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Royds Withy King

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King's 'dynamic and forward-thinking team' is well known for disputes involving contracts, company and shareholder matters, contentious insolvencies, financial services, and estate agents and business agents. The firm also has particular retail sector expertise as well as a growing Indian practice. The key advisers are Stewart Wilkinson, Stephen Welfare and Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester was hired from Hunters Law LLP and Milan Kapadia was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Stephen Welfare; Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester; Milan Kapadia


'Approachable, hardworking and commercial'.

Key Clients

Monsoon Accessorize

State Bank of India

Smyths Toys


Christie Group


Cantel (UK)

National Association of Jewellers

Leatherman Tools

The Baglioni Hotel

Bank of India

David Rubin & Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bank of India in relation to an invoice discounting facility it granted to Dubai's Firestar Holdings.

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London: Human resources

Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

The employment team at Royds Withy King is well-regarded for its contentious expertise, particularly in discrimination issues and unfair dismissal claims. The practice is led by commercial litigator Richard Woodman, alongside the internationally focused Caroline Doran Millett, David Israel and Gemma Ospedale.

Practice head(s):Richard Woodman

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King has a dedicated team that provides contentious and non-contentious Court of Protection advice across the M4 corridor and London. The firm‚Äôs trust corporation, Withy King Trustees Ltd ( ‚ÄėWKTL‚Äô), has been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian‚Äôs panel of professional deputies. The practice has considerable expertise in managing complex deputyships and personal injury trusts with Maria Meek¬†at the helm. The group manages over 65 files where WKTL is appointed as deputy and also acts as financial attorney for a number of clients.

Practice head(s):Maria Meek

Other key lawyers:Amanda Noyce; Sara Isenberg; Edward Vidnes; Becky Ricards Small; Mike Muston


'It has a real depth of experience and expertise in the field. Amanda Noyce is excellent. She has very good judgement and is a firm and effective litigation solicitor who knows when to dig in and fight when necessary'.

'An experienced team with an eye for details and a professional quality to their output. Sara Isenberg and Maria Meek have an excellent understanding of complex client requirements and how to deliver a professional but still individual service'.

'Amanda Noyce always provides me with clear and careful instructions. She is always willing to go that extra mile for her clients'.

'The team possesses the technical knowledge required to excel at the role but I take that as a given. What makes it stand out is the way it communicates this knowledge to clients'.

'Edward Vidnes, Maria Meek, Becky Ricards Small have an exceptional ability to control what can be complex situations, without being overbearing'.

'Edward Vidnes and Maria Meek are both extremely approachable and very down to earth, but at the same time expert at what they do... able to provide a direct answer to a query, but more importantly provide you with the context of why the answer is what it is!'.

'Maria Meek and Sara Isenberg stand out as team players who have the best interests of their clients at the centre of their actions'.

'Sara Isenberg is also very good and sound'.

'Mike Muston is also an excellent lawyer with very sound judgement and eye for detail'.

Work highlights

  • Advised on an application for a statutory will when the deputies found a will was invalid for an estate worth approx £1.4m.
  • Advised on obtaining a deputyship order to secure assets for a client whose son was a paranoid schizophrenic held in a secure hospital.
  • Acted as deputy for a lady who was the recipient of a large compensation award worth £3m and incapacitous due to brain injuries.
  • The firm’s trust company was appointed to act as deputy for the client to replace his elderly father for an estate worth approximately £3m.
  • The firm’s trust company was appointed to act as deputy for a young man with cerebral palsy who had received a damages award.

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Family - ranked: tier 6

Royds Withy King

The family team at Royds Withy King has one City-based partner plus one other partner who works from both the London and Bath offices. The group has a particular focus on high-value cases often involving business assets, overseas assets, trusts and multi-jurisdictional issues. It has developed specialist expertise in complex cases involving cryptocurrency and other crypto assets. The majority of its cases have an international element and the team also has a strong practice in private children law proceedings. Patrick Hart heads the team that is one to watch.

Practice head(s):Patrick Hart

Other key lawyers:Will MacFarlane; Emma McMorrow


'It has a strong presence in the South West of England but also a central London office so it is excellent for families with connections to either or both parts of the country'.

'It has been expanding and building on its strong reputation in private client work. Noticeable friendly approach but also some leading individuals and building reputations in areas such as crypto currency'.

'Patrick Hart as head of team is exceptional. Deeply knowledgeable with a modesty and good humour. Great fun to work with. Will McFarlane is strong too'.

'Patrick Hart is a solid and capable team leader'.

'Patrick Hart is a fantastic lead partner – combination of strong technical skills, humour and great client skills'.

'Will MacFarlane brings excellent tactical instincts to his work. He also has brilliant client care skills. He is widely respected by the very best in family law in London and the South West. He is definitely one to watch in the family law world'.

'Will McFarlane is a very talented solicitor who is excellent with clients'.

'Emma McMorrow is a very able, diligent solicitor. She is bright and engaged and cares deeply about her clients'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a wife in divorce and financial proceedings involving significant assets, many of which were held overseas.
  • Representing a Russian wife on potential financial claims in England after a Russian divorce under Part III MFPA 1984.  
  • Acted for a wife in a financial settlement involving combined assets in excess of £220m where the divorce proceedings had been issued in Russia by the husband.
  • Acting for a husband in divorce and financial proceedings where he has significant interests in trusts in the USA which the wife is seeking to argue have a nuptial element.
  • Acting for the husband in relation to divorce proceedings and financial matters. Husband will likely make a claim for a stellar contribution.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King acts for entrepreneurs and business owners on their UK tax and estate planning matters, as well as for international clients looking to move to, invest in or leave the UK. Tony Millson’s work spans tax and estate planning, the administration and winding up of trusts as well as lasting powers of attorney and court of protection matters. Deanna Hurst acts for individuals (mostly business owners) and charities on a broad range of matters.

Practice head(s):Tony Millson; Deanna Hurst


'The team has a very nurturing approach to dealing with clients, especially those elderly clients we often refer to them. They have the breath and depth of knowledge needed to provide the advice while delivering it in a way that is understandable to the lay person.'

'Deanna Hurst is proactive and professional.'

'Deanna Hurst provides a wonderful personal and professional service to each of her clients and is always timely in her advice/communications.'

'Tony Millson is outstanding due to his diligence and knowledge from the length of his experience.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on the administration of a client’s multimillion-pound estate.
  • Drafted a complex will and  advised on family and business succession planning.
  • Advised the client on lifetime gifting, advising on the IHT and CGT implications of gifting shares and real property, putting together and executing a gifting plan and the re-writing of the client’s will.
  • Advising on the administration of the estate of a deceased young man and the sale of properties to repay borrowings.
  • Provided immigration advice to a client who was looking to come to the UK from Brazil.

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