Firm Profile > Withers LLP > London, England

Withers LLP
20 Old Bailey

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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall and Matthew Woods lead the department at Withers LLP, which acts for over 130 landed estates across England and Wales. The team is regularly instructed by clients entering the rural UK property market for the first time, as well as acting for a number of clients who are resident or domiciled abroad or have married spouses from overseas. The group is well placed to advise on complex cross-border planning issues and all aspects of rural transactions, including transactional tax matters. Hoskyns-Abrahall focuses on advising landowners and estates on a wide variety of management and succession matters, such as sporting, agricultural and commercial issues. Woods is a key member of the private client and tax team and concentrates on advising farms and landed estates.

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Strength and depth is the key to the Withers agricultural team. Whoever you speak to in the pecking order, they are almost certainly very bright, well informed, up to date with current legislation and on the ball

‘Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall and Ed Jarron are the standout members of the team from my point of view. They have an uncanny knack of answering the telephone every time I call them and the usual decisive and informed response is guaranteed

A very responsive team with in-house competence and experience that is second to none. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall has not only demonstrated outstanding professional qualities but also a very subtle way of managing the relationship with each of the estate owners

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Representing numerous high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, as well as businesses, governments and financial institutions, Withers LLP's team has 'a strong understanding of cross-border disputes'. It acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes of all kinds, including international asset recovery and enforcement matters. The practice's sector expertise includes art, brands, fashion and sport, as well as major financial services. Clients also benefit from the firm's BVI-based disputes team. Global CEO of dispute resolution, Peter Wood, has more than 30 years' experience and boasts a substantial Italian practice; Roberto Moruzzi has particular expertise in complex business restructuring and insolvency disputes; and Tatiana Menshenina is a specialist in cross-border litigation, particularly in relation to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region. Other names to note are Andrew Wass, Stephen Ross, Eleni Polycarpou and recently promoted Lesley Timms, along with special counsel Georgina Bayley.

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‘This is a highly skilled and experienced team of commercial litigators with a global practice. They are often involved in high-profile, high-value cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and in arbitration on behalf of HNW individuals, corporate clients and State actors. They are indefatigable in pursuit of their clients’ interests and deliver a very high-quality service. There is a real team spirit and they are great to work with.’

‘Tatiana Menshenina (partner) is a dual-qualified Russian lawyer and English solicitor. She has a large following of CIS and Ukrainian clients (including the government of Ukraine) whom she represents in proceedings in England and in international arbitrations. She is an astute and clever tactician who is very good at managing complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. One of her particular strengths is finding creative solutions to unexpected problems and developments that occur during litigation.’

‘Georgina Bailey s a very competent and experienced litigator who basically operates at partner level. She gets things done quickly and efficiently and is a joy to work with. She is in complete command of every aspect of a case and has a great eye for detail.’

‘Lesley Timms is an excellent commercial litigator with a strong focus on Italy and Italian clients. Her approach to dispute resolution is wise and measured and she is very good with clients.’

‘Very strong team, particularly in case involving Russian and Ukrainian issues.’

‘Tatiana Menshenina – knows the CIS market back to front. Commercially savvy.’

‘Julia Alaverdashvili – extremely intelligent and diligent. A real rising star.’

‘A market leader for cases with an Italian element. Extensive experience of Italian clients and cases and numerous fluent Italian speakers make them a first choice. Also strong in international arbitration, and notable for the breadth and quality of its practice.’

‘This a firm with a deep pool of talent from partners to associates. The team provides an excellent service to clients and also stands out for being particularly user-friendly and collegiate.’

‘Among the partners, Peter Wood stands out for corporate disputes. Utterly charming but a touch litigator when he needs to be, he gets outstanding results for clients. In arbitration, Eleni Polycarpou stands out for the range of her experience and her ability to manage even the most difficult clients with ease. Finally, among junior partners, Lesley Timms is clearly going to be star partner in the coming years. She is totally unflappable, and has outstanding commercial judgment.’

‘Among associates, Caroline Thompson is recommended for her efficiency and thoroughness; she’s a great addition to any team. Peter Leckey is a non-nonsense litigator with bags of common sense.’

‘Excellent private client/litigation firm with specialist expertise across a number of industry sectors including fashion and motor racing.’

‘Roberto Moruzzi is hugely experienced and hard-working.’

‘A strong understanding of cross-border disputes and the cultural sensitivities in certain jurisdictions.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou is an exceptional disputes lawyer and manages her wider team very efficiently. Always available and up-to-speed.’

‘Strong litigation practice capable of handling complex cases and deal effectively with all intricacies of the case.’

‘Tatiana Menshenina is very good in creating rock-solid litigation strategies. Tatiana is extremely effective in managing the client’s expectations and bringing in results.’

‘Very friendly and capable commercial litigation team that always has the client’s best interests at heart. The focus is always on achieving the best possible outcome and reducing risk.’

‘Peter Wood: head of commercial litigation, he has a very hands-on commercial approach to disputes which often brings excellent results/ Robert Moruzzi: very tenacious in an attractively understated way. Peter Leckey: very able senior associate.’

Key clients

Barrowfen Properties Limited

Ruslan Bestolov

Elvira Lefebvre

SBD International Limited

Michele di Pierro

International Brand Firm Limited

Transworld Aviation

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Withers LLP's team is a 'powerhouse of experience and talent', with lawyers 'at the top of their game' based in London, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore who can assist clients in high-value and multi-jurisdictional trust and succession disputes. Clients include blue-chip financial institutions, wealthy international families and leading charities. Suzanne Todd leads the large team and Dawn Goodman is another noted name for her work in trust litigation. Paul Hewitt has a particular interest in representing families with connections to the subcontinent. Steven Kempster is skilled in both trusts and estate litigation and also handles cases relating to charities. Stephen Richards is another key figure, with particular experience in estates connected to Russia and countries from the former Soviet bloc.

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Paul Hewitt is an excellent lawyer and tactician. He never loses sight of what is best for his clients but he fights for them ceaselessly. Dawn Goodman has almost legendary status in this world. Opponents quake when they know she is instructed. Stephen Richards is a superb lawyer and very good with clients

‘Paul Hewitt is very thoughtful and considered and looks at the case from all angles’

Paul Hewitt and Stephen Richards are both intelligent and sensible litigators

‘Paul Hewitt and Sarah Aughwane were very careful in giving the right advice. They were calm even in the most heated arguments, thinking of the next step before answering and therefore working out the future problems before they arose’

Its legal knowledge and tactical and strategic skills are unparalleled. Paul Hewitt is the partner I would always instruct and Sarah Aughwane is a future star partner. She has a lot of presence with clients in addition to being brilliant on the law and on strategy

Its international expertise shines through in the clients it attracts and the complexity of matters it handles. The lawyers draw from all quarters of their trust and private client teams on matters and are able to deploy expert lawyers on tax and matrimonial issues to complement their trust litigation lawyers’

‘Steve Kempster personifies grace under pressure. He has a calm and engaging approach to cases which generates huge confidence but at the same time makes working with him a pleasure

Stephen Richards has a particularly good manner with clients and is very adaptable. His team’s letters have been a model of succinct, user-friendly, top-flight advice

‘Among the associates there is a wealth of talent – Sarah Aughwane is excellent with clients and very steely, and Natasha Stourton is one of the calmest lawyers I have encountered

Key clients

His Exalted Highness the VIII Nizam of Hyderabad

Shantabai Bhusate

Mary Cowan

Vicar and Churchwardens of the Benefice of Binfield

A Nigerian Ultra High Net Worth Individual

The Trustees of The Greek Cathedral Trust Fund

Administrator of deceased Iranian’s estate in England

Former wife of the founder of a mineral water company

Helena Gorbunova

Deborah Barker (as litigation friend of Euan and Rowan Barker)

Court of protection Tier 1

Withers LLP has team members in the UK, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore; as a result, its 'extensive experience on cross-border issues is exceptional'. It is 'one of the industry leaders' and provides a 'Rolls-Royce service'. 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. The team routinely advises on disabled trusts and advance decisions to refuse medical treatment known as ‘living wills’. Julia Abrey has a particular interest in cross-border mental capacity issues. Stephen Richards acts for both applicants and respondents on diverse matters such as statutory wills and contested registrations of powers of attorney, as well as deputyships and health and welfare decisions. In addition, Richards regularly advises on investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian. Paul Hewitt is also recommended.

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‘One of the longest-standing and most experienced CoP teams in the country. Paul Hewitt and Stephen Richards are standout partners in this team. Both have vast experience, have handled some of the most complex cases to go through the CoP (on the property and affairs side), and bring great strategic vision and determination to bear

Julia Aubrey has huge amounts of experience: she has pretty much seen everything and has a great manner with clients

‘Consistently excellent recruitment of bright new lawyers supporting experienced and first-class partners. Stephen Richards is the best Court of Protection lawyer in the business, repeatedly securing fantastic results

‘You don’t get much more high-powered experience than at Withers. A huge amount of Court of Protection knowledge combined with a great non-contentious private client team who really know their stuff

‘Julia Abrey is particularly good at undertaking investigations into large, complicated, multi-jurisdictional estates where the patient has been financially abused. Alice Tomlin works really hard

‘There is virtually nothing Julia Abrey doesn’t know about vulnerable adults and mental capacity law, while Stephen Richards is one of the best Court of Protection litigators around – he does it all

By carving out and making the niche of elder law its own, Withers continues to be able to offer a service which responds to the many needs of those approaching their older years, without a narrow focus on one particular area. Julia Abrey’s knowledge is encyclopaedic, and her willingness to share that knowledge for the wider benefit is truly admirable

Stephen Richards is really the perfect private client litigator – he has a deep knowledge of the law and a real sense of the practically achievable and desirable, and is a rock of support to his clients

Family Tier 1

Withers LLP has enormous experience in complex international cases thanks to the firm's 'global reach with excellent support from its private client platform'. With its worldwide footprint across Europe, the US and Asia, it is uniquely placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional cases from forum races to pre and post-nuptial agreements, as well as cases involving complex overseas trust and business structures and international child relocation matters. The 'exceptional' team continues to act in a host of reported and precedent-setting cases. 'Very good communicatorSuzanne Todd leads the team, which has 'true stars at every level' and 'bags of talent'. Notable names include Diana Parker, who is a 'top lawyer with a great intellect and strategic judgement'.

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Withers LLP remains to my mind the leading blue-chip firm in financial remedy work. Diana Parker remains the leading light in this team

Withers has a warm welcoming vibe. Everyone is smart, good at their role and respectful of colleagues. All are very bright and confident in their own abilities without being arrogant

Julian Lipson is a star who is at the top of his game, as are Diana Parker and Suzanne Todd. Suzanne has an additional string to her bow in her expertise in cases with an Italian aspect

Diana Parker is straight talking, very bright and defends her clients very effectively. Michael Gouriet goes the extra mile and really works hard to find a solution. He is very experienced in cohabitation cases and complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes’

‘Julian Lipson is one of the most efficient and charming family lawyers.  He doesn’t take bad points, has good judgement and is very well respected in the industry. Suzanne Todd is no nonsense and hardworking. Kate Landells is very capable

Suzanne Todd has a razor-sharp legal mind and a non-confrontational, practical approach. It is clear that the rest of the team enjoys working with her. The Withers team is very professional, yet welcoming

‘Katharine Landalls has an exceptional ability to see the strategic big picture whilst retaining a critical eye for the detail. In my experience, she is highly adept at managing more challenging clients

Very capable and well-trained associates’

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Withers LLP advises on a range of M&A deals across numerous sectors including pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology, hospitality and sport; the team counts many owner managed businesses and family offices as clients. Luxury brands continue to be one of the firm's key strengths and the corporate team works with both established and emerging brands. The 2018 merger with specialist firm JAG Shaw Baker has enhanced the group's tech offering, and the team recently advised on the sale of to Twitter. Paul McGrath leads the practice and advises on the full range of corporate issues; he is supported by cross-border specialist Anthony Indaimo who is particularly experienced advising brands and tech clients in the US, UK, Italy and Asia.

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Key clients (trading name for Dashbot Limited)

FreeUp Finance

Festicket Limited

Snyk Limited

Gumbug Limited

Hair Club For Men Limited Inc.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The large team at Withers LLP specialises in all areas of private client work, with recognised experts in areas as diverse as elder law, landed estates, probate, international trusts and philanthropy. It has one of the most substantial teams of US-qualified attorneys in London, which enables it to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to US citizens in the UK. It also acts for a large number of individuals and families who have featured in the Sunday Times Rich List. In addition, the firm's international probate team is well regarded, and it is well placed to deal with complex cross-border issues and the management of estates where property and family members are spread across the world. Christopher Groves and Dora Clarke co-head the department, which has 'strength in depth, particularly for international private client matters'. Sophie Dworetzsky left the firm to join Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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‘The premier global private client team. Every investment bank, trustee or accountant wants to work with this team

‘It remains high-quality firm with an added US dimension. Patricia Milner, Matthew Woods and Chris Groves are all supreme on the technical side but able to link to the practical

‘Philip Munro is the modern Withers partner, not just about landed estates but acting for international entrepreneurs with a range of assets, family dynamics and cross-jurisdictional matters. He has a tremendous work ethic and clients and advisers trust him

‘It has an established US tax team, and close collaboration with its offices in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore. The team has top-drawer clients. Philip Munro is a standout private client lawyer, who is brilliant at client service and organising teams of advisers and is extraordinarily bright. He is also qualified in the BVI, wrote the book on Hong Kong trust law and has prior experience in Withers’ Hong Kong and Singapore offices

‘Patricia Milner is hugely competent and incredibly professional

Charlie Tee is doing fabulous work – intermediaries and clients love him and he is a great lawyer. Charlie is extremely personable and superb at international estate planning. He is my go-to person for complex cross-jurisdictional conflict of laws issues. He has a very easy manner with clients and is effective at steering client situations with the potential to become contentious to the appropriate resolution

There is a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience within the team that allows for considered responses to queries within a quick timeframe. Lara Crompton is a highly experienced lawyer, who breaks down complex transactions in a way that they are easier to understand and implement

Senior executives Tier 1

The employment team at Withers LLP is known for its formidable senior executives practice, but also works with an impressive roster of employer clients, including high-profile luxury brands, financial services companies, charities/not-for-profit organisations, sport organisations, family offices and tech start-ups. Meriel Schindler heads up the department, acting for both employers and senior executives, while Claire Christy and Hugh More are co-heads of the employer practice. On the senior executives side, the department attracts industry leaders, often from regulated industries and associated with multinational companies, for advice on team moves and disputes. Almost exclusively focusing on senior executives and highly regarded in this field, Elaine Aarons lends expertise across the board and has recently been active advising on investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Senior associate Lisa Lewinsohn has developed an impressive senior executives practice.

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‘Withers handled my case to a very satisfactory conclusion in a professional manner. They provided comprehensive advice, always laying out the potential risks to any strategy. My dealings with all their employees were polite, professional and efficient from the receptionist to the senior partner. They were clear and detailed in their forecasting of costs, timely and helpful in dealing with any invoice queries and were transparent at all times.’

‘James Hockin handled my case for over twelve months to a very successful outcome. He gave clear and thoughtful advice at all times. As well as the legal advice which was exceptional, James took care to ensure that I considered all options and that my mental state through a very rough time was healthy. He was unflappable and his attention to detail and understanding of all the issues was a key driver in the success of the case, including taking into account the quickly changing external environment. I felt at all times that I was in the best hands, completely trusted his opinion and am extremely grateful that he was recommended to me. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone if they found themselves in need of an employment lawyer.’

‘Elaine Aarons – personal, strong client advocate, very thoughtful.’

‘Hugh More – thorough, provides comprehensive advice, covers all options.’

‘I found the fact that I dealt with a team of all women very refreshing. It shouldn’t be, but it’s rather unusual. This added to my feelings of empowerment in managing my case.’

‘Elaine Aarons is one of the most inspirational people I have met in a long time. I admired and appreciated her professional expertise. However that is as you would expect. As a senior female professional I saw in Elaine a lot of what I look for in colleagues and indeed executives – strength, focus, ability to listen and hear and also the ability to adapt to the needs of her client. I was in a difficult place and she allowed me to go through the process in a way that I was comfortable with, whilst driving for the best outcome.’

‘The team at Withers is simply outstanding. There is no other way of describing them. They are at the absolute top of their game – they know their area inside out, they can read the dynamics of situations incredibly well and they are always three steps ahead of the other side. And when it comes down to it, they fight harder than anyone for you and your cause. I wouldn’t use anyone else and I recommend them to everyone I know.’

‘I have worked with Elaine Aarons and James Hockin over a significant and very challenging employment situation. My experience is that Elaine is an absolute master strategist, has seen it all and completely outflanks the opposition at every turn. What really matters in these sorts of situations is having someone who can step back and think strategically, who can work out quickly what is important and then fight hard on those things and who also knows when to tell the client to back down or not worry (and conversely to tell clients when to fight really hard when necessary and not to back down). That latter point is invaluable and comes from her years of experience.’

‘James Hockin is a rising superstar. He has a very co-operative demeanour but that shouldn’t fool anyone – he is the steel fist in a velvet glove. He is constantly available, responsive, proactively proffers his advice and excellent guidance but is also not afraid to change tack when circumstances require it. He’s an excellent, thoughtful and likeable lawyer but also one that knows how to get results. Like Elaine, he also gets the fact that strategy wins the day and and he knows what the other side will do before they do.’

Key clients

Frederic Boillereau

William Vereker

Charlie Todd/Paul Dixey

Diego de Giorgi

Rakesh Kapoor

Lucy Yeomans

Tom Mockridge

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The team at Withers LLP is jointly led by Alison Paines, who is renowned for her expertise in governance and regulatory matters and for her role in advising healthcare charities, and Chris Priestley, who acts for some of the largest operating charities in the country. The team has considerable sector expertise in education, the arts and sports, and rather uniquely its charities practice includes US attorneys working in London and the US. The team is regularly involved in major cross-border matters and Alana Petraske has particular strength in international philanthropy and structuring. Paul Hewitt leads the firm's work for charities on legacy income and trustee disputes.

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The team is able to give clients its immense expertise with a personal touch, collaborating together with the client in a collegial fashion so that you feel you are part of the Withers team yourself’

‘Chris Priestley is a standout lawyer. He is an expert in the field and is able to put clients at ease with his warmth and enthusiasm for the law and the sector’

‘Chris Priestley has great empathy with clients and relishes solving the problems and challenges faced by the sector

Alison Paines is simply the best charity lawyer I have had the good fortune to work with. She is simply excellent and completely unflappable in a crisis

The lawyers at Withers are charity law experts, with a good understanding of the practical implications of charity law. Chris Priestly is responsive, pleasant to deal with, and gives top-quality, sensible advice. He can see the bigger picture

Alison Paines is a class act and the firm is a thoroughly good outfit

Withers is unique in its global reach and vast bench strength of experts across such a wide range of practices

Alana Petraske stands out as a global leader in private client philanthropy, helping families establish the most effective philanthropic vehicles/structures and providing nuanced, considered advice. She is an expert in transatlantic philanthropy’

Key clients

British Red Cross Society


The Royal British Legion

Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

The Arts Council of England

World Federation of People Management Associations

Founders Pledge

Royal Society

Family: mediation Tier 2

Withers LLP has 'strong' mediators who are renowned in the market, namely Suzanne Todd, Diana Parker and Claire Blakemore. Todd has considerable niche expertise in mediations with an Italian theme and is also a trained and practising collaborative lawyer. Blakemore mediates in both financial and children matters. Parker has recently honed her skills further by being one of the first to qualify as an arbitrator for financial disputes on divorce.

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Withers has some strong mediators. Claire Blakemore and Suzanne Todd are at the forefront of the mediation practice and the firm has a commitment to non-court solutions in the appropriate cases. The fact that Withers’ mediators are all highly respected family lawyers means that they can bring to the mediation table a wealth of experience of complex cases and how to navigate them, which is of enormous benefit to clients’

A highly rated and established team

‘The team takes a sensible and considered approach to its cases. Egos are generally put to one side as metaphorical sleeves are rolled up to get the job done without unnecessary fuss or grandstanding

Suzanne Todd is someone I would happily work with on any matter whether it be in a ADR forum or through litigation

Claire Blakemore gets to the nub of the issues with warmth and care. She is compassionate but also incisive when needed

Claire Blakemore is an excellent mediator who works tirelessly to see if a deal can be done. She is pragmatic about what can be achieved but highly creative in exploring all possible options for clients and their families. Claire is extremely articulate and mediation clients have found her very clear and empathetic but also firm when required

Claire Blakemore and Suzanne Todd are fantastic mediators. They both have the ability to relate to all kinds of clients, are completely focused on achieving a good outcome, and are particularly good at dealing with mediations with complex finances, including trusts and the like. But Claire’s expertise in dealing with high-conflict children cases is skilfully used in her mediation practice for the benefit of her clients’

Diana Parker is cool and considered. She is extremely intelligent with bags of experience

Residential property Tier 2

Withers LLP’s residential property team sits within the wider real estate practice and focuses on advising domestic and international clients on acquisitions in London and in the regions; a recent focus has been advising on the purchase of commercial property to be modified for residential use. Henry Stuart, the practice head, advises on transactions across numerous jurisdictions, often involving complex holding structures. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall is a farms and estates specialist; he focuses on advising landowners and estates on a wide variety of management and succession issues including the sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects. Nicholas Vaughan leads the Italian team.

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‘One of the most approachable and user-friendly City firms. They offer well considered and commercial advice and are a joy to work with.

‘Nicholas Vaughan has carved an excellent reputation in his area of practice and, particularly with complex and high value transactions, is known to be one of the best in London.’

‘Very strong and well respected firm.’

‘Henry Stuart is a very well respected lawyer and hugely experienced. He always gives good practical advice and is always available.’

Venture capital Tier 2

The 'very dedicated and experienced venture team' at Withers LLP joined in mid-2018 from JAG Shaw Baker and has successfully transitioned its expertise to the new firm, maintaining its position in the market. Under the leadership of the 'super responsive and commercially focusedJames Shaw , the London-based team has effectively tapped into the firm's network of offices throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the US to advise venture-backed technology businesses looking to access international markets. The team has also effectively leveraged the firm's market-leading private wealth and charities/philanthropy practices to benefit from an increasing inflow of capital into the venture capital space from family offices. 'Fantastic' US-qualified senior associate Robert Glass  provides 'pragmatic and commercially-minded' advice to investors and investees on technology sector mandates with a transatlantic element.

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‘Very experienced in US & UK venture capital deals; adept at supporting emerging VC firms; professional; have gone beyond the call to deliver; technical capability very sound too.’

‘James Shaw has been a trusted adviser for almost a decade. His interest, attention to detail is great and responsiveness is best in class.’

‘Sarah Manderson (Associate) is extremely strong both as an adviser and in terms of managing the relationship with us. She’s a stand out for us.’

‘I believe Withers has an enormous expertise, in depth knowledge of VC practice and ability to guide companies and entrepreneurs in securing the best deals and help them in negotiating process which is set for the best outcome for the client. It is fundamentally the legal leadership aspect that was the most compelling in our case, to help us navigate in a complex set of circumstances for the best result possible.’

‘I have worked with Iain Cockburn, a leading partner at Withers, an experience which was great in terms of confidence and leadership that Iain and his team brought to our legal dealings.’

‘Easy to work with, extremely responsive, fantastic critical thinking and ability to find workable solutions to complex problems. Iain Cockburn has been a phenomenal partner to work with.’

‘James Shaw and his team have been super helpful and reactive to all questions and concerns we’ve had to date. Couldn’t ask for more collaborative and supportive team.’

‘Robert Glass is superb to work with, always super responsive and very commercially minded and flexible in his approach which makes our lives considerably easier. When we’re faced with a new situation he gives fantastic advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Index Ventures

Gauss Ventures

Felix Capital

Sweet Capital



New Science Ventures

Anthemis Group

Force Over Mass Capital

Mangrove Capital Partners

Mosaic Ventures


Appear Here

Kano Computing Limited




Vir Health

Automata Technologies Limited

Morningside Investments


V-Bio Ventures


Art and cultural property Tier 3

The team at Withers LLP has a well-established reputation for tax and estate planning work. It acts for the owners of major art collections and, alongside its international tax team, is able to advise clients on the full range of issues, such as the importation and exportation of artworks. The group is also adept at advising on high-profile disputes in the art world; it acts in a whole host of contentious matters, ranging from disputes about title to contested provenance and contractual issues. The 'incredibly hands-onEleni Polycarpou is the firm's UK head of art.


Eleni Polycarpou’s team is one of a kind when it comes to arts and cultural property. The depth and breadth of knowledge and experience should be appealing to any client. The team has skills and knowledge’

Eleni Polycarpou is incredibly hands-on whilst approachable. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get into the work herself.  She will go the extra mile for a client

I have worked in this field with Eleni Polycarpou. She and her team have a very strong presence in this area of litigation, and fully deserve their excellent reputation

Eleni is a tough litigator, really committed to her clients, and with bags of energy and spirit

Eleni is very helpful and excellent to deal with, offering sage advice. Always attentive and immediately responsive. Super efficient

Eleni Polycarpou is a particularly hardworking lawyer. Very brilliant and with great tenacity. I recommend her very highly

‘Eleni Polycarpou is an excellent negotiator and has excellent knowledge of the files

‘Acts for quality gallery clients

Key clients

Owners of seized Banksy artworks

Tate Gallery

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Withers LLP focuses on acting for senior executive and non-executive clients in the FCA and PRA regulated sector, including chief executives of public and private companies and owner managers of LLPs. The firm is also active in cases involving accountants and accountancy profession regulators, the FRC and ICAEW. Harvey Knight leads the team and has broad financial services contentious experience, with particular expertise in PRA and FCA enforcement cases involving individuals.

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‘Hugely committed to the client’ 

‘Will go the extra mile’

‘Harvey Knight has extensive experience representing clients before the Upper Tribunal, an area in which many firms are lacking’

‘Harvey Knight is tenacious in the defence of individual clients and gets results’

Key clients

Andrew Tinney, former Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth

Public international law Tier 3

Withers LLP's 'team is responsive, expert and willing to go the extra mile for its clients'. The broad PIL practice advises governments and multinational companies on international human rights litigation, international investment law, WTO issues, state immunities, the Law of the Sea, international environmental law, and sanctions. Hussein Haeri heads up the PIL practice, and consultant Aniruddha Rajput is a member of the UN International Law Commission. At senior associate level, Robert Kovacs specialises in PIL issues, international arbitration proceedings, and business and human rights; and Camilla Gambarini is an international arbitration and PIL expert.

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‘Hussein Haeri is the key advantage possessed by Withers in the PIL/Investment arbitration market.’

‘Hussein Haeri demonstrates outstanding legal and client skills.’

‘Withers LLP has a team which is responsive, expert and willing to go the extra mile for their clients. My experience of their dedication and skill has been in the field of dispute resolution and public international law practice. Their services were tailored and outstanding. I was impressed particularly by the wealth of experience on offer.’

‘Hussein Haeri was the partner with whom I was in contact most. Hussein combines being incredibly bright and able with an engaging and positive personality. I was constantly impressed by his enthusiasm and ability to advise on and draft technical and highly complex documents with dedication, speed, accuracy and flair.’

‘Hussein Haeri is an exceptional arbitration lawyer. He inspires confidence in his clients, is very responsive to their needs, and never drops a ball. He is particularly well versed in Africa related disputes having lived and worked their for several years. He understands the commercial and even political aspects of a dispute as well as possessing a deep (encyclopaedic) knowledge of public international law. Also he is strong on enforcement and sovereign immunity issues.’

‘The team has a deep bench with experience in international human rights law. This is not typical for most global firms and is major asset in partnering with them on pro bono matters.’

‘Camilla Gambarini, an associate with in the London office, has provided outstanding pro bono assistance in multiple matters pertaining to Latin America and Africa.’

Key clients

Government of Ukraine

The Government of the British Virgin Islands

His Exalted Highness 8th Nizam of Hyderabad

The Center for Reproductive Rights

Government of Jersey

Scholz Holding GmbH

Reputation management Tier 3

Drawing on its global footprint, the 'well-established' media and reputation practice at Withers LLP offers legal services to UK and overseas clients, including corporations, charities and a large number of high-net-worth individuals. Dual-qualified  Amber Melville-Brown is now based in New York and heads up the global media, privacy and reputation protection group. She excels in defamation, harassment and data protection issues. Sitting in the London office, Jo Sanders, who 'has great judgement and experience', leads the UK practice. Andrew Fremlin-Key is a seasoned practitioner in sports-related matters, advising well-known sports personalities in reputational issues and privacy.

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‘They give you the security that you are in the best hands for your problem. Amber Melville-Brown is very professional and easy to work with. We feel that our case is being fought for, in the best way possible. Unlike other firms, we get answers to all our queries in short and clear language.’

‘Very good at knowing what clients need and delivering results. Jo Sanders has great judgement and experience.’

‘The availability and speed to deploy in what were periods of crisis for me was absolutely outstanding. I really felt I had 24/7 access to support and advice in a rapidly moving situation. The outcomes achieved were excellent and first staunched and then prevented further reputational damage. The cool, calm practical approach adopted by the Withers team helped me immensely at a time of intense stress.’

‘I had never been through anything like this but the team acted in an assertive yet supportive way and with rapid, effective action regained control of a situation that appeared to be spinning away.  The thought that these were individuals who were on my side helped me so much with my mental wellness in a very stressful period. The human touch was as important as the very effective legal actions.’

‘ Jo Sanders is simply superb – she is able to assess a mass of information very quickly and identify not only the key issues, but the answers as well. Amber Melville-Brown is similarly excellent and now working in New York.’

‘Well-resourced and well-established firm that attracts some of the best lawyers and clients. Jo Sanders and Amber Melville-Brown are very supportive colleagues, who like to work collaboratively and can see beyond the purely legal aspects of a case to the wider communications and operational considerations.’

‘Excellent at drafting, especially of letters, good up-to-date knowledge of the law as it applies to the constantly shifting media landscape. Jo Sanders is excellent, easy to deal with and very smart.’

Key clients

Vistry Group (formerly Bovis Homes)

The late Sir Roger Scruton

The Family of His Exalted Highness the 8th Nizam of Hyderabad

Laurence Fox (actor)

Harriet Green CBE

The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Education: institutions Tier 4

Withers LLP's practice is characterised by its UK and international reach, with the London team working closely with New York-based partner Alana Petraske, who is dual UK/US-qualified. The firm draws on its strengths across a wide range of disciplines to advise clients in the higher education sector, including employment, immigration, health and safety and real estate. Its varied workload includes cross-border transactions, reputation management and university transfers. Chris Priestley is the key name for international tax advice, while James Shaw is experienced in university spin-outs and Richard Cassell handles estates and trusts matters. Alison Paines advises charities, education bodies and research institutes.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Withers LLP focuses on fraud and asset tracing cases involving high-net-worth individuals and their businesses, ranging from art and cultural fraud to cases in the financial services industry. Stephen Ross specialises in international asset freezing and recovery cases, commercial litigation and regulatory disputes. Tatiana Menshenina, who is dual-qualified in England and Russia, has particular expertise in cross-border commercial litigation and fraud.

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‘Stephen Ross is one of the key fraud litigators in the City, pulling in the biggest work and providing very good results.’ 

‘This practice combines a strong commercial background with world-class experience in dealing with the affairs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals.’

‘Master strategist Stephen Ross is adept at client management. He gets the very best out of his own team by instilling a strong sense of mutual trust and confidence.’

Key clients

Barrowfen Properties Limited

Elena Baturina

Transworld Aviation

Professional negligence Tier 4

The team at Withers LLP primarily advises barristers and their insured in relation to services provided in areas including pensions, tax, judicial review and real estate. The practices also advises claimant in disputes with professionals from numerous industries. Eleni Polycarpou, who now leads the practice, has a particular specialism in art litigation and continues to advise on complex, high profile and sensitive matters for Bar Mutual and its insured. Christoper Coffin, now a consultant, has notable expertise in disputes concerning Russia, Ukraine and the CIS.

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‘The team, led by Eleni Polycarpou, is exceptional in terms of the depth of knowledge, experience and in terms of its efficiency to turn around quick items in a fast moving litigation.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou is exceptionally hands-on. She is fantastic in terms of client management. A real diamond.’

‘There is a high level of partner engagement, with good strategic insight and a high level of responsiveness.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou gives thoughtful, practical, sound and strategic advice and is very easy to work with.’

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Withers LLP's banking litigation team 'deals with high-value, complex litigation with a sure and personable touch'. It is known for acting for funds, brokers, investment managers, small businesses and high net worth individuals in claims against major banks and institutions. Practice head Andrew Wass (who 'understands the sector, terminology and jargon in a way many other lawyers just do not') has particular expertise in financial mis-selling claims, while Harvey Knight specialises in contentious regulatory issues.  Peter Wood, Roberto Moruzzi and Eleni Polycarpou are particularly active in cross-border matters involving Italy and the UK.

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An excellent commercial litigation practice; all-round expertise in high-value banking and finance litigation.

The firm deals with high-value, complex litigation with a sure and personable touch.’

A banking team which finds particular favour with Italian clients and is headed by – unusually – someone who actually worked for many years in banking.

Delightful to deal with; they provide a very smooth service, are very communicative, and nothing is too much trouble.There is something of the old-school Bentley about this firm: very comfortable, stylish and unruffled’

Andrew Wass is a charming partner able to diffuse high tension situations but equally capable of bringing the hammer down when needed. Banking clients could not find a safer pair of hands. He understands the sector, terminology and jargon in a way which many other lawyers just do not – in short, ‘the man to have’

Giulia Trojano is a very able and diligent lawyer. She is still gaining experience but is very hard-working and quick to respond’

Education: schools Tier 5

Withers LLP leverages its global network of offices to undertake international education work. Led by Chris Priestley, the team offers school clients a broad scope of legal services involving employment, charity law, data protection and commercial property issues. The firm has a particularly strong track record of advising clients on establishing international schools in Hong Kong and mainland China. Alison Paines acts for independent schools and is recommended for her charity law expertise. Elsewhere, Alana Petraske in the New York office advises clients on issues related to establishing overseas operations.

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‘Strong team – always available. Play a long game but play to win, certain team members are extremely impressive.’

‘Ben Williams – is an outstanding associate who out-performs all expectations and comes extremely well-briefed to all discussions and disputes.

International arbitration Tier 5

Active in commercial, investor-treaty and state-to-state arbitrations, Withers LLP's London team is well known for arbitrations involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as Russia and the CIS region. The practice is co-led by Hussein Haeri, who is particularly focused on MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa clients; and Eleni Polycarpou, who recently acted in high-value disputes in the steel, shipping, rail and oil and gas industries. Tatiana Menshenina is Russia, Ukraine and CIS group head. At senior associate level, Robert Kovacs and Camilla Gambarini provide notable support.

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‘Eleni Polycarpou: a real expert on the technicalities of international arbitration, and also a master of detail.’

‘The team led by Eleni Polycarpou has a particular experience in CIS and related litigation and parties, both in terms of commercial business culture and client temperament.’

‘They have excellent strength in depth across both commercial and investment arbitration. A truly diverse international team with deep knowledge and experience of many business sectors. They are particularly strong in the Russia/CIS area, especially cases linked to Cyprus.’

‘Hussein Haeri is an exceptional professional with enormous knowledge of international arbitration matters. I was most impressed by his ability to secure the services of relevant, competent and credible experts which greatly added weight to our case. His interpersonal and communication skills are superb and he was able to keep the multitude of stakeholders including litigation funders in-the-loop and up-to-date as the case evolved.’

‘Robert Kovacs and Camilla Gambarini are hard working and highly competent associates.’

‘A strong, cohesive team that interfaces well with counsel and with the client team, leading to a joined-up approach to cases.’

‘Hussein Haeri is an outstanding lawyer, seeing both the big picture and the details. He prepares every hearing very thoroughly and anticipates possible scenarios. His commitment to the case is exceptional.’

Key clients

Government of Ukraine

Scholz Holding GmbH

Gemmo S.p.A.

Cyprus Holding Company

Employers Tier 6

The employment team at Withers LLP is known for its formidable senior executives practice, but also works with an impressive roster of employer clients, including high-profile luxury brands, financial services companies, charities/not-for-profit organisations, sport organisations, family offices and tech start-ups. Meriel Schindler heads up the department, acting for both employers and senior executives, while Claire Christy and Hugh More are co-heads of the employer practice. On the senior executives side, the department attracts industry leaders, often from regulated industries and associated with multinational companies, for advice on team moves and disputes. Almost exclusively focusing on senior executives and highly regarded in this field, Elaine Aarons lends expertise across the board and has recently been active advising on investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Senior associate Lisa Lewinsohn has developed an impressive senior executives practice.

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‘They are very keen to understand my needs and expectations, listening and asking thoughtful questions and then working to that brief. They are extremely supportive and collaborative – but also challenging in a constructive manner. Strong focus on quality, and therefore no time wasting. Extremely professional, whilst also approachable and accessible.’

‘The team at Withers are exceptionally responsive and we trust their advice and judgment. We have always received advice which has been balanced and robust to enable us to make the right decisions.’

‘The individuals are skilled and experts in thier field. They listen and reflect on the brief before they advise, which is key in litigation. They are also very friendly and personable which makes it a pleasure to work with individuals in Withers.’


Key clients

Neon Management Services Limited

Tracker Network (UK) Limited

Renault Sport Racing Limited

Kensington Mortgage Company (formerly Northview Group)

InsureStreet (t/a Canopy)

Winton Capital Management

Royal Academy


J Stern & Co.

Tate Gallery


Withers LLP specialises in global corporate immigration programmes for financial and media companies and in personal immigration for company founders, senior executives and their families. The immigration and tax teams have a strong offering for complex citizenship issues and residency planning. Tracy Evglodis heads the department; she has significant experience in the market having previously led the immigration practices at a number of other prominent law firms.

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 170 partners and more than 950 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 80 countries and the firm has acted for 70% 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 Roberto Moruzzi
Commercial property Jeremy Wakeham
Commercial property Paul Brecknell
Contentious trust and probate Stephen Richards
Construction Julie Teal
Corporate (AIM) Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand
Corporate finance Ben Simpson
Court of protection Julia Abrey
Court of protection Stephen Richards
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
Pensions Gillian Johnson
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 Andrew Chesser
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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…
 Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand  photo Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand Azlinda is a Consulting Partner in the Corporate Group at Withers Worldwide.…
 Georgina Bayley  photo Georgina Bayley Special Counsel. Georgina specialises in heavyweight commercial disputes, both international and domestic,…
 Claire Blakemore  photo Claire Blakemore Partner. Claire’s predictions of outcome are spot on and she delivers the…
 Paul Brecknell  photo Paul Brecknell Head of real estate department specialising in commercial property (in particular acting…
 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…
 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’…
 Hugh Devlin  photo Hugh Devlin Consultant dealing mainly with businesses in the luxury goods, fashion and retail…
 Sophie Dworetzsky  photo Sophie Dworetzsky Sophie advises on all aspects of sophisticated private client planning, with an…
 Camilla Gambarini  photo Camilla Gambarini Dual qualified as an Avvocato (Italy) and as a Solicitor (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…
Mr Hussein Haeri  photo Mr Hussein Haeri Partner and co-head of the International Arbitration practice.  Hussein leads Withers’ international…
 Murray Hallam  photo Murray Hallam Consultant: trusts, wills, charities, tax planning and heritage property.
 Paul Hewitt  photo Paul Hewitt Partner.  Paul specialises in domestic and international trust and succession disputes. Described…
 Bertie Hoskyns-abrahall  photo Bertie Hoskyns-abrahall Partner in the real estate department, specialising in the sale and purchase…
 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…
Dr <div>Robert</div> Kovacs  photo Dr
Dr Robert Kovacs specialises in public international law, international arbitration and business…
Mrs 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…
 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…
 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 works in all areas 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…
Dr Aniruddha Rajput  photo Dr Aniruddha Rajput Dr. Aniruddha Rajput is a Member of the UN International Law Commission…
 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…
 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…
 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…
 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…
 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,…
 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 170
Number of UK partners : 70
Number of other UK lawyers : 187
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The Lex 100 Verdict

The ability to get involved in 'a broad mix of work and a variety of practice areas, from family to corporate' makes it easier for Withers trainees to make informed decisions as to 'where you would most like to qualify'. The 'focus on representing individuals rather than enormous corporates provides the opportunity to build meaningful ongoing relationships with clients', many of whom are 'really cool'. Trainees boast of 'unparalleled access to partners' thanks to the literal open-door policy – 'Withers walks the walk: we don't have doors!'. As a result, 'everyone is approachable and there is a real team ethos'. Enjoyable trainee tasks included 'a high-profile transaction for a Formula One team during my time in commercial real estate' and 'attending the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice on multiple occasions in respect of high-net-worth matters'. 'A bundling error being called out in court' was much less pride-inducing. Recruits find it refreshing that 'there is space for people to have personalities and do well professionally' at Withers and that 'life outside of work is encouraged'. There is also a "dress for your day" policy, where 'suits are not required unless you have a client meeting and jeans are acceptable any day you don't have meetings'. Some respondents noted that 'Withers has changed from being a private client firm, with a small-firm culture, to becoming more of a City law firm over the last few years'. In a similar vein, 'there are occasionally very long hours, which would be more expected in a larger firm with much higher remuneration'. To work with 'extremely clever people who are also approachable, friendly and warm', consider Withers.