Firm Profile > Boodle Hatfield LLP > London, England

Boodle Hatfield LLP
240 BLACKFRIARS ROAD
LONDON
SE1 8NW
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Through its offices in London and Oxford, Boodle Hatfield LLP is skilled at handling large-scale rural conveyancing and acts for some of the biggest estates in the country. The team under the leadership of Saskia Arthur and Andrea Zavos acts for over 80 landed estates and regularly assists wealthy individuals investing in landed estates, country houses and farms. In addition, the group frequently acts as trustee for a number of key estates. The practice is continuing to develop an excellent reputation for its work with young entrepreneurial heirs and owners of landed estates who are setting up new business ventures, and is known for its advice on art collections, wine, renewable energy and intensive farming projects. It has also received an increasing number of instructions on inheritance tax issues, as well as advising major estates on tax mitigation and the management of significant capital tax charges. Other names to note include Sue Laing and Fiona Graham.

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Testimonials

The team always provides pragmatic and clear advice with a commercial focus. The response time is always exceptional and the lawyers all make complex transactions straightforward

Saskia Arthur provides clear, definitive advice to clients, identifying issues and finding solutions. She is always available to ensure that transactions take place as smoothly and efficiently as possible

‘The team at Boodle Hatfield fully understands the nuances of agricultural and rural estate property, which is vital in advising clients and enabling transactions to take place. There are fewer firms now who have this capability and Boodle Hatfield stands out as one’

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a broad arts practice with a strong reputation.  It advises numerous wealthy clients and various major landed estates with valuable art collections, and is also known for its strength in art litigation matters. In addition, the team acts for galleries, artists and auction houses. Simon Fitzpatrick heads the department and is known for his specialist knowledge of art law and litigation; he frequently deals with cases involving auction house misattribution, authenticity and provenance claims. Natasha Hassall handles long-term estate planning matters and advises on both onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning issues and wills. She is experienced at dealing with large landed estates and is particularly adept at advising on heritage property issues around substantial art collections. 'Passionate and knowledgeable' senior associate Becky Shaw is also noted.

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Boodle Hatfield’s specialist art law practice is market-leading. The team has a wealth of experience advising artists, collectors, auction houses and museums. It could not have a better leader than Simon Fitzpatrick, who is calm and knowledgeable, and in Rebecca Foden and Becky Shaw it has two standout practitioners

This team is spot on regarding its industry knowledge and has a wealth of experience in this field of law, which make the firm a go-to address for art law. Its art law blog is a sign of its thought leadership

Simon Fitzpatrick stands out particularly for his pragmatic approach and extensive expertise. Rebecca Foden is sharp on details, strategic and dedicated, which makes her an asset on a case

‘Simon Fitzpatrick and Fred Clark have an excellent art market network and understand the legal requirements associated with the specific areas’

The team is highly professional, with a wide range of expertise, applied in a responsive and assertive manner. Simon Fitzpatrick is always analytical and perceptive, understanding issues from more than just a narrow legal perspective, recognising that behaviour and emotion must also be taken into account when devising a strategy for dealing with what are usually complex matters

Simon Fitzpatrick is a very strong head of department’

The practice has great private clients and for a small firm punches above its weight. For art litigation, Simon Fitzpatrick is sharp but approachable and well supported by Becky Shaw and Rebecca Foden. You would want them on your side

Becky Shaw is very passionate and knowledgeable about art and has an excellent manner with clients. Fred Clark is a tenacious and ambitious lawyer who is bound to go far

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Under the leadership of Andrea Zavos, the team at Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong reputation for resolving disputes and managing complex litigation for individuals and families; ‘it appears in almost all the big cases and rightly so, as it has the depth of expertise and some very talented lawyers’. It is also recommended for its considerable expertise in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection trusts, family businesses and governance issues, as well as on succession matters. In addition, the team acts for a range of major trust companies. Other key contacts include Simon Rylatt, who is highly regarded for his work on both domestic and international trusts and estates disputes, and Mark Lindley, who is a known name for his work on disputes involving some of the largest estates and trust funds.

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The team manages to provide a first-class service and is a pleasure to work with. The practice brings heavyweight lawyers to any case and has huge experience in dealing with the biggest trust and estate disputes in the UK. Alongside that profile, it also manages to deliver a bespoke client service and a personal touch, which clients really appreciate

Andrea Zavos is an outstanding lawyer. Not only does she have enormous experience and expertise in this area but she never loses sight of her clients’ objectives. She is extremely tough and stands up to her opponents without ever falling out with them and that is not to be underestimated.’

‘Mark Lindley is outstandingly clever with a real passion for this area of law. He is extremely sensible and pragmatic and holds his ground while never being unduly aggressive

Andrea Zavos is a super star who has had an extraordinarily good year

Andrea Zavos and Simon Ryland do everything to avoid litigation and come up with a sensible solution to try to find the way out of conflict. Mark Lindley is also an excellent litigator who is a very nice guy, very sharp and very smart

‘A dynamic team that does a wide range of work. Mark Lindley is extremely bright and driven and prepared to go the extra mile for his clients. James Woods-Davison is a rising star in the department

Mark Lindley is extremely bright, thorough and responsive

Mark Lindley is one of the brightest young partners in the London market in this field. He is unflappable and knowledgeable in equal measure

Simon Rylatt and Mark Lindley both have extremely sharp minds and stand out for their excellent legal expertise and experience in cross-border trust and estate disputes. Their advice is incredibly clear

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP  is best known for its work with private capital; a core part of its client list is made up of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs and fund syndicates of ultra-high-net-orth investors. Several members of the practice sit on the firm's dedicated cross-departmental entrepreneurs team which acts for a large number of businesses across sectors. International work continues to feature heavily, particularly across Europe, the USA and Middle East. Nigel Stone has stepped down as head of the practice while remaining a partner at the firm; he has been succeeded by Richard Beavan who has extensive experience of M&A, venture capital and private equity, public company listings and fundraisings. Rahul Thakrar advises entrepreneurs and businesses on a variety of corporate matters including equity raises, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

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Testimonials

Collegiate and commercially minded team. Key strength is their strong finance background and understanding which means they can understand client needs. Nimble team who are quick to think and act.

Rahul Thakrar is very commercially minded and explains and communicates with clients very clearly and comprehensively which is greatly appreciated.

Rahul Thakrar is our key contact. An extremely talented lawyer with a great eye for detail. We involve Rahul in all aspects of our transactions so that he can provide us with advice across the piece.

Pragmatic and reasonably priced compared to the bigger firms.

Jane Ireland is the partner we deal with – she has a common sense, no-nonsense approach which is most refreshing.

Key clients

Sleepeezee

GoJumpin Limited

Flemyn LLP

ASK Partners Limited

Falco Capital

Residential property Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s first-class residential property team takes a ‘personal approach’ in its work for a mix of UK and international high-net-worth clients on the sales and acquisitions of prime central London property as well as high value country houses, farms and estates. The firm also expertly handles related issues such as enfranchisement, refurbishment and residential development. Shaima Jillood leads the Middle East team, which includes specialist Arabic speaking lawyers focusing on overseas clients investing in the UK. Practice head Saskia Arthur advises on all areas of property law and collaborates effectively with the firm’s tax, private client, corporate and construction teams to provide a comprehensive offering to clients.

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‘I am impressed by their personal approach; the honest, long-term advice and the speed that they come back to me. Reem Al–Jumaily is fantastic and is an asset to the firm. I applaud the diversity and the amount of women working in the firm.’

‘Reem Al–Jumaily is one of the best lawyers I have worked with in over 20 years. I have referred so many clients to her who have also been blown away by her professionalism and determination. She is a testament to the firm.’

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Grosvenor

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Boodle Hatfield LLP specialises in advising on complex international wealth structuring for business and private assets and is renowned for its experience in acting for some of the largest family-owned businesses and family offices in the UK and internationally. The team regularly advises entrepreneurs and it also has a long history of acting for some of the largest landed estates. In addition, the team is well equipped to advise on philanthropy. Significant recent mandates for the cross-practice group including advising on structuring a notable private car collection and implementing charter arrangements for yachts and aircraft. Team head Andrea Zavos is well regarded. Matthew Bennett recently joined the team from Fladgate LLP.

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The team consistently over-performs, mainly by continually thinking of both the primary aims of the work that it is undertaking and also the most efficient manner to achieve these goals

Simon Rylatt is a joy to work with. He is unusually responsive for such a busy practitioner. He is very technically adept and at the same time emphasises common sense and practicality in his advice

Simon Rylatt excels at taking complex technical advice and distilling it into client communications that can be understood by non-technical team members and clients

Salpy Kouyoumjian and Hayden Bailey are excellent practitioners

Salpy fights her clients’ corner and finds creative solutions

Hayden Bailey is a first-class lawyer who has broad expertise and a sharp eye for detail. He has a breadth of knowledge outside his standard specialism that helps him counsel his clients on the different paths that they will need to navigate’

Salpy Kouyoumjian is very professional, yet friendly. She has a huge wealth of knowledge and an excellent sense of humour as well. I love working with her

‘Matthew Bennett is a great addition

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estate

Wates

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong focus on work for private capital-backed entities, including family offices, private funds and high-net-worth individuals. The team places a heavy degree of emphasis on mixed-use developments and investments in addition to residential projects. Led by Simon Williams, who is a specialist in the retail, leisure and hotel sectors, the team is also active in terms of handling lettings, disposals and acquisitions pertaining to major portfolios, working in collaboration with the firm’s real estate litigation, construction and finance teams. Another standout name is Caroline King; she is particularly highly rated for major urban regeneration schemes and joint venture work.

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‘They are efficient, clear-thinking and provide practical solutions to problems. Always responsive and inspire confidence.’

‘Andrew Wilmot-Smith always comes up with a solution. I never worry about whether he has missed something.’

‘The prestige of their name continues to be deserved as the service is always attentive.’

‘Their advice is always well grounded and easily understood.’

‘Dennis Ko particularly provides a personal service and understanding of our business needs.’

‘Dennis Ko works hard to ensure that once agreed a sale progresses.’

Key clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong focus on work for private capital-backed entities, including family offices, private funds and high-net-worth individuals. The team places a heavy degree of emphasis on mixed-use developments and investments in addition to residential projects. Led by Simon Williams, who is a specialist in the retail, leisure and hotel sectors, the team is also active in terms of handling lettings, disposals and acquisitions pertaining to major portfolios, working in collaboration with the firm’s real estate litigation, construction and finance teams. Another standout name is Caroline King; she is particularly highly rated for major urban regeneration schemes and joint venture work.

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‘They are efficient, clear-thinking and provide practical solutions to problems. Always responsive and inspire confidence.’

‘Andrew Wilmot-Smith always comes up with a solution. I never worry about whether he has missed something.’

‘The prestige of their name continues to be deserved as the service is always attentive.’

‘Their advice is always well grounded and easily understood.’

‘Dennis Ko particularly provides a personal service and understanding of our business needs.’

‘Dennis Ko works hard to ensure that once agreed a sale progresses.’

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Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Family Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP handles a variety of high-level instructions which frequently involve complex multi-jurisdictional issues. It acts for high–profile national and international clients with significant family businesses and various properties around the world, such as luxury assets and large art collections. In addition, it advises on a range of complicated cross-border children disputes, as well as handles cases relating to mental health issues and child abduction disputes. Other strengths lie in pre and post-nuptial agreements. James Ferguson leads the 'expert' team, which includes the 'outstandingEmily Brand, in addition to Harriet Errington and Katie O’Callaghan, who were promoted to the partnership in May 2020.

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This team has real ability with James Ferguson and Emily Brand. They are both excellent lawyers and provide first-rate client care. Emily Brand is highly intelligent, tenacious, excellent with clients and gets great results

Boodle Hatfield offers an expert team specialising in complex and high-net-worth matrimonial finance cases. From associate to partner, all members of the team are experts in their field. Although the team is small, the expertise is large. Client care is exceptional and the team fight hard to secure the best possible results for their clients

‘James Ferguson is a superb strategist – someone you would not want to play chess against’

‘Boodle Hatfield is a well-regarded, long-established firm that remains a go-to for family law. Emily Brand is an outstanding family lawyer, with enormous drive and insight

‘James Ferguson brings great authority to the team he heads. The very talented Harriet Errington and the incredibly smart Katie O’Callaghan fully deserve their recent elevation to partnership

Great client focus and real commitment to achieving outstanding results. Emily Brand shows utter dedication and charm. She will leave no stone unturned in advancing clients’ interests. Katie O’Callaghan and Harriet Errington offer pragmatic advice and support

Katie O’Callaghan combines an extraordinary eye for detail with an expansive memory. You can ask her anything about any case and she has the answer at her fingertips

‘The lawyers are amazing – hardworking, clever, thoughtful and competent. They are always there when I need and are understanding. I trust them, I listen to and respect their opinion and I know they are on my side and doing their best to look after me

Property litigation Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP acts for landlords, tenants, freeholders, developers and high-net-worth clients. It has a strong capability in matters such as leasehold enfranchisement, access and restrictive covenant disputes, business lease renewal claims, and commercial and residential tenancy disputes. Also notable is that the group advises clients on arrears, service charges and disputes pertaining to leases of storage and parking spaces, as well as costs and damages claims arising from refurbishments. Team head Colin Young handles a broad spectrum of property litigation.

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A good commercial and residential property litigation team with a breadth of experience and very solid knowledge of the West End property market.

Kellie Jones – recently appointed to partner. Good analytical skills and a tactical approach to litigation.’

They’re really on the ball, and great at giving sensible, practical advice to clients in a form which enables them to understand the implications of their decisions properly.

Very practical, realistic and pragmatic advice with clear commercial reality.’.

Kellie Jones and Colin Young form a small but very effective team

Kellie and Colin are both experienced wise and efficient. They are particularly excellent in respect of residential property and leasehold enfranchisement.’

The team works seamlessly together and clearly get on well – you have a real sense of dealing with a team, rather than individuals who cover for each other as needed but aren’t particularly clued in on what’s going on.’

Superb breadth of experience; always a pleasure to work with. Peerless in their field.’

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Grosvenor

Bedford Estates

IBM UK Pension Fund

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP's 'very practical and commercial practice' has a strong reputation for arts law-related disputes. Recent highlights also include a cross-border liquidation; an insurance dispute; breach of contract issues; and alleged breach of fiduciary duty. In addition to his art law disputes expertise, Simon Fitzpatrick acts in commercial litigation for HNW individuals and privately-owned companies. Recently promoted partner Kellie Jones represents HNW individuals from the Middle East, particularly in relation to joint venture-related disputes.

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The practice is very practical and commercial in its approach. The team listen, understand and advise at the key moments to make a practical difference. The team also don’t spend huge amounts of time explaining the possible outcomes but focus on the outcome I would like.

They listen well; really listen to what the objectives are. They evaluate the issue from alternate angles and make recommendations. They will also challenge as appropriate which makes them more than just a processing team. They are open to new ideas and approaches and hugely respect the cultural differences across the globe.

The two stand out individuals are Sarah Latham and Simon Fitzpatrick. Two truly exceptional legal professionals.

Good communication, accessible, professional.

Good commercial sense, quick to understand issues, responsive.

The team were fantastically professional, completely understood the nature of the dispute and gave us excellent advice on the strategy to resolve, and we eventually reached a satisfactory conclusion.

I was impressed with the whole team, Rebecca Foden was a pleasure to work with.

Highly competent and efficient, responsive and pragmatic

Great team work with proper back up, very clear vision and a personal touch.

Excellent sectoral knowledge and close attention to detail and client needs.

Simon Fitzpatrick and Sarah Latham: extraordinary commitment to the client’s cause.

Key clients

Chiltern Farm Chemicals Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP has been active advising on new charitable initiatives both for existing charities and for high-net-worth individuals. Work for corporate clients and family offices included advising on structuring their philanthropic activities, establishing new charities and acting as trustees for these charities. The team led by Andrea Zavos is also increasingly busy advising on alternative not-for-profit structures. Eleanor Sepanski is known for her advice on governance issues, philanthropy and CSR matters for companies.

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Excellent technical knowledge and able to provide innovative solutions. Practical and always helpful. Eleanor Sepanski stands out’

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP's offers a 'partner-led service' which acts for developers, professional consultants and landowners. The practice is helmed by John Wevill who is 'always reliable, available and responsive.' His work includes advising on the construction aspects of hotel and leisure developments.

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‘John Wevill is emotionally engaged with issues and is always reliable, available and responsive.’ 

‘Boodle Hatfield’s construction and property teams provide a very personable partner-led service. They are especially good working with private lay clients guiding them through the construction process and acting as the client’s eyes and ears de-risking a project at all stages.’ 

‘John Weevil and Oliver Johnson show great attention to detail and are also tenacious when they have to be but also pragmatic at the same time.’

Key clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

Bedford Estate

Property finance Tier 7

Boodle Hatfield LLP primarily focuses on mid-market private capital, advising private banks and wealth managers on commercial, hotel and residential developments. Key figures from the team include practice head Adam Chamberlain, who advises on development finance, particularly in the hotel sector, and Rajeev Joshi, who joined from K&L Gates LLP and advises on residential developments.

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‘A smaller, partner-led team which I found to be very commercial, pragmatic and practical. They do very well with their property-heavy and landed estate caseload.’

‘Adam Chamberlain is outstanding. He has a very steady hand on the tiller and is utterly unflappable.’

‘Their broad experience across multiple sectors, added to their detailed knowledge and experience in real estate and property finance, makes them invaluable and unique.’

‘Adam Chamberlain has deep knowledge of his field, an accurate, broad view and experience in property and finance. He does not hesitate to spend the right time on the right matter until we have the right answers, and he has directed the process to the desired result.’

Key clients

A.S.K. Capital Partners LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The Oxford-based team at Boodle Hatfield LLP is well-regarded for its agricultural advice to heirs and owners of landed estates seeking to diversify their businesses. It has broad experience in areas such as art, renewable energy, viniculture, complex probate and intensive farming projects. Practice leader Natasha Hassell advises estates on complex tax planning and heritage property issues. Partner Fiona Graham works on private client matters, tax, and trust work for landed estates.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

One of the leading practices in the region, Boodle Hatfield LLP demonstrates 'exemplary standards and assiduous attention to detail', advising on some of the largest landed estate, high net worth individual, luxury assets and philanthropic matters. Natasha Hassall is very experienced in dealing with landed estates, including heritage property issues. Associate Eleanor Sopanski has experience of international tax planning and philanthropy. Andrea Zavos is head of the private client & tax department and splits her time between Oxford and London. Fiona Graham retired in April 2020.

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I have dealt with Boodle Hatfield both as a private client and a trustee for a large landed family estate for many decades. BH have handled all matters professionally.’

Very good rounded private client practice with strong property and probate as well as tax. They provide individual attention not just teams of people.’

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estate

Wates

Boodle Hatfield is a full-service, commercially-focused firm with leading practices in property, private client and tax, litigation, family and corporate law.

The firm: One of the firm’s key strengths is its ability to marry together its various disciplines to serve the needs of clients in both their personal and business life. Boodle Hatfield has been advising clients since 1722 and has a rich history acting for wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, families, property owners and businesses. The firm has a leading Middle East team and is part of an international legal network, meaning it has established and strong connections worldwide. Boodle Hatfield is based in London with offices in Bankside and Mayfair as well as a smaller office in Oxford.

Types of work undertaken
Property: the highly rated property department is involved in large urban estate transactions with associated landlord and tenant matters, hotels, retail and London-based residential and mixed-use developments and investments. It acts for developers, owners, occupiers, funders and UK-based and international corporate and private investors. Skills also include property finance and secured lending, property taxes, construction (contentious and non-contentious) and the private rented sector. It also advises private individuals on the sale and purchase of prime residential property in London and the countryside.

Private client and tax: the private client and tax department is a leader in its field, domestically and internationally, and handles tax planning for large and complex estates, private companies, entrepreneurs, family offices, high-net-worth individuals and families, trustees, executors and charities. It advises on inheritance, capital gains and income tax planning, wills and probate, domicile and residence issues, pre-immigration planning, VAT, property and corporate taxes, the creation and administration of trusts, and on trust and probate disputes.

Corporate: the corporate department focuses on mid-sized corporate clients and private capital. It acts for an international mix of private businesses (chiefly SMEs, ranging from start-ups to substantial, established organisations), smaller quoted companies, entrepreneurs, funds, corporate and private investors, and financiers and funds. It advises on mergers and acquisitions, MBOs and private equity transactions, joint ventures, banking transactions (especially property-related), listings and the issue of securities, and commercial agreements.

Litigation: the litigation department is active in a broad range of commercial disputes and has substantial, well-regarded expertise in property litigation, commercial litigation, arts disputes, acting for major property and commercial organisations in construction, employment and agrochemicals.

Family and divorce: the family law practice deals with all issues related to relationship breakdowns and on new relationships starting up. Many of its clients have international backgrounds and the team has particular experience in cross-border cases.

Arts and culture: the arts group advises individuals, institutional collectors, estates and trustees, galleries, and art and antique dealers on art law issues including the disputed authenticity of old masters and conditional exemption claims for landed estates, as well as on commercial transactions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Sara Maccallum
Arts and cultural Sue Laing
Arts and cultural Simon Fitzpatrick
Agricultural property Saskia Arthur
Agricultural property Jane Littlejohn
Banking and finance Adam Chamberlain
Charities Natasha Hassall
Commercial litigation Simon Fitzpatrick
Commercial real estate Simon Williams
Construction John Wevill
Contentious trust and probate Simon Rylatt
Corporate Nigel Stone
Corporate finance/M&A Nigel Stone
Corporate and property tax Sara Maccallum
Entrepreneurs Richard Beavan
Family James Ferguson
Private client and tax Simon Rylatt
Property litigation Colin Young
Residential property Saskia Arthur
Hotels Rajeev Joshi
Photo Name Position Profile
 Saskia Arthur  photo Saskia Arthur Saskia has a diverse client base and wide ranging practice focusing on…
 Hayden Bailey  photo Hayden Bailey Hayden is a partner in the private client and tax team. He has…
 Richard Beavan  photo Richard Beavan Richard has been a corporate lawyer since 1998 and has extensive experience…
 Emily Brand  photo Emily Brand Emily specialises in family law with particular expertise in complex financial proceedings,…
 James Ferguson  photo James Ferguson James is head of the family team and specialises in family law…
 Simon Fitzpatrick  photo Simon Fitzpatrick Simon’s practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation. Simon is leader…
 Fiona Graham  photo Fiona Graham Fiona advises a broad range of UK and non-UK domiciled high net…
 Natasha Hassall  photo Natasha Hassall Natasha advises on long term estate planning, handling both onshore and offshore…
 Jane Ireland  photo Jane Ireland Jane specialises in mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and reorganisations and acts…
 Shaima Jillood  photo Shaima Jillood Shaima is a Partner at Boodle Hatfield. She is experienced in all…
 Simon Kerrigan  photo Simon Kerrigan Partner dealing with all aspects of residential property work, in particular landlord…
 Caroline King  photo Caroline King Caroline is a Partner experienced in all types of commercial property work,…
 Salpy Kouyoumjian  photo Salpy Kouyoumjian Salpy is a Partner with a strong international client base and specialises…
 Sue Laing  photo Sue Laing Sue specialises in succession planning, asset protection and capital and income tax…
 Mark Lindley  photo Mark Lindley Mark is an Associate at Boodle Hatfield. He specialises in handling disputes…
 Jane Littlejohn  photo Jane Littlejohn With over 25 years of experience, Jane heads our estates team. A…
 Sara Maccallum  photo Sara Maccallum Sara is Senior Partner of Boodle Hatfield and head of the commercial…
 Amanda O’Keeffe  photo Amanda O’Keeffe Amanda has many years of experience in all aspects of residential property…
 Simon Rylatt  photo Simon Rylatt Simon deals with a wide range of UK and international tax and…
 Eleanor Sepanski  photo Eleanor Sepanski Eleanor deals with all aspects of onshore UK tax, private client and…
 Nigel Stone  photo Nigel Stone Nigel is head of the Corporate team. His practice areas are UK…
 Rahul Thakrar  photo Rahul Thakrar Rahul is a Partner who advises entrepreneurs and businesses on a variety…
 Geoffrey Todd  photo Geoffrey Todd Geoffrey gives UK and international tax and estate planning advice to individuals,…
 Jonathan Turton  photo Jonathan Turton Jonathan is a leading enfranchisement solicitor. He principally acts for landlords, and…
 John Wevill  photo John Wevill John specialises in non-contentious and contentious construction law. He has over 15…
 Simon Williams  photo Simon Williams Simon is experienced in all aspects of commercial property relating to development,…
 Andrew Wilmot-Smith  photo Andrew Wilmot-Smith Andrew acts for a wide variety of property businesses including family offices,…
 Graham Winkley  photo Graham Winkley Graham has a wide experience in all aspects of residential and commercial…
 Colin Young  photo Colin Young Partner acting on a wide range of property and commercial matters. Has…
 Andrea Zavos  photo Andrea Zavos Andrea is a member of the contentious trust and estates team. She…
Number of UK partners : 33

Diversity/Community

Boodle Hatfield’s success is built on the enduring relationships it has developed over 300 years with its clients and staff. This is based on the respect we have for the individual, commitment to providing each person with the opportunity to succeed and the value we put on respecting diversity.

We are known for our positive working environment, friendly, informal atmosphere and a strong emphasis on developing each individual. We respect people of all backgrounds and have a good ethnic and gender balance amongst the staff.

We are particularly acknowledged for providing a good environment for women and we have been recognised in previous Euromoney Women in Law Awards. The firm won best National Firm across 31 countries from 2012 to 2016. Currently 56% of equity partners are women and two thirds of the fee earners are women.

We support the development of our staff by investing in our people and providing appropriate training so that employees have the opportunity to excel in their professional careers. This has led to a high retention rate of staff throughout all positions in the firm.


We are firmly committed to making a difference in the way that we conduct our business: we support initiatives that contribute to the good of the community, contribute financially to selected charitable causes and adopt environmentally friendly working practices.

Each year, within the firm, we select a Charity Partner to be the recipient of our fund raising activities. – see our website for more details here.

We are keen to support our people becoming involved in community initiatives and work with a range of community projects in Southwark. We work with local school children and undertake a reading scheme with St George’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School in Southwark. We also provide pro bono advice to local charities and trusts and run workshops for interns from local charities.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Highly regarded for its specialist work in the art and private wealth sectors, Boodle Hatfield is an historic firm (founded in 1722) with a modern sense of community and work ethos. Trainees applaud the 'size and culture of the firm' with its 'strong emphasis on work/life balance', demonstrated by Boodle Hatfield's back-to-back Lex 100 Winner awards in the work/life balance category. Respondents comment on the firm's 'great clients, friendly teams and very hands-on training experience'. The firm's small trainee intake creates 'good work opportunities but you are well supported by other fee earners and partners if you need help or assistance'. Trainees comment on 'getting real hands-on experience and helping assist with some big deals'. The firm attracts 'personable intelligent people' who create a 'warm work environment' where 'nobody takes themselves too seriously'. Boodle Hatfield's offices are in London's Mayfair and Bankside neighbourhoods as well as in central Oxford, but the practice is not limited by its domestic scope. As a trainee comments, 'I was worried that having UK-only offices would limit the work available, but the firm is very internationally focused and attracts work across jurisdictions'. Downsides mentioned include 'the lifts' and 'transport issues on the way to a hearing' but the firm receives a highly favourable review from its current trainees. If you like the sound of hands-on training plus hobnobbing with high-profile clients, Boodle Hatfield is worth a look.