round.
  • Advised biologics company Elasmogen Ltd in securing an £8m investment round and on commercial matters such as complex licensing and collaboration agreements and IP protection.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 2

Withers LLP‘s growing London team draws praise from a range of clients for its ‘expertise’ and ‘knowledge’ across the pharmaceutical and life sciences, technology, hospitality, sport and luxury brands sectors. The practice is spearheaded by Paul McGrath, who has a particular focus on closely-held businesses and their owners, including entrepreneurs and families. Sarah Melaney is a tech specialist who has extensive experience advising high-growth companies and investors on investment rounds, scale-ups, exits and general corporate governance. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of Phil Robinson, who joined from Ignition Law Services Limited in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paul McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Graham Webster; Sharon Whitehouse; Tim Taylor; Philip Watkins; Mark Lynch; Victoria Rodley; Phil Robinson; Sarrah Melaney; Edmund Goodin; James Hamilton; Anges Macduff; Sheeraz Salar

Testimonials

‘Strong expertise, knowledge, availability of practice areas.’

‘Availability, flexibility, knowledge, personalities.’

I cannot speak highly enough of Sharon Whitehouse’s exceptional performance during our M&A/corporate restructuring. Her expertise, professionalism, and dedication were invaluable, resulting in a smooth and successful restructuring process. I highly recommend her services.’

Key clients

Galileo Global Education UK Limited

Soho House

Christopher Kane

EastHORN

Work highlights

  • Advising the sellers on the sale of the EastHORN group to Novotech.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

In addition to strong investment treaty arbitration credentials, Withers LLP‘s PIL practice is highly experienced in state-state work. The team also advises individuals and businesses on PIL matters, and is additionally active in relation to international human rights litigation, state immunities, enforcement work, and sanctions. PIL group leader Hussein Haeri routinely advises on sovereign immunity issues arising out of the enforcement of judgments and awards against states, as well as on international sanctions; and consultant global counsel Sir Geoffrey Cox KC (the former Attorney General of England and Wales) maintains a broad PIL practice. Also integral to the team, consultant Aniruddha Rajput's workload covers general international law, international trade, investor-state arbitration, boundary disputes, and the Law Of The Sea. At special counsel level, Robert Kovacs specialises in PIL issues, international arbitration, and business and human rights; while Camilla Gambarini and Ruzin Dagli are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Hussein Haeri

Testimonials

‘Ruzin Dagli – consistently able to stay calm and focused. A measured contributor to discussions.’

‘Hussein Haeri is outstanding in every way. A great leader of the firm\’s capability in Public International Law and an excellent lawyer with a great intellect.’

‘Hussein Haeri is one of the best PIL experts working from a law firm. He leads a team of stellar associates. They can handle any dispute in the PIL field – from investment treaty arbitration to boundary disputes. They are also a delight to work with.’

Key clients

The Government of the Virgin Islands (BVI)

Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine

The Center for Reproductive Rights

Clooney Foundation for Justice

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co

Frazer Solar

Work highlights

  • Representing the Government of the Virgin Islands (BVI) in proceedings brought against the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in relation to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.
  • Working with the Government of Ukraine (as part of the legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine) to advise on legal responses to Russia’s invasion.
  • Working with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to gather evidence of serious human rights abuses in Venezuela for submission to the International Criminal Court.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 2

Notably featuring Sarah Barker and Eleni Polycarpou, the outstanding team at Withers LLP has ‘incredible depth and can pivot on issues quickly making it a lean, mean and agile litigation and advisory machine’. Barker works with collectors and creative entrepreneurs as well as successful artists and their estates, art dealers and artTech businesses on a whole host of commercial and transactional matters, while Polycarpou specialises in contentious art matters, many of which are multi-jurisdictional, and include stolen art cases, title and authenticity disputes, and consignment cases. The group added Natalie Sherborn to its ranks from Pinsent Masons LLP, who is adept at handling white-collar defence and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Barker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team has an unrivalled capacity to take on multi-jurisdictional art cases with offices stationed all over the world to permit rapid action. This global chain of offices bring local expertise with decades of experience in London to resolve the most complex of disputes’.

‘Eleni Polycarpou is the stand out, anything a client wants sorted she can handle. She is an absolute star’.

‘Sarah Barker has an intimate grasp of the art world and the way in which its actors think’.

‘Eleni Polycarpou runs an extremely successful multi-lingual team with a superb eye on strategy alongside Sarah Barker, who is incredibly well known for her highly specialised and long-standing premium expert position in the market’.

‘Withers deservedly have an outstanding reputation for litigation in the field of art and cultural property. Eleni Polycarpou is immensely experienced, and has the critical (in this field) combination of deep knowledge of culture and history, high intelligence, commitment to the client’s cause, and a winning personality’.

‘Overall, Sarah Barker’s in-depth knowledge of the art world combined with her sharp analytical mind and intuitive understanding of our company have made it possible for our company to make the right decision again and again’.

‘Real understanding of the art world – and relationship between gallery and artist. Sarah Barker – very knowledgeable, clear, professional and impressive. Also efficient and likeable’.

‘Eleni Polycarpou is knowledgeable and approachable. Very hands-on, professional and knowledge based team. Giulia Trojani is a very strong associate, very hardworking, efficient and bright’.

Key clients

Vortic

Gurr Johns

Hauser and Wirth

National Gallery of Scotland

Victoria Miro

Tate

Work highlights

  • Providing a range of legal advice to Vortic (also known as Vortic XR), a technology start-up which is an extended reality platform offering galleries and museums an opportunity to exhibit works of art and host exhibitions online using advanced AR and VR technology.
  • Acting for an art financing company in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-party, multi-million dollar claim in relation to lending on a pool of collateralised artworks.
  • Representing a new generation star artist on all their personal and studio legal requirements.

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Withers LLP‘ has great strength in depth. The full service practice means they can offer a holistic service for their clients.’ The family mediation practice forms part of the large and strong family law team. Three of its partners – Suzanne Todd, Claire Blakemore and Diana Parker  – are all experienced and highly regarded mediators. Todd is the ‘go to’ lawyer in London for all divorces with an Italian theme. Blakemore mediates on both financial and children issues and has substantial  international expertise.  In addition, she has a strong understanding of trust law.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Todd

Other key lawyers:

Claire Blakemore; Diana Parker

Testimonials

‘Suzanne Todd  is hard-working and human in great balance with her clients – she will move mountains for her clients. Very experienced and humble too’.

Diana is a class act. She is elegant and considered in her approach, cuts to the chase and will help steer clients effectively to positive outcomes as quickly and simply as possible’.

Claire is always at great pains to aim for a collaborative approach. She is sensitive to clients needs, thoughtful about the pressure points and thorough in all that she does. She likes to leave no stone unturned’.

‘Excellent at managing the UHNW and HNW financial cases, both Claire Blakemore and Suzanne Todd have got deservedly good reputations as mediators’.

‘Claire has excellent judgment, and the ability to get on with all types of clients which is vital as a mediator. Suzanne is hugely efficient and hard working and achieves excellent results for her clients’.

‘Suzanne Todd’s knowledge, experience and practical, constructive approach makes her a star name for HNW/UHNW mediation. She is empathetic but focused on attaining the best possible outcome for mediation clients’.

‘Withers have some of the best talent in London, breadth and depth in both partners and junior associates. They are a full service firm so also have specialist advisors where needed on trust or property aspects’.

‘Claire Blakemore is the full package as a lawyer. She is firm when needed but will settle cases which are capable of being settled’.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

Henry Stuart leads a superb team at Withers LLP, which is best known for its advice on all aspects of residential property transactions, which also spans rural and commercial property, as well as associated property litigation. Beyond advising its wealthy clients on the acquisition of property, whether for personal or investment purposes, the team has noticed an increase in instructions relating to the purchase of commercial property to be converted into residential use. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall focuses on advising landowners and estates on a wide variety of management and succession issues. Pervaze Ahmed is also recommended. Nicholas Vaughan often advises on the acquisition and sale of residential property in prime central London. George Coleman and David Holland were promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Henry Stuart

Testimonials

‘I have been referring business to Pervaze for years, and he always goes above and beyond for his clients. He is hands down the best property solicitor in London. Always available, takes good care of his clients and is able to deal with complicated sales and provide sound advice. He is always my go-to solicitor’.

‘Pervaze Ahmed and his team at Withers are without doubt the most efficient and professional team I have worked with in nearly 25 years in the property industry. It is their constant ability to react quickly and communicate, as well as they are always reachable, that sets them apart’.

‘Pervaze Ahmed, a consummate professional and is always available to help. The best I have ever dealt with’.

‘Communicative, always available, diligent. Pervaze Ahmed, Nicholas Vaughan’.

‘Extremely proactive, extremely personable and extremely professional. Reactive, responsive and competitive rates‘.

Nicholas Vaughan – responds immediately, available 24/7, lateral thinking to solve problems, pragmatic, calm and very reassuring to clients‘.

‘Reliable, can do attitude. Nothing too much trouble. Swift’. 

‘Henry Stuart, Nick Vaughan, Pervaze Ahmed. All superb’.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

The media and reputation team at Withers LLP supports an array of international corporates, charities and HNWIs, particularly those active in the art, entertainment and sports sectors. Data protection, defamation, breach of confidence and blackmail are particular focus areas. Jo Sanders and Amber Melville-Brown jointly lead the team; the former regularly handles privacy, blackmail and harassment matters in concert with the white-collar crime team, while the latter splits her time between London and New York.

Practice head(s):

Amber Melville-Brown; Jo Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Andy Fremlin-Key

Testimonials

‘Responsive, respectful, knowledgeable and approachable. Well considered and helpful legal advice and guidance. Wide range of specialisms and the teams work hand-in-hand to ensure their clients have expert and appropriate legal opinion.’

‘The team at Withers LLP stands out for its unparalleled dedication to innovation and client-centric approach. A key characteristic that distinguishes the practice from others is the multidisciplinary background of its team members, which enables a holistic understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘The Withers team work tirelessly to come up with creative solutions for their clients. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to defending the reputation of their clients.’

‘Very good attention to detail and availability to provide input. Very good commercial knowledge of the industry.’

‘Jo Sanders is a very sensible and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Jo Sanders and Andrew Fremlin-Key make a formidable and extremely diligent team.’

Key clients

Raffaele Mincione

Novak Djokovic

Aston Martin Racing

Mary Katrantzou

Paulo Dybala

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 3

Although it has taken a while for the legacy JAG Shaw team to bed into their new surroundings at Withers LLP, the team has now well and truly found its footing, leveraging the firm’s strong private wealth credentials to good effect, as well as drawing upon its international footprint and broader full-service offering. This consolidated offering has proved very effective for early stage companies, in particular, as they scale up and require not only pure VC advice but also a range of commercial, employment and tax counselling. Drawing upon a ‘deep understanding of the early-stage and scale up ecosystem’, team head James Shaw is a ‘fantastic all-round trusted adviser’, whose underlying tech and science sector knowledge combines with transactional prowess to good effect for companies looking to scale up and for university spin-outs. In Cambridge, Susanna Stanfieldbrings a calm presence to discussions and negotiations’ for both high-growth companies and investors in the life sciences and technology sectors. The ‘brilliant’ Sarah Melaney, who joined the firm at the beginning of 2022 from Brown Rudnick LLP, further enhances the firm’s transatlantic capabilities and ‘delivers first-class work’ for high growth companies and investors, including in relation to impact investment. The team is rounded out by Iain Cockburn, who ‘is driving forward the firm’s innovation and cost-efficiency and data management using legal tech’, in his new role as head of the client delivery programme.

Practice head(s):

James Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Susanna Stanfield; Iain Cockburn; Sarah Melaney; Phil Robinson; Mary Harley; Neil Jones

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent and very commercial, the lawyers are very professional and always on top of things.’

‘James Shaw is a seasoned practitioner when it comes to acting for early stage companies.’

‘Iain Cockburn is the consummate trusted advisor. Super strong legally but very sharp commercially.’

‘Our work with Withers is led by Susanna Stanfield. Susanna is delightful person to work with, who brings a calm presence to discussions and negotiations. Susanna recognises the depth of work required for each event/work package and while clearly excellent in her own discipline also recognises when to bring in colleagues with relevant expertise.’

‘The lawyers offer great outside-the-box thinking.’

‘The Withers team have provided a first-class service, with a bespoke understanding of the individual needs on our company, throughout its life cycle to date, from start-up to consolidation and early growth.’

‘James Shaw is a fantastic all-round trusted adviser. He has always been great to speak to whenever we are in sticky situations and is good at providing holistic advice which takes into consideration the peculiarities of our specific business. James takes a risk-based commercial approach depending on the situation, which is much more appropriate than the usual one size fits all approach that many firms take.’

‘Iain Cockburn is an excellent technical partner – he is driving forward the firm’s innovation and cost-efficiency and data management using legal tech.’

Key clients

Copper Technologies

OX

Bluemethane

Ant Group (On EU side – existing Withers client in Singapore)

EastHORN Clinical Services

Trilogy UK Ltd

Neuro-Insights

Nationwide Engineering Research and Development

Lick Home Ltd

Loadsure Limited

Collectiv Foods

Eight Roads Ventures Europe III LP

ETF Partners

Mosaic Ventures

Oja Global Ltd

Cambridge Respiratory Innovations Limited

Medovate Limited

Pometry

Altruistic Innovations Ltd (Restricted Group)

LocalGlobe

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Critical Pressure Limited

Angular Ventures I LP

BioGeneration III Services BV

Mologic Ltd

Honey Badger Capital Ltd

Good Harvest Ventures Management S.a.r.l.

Digital Horizon GP Limited

InsureStreet Limited

C the Signs

Pixie

Giano Capital

Spilsbury Holdings Limited

Elasmogen Limited

Skiller Whale Limited

Project Provenance Limited

Codebay Solutions Limited (t/a Lodgify)

Synthesized Ltd

Kynos Therapeutics Ltd

The VENTURE Collective

Entocycle

Work highlights

  • Advised Automata on its $50m Series B financing round in order to accelerate automation in the Life Sciences sector.
  • Advised venture capital fund ETF Partners as co-lead investor on a £50m Series C funding round into The Modern Milkman, a sustainable grocery delivery service.
  • Advised Kingsway Capital on its investment in CoinDCX’s Series D funding round, which totalled $135.9m.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Withers LLP's 'fantastic team of very capable international lawyers' consistently handles international arbitrations involving Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as Russia and CIS countries. Hussein Haeri is 'very knowledgeable about international arbitration', while Eleni Polycarpou acts in international arbitration proceedings under a range of arbitration rules. Tatiana Menshenina is experienced in disputes involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS; Peter Wood is dispute resolution head; Roberto Moruzzi acts in commercial arbitrations; and Geoffrey Cox KC is the firm's consultant global counsel. Other key names are special counsel Robert Kovacs, and senior associates Camilla Gambarini and Ruzin Dagli.

Practice head(s):

Hussein Haeri; Eleni Polycarpou

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team of very capable international lawyers.’

‘Withers represents a lean team that offers great value to clients.’

‘Hussein Haeri is excellent – very knowledgeable about international arbitration and highly experienced.’

‘The team has very hardworking senior associates and very strategic partners.’

‘Tatiana Menshenina is a very strategic partner – she always thinks several steps ahead and keeps the broad picture of an arbitration in mind.’

Combines hard work, common sense and a keen eye for detail.

‘Strong across both commercial and investment disputes.’

‘Particular strength in CIS-related arbitration and very good communication skills.’

Key clients

Frazer Solar

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co

Qatar National Bank

Gesenu

Government of Ukraine

Scholz Holding

Work highlights

  • Acting for Qatar National Bank in a $800m commercial arbitration, arising out of breaches of a loan agreement.
  • Acting for Gesenu, an Italian waste management company, in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Successfully obtained an award in favour of Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co, in an ad hoc investment treaty arbitration against the Federal Republic of Nigeria (arising out of breaches of the China-Nigeria BIT).

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

In keeping with its strong reputation for individual-side representation, the majority of Withers LLP‘s client base consists of senior executives of public and private businesses, as well as non-executive directors of FCA-regulated financial institutions. As well as internal investigations, the team is often instructed to advise on consequent criminal issues, as well as broader market abuse concerns. ‘Absolutely brilliantHarvey Knight brings many years of experience working internally at the FSA to his role as department lead.

Practice head(s):

Harvey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Sherborn

Testimonials

‘A small but high quality team.’

‘Harvey Knight is absolutely brilliant. He has huge expertise in acting for individuals and senior managers, and will fight tirelessly for his clients. One of the few solicitors to have actually defeated the FCA in Court.’

‘The Withers team as a whole are class acts. Very astute and at the top of their game.’

Key clients

Moneybrain Global Ltd

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Withers LLP enjoys a track record in a wide array of cases, from those involving cross-border, financial services and trust structure elements, through to its distinct expertise cases relating to art and cultural asset fraud. Stephen Ross, an expert in international asset freezing and recovery matters, leads the practice, often working in close tandem with colleagues in Milan, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ross

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Moruzzi

Testimonials

‘Stephen Ross – a superb brain, an excellent commercial sense and a practical, calm manner. He’s ideal.’

‘Breadth of knowledge and experience spread over multiple jurisdictions with lawyers at every level and demonstrating linguistic skills’

‘Peter Wood – global head of litigation – a fabulous lawyer who is feathers are never unruffled – always attracts the big cases with the big clients, such as the Vatican case which he is dealing with in the UK

‘An exceptionally capable team with a vast wealth of experience. One of the very best civil fraud teams in London. Tremendously user-friendly and very easy to work with. They have a remarkable track record when it comes to delivering results.’

‘Roberto Moruzzi (partner) has a lifetime of experience in this field and is able to assemble the right people for the job in question. A delight to work with.

‘An excellent team with a significant amount of high value work. The firm also has significant international links, critical for fraud work.’

‘Roberto Moruzzi is very experienced and offers exceptional wisdom when managing cases. There is very little he has not seen before.

‘A heavily experienced commercial litigation and fraud team with strength in depth and a closely cooperative team. Very communicative and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Jatin Mehta and family

Barrowfen Properties Limited

Say Chong Lim (and investment vehicles)

Mrs Kalliopi Lemos, Church Bay Trust Company and Mr Roderick Forrest

Transomas Limited and Transomas Investments Limited

Two HNW individuals

Metigen Limited

Wise Payments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the successful Claimants in the case of Lim & Others v Ong and Others [2023] EWHC 321 (Ch). The case involved multiple worldwide freezing orders. The Court found that the Defendants acted in breach of trust, knowing receipt, fraudulent breach of directors duties and more.
  • Representing members of an UHNW, high-profile family in a $1billion plus claim involving legal causes of action in civil fraud and insolvency arising out of successful gold, diamond, retail and export businesses.
  • Obtained judgment in favour of Barrowfen Properties Limited with findings of fraud professional negligence against Barrowfen’s former solicitors, the Second Defendant, and findings of forgery against its former director, the First Defendant, Mr Girish Patel.

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Withers LLP draws upon the international footprint and broad capabilities of the wider firm to provide a full-service global immigration offering. The team is led by Tracy Evlogidis who acts across a large number of sectors, feeding into the practice’s wide-ranging client base in her work across fintech, fashion, charity, design, and sport. She was joined in November 2022 by Nicolette Bostock from Laura Devine Immigration, who brings her strength in discretionary applications to the Home Office.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Evolgidis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Nicolette Bostock is very experienced and knowledgeable. She is a professional and knows what she is doing. She has dealt with complicated immigration matters and likes fixing tricky cases. I would not hesitate to recommend clients to Nicolette if there was a conflict.

Very good breadth of knowledge, availability is great.’

Nicolette is great, she is very commercial and explains everything clearly and concisely.’

An exceptional provider of immigration advice, the Withers team understands the pressures and requirements of our firm, and really helps us to navigate the immigration minefield in a post-Brexit UK.

They are pragmatic, understanding case facts very quickly.’

I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the immigration team at Withers LLP (UK). Their expertise and dedication help the immigration processes of our company operate smoothly and successfully. What sets this practice apart is their unique combination of deep legal knowledge, personalised attention, and unwavering commitment to their clients.

Work highlights

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Withers LLP has a strong record of delivering both claimants and defendants ‘consistently high quality, commercially savvy advice.’ The firm is particularly active in professional negligence cases against insured parties, including legal, financial, and real estate professionals. Eleni Polycarpou has experience in advising complex, high profile, sensitive matters for both claimants and defendants, and jointly leads the team alongside Caroline Thompson, who specialises in actions against legal professionals, particularly concerning tax and finance. Senior associate Joshua Swift is experienced in both domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Polycarpou; Caroline Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Moruzzi; Stephen Ross; Joshua Swift; Peter Leckey

Testimonials

‘Eleni Polycarpou gives sound commercial advice.’

‘Consistently high quality, commercially savy advice, and always willing to go the extra mile for a client.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou has great overview of her cases and finds a way to make things work for her clients. Joshua Swift is extremely bright, with a great handle on the detail. Caroline Thompson is very astute and on the ball.’

‘They have a large pool of exceptional associates.’

‘This is a strong team working in difficult cases.’

‘Joshua Swift is a particularly impressive senior associate.’

Key clients

Barrowfen Properties Limited

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Stephane Roland Etroy

RBC Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Succeeded in establishing that our clients’ claim in negligence against their former solicitors is not time-barred at a preliminary issue hearing, at which novel points of law were determined.
  • Obtained judgment in favour of Barrowfen Properties Limited with findings of professional negligence against Barrowfen’s former solicitors, the Second Defendant, and findings of forgery against its former director, the First Defendant.
  • Obtained a security for costs order in favour of one of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund’s insureds in respect of claims brought against him in relation to advice given over a four year period encompassing advice in relation to an enforcement notice under s173 TCPA 1990 and criminal proceedings against the former clients.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 4

Withers LLP‘s higher education team provides strong advice on matters related to charity law and also displays strong multinational expertise, with its team of lawyers across the US and UK regularly assisting clients with cross-border educational partnerships and arrangements. The London team is led by charity experts Philip Reed, Alison Paines, and Chris Priestley, who have advised on the establishment of multijurisdictional educational charities, joint ventures, and strategically important governance matters. Advice on research initiatives is a further area of expertise for the team, which has provided commercial and IP support to clients in connection with large-scale research projects.

Practice head(s):

Philip Reed; Alison Paines; Chris Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Emma Flower; Amy Carter

Testimonials

‘Strong industry knowledge, with the ability to pull in required area specialists. Very client focused – they care!’

‘Chris Priestley stands out for giving clear advice and recommendations.’

Key clients

Galileo Global Education Limited

Regent’s University London

Work highlights

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 4

Withers LLP maintains an in-depth charity law and crisis management offering, which it frequently leverages to advise educational trusts, charities, and foundations on a range of strategic and governance matters. The team is also capable of advising on contentious employment and student issues and regularly acts in school disciplinary proceedings and investigations. Practice head Philip Reed and key contact Chris Priestley both maintain close relationships with a number of independent schools and academy trusts, who instruct the team to advise on governance and fundraising statutes. Emma Flower is also recommended and frequently acts in matters related to student admissions and exclusions.

Practice head(s):

Philip Reed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Girls’ Day School Trust

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

With broad expertise in the financial crime, corporate criminal liability, and sanctions spheres, the Withers LLP team is highly regarded by its domestic and international client-base. Through close collaboration between its London and global network of offices, the practice demonstrates ‘an inclusive breadth of knowledge’ in relation to high-profile extradition and INTERPOL matters, along with managing multi-jurisdictional proceedings brought by the SFO and FCA. The ’impressiveNatalie Sherborn - who joined the firm in May 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP - co-leads the group, where she focuses on major bribery and fraud investigations. Fellow co-head Carl Newman specialises in dealing with SFO, HMRC, and NCA prosecutions, while Harvey Knight is an expert on regulatory compliance measures.

Practice head(s):

Carl Newman; Natalie Sherborn

Other key lawyers:

Harvey Knight; Anthony Hanratty

Testimonials

‘Strength across the team with an inclusive breadth of knowledge.’

‘Carl Newman is a dynamic, personable, great lawyer. Clients love his analytical skills and charisma in getting the right result. Anthony Hanratty is beginning to come into his own and produces fabulous written work.’

‘Natalie Sherborn possesses a deep understanding of reputation management which can literally change the course of nascent criminal investigations to her favour. An impressive and immensely talented strategic operator.’

‘Carl Newman has forgotten more about defeating criminal investigations than most people can ever hope to learn. Experienced, unflappable and simply excellent at what he does.’

‘A strong team able to advise corporates in relation to corporate crime and regulatory investigations. Also strong on internal investigations where allegations of potential misconduct arise.’

‘Natalie Sherborn possesses great experience in advising and representing global corporates facing investigation. Confident in the boardroom and able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and get buy-in from key partners.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6

Showcasing a ‘great breadth of talent’, the Withers LLP white-collar defence team has vast expertise in complex cross-border financial crime matters. The group shows considerable strength in advising individuals on sanctions and money laundering regulations, with co-head Carl Newman routinely defending high-net-worth individuals in SFO and FCA investigations. Fellow co-head Harvey Knight focuses on international criminal proceedings, while Natalie Sherborn brings ‘a calm approach to the most complex of matters’, including allegations of employee fraud and misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Carl Newman; Harvey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Sherborn; Anthony Hanratty; Perveen Hill; Sophie Gilford

Testimonials

‘Good quality. Thoughtful and helpful.’

‘The team at Withers has a great breadth of talent from partners to associates. Natalie Sherborn who joined as a partner in May 2022 was a great addition to the team. High quality advice’.

‘Carl Newman is an exemplary talent; well respected and very commercially sound’.

‘Great strength in depth with a team of seasoned practitioners who are ahead of their game. The team is well respected in the legal community.’

‘Carl Newman is an impressive lawyer with the skills and tactics to ensure that his clients receive the best possible outcome during the lifetime of their case. He is a master tactician who is able to navigate the complexities of an instruction.’

‘An impressive team who are able to advise upon the full range of white-collar work’. 

‘Natalie Sherborn brings a calm approach to the most complex of matters. Strength in dealing with international investigations and marshalling a team of lawyers in different jurisdictions. Easy to communicate with and gets straight to the heart of the matter is a straightforward way’.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Withers LLP provides ongoing employment and HR support to a diverse group of clients in sectors ranging from charity to motorsports. The firm is recommended for high level employment contractual negotiations, post termination restrictions enforcement and defence of tribunal claims. The practice is led by professional and financial services employment expert Meriel Schindler. She is supported by Claire Christy and Hugh More.

Practice head(s):

Meriel Schindler

Other key lawyers:

Claire Christy; Hugh More; Emma Sanderson

Testimonials

‘Withers’ employment team has a wealth of experience in claims covering a range of legal issues, including claims with an employment and commercial angle. Client management is second to none; they fight hard, but are commercial and pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Claire Christy – an outstanding employment lawyer with expertise in commercial work as well. Fantastic at managing tricky clients and opponents, and a great tactician. Tough, but pragmatic.’

‘Meriel Schindler is very responsive, experienced, commercial/pragmatic and user friendly; all of the qualities that we look for in our external lawyers.’

‘We recommend Meriel and Emma Sanderson. Emma is very clear and careful with her drafting – we have used her on employment contract reviews and projects.’

‘Excellent team with breadth of experience and expertise’

‘Extraordinary strength and depth at all levels and incredibly user friendly.’

‘Claire Christy – The lawyer of choice: exceptionally intelligent and diligent, but very personable.’

‘Excellent expertise in charity sector and good understanding of entrepreneurial or family run businesses or international matters. Really exceptional associates managed by very experienced and commercially savvy partners. First rate client care.’

Key clients

Tate

Henkel

Aston Martin

Guide Dogs

Salt Pay

Edward James

Winton

GEAPP

Chipper Cash

Max Mara

Work highlights

  • Advises Aston Martin Racing Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team on all aspects of employment law, including its contracts, day-to-day HR issues and post-termination restraints.
  • Advises UK charity Guide Dogs on employment, immigration and pensions issues affecting its large (c1,500 employees) and varied workforce.
  • Providing advice to Tate on a range of ad hoc employment related matters, such as strategic personnel issues including equality issues and trans rights.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Real estate > Property litigation

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

The Cambridge office of Withers LLP is the firm’s UK life sciences hub and clients note that ‘the corporate team has deep specialist knowledge of venture capital transactions in the technology sector’. The Cambridge team consists of lead partner Susanna Stanfield, who has ‘deep specialist knowledge in venture capital transactions and is an authority in the field‘, and senior associate Mary Harley. They work closely with IP specialist Richard Penfold and venture capital expert James Shaw, who both work in Cambridge and London, as required. Stanfield advised biotech research firm Kynos Therapeutics on its spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and its £9m financing round.

Practice head(s):

Susanna Stanfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Withers’ corporate team in Cambridge has deep specialist knowledge of venture capital transactions in the technology sector.’

‘Susanna Stanfield has deep specialist knowledge and is an authority in the field.’

‘One strength is that Withers demonstrate quite clearly a collaborative approach and a ‘one team’ ethos.’

Key clients

Acin

Activum SG Ventures SCSp

Altruistic Innovations Ltd

Amadeus Capital

Automata

Aztec

Cambridge Innovation Capital

CellCentric Limited

Climate Edge Limited

Clowdy Group Limited (trading as Twine)

Coople UK Limited

Codebay Solutions Limited (trading as Lodgify)

Critical Pressure Limited

Diligen Holdings LLP

Doctify Limited

Elasmogen Limited

Emerge Venture Lab Ltd

Entrepreneurs Fund General Partner Ltd

ETF Partners LLP (Previously ETF Manager LLP)

Fig Leaf Promotions Limited (trading as Maths No Problem)

GoWorkaBit

Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation

In3Bio Research Ltd. (formerly Bioven (Europe) Limited)

Kynos Therapeutics Ltd

Limonaia Limited

LocalGlobe X, LP

Lyfstone AS

Mangrove Ventures

Meatable B.V.

Medovate Limited

Melico Sciences Limited

MEVOX Ltd.

Mirzyme Therapeutics Limited

Mologic Ltd.

Molten Ventures

Nature Metrics Ltd

Oja Global Ltd

Papier Ltd

Parcelly Limited

Akamis Ltd (formerly PsiOxus Ltd)

Parkinson’s Disease Society

Provenance

Quaisr Limited

Racketpal Limited

Regenerate Ventures Limited

Relayer Ltd

Roslin Technologies Limited

Satisfed Limited

Signatur Biosciences Inc

Skiller Whale Limited

Snap HR Limited (formerly Circalit Limited)

Solveteq Ltd

Start Codon Ltd

Story Terrace Ltd

Stress Point Health Limited

Synthesized Ltd

Testcard Ltd

Vinterior Holdings Limited

YLD Limited

Nationwide Engineering Research and Development

Work highlights

  • Advised biotech research firm Kynos Therapeutics on its spin out from the University of Edinburgh and its £9m financing round.
  • Advised on a $30m Series B funding round.
  • Advised biologics company Elasmogen Ltd in securing an £8m investment round and on commercial matters such as complex licensing and collaboration agreements and IP protection.

British Virgin Islands > Dispute resolution

With ‘truly global coverage’, the team at Withers ‘has an excellent ability to coordinate between jurisdictions, involving, for example, the BVI, London and Singapore offices‘, acting on the full gamut of constitutional cases, trust and probate claims, and large-scale complex commercial disputes. Leading the team, Sara-Jane Knock is ‘superb with clients, a confident advocate, and approaches legal problems with an abundance of energy’, appearing regularly as an advocate in complex matters, including before the BVI Commission of Inquiry and in the Court of Appeal. London-based Sinead Harris is particularly well-versed in the strategic use of freezing orders, receiverships, and other office holder appointments, while associates Lauren Peaty and Martha Eker-Male, both dual-qualified in England and Wales and the BVI, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sara-Jane Knock

Testimonials

‘Sara-Jane Knock: A brilliant lawyer and excellent leader of Withers’ BVI presence. Sara-Jane is superb with clients, a confident advocate and approaches legal problems with an abundance of energy. An absolute delight to work with.’

‘Lauren Peaty: Lauren is a rising star in the BVI market. Her approach combines intellectual ability with an instinct for the winning argument. She is quick to get to the heart of an issue, yet is able to explain matters with complete clarity, filling clients and colleagues with confidence alike.’

‘Small but mighty! Withers has an extremely well rounded litigation team, who take on cases ranging the full gamut of cases. They are a small team but there is no dead weight, and cases are staffed and resourced economically but effectively. All litigators I have worked with are bright, friendly and commercially astute.’

‘Sara-Jane Knock is charming with clients, who love her, but can hold her own against fierce opponents. She is extremely responsive and hardworking and very well versed in the specificities of BVI law and procedure. Special mention for associate Martha Eker-Male who is diligent and responsive, and impresses beyond the expected.’

‘Lauren Peaty is an accomplished and experienced litigation, who is undoubtedly future partner material.’

Key clients

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Company Limited

R&H Restructuring

Goods Technology Starting International Limited and G-Force Investors Limited

Alvarium Pradera Holdings Limited

United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

Withers LLP‘s offering stands out for its assistance to high-net-worth families, as well as offering high-level advice to donors and charities. Alana Petraske in New York signifies this broad strength, and routinely advises US and international charities, and philanthropic families. More widely in the team, Helen Cheng and Steven Chidester are names to note in the San Diego office, and the latter is especially experienced in the area of executive compensation. Jason Dinwoodie, Michael Brophy, and William Kambas lead the overall team from New Haven, Los Angeles, and New Haven respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jason Dinwoodie; Michael Brophy; William Kambas

Other key lawyers:

Helen Cheng; Steven Chidester; Alana Petraske

The firm: Withers is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 220 partners and more than 1,000 other staff members in 17 offices across Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues facing individuals, their families and their businesses. Its clients’ interests span over 100 countries and the firm has acted for 74% of the top 100 UK ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, and a significant number of the US ‘Forbes List’ of Richest Americans and the Asian ‘Hurun Rich List’.

Principal areas of work
Private client: Withers has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices in the UK. Whether you require advice on legal and tax structuring for your business and investments, family and business governance, tax and estate planning, immigration, pensions or help with a vulnerable person in your family, Withers will deliver tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. Many of its clients’ interests are purely domestic, whilst others are international families with interests in a number of locations. In a fast-moving and increasingly compliance focused world, the need for integrated advice that reaches across borders has never been greater. Withers’ clients have achieved success in many fields, from senior executives to multi-generational families, owners, managers and investors in private capital.

Family: As one of the largest, longest established and most experienced teams in the world, there are few situations the practice has not handled. The family team predominantly acts for high-net-worth individuals, founders and senior professionals, frequently advising on cross border and complex financial cases. A central aim is to help clients avoid a traumatic and protracted court battle, securing the best possible outcome and a fair and appropriate settlement. Withers has also been instrumental in shaping and setting precedents in family and divorce law in the UK and Hong Kong.

Dispute resolution: The firm has defended the interests of successful individuals, businesses and brands for many years, pursuing matters swiftly and robustly where necessary. With over 180 lawyers globally, Withers has an established international dispute resolution practice acting in complex multi-jurisdictional cases and is well known in the art, sport, fashion, luxury assets and natural resources sectors. Specialisms include international arbitration, public international law, tax controversy, media and reputation management, employment and regulatory, white collar investigations, professional negligence, board and shareholder disputes, insolvency and fraud. Their BVI office is a particular strength in cross border litigation, focusing on insolvency, asset tracing and recovery. With a disputes portfolio valued at $11bn, it has pioneered the use of arbitration and mediation for commercial disputes and, more recently, trust disputes.

Real estate: Withers’ real estate team has completed commercial, residential and non-profit deals for some of the most prominent individuals, families and institutions in the world, helping them to expand both domestically and internationally, offering specialist insight into both day-to-day real estate investments, as well as complex development projects. The firm’s dedicated team also assists with tax structuring, dispute resolution and finance.

Corporate: Clients benefit from the team’s depth and diversity of knowledge when advising on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from securing investment, to structuring executive equity incentives and completing mergers and acquisitions. Working with successful people and organisations around the world means that the team understands the unique legal issues surrounding private capital, which can range from investment, structuring and control of cross border investments to the corporate and personal tax issues created.

Charities: The charities and philanthropy team actively engages with and shapes legal reform and developments in the charity sector. Withers has one of the largest portfolios of charity clients in the country, acting for over 50% of the UK’s top 50 charities by income. Clients range from leading national charities to small private foundations. The firm has worked in the not-for-profit sector for decades and has one of the most comprehensive teams in the UK legal sector, who also offer US/UK, cross border charity advice.

Technology: The technology team known as Withers tech includes professionals from across the globe in areas including intellectual property, corporate restructuring, venture capital, employment law and finance. The team’s comprehensive legal offering is designed to meet the unique needs of entrepreneurs, a diverse range of investors and high growth technology companies in a number of industries including life sciences, fintech, cleantech, adtech and emerging technology sectors such as blockchain, crypto, and artificial intelligence.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Justine Markovitz
Chief executive officer Margaret Robertson
Agricultural and rural affairs Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall
Agricultural and rural affairs Matthew Woods
Art and cultural property Eleni Polycarpou
Banking Xanthe Lok
Charities Alison Paines
Charities Chris Priestley
Civil fraud Stephen Ross
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Stephen Ross
Commercial property Jeremy Wakeham
Contentious trust and probate Stephen Richards
Construction Pauline Page
Corporate (AIM) Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand
Corporate finance Ben Simpson
Court of protection Stephen Richards
Contentious trusts and probate Paul Hewitt
Data protection Kenneth Mullen
Data protection Richard Penfold
Employment Meriel Schindler
Family Suzanne Todd
Financial services and funds Harvey Knight
Immigration Tracy Evlogidis
Intellectual property Kenneth Mullen
Intellectual property Richard Penfold
International arbitration Hussein Haeri
International arbitration Eleni Polycarpou
Life sciences Susanna Stanfield
Luxury brands Graham Webster
Luxury brands Lesley Timms
M&A Graham Webster
Partnership Tim Taylor
Partnership Paul McGrath
Personal tax, trust and probate Dora Clarke
Personal tax, trust and probate Christopher Groves
Privacy law and defamation Jo Sanders
Professional negligence Eleni Polycarpou
Property litigation Owen Talfan Davies
Public international law Hussein Haeri
Residential property Henry Stuart
Restructuring and insolvency Roberto Moruzzi
Sponsorship Richard Penfold
Tax investigations Maurice Martin
Technology James Shaw
Venture capital James Shaw
White collar defense and investigations Carl Newman
White collar defense and investigations Natalie Sherborn
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Elaine Aarons photo Elaine Aarons Partner.  With over 35 years’ experience, Elaine is an acknowledged leader in…
Julia Abrey photo Julia Abrey Head of elder law. Partner dealing with probate, succession and post-death tax…
Pervaze Ahmed photo Mr Pervaze Ahmed Pervaze advises on all aspects of residential property in England and Wales.…
Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand photo Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand Azlinda is a Consulting Partner in the Corporate Group at Withers Worldwide.…
Sarah Aughwane photo Sarah Aughwane Sarah is a senior associate in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes…
Sarah Barker photo Sarah Barker Sarah is deeply immersed in the art industry, having worked for almost…
Claire Blakemore photo Claire Blakemore Partner. Claire’s predictions of outcome are spot on and she delivers the…
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Paul Brecknell photo Paul Brecknell Head of real estate department specialising in commercial property (in particular acting…
Alexander Breedon photo Alexander Breedon Alex advises clients on all aspects of family law including divorce and…
Amy Carter photo Amy Carter Amy advises charities, philanthropists and businesses on charity law and commercial matters, as…
Richard Cassell photo Richard Cassell Partner in wealth planning group specialising in US and international tax and…
Claire Christy photo Claire Christy   Claire advises individuals and organisations on employment, shareholder and partnership law…
Dora Clarke photo Dora Clarke Dora specialises in all aspects of probate, succession and tax planning, both…
Iain Cockburn photo Iain Cockburn Iain is head of Withers tech innovation and client delivery. He has…
Christopher Coffin photo Christopher Coffin Christopher is a commercial litigator with 30 years’ experience of major and…
James Copson photo James Copson Partner.  James has far-reaching experience in all areas of family breakdown, with…
Clive Cutbill photo Clive Cutbill Now occupying a management role but continuing to provide conultancy on charities’…
Ruzin Dagli photo Adv Ruzin Dagli As a dual-qualified lawyer (Turkey and England & Wales) who has previously…
Hugh Devlin photo Hugh Devlin Consultant dealing mainly with businesses in the luxury goods, fashion and retail…
Jennifer Dickson photo Jennifer Dickson Jennifer specialises in legal issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship.…
Sophie Dworetzsky photo Sophie Dworetzsky Sophie advises on all aspects of sophisticated private client planning, with an…
Tracy Evlogidis photo Mr Tracy Evlogidis Tracy is a partner in the UK immigration team and leads the…
Henry Farris photo Henry Farris Henry has a broad commercial litigation practice, working on complex disputes in…
Emma Flower photo Emma Flower Emma’s practice involves advising charities on their governance and operational issues. She…
Brett Frankle  photo Brett Frankle  Brett advises clients on all aspects of family law, including divorce, cohabitation,…
Andrew Fremlin-Key photo Andrew Fremlin-Key Andrew is a senior associate in the litigation and arbitration team. Andrew…
Camilla Gambarini photo Camilla Gambarini Dual qualified as an Avvocato (Italy) and as a Solicitor (England &…
Camilla Gambarini  photo Camilla Gambarini  Dual qualified as an Avvocato (Italy) and as a Solicitor Advocate (England…
Dawn Goodman photo Dawn Goodman Partner. Dawn has a wealth of experience litigating and working proactively with…
Michael Gouriet photo Michael Gouriet Partner.  Michael advises on all aspects of divorce and family law (including…
Christopher Groves photo Christopher Groves Partner in the funds, investment, tax and trusts group, dealing particularly with…
Hussein Haeri photo Mr Hussein Haeri Hussein is a partner in the international arbitration and public international law…
Murray Hallam photo Murray Hallam Consultant: trusts, wills, charities, tax planning and heritage property.
Sinead Harris photo Sinead Harris Sinead is a dual qualified and practising lawyer (England & Wales and…
Claire Harris photo Ms Claire Harris Claire advises on tax, trust and estate planning for individuals and families,…
Paul Hewitt photo Paul Hewitt Partner.  Paul specialises in domestic and international trust and succession disputes. Described…
James Hockin photo James Hockin James is a partner in the employment team. James is an adviser,…
Bertie Hoskyns-abrahall photo Bertie Hoskyns-abrahall Partner in the real estate department, specialising in the sale and purchase…
Edward Jarron photo Mr Edward Jarron Edward is a partner in the real estate team. He deals with…
Steven Kempster photo Steven Kempster Partner.  Steven specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to trusts and…
Harvey Knight photo Harvey Knight Partner.  With some 30 years’ experience, including 6 years advising the Financial…
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Katharine Landells photo Mrs Katharine Landells Partner.  Katharine has an abundance of energy, which drives her efficient and…
Julian Lipson photo Julian Lipson Partner.  Julian is considered one of the best family lawyers of his…
Maurice Martin photo Maurice Martin Partner specialising in all forms of tax investigations, negotiation and litigation.
Paul McGrath photo Paul McGrath Paul is a partner in the corporate team. He advises on a…
Sarah Melaney photo Ms Sarah Melaney Sarah is a partner in the Withers tech corporate team. She has over a…
Amber Melville-Brown photo Amber Melville-Brown Amber leads the global media and reputation team. She is uniquely placed…
Tatiana Menshenina photo Tatiana Menshenina Tatiana is an experienced commercial litigator, working on both court cases and…
Patricia Milner photo Patricia Milner Patricia is co-head of our wealth planning department in Europe. She focuses…
Hugh More photo Hugh More Hugh advises employees and employers at all stages of the employment relationship,…
Roberto Moruzzi photo Roberto Moruzzi Roberto is experienced in dealing with commercial litigation and arbitration involving international…
Kenneth Mullen photo Kenneth Mullen Partner dealing with intellectual property (non-contentious); data protection; technology and outsourcing; e-commerce…
Philip Munro photo Mr Philip Munro Philip is a partner in the private client and tax team. He…
Niki Olympitis photo Niki Olympitis Niki has over 30 years of legal experience. Niki advises on all…
Alison Paines photo Alison Paines Alison is a partner in the charities team. She has over 25…
Diana Parker photo Diana Parker Partner.  Diana is well known as one of London’s divorce lawyer elite.…
Adele Pledger photo Adele Pledger Adele deals with all aspects of family law, including divorce and financial…
Eleni Polycarpou photo Eleni Polycarpou Partner and co-head of International Arbitration.  Eleni is a litigation and arbitration…
Chris Priestley photo Chris Priestley Head of the firm’s charities & philanthropy practice.  Particular areas of expertise…
Aniruddha Rajput photo Dr Aniruddha Rajput Dr. Aniruddha Rajput is a Member of the UN International Law Commission…
Philip Reed photo Philip Reed Philip advises charities, not-for-profits and philanthropists on a wide range of charity…
Stephen Richards photo Stephen Richards Partner.  Stephen heads the trust and succession disputes team at Withersworldwide.  He…
Margaret Robertson photo Margaret Robertson Managing director. Experienced in fraud and international asset tracing (particularly offshore); termination…
Victoria Rodley photo Victoria Rodley Victoria is a partner in the corporate team. Victoria’s broad experience extends…
Stephen Ross photo Stephen Ross Partner.  Stephen heads the global fraud team and is described as ‘imaginative…
Jo Sanders photo Jo Sanders Partner and head of UK media, reputation and privacy team.  Jo joined…
Meriel Schindler photo Meriel Schindler Meriel is head of the global employment team and advises both employers…
James Shaw photo James Shaw James is a partner in the corporate team and a leading transactional…
Ben Simpson photo Ben Simpson Ben works as special counsel in the corporate team. He advises on…
Natasha Stourton photo Natasha Stourton Senior Associate.  Natasha advises on a wide range of trust and succession…
Henry Stuart photo Henry Stuart Head of residential property team dealing with high-value residential transactions of London…
Joshua Swift photo Joshua Swift Joshua is experienced in dealing with complex and high-value international and domestic…
Tim Taylor photo Tim Taylor Tim is a partner in the corporate team. He advises businesses and…
Julie Teal photo Julie Teal Partner.
Caroline Thompson photo Caroline Thompson Caroline’s practice is varied and covers both commercial disputes and media law…
Lesley Timms photo Lesley Timms Lesley trained with Withers and became a member of the Commercial Litigation…
Suzanne Todd photo Suzanne Todd Suzanne leads the family and contentious trusts and succession teams in Europe…
Alice Tomlin photo Alice Tomlin Alice acts for charities, private individuals and institutions in relation to all…
Nicholas Vaughan photo Mr Nicholas Vaughan Nicholas is a partner in the private property team. Having undertaken his…
Ceri Vokes photo Ms Ceri Vokes Ceri is a partner in the private client and tax team. She…
Hannah Wailoo photo Ms Hannah Wailoo Hannah is a specialist succession and personal tax planning lawyer whose clients…
Jeremy Wakeham photo Jeremy Wakeham Jeremy specialises in commercial real estate. He advises investors, developers and landowners…
Andrew Wass photo Andrew Wass Andrew is a commercial litigator, focusing on financial services disputes. After university,…
Graham Webster photo Graham Webster Graham advises on a broad range of UK and international corporate transactions…
Penelope Williams photo Penelope Williams Partner specialising in cross-border estate planning for private clients in both the…
Laura Winterbottom photo Laura Winterbottom Laura advises on all family law issues that flow from separation, divorce…
Peter Wood photo Peter Wood Peter has 30 years of experience and is currently the lead partner…
Matthew Woods photo Matthew Woods Joint head of the landed estates group. Focuses on the mitigation of…
Number of global partners : Over 220
Number of UK partners : 90
Number of other UK lawyers : 194
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