Firm Profile > Boodle Hatfield LLP > London, England

Boodle Hatfield LLP
240 BLACKFRIARS ROAD
LONDON
SE1 8NW
England

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Through its offices in London and Oxford, Boodle Hatfield LLP acts for some of the biggest estates in the country and is adept at advising on the sale and purchases of valuable residential property, farms and agricultural land. Under the leadership of Saskia Arthur and Andrea Zavos it continues to act for over 80 landed estates including four of the UK’s top ten estates. Other skills lie in advising on disputes concerning the ‘modern family’ as well as excelling at working with intermediaries on complex issues surrounding diversification and the development of estates with particular expertise in advising on enterpreneurs’ relief. It is known too for its advice on the management of valuable art collections. Fiona Graham has retired and Sue Laing is well-regarded for her work with wealthy UK and international clients advising on the long-term protection and devolution of their assets.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Arthur; Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:

Sue Laing; Hayden Bailey; Natasha Hassall

Testimonials

Boodle Hatfield’s service is refreshingly professional‘.

Hayden Bailey is not only very thorough but is an exceptional communicator: a facet of crucial importance to a three-generation family‘.

‘Extremely effective in choreographing client meetings. Good team players, making good points clearly and concisely‘.

Boodle Hatfield has an excellent awareness and links into the wider market and central bodies that allows it to advise positively on potential changes. The real strength of the firm is its attention to detail and responsiveness. It makes a huge difference to completely trust the advice that is being received‘.

Hayden Bailey is very responsive, has excellent attention to detail and is good at communicating more challenging areas in simple terms‘.

Very good client base. Good practical advice. Team has depth and strength. Hayden Bailey, Natasha Hassall –  integrity, good client skills‘.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

Simon Fitzpatrick leads the team at Boodle Hatfield LLP that has a strong reputation and a broad arts practice. It advises numerous wealthy clients and successfully advises on big art law litigation. The agile team is recognised for its work with leading landed estates that have valuable art collections. Other clients include galleries, artists, auction houses and HNWIs. Fitzpatrick has specialist knowledge of art law and art litigation including auction house misattribution, authenticity and provenance claims. He has been involved in a significant number of high-profile cases relating to alleged auction house negligence. Natasha Hassall is another name to note for her work with clients on long-term estate planning, onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning and wills. The group has vast experience of advising large landed estates with heritage property issues and substantial art collections. Eleanor Sepanski is another key member of the team. The associates also garner praise.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Hassall; Eleanor Sepanski; Becky Shaw; Fred Clark; Rebecca Foden

Testimonials

It is a small, but impactful team, working on an impressive list of HNW individuals, trusts and cultural establishments. Simon Fitzpatrick is a strong team leader with a very patient approach to matters. Becky Shaw is a true rising star, making her name in the field. Same goes for Fred Clark, who has taken on some impressive clients‘.

Experienced team in the art world which as a client gives you confidence in the advice. Fred Clark is excellent, very knowledgeable and responsive‘.

Quite simply one of the best art and cultural property teams in the country. The strength and experience is second to none. Whether you are a collector, artist, auction house or financier Boodle Hatfield should be your first stop for any art-related dispute‘.

Simon Fitzpatrick is able, astute and accommodating – a fine leader and a good man. Rebecca Foden is clever, conscientious and client-focused – a real team-player who adds significant value. Becky Shaw is diligent and dependable – the sort of associate anyone would want on their side‘.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick – very smart, commercial, thoughtful‘.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP excels in high-value, complex and international work. The team is regularly involved in disputes and issues arising from non-traditional family structures stemming from same-sex marriages and other issues including surrogacy. In addition, the team is working on an increasing number of high-value trust ‘partition’ cases whereby a second or third generation of beneficiaries is seeking to exit from the existing structure. The 'exceptional strategist' Andrea Zavos  heads the department. Other notable practitioners are Simon Rylatt and Mark Lindley  - they have both been working on some of the most complex cases for the firm’s largest clients. The group is highly regarded for its considerable expertise in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection trusts, family businesses and governance issues, as well as on succession matters. The practice also acts for a number of significant trust companies. It is a 'high-quality team that is doing high-quality work'.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rylatt; Mark Lindley; James Woods-Davison

Testimonials

This is at the top of the tree handling all the big, high-profile cases. It has real expertise and it is a leader in the market with a fantastic reputation. Andrea Zavos is extremely talented. She is a very good lawyer but intensely practical, knowing when to stand her ground and when to fight. Mark Lindley is one of the best lawyers I know, as well as being extremely calm and good with clients.’

Boodle Hatfield has some of the leading and most respected practitioners in this area. The lawyers look after their clients very well. Andrea Zavos stands out for the emotional intelligence she brings to disputes as much as for her legal expertise. She knows when to settle and how to make the process work, focusing on the issues that really matter. She is all round a class act.’

‘Andrea Zavos and Simon Rylatt are both well known in the field and well able to stand their ground on behalf of their clients.’

A team with an excellent reputation that often has matters belying the size of the team. Mark Lindley is technically excellent, commercial and approachable. James Woods-Davison is a definitely a junior to watch.’

Very commercial litigators who are able to collaborate to find solutions. The lawyers do not take stupid points or take intractable positions. This is a firm you can do business with; the lawyers are interested in finding solutions.’

The Boodle Hatfield team has strength and depth, with a range of different lawyers with great experience and skills. Andrea Zavos particularly stands out, both for her depth of experience and her no-nonsense, insightful approach. She combines considerable empathy and charm with knowledge and pragmatism, and adopts a robust style without aggression. Simon Rylatt is quick, clever and easy to deal with.’

Very adept and personable, yet resolute and robust when required, always keeping cool heads when others around them are losing theirs. A really engaging and talented group of people to be around. Andrea Zavos – quite brilliant, approachable, unflappable and engaging. Andrea exudes calm even when matters escalate and she has been a highly valued adviser and confidante. Her real value is not just the tactical side of litigation but managing the “home team” and keeping everyone on track and on side in what can be very fraught circumstances. Andrea has become a “go to” for us. James Woods-Davidson – definitely one to watch for the future, he is wise beyond his years and his cool, calm, collected demeanour and friendly responsive service mean he is as excellent and unflappable in a crisis as he is around the boardroom table. Neither shaken or stirred James also has steel when required.’

‘It has extensive experience in handling very complex cross-border trusts and estates disputes; the lawyers  are extremely responsive, smart and to the point and just a great pleasure to work with. Mark Lindley stands out for his great mind and the way he manages very complex matters in a calm and very efficient way.’

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a first-rate reputation in the residential property arena, with it acting for individuals and investors on the financing, acquisition and sale of prime residential and trophy properties. Lettings work is also a mainstay of the practice. In addition, the team manages residential portfolios of major landed estates in London and across the UK. Notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit, the practice has seen an increase in mandates from domestic and international clients. Saskia Arthur heads up the team, which includes recently promoted partner Edward Allan. Also recommended are Shaima Jillood and Reem Al-Jumaily, who have particular experience of acting for clients from the Middle East. Simon Kerrigan is particularly active in landlord and tenant work, including leasehold enfranchisement cases. Jane Littlejohn leads the residential property work for The Grosvenor Estate.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Arthur

Other key lawyers:

Amanda O’Keeffe; Simon Kerrigan; Shaima Jillood; Jane Littlejohn; Graham Winkley; Edward Allan

Testimonials

‘Excellent holistic services for private clients and a unique Middle East team.’

‘Shaima Jillood and Reem Al Jumaily are excellent to work with particularly for Middle Eastern clients.’

‘Reem is the most responsive, front-footed proactive property lawyer I know.’

‘BH have a strong track record of dealing with complex legal arguments over a long period of time. They provide thorough and detailed advice, providing what was asked for and also what is required to deal with the situation in hand.’

‘They are pragmatic and honest to deal with. Other firms might indicate where you can find the answer to a problem, whereas BH give you background and the answer in detail.’

‘They are able to set out clear timescales for reporting or providing advice, they do not over-promise on delivery. They are also friendly and very knowledgeable. Simon Kerrigan works hard for you and is very efficient at getting the job done.’

Key clients

The Grosvenor Estate

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

The team at Boodle Hatfield LLP is noted for its advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices and fund syndicates, which frequently turn to the firm for assistance with major, cross-border private M&A transactions. Practice head Richard Bevan's niche in entrepreneurial instructions sees him leading a cross-departmental offering that acts for key stakeholders in a broad array of sectors including the housebuilding, motor sports, leisure, and hotels industries. Clients benefit from Rahul Thakrar's status as a chartered financial analyst, and his focus on structuring an array of transactions, real estate funds and profit share arrangements. Charlie Hewlett is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Beavan

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Thakrar; Charlie Hewlett

Testimonials

‘Collegiate team and commercially minded team. Key strength is that their partner Rahul Thakrar has a very strong finance background and understanding which means he can understand my clients needs. Rahul is also very commercially minded. Unique in that they have a flat structure and they all seem happy. Key strengths – good problem solver, commercially minded, strong finance understanding. Nimble team who are quick to think and act.’

‘Key individual who stands out is one of their partners Rahul Thakrar who has a very strong finance background and understanding which means he can understand my clients needs. Rahul is also very commercially minded and explains and communicates with my clients very clearly and comprehensively which is greatly appreciated. Rahul is liked and highly respected by all of his clients and fellow colleagues.’

Key clients

Falco Private Office

A.S.K. Partners Limited

ADS Securities LLC

Dominus Group

Flemyn Family Office

Grosvenor

Bedford Estate

Wates

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Boodle Hatfield LLP specialises in complex international wealth structuring and is renowned for advising some of the largest family owned businesses and family offices in the UK and internationally on governance, risk management and wealth preservation. The group of 'clear thinkers' advises a wide range of clients from entrepreneurs to landed estates and has increasingly been advising on philanthropic projects. In addition it has been providing tax and planning advice on large art collections, as well as advising artists on legacy issues. Andrea Zavos leads the practice that promoted Eleanor Sepanski and Laurence Morgan to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:

Sue Laing; Simon Rylatt; Hayden Bailey; Sara Maccallum; Geoffrey Todd ; Salpy Kouyoumjian; Eleanor Sepanski; Laurence Morgan;Kyra Motley

Testimonials

Clients who I came across and who deal with BH have been very happy with the approachability and reactivity of the firm. Partners are accessible, revert in a timely manner and are down to earth. The different people I talk to are highly professional, cooperative and have the interest of their clients close to heart. They are very pleasant to work with as they revert quickly and collaborate well in an open and efficient way‘.

‘Boodle Hatfield has plenty of strength in depth as regards private client work. One receives a consistent good level of service from all of the fee earners. Kyra Motley has worked for several HNW clients from the Middle East for many years and has an excellent understanding of that region. Laurence Morgan, who was promoted to partner, is a good all round private client lawyer and a rising star‘.

‘The partners are close to the client and hands on which is exactly what we as a client want. Boodle Hatfield has a long term view and we value it as a partner rather than a service provider. Hayden Bailey and Laurence Morgan are exceptional professionals in their respective fields. We are used to receiving short and precise advice giving us the full picture of the situation sometimes at very short notice. Also, it is very important that you can think together with these individuals (use them as sparring partners) and use their wide knowledge to the fullest during meetings’.

They are very clear from the beginning about costs, speak plain, clear, English away from jargon, constantly hold conference calls for updating and questioning, so not only via emails. Kyra Motley is amazing to work with, have been referring potential clients without hesitation to Kyra‘.

‘Boodle Hatfield has a strong history in the private client market and works for many well known clients. It is able to bring its wide-ranging knowledge and experience forward to support clients. In an area like personal tax and trusts, it is vital to have knowledge, experience and an absolute attention to detail: Boodle is incredibly strong on this. Hayden Bailey is the lead partner and has really helped us understand the nuances of the trust structures and the key areas we need to be aware of. He is very responsive and gives precise, high quality advice. He has been very understanding of our position during 2020 – and worked hard to support us in a way that has worked best for us: not something that is seen in all advisory firms‘.

‘This venerable practice successfully serves a diverse client base, from ancient landed families to globally oriented entrepreneurs, providing them with a unique toolbox of experience. The lawyers have a deep understanding of their clientele – often over several generations – and can present tax and estate solutions that are individually tailored to each particular situation and the client’s personal preferences. This is not a “one size fits all” practice. The partners are straightforward, down-to-earth and comfortable addressing a broad range of private client issues involving multiple jurisdictions. Geoffrey Todd, in particular, is knowledgeable and personable. He also has the intellectual flexibility to make him an effective collaborator in cross-border planning‘.

‘Boodle Hatfield has a fantastic team, although I deal mainly with Salpy Kouyoumjian. The team is always very helpful and has a fantastic understanding of a client’s culture – particularly in the Middle East. Salpy Kouyoumjian is, to my mind, the best private client lawyer in London. She is super-knowledgeable, very easy and fun to work with and always very helpful’.

‘The team is dynamic and provides clear, accurate and very timely advice. I have complete confidence that if I recommend a client to use BH, that client will receive A1 advice from the BH team. Responsive, passionate and commercial in the advice that they give and solutions that they suggest. I am always impressed with Kyra Motley and the way that she cuts straight through to the heart of an issue and provides the client with practical and clear advice that is focused on addressing and resolving the client’s particular needs‘.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP has acted in a substantial number of high-level instructions many of which have multiple jurisdictions and considerable tax-based, emotional and reputational challenges and valuable assets. It is known for its work with a wide range of high-profile clients with significant family businesses as well as for its cross-border children work. Other strengths lie in pre- and post-nuptial agreements. James Ferguson heads the department that includes Emily Brand who has particular expertise in complicated financial proceedings with an international dimension. Katie O’Callaghan is a qualified family mediator and Harriet Errington is skilled across all aspects of family law. This is  team that 'combines experience, enthusiasm and hard work'.

Practice head(s):

James Ferguson

Other key lawyers:

Emily Brand; Katie O’Callaghan; Harriet Errington; Alexandra Hirst; Katie Male; Genevieve Smith

Testimonials

‘A first-rate firm which deals with some of the most complex high net worth financial remedy cases in London. This firm has an excellent reputation amongst the Family Bar. Its cases are expertly prepared. It is a pleasure to be instructed by them; but a source of anxiety if they are on the other side. James Ferguson- A fox who is both gentlemanly and cunning. He spots the weaknesses in an opponent’.

Much used by the Aristocracy and those savants who understand why the Aristocracy prefer these types of firms. James Ferguson has a military mind; focused, disciplined and keen to win‘.

‘James Ferguson – Experience and canniness. Emily Brand – Enthusiasm and intelligence. Katie Male – Hard work and intelligence‘.

Very commercial department; good value for money and control of costs; extensive experience in high-money cases usually with an international dimension. Ferguson: hugely composed and unflappable; tough. Brand: highly intelligent, good strategist and good at coming up with solutions. O’Callaghan: extremely efficient‘.

‘Close knit team who work very well together. Emily Brand has an amazing bed-side manner and is very experienced. Harriet is incredibly empathetic with her clients and on the ball. She is easy to work with and bounce ideas off. Katie O’Callaghan is very bright and hardworking. She is very responsive to issues as and when they arise. Alex Hirst and Katie Male are also both top-class. They are smart and diligent and get things done promptly‘.

‘Boodle Hatfield is first rate. The partners are all absolutely superb but that quality is maintained throughout the department: it is a brilliantly led team who all work well together (and delegate work effectively and appropriately) .Its  focus is always on getting the best possible outcome for the client, usually by resolving conflicts in the most commercially sensible way. The lawyers are a real joy to work with. Emily Brand is brilliant and highly effective. She sees through issues very clearly and has strong strategic insights. James Ferguson is very clever, completely unflappable, has excellent judgement, and is a skilled negotiator‘.

‘The high quality work it receives. The excellent client list. The strength of the team as a whole – there are no weak links. A smaller team but in terms of ability on a par with the top London family law firms. Emily Brand – is a class act. Very clever, great judgement and one of the best strategists in family law. She earns and retains her clients total trust through a mixture of hard work, commitment and results. 5* all the way. Katie O’Callaghan – is certainly a star of the future. Understated but steely; she has an encyclopaedic grasp of all the details of her cases. No one ie better prepared. Would highly recommend‘.

‘Really impressive team with some very experienced heads and some excellent new partners. Very modern in its outlook and client-orientated in its service. Emily Brand – classy lawyer with very sound instincts and a great manner. Harriet Errington – smart and assured. Katie O’Callaghan – absolutely on the ball‘.

 

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP's team regularly acts for clients in multimillion pound commercial disputes, and it is currently particularly active in representing clients from the Middle East and other foreign jurisdictions. Well known for art law disputes, Simon Fitzpatrick also represents a range of clients in commercial litigation, including high-net-worth individuals and privately-owned companies. Kellie Jones, who made partner in May 2020, is a specialist in Middle East-related joint venture disputes. Senior associate Rebecca Foden's recent work included high-value contractual claims.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Jones; Rebecca Foden

Testimonials

The team comprises extremely good strategic thinkers, who look at a problem from all angles and then come up with multiple attack/defence points, forcing the opposition to fight on a number of fronts.

They have the capability of rapidly digesting and understanding complex matters regarding software and the tech sector in general, thus allowing them to progress onto the legal strategy. Moreover, I found the team to be excellent throughout, from associate to partner, and found access to partner level was easy and efficient.

This team excels in high-value disputes and litigation, where they act for an impressive roster of international (as well as) domestic clients.

On the technology front, the team has seized the opportunities during the pandemic lockdown to embed technology in its practice – this has enabled the team to do away with the prior reliance on paper, and be able to deliver high-quality document sets which stand them above their competitors.

The dispute resolution team, led by the ever-capable Simon Fitzpatrick, continues to strengthen and now punches like for like.

Simon Fitzpatrick is extremely responsive, very astute, and quick to get to the nub of a problem and assimilate the steps to be taken -very calm and composed.

Kellie Jones has a steady hand and pragmatic approach to litigation.

Senior associate Rebecca Foden is a rising star, who is extremely responsive and capable. Truly excellent – she has a forensic grasp of the detail, and offers sound pragmatic advice with excellent client-handling skills. She’s results oriented and you definitely feel more confident with her in your corner!

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP which operates from two London offices in Mayfair and Bankside, is adept in a range of development, letting, disposal and acquisition matters. Led by Simon Williams, a specialist in retail, leisure and hotel assets, the team directs particular emphasis toward mixed-use developments and investments and is especially well-versed in serving private capital clients, namely family offices, private funds, high-net-worth individuals and overseas investors. The group has noted an uptick in activity in the co-working and serviced office space over the past 12 months and also includes Caroline King whose core strengths lie in regeneration schemes, office and retail developments, joint ventures and funding matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford

Wates

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLPBoodle Hatfield LLP which operates from two London offices in Mayfair and Bankside, is adept in a range of development, letting, disposal and acquisition matters. Led by Simon Williams, a specialist in retail, leisure and hotel assets, the team directs particular emphasis toward mixed-use developments and investments and is especially well-versed in serving private capital clients, namely family offices, private funds, high-net-worth individuals and overseas investors. The group has noted an uptick in activity in the co-working and serviced office space over the past 12 months and also includes Caroline King whose core strengths lie in regeneration schemes, office and retail developments, joint ventures and funding matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford

Wates

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong profile for lease enfranchisement and disputes associated with opposed lease renewals in particular, where the team acts for landlords and tenants including private individuals. The practice led by Colin Young focuses on the residential real estate sector, but it also handles commercial property disputes, including those over unpaid rent. Young is supported by Kellie Jones, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, and is well versed in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Colin Young

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Jones

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of our company and its background to inform on the strategy.

Real strength and experience in the private wealth/landed estate residential field.

Colin Young is very calm and hugely experienced.

Kellie Jones is bright and approachable but steely.

The property litigation department at Boodle Hatfield has considerable breadth of experience in all matters of property disputes.

Their measured and pragmatic approach to solutions and their approachable and open style, together with their in-depth knowledge of complex issues, especially with leasehold property in London, give them an edge over their competitors.

Kellie Jones is an outstanding property litigation practitioner, with in-depth knowledge of case law and property disputes.

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estates

IBM UK Pension Fund

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP had another strong year advising on some new charitable initiatives both for existing charities and for HNWIs on their philanthropic ventures. It has been busy advising its corporate clients and family offices on how to structure their philanthropic activities. The group is increasingly advising too on alternative not-for-profit structures. Andrea Zavos heads the team that includes Eleanor Sepanski who advises on governance issues, philanthropy and on CRS planning for companies.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos 

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Sepanski

Testimonials

‘Able to cover all the ‘usual’ commercial issues that face an organisation, combined with specific expertise and experience in the arts sector. Makes the team great, full-service support for anyone working in arts & culture‘.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP's construction team is known for acting on high-value residential matters, advising both individuals and developers. It is also active advising on hotel construction and urban estates matters. Navpreet Atwal leads the team, offering her clients a holistic set of services. John Wevill is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Navpreet Atwal

Other key lawyers:

John Wevill

Testimonials

‘Navpreet Atwal has exceptional intelligence. Her manner in dealing with clients is empathetic, kind, and understanding. She is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

Bedford Estate

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Boodle Hatfield LLP is active in hotel, residential and private rental developments, as well as Islamic financing, for its lender and borrower clients, including ultra-high-net-worth individuals, privately owned firms, private banks and wealth managers. Adam Chamberlain, who handles development finance across a range of asset classes, and Simon Williams co-lead the team. Rajeev Joshi is also a notable team member with strengths in the hotel sector.

Practice head(s):

Adam Chamberlain; Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rajeev Joshi

Testimonials

‘Boodle Hatfield is very synced up across the banking, property and construction teams which helps the process run incredibly smoothly from a client perspective. The partners are very hands on and involved which is brilliant when tackling complex structuring and due diligence issues. They have been particularly helpful in facilitating completions during remote working.’

‘I have worked with the Islamic finance, finance and real estate teams at Boodle Hatfield and have been impressed with their partner-led approach, responsiveness, client focus and collaboration/communication between teams.’

‘We put all our business through BH and have done for many years. An excellent team all round.’

‘Adam Chamberlain is client-focused and responsive.’

Key clients

A.S.K Partners

Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The Oxford team at Boodle Hatfield LLP specialises on the intersection of property and tax law, advising high-net-worth individuals with landed estates and landowners on tenancy issues, estate management, and asset protection. It is particularly experienced advising on matters related to renewable energy, viniculture, significant farming projects, and complex probate for the landed gentry. Private client practice co-head Natasha Hassall leads on both onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning, and long-term estate planning. Co-head Andrea Zavos splits her time between Oxford and London. She advises on probate and administration of estates, as well as private wealth disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos; Natasha Hassall

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

Boodle Hatfield LLP's private client and tax team includes 'excellent lawyers at the top of their practice area'. The team advises on some of the largest landed estates, international wealth structuring mandates, art and luxury assets, and philanthropic projects. Leading the Oxford practice, Natasha Hassell handles onshore and offshore trusts and advises some of the country's leading estates in complex tax planning, including heritage property issues. Andrea Zavos heads the team in both London and Oxford. Eleanor Sepanski was promoted to partner in May 2020 and has significant experience in international tax planning and philanthropy.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos; Natasha Hassall

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Sepanski

Testimonials

‘Excellent lawyers at the top of their practice area. Quick response time and effective case management. ’

‘Eleanor Sepanski is top-notch. She is skilled, responsive, sensitive to time spent and client-focused. ’

‘The team takes time to understand your requirements, are all extremely approachable and work with you to find solutions for your organisation. They think beyond the presenting issue and will highlight potential future considerations which, for a business that takes a long-term view, is helpful. The partners appear to be well connected in their fields providing broader insights. ’

‘Natasha Hassall is very bright, technically extremely strong, explains complex problems simply and works with you to provide practical solutions. Puts clients at ease, listens, collaborates, sets out issues from different perspectives and reassures.’

‘ The team are all very experienced and effective in providing advice which spans many different areas. They work extremely well together.

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
Charities Natasha Hassall
Commercial litigation Simon Fitzpatrick
Commercial real estate Simon Williams
Construction Navpreet Atwal
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
Ms Reem Al-Jumaily photo Ms Reem Al-Jumaily Reem is a fluent Arabic speaking partner specialising in the sale and…
 Edward Allan  photo Edward Allan Edward acts predominately for high net worth families and individuals on a…
 Saskia Arthur  photo Saskia Arthur Saskia has a diverse client base and wide ranging practice focusing on…
 Navpreet Atwal  photo Navpreet Atwal Navpreet specialises in non-contentious work across a broad range of construction engineering…
 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…
 Matthew Bennett photo Matthew Bennett Matthew advises both UK and overseas resident individuals and families on the…
 Emily Brand  photo Emily Brand Emily specialises in family law with particular expertise in complex financial proceedings,…
 Harriet Errington photo Harriet Errington Harriet is an accomplished family law partner, experienced litigator and skilled negotiator.…
 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…
 Simon Gorham  photo Simon Gorham Simon is head of employment and advises on the full range of…
 Natasha Hassall  photo Natasha Hassall Natasha advises on long term estate planning, handling both onshore and offshore…
 Shaima Jillood  photo Shaima Jillood Shaima is a Partner at Boodle Hatfield. She is experienced in all…
 Kellie Jones photo Kellie Jones Kellie’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial and property litigation. Kellie…
 Rajeev Joshi photo Rajeev Joshi Rajeev has extensive experience of real estate investment, development and finance work…
 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…
 Laurence Morgan  photo Laurence Morgan Laurence specialises in advising individuals and families in the UK and abroad…
 Kyra Motley photo Kyra Motley Kyra specialises in multi-jurisdictional wealth planning, international tax and trusts, succession planning…
 Katie O’Callaghan photo Katie O’Callaghan Katie advises clients on all aspects of family law, with a particular…
 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,…
 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 : 36

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 gender balance amongst the staff.

We support the development of our people by investing in them 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 were awarded the ‘Exceptional Achievement’ by a Firm prize at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2020. The award commended the firm for its clear focus throughout its 300-year history and highlighted the distinctive female leadership, long-standing culture of gender equality and strong management. As at August 2021, 53% of equity partners are women and 57% of the fee earners are women.


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

Boodle Hatfield prides itself on ‘understanding its longstanding heritage at the same time as being forward thinking and innovative’. A ‘focus on private client work’, the ‘option of a family seat’ and ‘expertise in niche areas, such as art litigation’ were also big enticements. The London firm is a deserving recipient of a Lex 100 Winner award for its vacation scheme, during which time participants ‘could quickly tell that trainees were given the opportunity to do interesting and high-quality work in a supportive and friendly working environment’. Thanks to a small intake, trainees receive ‘greater client exposure and a higher level of responsibility’ and are definitely ‘not simply given endless admin tasks’. Indeed, recruits ‘feel like a genuine member of the team’ and are encouraged to ‘run their own files and take on leading roles with clients’, as well as ‘getting involved in business development from day one’. Boodle Hatfield ‘could be more progressive with technology’ and some trainees find the work ‘can be a little repetitive’ due to ‘working with a lot of the same type of clients’. The positive is that this ‘makes it easier to build relationships with said clients’. Like many others, Boodle Hatfield trainees ‘haven’t been able to meet colleagues’ and ‘it has been harder to pop our head around the door to ask questions’ due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the firm ‘has responded very proactively’ and made a ‘huge effort to minimise the effect of lockdown on our training experience’. As a result, ‘completing a deal involving a variation to a large property portfolio in London’ and ‘attending court proceedings’ has still been possible. To train at a firm which is ‘an enjoyable place to work’, as well as being ‘very supportive of independent thinking and suggestions’, take a look at Boodle Hatfield.