Boodle Hatfield LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Boodle Hatfield LLP
6 GROSVENOR STREET
LONDON
W1K 4PZ
England

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The agile team at Boodle Hatfield LLP advises on the full array of issues from strategic tax advice to a myriad of property matters. Saskia Arthur is the head of agricultural property while Andrea Zavos leads the private client and tax offering. The group has a strong national presence and is known for its work with some of the largest estates in the country in addition to its expertise in all aspects of the sale and purchase of valuable residential property, farms and agricultural land. It is adept at advising on diversification, devolution and on the development of land and is skilled at handling disputes involving the modern family. Other core areas of expertise include providing rural business advice to clients in addition to advising on heritage property matters and on the management of valuable art collections. Sue Laing is another key figure.  Hayden Bailey works closely with various entrepreneurial heirs and Natasha Hassall is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Arthur; Andrea Zavos

Testimonials

‘Very established landed estates team’.

Boodle Hatfield has taken a lot of time to understand our business and the requirements of the owners. The lawyers have adapted their approach to reflect how we work. Most importantly, they are very flexible and responsive and I completely trust the advice that they provide’.

‘Hayden Bailey is our lead contact. My view on Hayden is reflective of my overall view of the firm: fundamentally, I trust and value the advice that he gives. He has always been very supportive and responsive. He is forward looking and has made sure that we are more forward thinking and spend the right time considering future strategy’.

‘Hayden Bailey – one of the highest regarded lawyers in the landed estates world, rightly so. He is brilliant with clients and pragmatic too’.

‘Hayden Bailey – very good technically. Responsive. Prepared to work collaboratively which is great’.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

Simon Fitzpatrick leads the team at Boodle Hatfield LLP that frequently advises on the big art litigation matters. It also advises galleries, artists, auction houses and HNWIs on significant purchases of art worth millions of pounds. Fitzpatrick is a known name for his specialist knowledge of cases involving auction house misattribution, authenticity and provenance claims. Natasha Hassall specialises in advising on heritage property issues where there are substantial art collections. Eleanor Sepanski’s clients include wealthy families and individuals with large art collections as well as high-profile artists and not-for-profit organisations. At associate level Fred Clark, Becky Shaw and Rebecca Foden are all well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge delivered in a user friendly manner. Very strong understanding of the commercial issues relating to art sales, and the preparation of consignment and sale agreements’.

‘Very good, responsive and helpful and not expensive’.

‘Boodle Hatfield’s art law practice is well-established and highly skilled and experienced across the whole range of disciplines relevant to the art market, from non-contentious matters such as contracts, wills and probate and taxation to litigation and dispute resolution’.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick has decades of experience of art litigation and has played a role in some of the leading cases in the field. Becky Shaw is extremely sharp with an incisive intelligence and an eye for detail as well as a practical approach’.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick and Fred Clark are building a successful Art and Cultural Property practice – based mainly, but not only, upon contentious work. Of particular note is their online offering of news and analysis – which is up to date and attractively presented’.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick and Fred Clark – both solid and knowledgeable‘.

‘Probably the leading art-litigation firm in London. Unrivalled expertise and experience in matters ranging from auctioneer’s negligence, title disputes and bailment claims’.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is a fine team-leader. He is considered, consistent and clever with serious tactical nous‘.

Key clients

Herman de Stern Foundation

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP ‘is absolutely first-rate in the private client world in general, with deep experience and expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional planning and litigation. All of the partners are impressive, as are the associates’. It is regularly instructed in numerous high-value, complex and international disputes. In addition it has considerable expertise in disputes concerning the modern family as well as being involved in an increasing number of substantial trust partition cases. It is sought after for its significant experience in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection trusts, family businesses and governance issues as well as on succession matters. The ‘highly thought ofAndrea Zavos garners praise for her ‘keen intelligence, excellent judgement and deep experience’. Simon Rylatt ‘sees the whole picture’ while Mark Lindley has ‘ an impressive eye for detail’. The group works with individuals, trustees and trust companies and is ‘bursting with ideas’ while being a ‘very solid and reassuring team’.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Zavos; Mark Lindley; Simon Rylatt; James Woods-Davison; Michael Duffy

Testimonials

‘There is a wealth of experience and expertise in this team. They are used to dealing with high profile and high value cases. They bring this expertise and experience to bear and will fight their client’s corner very hard but also will try and come to a sensible negotiated agreement if they can. They are formidable opponents’.

‘Mark Lindley is a bright partner with an impressive eye for detail’.

‘Friendly and expert team lead by the highly thought of Andrea Zavos’.

‘Very pleasant to deal with and bursting with ideas’.

‘Simon Rylatt who I’ve been working with most recently is extremely good and sees the whole picture’.

‘Boodle Hatfield is utterly outstanding in this area. They win some of the best work, have a fantastic attitude, are both tough and collaborative and are one of the very best. It is a pleasure to work with them and a trial to work against them’.

‘Andrea Zavos is a true leader in this area. Totally tough, honest, sharp and unflinching. She is in the mix for any substantial instruction in the market. Mark Lindley is one of the best junior partners in the field. He is knowledgeable, reasonable, balanced and uncompromising when needed’.

‘Boodle Hatfield is absolutely first rate in the private client practice in general, with deep experience and expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional planning and litigation. All of their partners are impressive, as are their associates’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ’excellent, very reliable and highly respected’ practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP receives many plaudits under the direction of Andrea Zavos . In the last year it has continued to enjoy some very significant client wins and continues to excel in complex international wealth structuring mandates where there are substantial business and personal assets. It 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. Salpy Kouyoumjian  is the joint head of the firm’s Middle East practice group. Kyra Motley is well-known for advising clients in the Middle East too and acts for six branches of ten different Royal families and 23 billionaires. Clare Stirzaker joined the team from PwC Legal  which has been described as a ‘feather in its cap to get her’. Clients remark that 'what I have found very unique is its bespoke, partner led service'.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:

Sue Laing; Simon Rylatt; Hayden Bailey; Sara Maccallum; Laurence Morgan; Kyra Motley; Clare Stirzaker; Clare Pooley; Salpy Kouyoumjian

Testimonials

‘The team at BH certainly has outperformed many other law firms specifically on complex issues and on an international level. We, BH and myself, share a few UHNW Families and the feedback I have received from my clients, and my own experience from dealing with them, has been nothing short of excellent, engaging and responsive with amazing technical skills’.

‘Kyra Motley is a standout advisor specifically for the Middle East, her deep knowledge of Sharia and non Sharia compliant issues, being a woman in this industry goes very well in the Middle East. She is impressive and is quick, focused on explaining issues in a simple language away from complex legal jargon is well respected in the Middle East. She has established an excellent reputation in the Middle East making her a very well known as a “go to advisor”’.

‘I have watched over the last decade as BH private client has morphed from a very much land and estates private client department into an international private client capacity with UHNW international clients having a footprint in a number of jurisdictions as well as offshore structures, with which we assist them regularly. They are still, perhaps, slightly under the radar for this work and deserve to be recognised more widely for it’.

‘Simon Rylatt and Laurence Morgan – both highly specialised and professional. Clients who are referred to them are taken great care of.’

‘Hayden Bailey good. Thorough and thoughtful. Laurence Morgan really excellent technically and inventive and proactive’.

‘Salpy Kouyoumijian is an exceptional lawyer – knows her stuff and is very personable’.

‘Salpy Kouyoumjian is the go-to lawyer for bespoke International Asset Restructuring and Family Business advising. She has a solid expertise advising clients from the MEA which grants her a distinctive added-value amid the UK Legal market practice’.

‘Laurence Morgan is an outstanding tax lawyer. Very reactive and has a pragmatic approach to complex matters’.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Saskia Arthur leads a ‘very professional team’ at Boodle Hatfield LLP that has an ‘excellent level of expertise in all aspects of property transactions which allows it to solve clients’ questions quickly and efficiently’. The team has a wealth of experience in acting for individuals in the purchase, finance and sale of prime residential and ‘trophy’ properties as well as managing the residential property portfolios of major landed estates in London and across the UK. Other core areas of expertise include advising both landlords and tenants on statutory lease extensions and freehold purchases and advising on the construction documentation for the building and refurbishment of listed central London and rural properties. Shaima Jillood  is the joint head of the firm’s Middle East practice and is skilled at handling all aspects of residential property matters. Reem Al-Jumaily is a key member of the Middle East practice too and specialises in the sale and purchase of UK residential property and large London development projects.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Arthur

 

Other key lawyers:

Shaima Jillood; Reem Al-Jumaily; Edward Allan; Simon Kerrigan; Graham Winkley

Testimonials

‘Edward Allan and his team are exceptional. They are highly professional, diligent and are commercial in their approach. We would entrust them with all of our clients. Edward Allan is truly excellent. We have transacted on numerous properties together’.

‘A good sized team, with a broad range of knowledge and expertise, well known in the industry, easy to get on with and very reliable. Comparing advice received from different firms, the level of detail is usually of a better quality and is easy to understand, without unnecessary jargon’.

‘Including Simon Kerrigan and Graham Winkley, the individuals are approachable, thorough in the advice given, prompt in responding, highly professional and always willing to assist. They provide in depth advice, not just the basics, which is always appreciated’.

‘Boodle Hatfield are problem solvers. They don’t do conveyancing, they conduct conveyancing and do so like a musician in an orchestra. They make boring old law exciting and deliver a level of service that I haven’t found anywhere else in London’.

‘I only deal with Simon Kerrigan although I am aware that he has a team behind him and if it were necessary partners of equal ability to step in if necessary. He is tenacious, detailed, seems to survive on two hours sleep a night and offers what seems to be a 24/7 service’.

‘Saskia Arthur is a fantastic property lawyer with an exceptional level of expertise. She is always focused on achieving the best outcome for the client and is calm and reassuring. She is a pleasure to deal with, and I always feel that my clients are in safe hands when she is representing them’.

‘Reem Al Al Jumaily is one of the most exceptional lawyers I have worked with in my 25 year career. She is always on hand and being an Arabic speaker this has allowed many middle eastern clients have felt much more assured in working with her. As a firm they are formidable!’

‘Wonderful – Saskia is different class’.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s Oxford-based practice is led by Natasha Hassall, who works alongside Eleanor Sepanski on complex tax, trusts and estate planning, supported by senior associate Sally Harlow. The team also draws on support from property and corporate experts in the firm’s London office to provide a rounded service to its prestigious client roster, which features more than 80 landed estates, including some of the largest in the country. Other key areas of focus include diversification, devolution and development, as well as complex rural conveyancing.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Hassall

Other key lawyers:

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

Boodle Hatfield LLP leaves ‘no stone unturned‘ as it manages large estates, particularly for artists, and the team has extensive complementary expertise in legal issues surrounding art collections. Out of London, Andrea Zavos heads the practice and the Oxford team is led by Natasha Hassall who handles on- and offshore trusts, tax planning, and wills, including heritage property matters. Eleanor Sepanski leads the firm’s philanthropic work as well as onshore UK tax, private client, and trust work. Recent arrival Clare Stirzaker is a specialist in succession planning and related legal and taxation issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Zavos; Natasha Hassall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sara Macallum, Simon Rylatt, and Eleanopr Sepanski are all extremely helpful – no matter what the issue. They are very skilled in the tax and private client areas and leave no stone unturned in their service to the client.’

‘Good sound advice, highly responsive to clients needs, they go the extra mile.’

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

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s corporate team, which is known for being 'very creative in finding solutions', enjoyed a strong 2021, with a growing proportion of work involving a significant cross-border element. Team head Richard Bevan heads the firm's cross-departmental entrepreneurs team, acting for a large number of entrepreneurs and their associated businesses with a focus on pre-exit and their move to becoming UHNW or HNW clients. Rahul Thakrar is 'extremely intelligent, responsive and exudes confidence.'

Practice head(s):

Richard Beavan

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Thakrar; Charlie Hewlett

Testimonials

‘They are extremely knowledgeable about the mergers and acquisitions market and are very creative in finding solutions. They are deal closers and are extremely responsive.’

‘Rahul Thakrar is extremely intelligent, responsive and exudes confidence that is very helpful in having matters resolved.’

‘Incredible efficiency while managing sharp attention to detail.’

‘Rahul Thakrar is an excellent team leader and clear communicator.’

‘Very commercial in their approach and very reasonable fees compared to other legal firms of the same size.’

Rahul Thakrar is very commercially minded, with a measured approach to negotiations and very good at introductions.’

Key clients

Bricklane Technologies Ltd

Falco Private Office

A.S.K. Partners Limited

ADS Securities LLC

Dominus Group

Flemyn Family Office

Black Pearl Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bricklane Technologies on its £600m joint venture with the Moorfield Group.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP is ‘simply brilliant. It delivers an extremely high quality of service for its clients and truly is a firm that adds value to its cases. It is a close team that  works well together and there’s real strength and depth in the department’.  The group receives many high-level instructions which often span multiple jurisdictions and have substantial tax-based, emotional and reputational challenges as well as 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. The team also garners praise for its work on large pre-nuptial agreements. Head of department James Ferguson  ‘approaches all cases with real wisdom’. Emily Brand  has particular expertise in advising on disputes involving children on the autism spectrum.

Practice head(s):

James Ferguson

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The Family team at Boodle Hatfield is amongst the best in the industry and now challenging the biggest firms. It is a ’boutique’ firm but has the resources of a much larger firm. The senior partner James Ferguson has created a fantastic team and atmosphere – friendly but also business-like, astute and hardworking. They come highly recommended’.

‘Emily Brand – a standout partner. Highly empathetic, knowledgeable and skilful. Alexandra Hirth – excellent associate with an amazing grasp of the details of cases, tactical awareness and knowledge of the law. Harriet Errington – also a standout partner’.

‘A lovely, close-knit small team who works well together and is committed to doing the very best for its clients. Emily Brand puts clients at ease straight away and takes a pragmatic approach to her cases. Her instinct is spot-on and she always sees 10 steps ahead’.

‘Katie O’Callaghan is very smart, sensible and is not afraid to say what she thinks and get to the meat of cases straight away. Harriet Errington is wonderfully empathetic to her clients and is also able to put her clients at ease whilst also being a savvy litigator, always trying to do the very best for her clients’.

‘The family team is small but extremely capable and is more than a match for its magic circle competitors. It attracts a significant number of complex and high net worth cases which the team is able to tackle with ease. James Ferguson- a wealth of experience and very good at devising strategies to secure success’.

‘Emily Brand- very supportive of clients. Her tenacity is disguised by her beguiling sense of humour which clients love. Katie Male and Katie O’Callaghan- both more junior members of the team; but both are extremely capable and integral to the team’s success‘.

Emily Brand. First-rate legal mind, personable and fearless. An all-round winner!’

‘They have sensible partners who won’t litigate for the sake of it but, when called upon to do so, will deliver at the highest standard. James Ferguson and Alex Hirst are a fantastic team’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP's litigation department 'consistently demonstrates excellent strategic judgement and commercial insight'. It regularly assists international families and businesses with cross-border disputes, while clients also benefit from the firm's specialisms in the art and luxury assets, agrochemicals and family business sectors. A 'truly outstanding commercial litigator', Simon Fitzpatrick's recent track record includes acting in contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, professional negligence claims, and partnership, shareholder and property disputes; and Kellie Jones frequently represents HNW individuals, particularly from the Middle East. An 'outstanding senior associate', Rebecca Foden is experienced in art-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Boodle Hatfield consistently demonstrates excellent strategic judgement and commercial insight. The individuals within the team are great team players and incredibly user friendly. Boodle Hatfield is also one of the market leaders in terms of gender diversity and equality, and has taken proactive steps to ensure flexible working for its staff.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is absolutely excellent – great strategic thinking as well as client handling.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is a truly outstanding commercial litigator. A perfect blend of strategic thinking and targeted aggression. His insight into the direction of a case never fails. He is also great at getting the best from his team.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is the ideal person to be running a serious piece of big-ticket litigation.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is strategically very strong and has superb judgement.’

‘Kellie Jones has great client care and a highly commercial approach.’

‘Rebecca Foden is an outstanding senior associate – super-smart and efficient.’

‘Rebecca Foden is one of the best I’ve worked with.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s real estate practice is known for advising a variety of private capital clients, which include family offices, private funds, and overseas investors; Simon Williams leads the team; he has a keen interest in the retail and office market and significant experience advising hotel owners on investment and development projects. The firm’s fortes include advising on the financing, development, asset management, and disposal of mixed-use and residential developments and investments, while co-working spaces and serviced offices continue to be an area of growth. Caroline King has long-standing experience in real estate transactions across multiple sectors which include residential build-to-rent, senior living, hotels and retail, and industrial.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi; David Rawlence

Testimonials

‘Collectively the team has a well rounded in-depth knowledge of property matters.’

‘Thorough and in-depth knowledge of property matters. Ability to find solutions to issues/concerns of parties around the table. Ability to adequate present the risks associated with the drafting for client to make decisions based on calculated risk.’

‘The partners genuinely become invested in all matters and are critical in successfully resolving any issues.’

‘The partners stay actively involved throughout the process, they are very responsive and diligent in their approach.’

‘They are intelligent and knowledgeable and offer commercial solutions’

‘We work with David Rawlence and he is very knowledgable about our space and has a very commercial understanding. He listens and gives an honest appraisal.’

Key clients

Marriot International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Lovett Enterprises

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s real estate practice is known for advising a variety of private capital clients, which include family offices, private funds, and overseas investors; Simon Williams leads the team; he has a keen interest in the retail and office market and significant experience advising hotel owners on investment and development projects. The firm’s fortes include advising on the financing, development, asset management, and disposal of mixed-use and residential developments and investments, while co-working spaces and serviced offices continue to be an area of growth. Caroline King has long-standing experience in real estate transactions across multiple sectors which include residential build-to-rent, senior living, hotels and retail, and industrial.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi

Testimonials

‘They offer a full range of services – the partners stayed involved throughout the process.’

‘They are intelligent and knowledgeable and respond quickly with good commercial advice.’

Key clients

Marriot International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Lovett Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Advised Verokey SDN. BHD., a subsidiary of IGB Berhad, and Tower Ray Limited on the sale of 18 Blackfriars Road, a development site in a prime Central London location which has planning consent for a mixed-use scheme with an estimated gross development value of in excess of £1 billion.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement work in addition to business lease renewals. The team acts for both landlords and tenants. Colin Young heads the team; his expertise lies within breaches of covenants, rent recovery and tenant insolvency. Another noteworthy individual includes Kellie Jones. Her clients include those from the Middle East; she oversees their London properties and the landlord and tenant issues that arise.

Practice head(s):

Colin Young

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have been present, proactive, and exceptionally efficient and professional every step of the way, and at every unexpected turn the case has taken.’

‘Kellie Jones has offered professional advice and guidance that is invaluable and consistently excellent.’  

‘A very strong central-London base with good historic ties to commercial and residential property owners and strong experience of property-related litigation.’

‘Kellie Jones –  Very good at understanding client’s requirements.’

‘Colin Young – hugely experienced property litigator.’

‘Very highly regarded specialist team particularly for high end residential disputes.’

‘Kellie Jones is an experienced calm and knowledgeable litigator who oozes common sense.’

‘Colin Young is conscientious, capable and confident – the sort of lawyer you want on your side.

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

Boodle Hatfield LLP continues to enjoy a steady stream of instructions from its high-net-worth clients and trustees advising them on charities and philanthropy programmes. It is adept at advising corporate clients and family offices on structuring their philanthropic initiatives as well as liaising with the Charity Commission and acting as trustees. The group under the leadership of Eleanor Sepanski is also increasingly advising on alternative not-for-profit structures and digital platforms in addition to governance issues and CRS planning for companies.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Sepanski

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP offers a range of services, including procurement advice, preparing development contracts, and project advisory services. It acts on high-value residential matters, acting for private clients and developers, as well as on hotel development and urban estates projects. Navpreet Atwal leads the team, which is known for providing 'a very high quality service’.

Practice head(s):

Navpreet Atwal

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Johnson

Testimonials

‘They are extremely professional in terms of timing and pricing, as well as understanding of client requirements.’

‘What sets Boodle Hatfield apart is their understanding of what exactly the client was expecting from them in terms of strategy in managing legal matters. They are strategically very smart and pro-active.’

‘The team at Boodles are very good at co-ordinating information, communicating and managing sensitive matters through range of different professionals.’

‘Navpreet Atwal is a very good listener and understands client requirements. She is very straightforward and ethically correct in advising on legally correct strategies for projects.’

‘The team are incredibly friendly and easy to get on with. They are very knowledgeable about all the elements of advice required from them, and they simplified things to make it easy for the client to understand.’

‘Navpreet Atwal and Oliver Johnson are both experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, understanding and patient.’

‘Navpreet Atwal has proved to be a great asset. She provides a single point of contact and a very high quality service’

‘Navpreet Atwal possesses great communication skills, and has a firm grasp of the melding of the ‘technical’ and ‘commercial’ aspects of the advice that she provides.’

Key clients

Bedford Estate

Marriott International

Harcourt Investment Limited

Lovett Enterprises

Black Pearl Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s real estate finance team is strong in residential development and hotel financing mandates, as well as Sharia financing. The group acts for both lenders and borrowers, including high-net-worth individuals, privately-owned firms and private banks. Jonathan Hyndman leads the team after joining the team in December 2021 from Rosling King, and Rajeev Joshi is notable for his work in the hotel sector. Adam Chamberlain departed for Knights plc in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Small firm but very well resourced with individuals that are experienced enough to cross into lateral fields without any loss of expertise, rather than having very siloed teams.’

‘Dedicated and professional team.’

‘Highly skilled and professional.’

‘The Boodle Hatfield team are personable, commercial and efficient.’

‘They focus on finding solutions to problems and focus on completing transactions in the most commercial way possible, rather than getting stuck on legalese.’

‘From a client perspective, it is invaluable to have a partner that focusses on completing transactions in an efficient and commercial manner.’

‘Jonathan Hyndman is an excellent lawyer, who gives sound legal and commercial advice and always focusses on delivering the client’s objectives. He always agrees billing upfront and does not deviate unless their is a significant change in the transaction.’

‘Jonathan Hyndman is very astute at negotiating with the other side in a tactful manner. He takes on a commercial approach without compromising the client’s position.’

Key clients

A.S.K. Partners

Harcourt Investments

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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: Boodle Hatfield is a law firm which has partnered with individuals, families, property owners and businesses for 300 years. The ability to truly understand clients and their individual needs has enabled the firm to provide a high quality service for three decades. Through booms, downturns and recessions, Boodle Hatfield lawyers have worked alongside clients in all manner of situations. From critical family events, crucial company issues, new business ventures, investment decisions and more, the teams are relied upon to offer a blend of exceptional legal expertise with a forward-thinking approach.

The firm is deliberately kept at a size where everyone knows each other, supports one another and enjoys working together, whilst still providing a wide range of legal expertise. Boodle Hatfield is based in London and Oxford and supports clients from all over the world. Thanks to its long history, the firm has built up a network of trusted professionals across the globe to work closely with when cross-border advice is needed. Whether it’s advice on property, business or private wealth issues, the firm provides the right guidance to enable its clients to succeed today and in the future.

Types of work undertaken
Property:
the highly rated property department is involved in large urban estate and commercial real estate transactions and advises on associated landlord and tenant matters, hotels, retail and London-based residential and mixed-use developments and investments. It acts for local and international developers, owners, occupiers, funders and private investors. Expertise also includes property finance and secured lending; property taxes; construction (contentious and non-contentious); and residential – advising 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. It 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 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 (primarily SMEs, ranging from start-ups to substantial, established organisations), entrepreneurs, funds, corporate and private investors, and financiers. It advises on M&A, 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 and property disputes and has substantial, well-regarded expertise in arts and employment disputes.  Clients rarely choose to get involved in disputes, but inevitably sometimes things go wrong and it is essential to find a solution quickly and effectively. The team advises international businesses, property companies, trustees and fiduciaries, high net worth individuals and family offices on how to deal with disputes, whether by arbitration, mediation or litigation, both domestic and with an international scope.

Family and divorce: the family law department advises individuals on all stages of a relationship, whether it is at the outset of living together or in the lead up to nuptials, in the midst of a marriage; or on separation and divorce. The team looks beyond the immediate challenges and takes a holistic approach to personal and financial circumstances throughout the proceedings. Family law expertise is combined with advice on property, tax, private finances and businesses, both in the UK and internationally.  The team has particular experience in cross-border cases as many of its clients have international backgrounds.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Sara Maccallum
Arts and cultural property Simon Fitzpatrick
Agricultural property Saskia Arthur
Charities Eleanor Sepanski
Commercial litigation Simon Fitzpatrick
Commercial real estate Simon Williams
Construction Navpreet Atwal
Contentious trusts and probate Andrea Zavos
Corporate Richard Beavan
Corporate finance/M&A Richard Beavan
Corporate and property tax Sara Maccallum
Entrepreneurs Richard Beavan
Family James Ferguson
Private client and tax Andrea Zavos
Property litigation Colin Young
Residential property Saskia Arthur
Hotels Rajeev Joshi
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.

Boodle Hatfield emerged as one of five ‘diversity champions’ in the 2021 Legal Business LB100 report. As at June 2022, 53% of equity partners are women and 61% of the fee earners are women.