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Boodle Hatfield LLP

240 BLACKFRIARS ROAD, LONDON, SE1 8NW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7629 7411
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Fax 020 7629 2621
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53 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.boodlehatfield.com
London SE1, London W1K, Oxford

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Leading individuals

Rahul Thakrar - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's litigation team 'provide the same high quality of work and results that more than match a Magic - or Silver - Circle firm, yet with more direct partner level involvement that is not reflected in the costs charged'. The team advises on significant commercial disputes and is highly regarded for its arts law and arts finance litigation experience. Simon Fitzpatrick leads the commercial litigation team and senior associate Kellie Jones acts for several high-net-worth individuals from the Middle East, particularly in disputes involving joint ventures. Tim  Maxwell left for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Kellie Jones

Testimonials

'Excels at handling high-quality, technical litigation'.

'Very bright and commercial - they have niche expertise but can ably turn their hands to a broad range of commercial disputes'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick is quite simply outstanding'.

Key Clients

Chiltern Farm Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Represented Chiltern Farm Chemicals, a UK manufacturer of slug pellets, in its appeal to secure protection for a commercially sensitive field monitoring study.
Leading individuals

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a national reach with offices in Oxford and London. The skilled team continues to act for over 80 landed estates under the leadership of Saskia Arthur and Andrea Zavos. It regularly assists wealthy individuals investing in landed estates, country houses and farms in addition to acting as trustee for a number of major estates. Sue Laing and Fiona Graham are also key figures. Other key areas of expertise lie in advising young entrepreneurial heirs/owners of landed estates on setting up business ventures as well as advising significant estates on issues relating to tax migration and the management of substantial capital tax charges.

Practice head(s):Saskia Arthur; Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:Fiona Graham; Sue Laing; Hayden Bailey

Testimonials

'The team provides an outstanding service. Always dealing with matters promptly and pragmatically with a commercial focus at the heart of all decision making'.

'The superb Fiona Graham is thoroughly recommended'.

'Fiona Graham is outstanding, superb people skills and technical ability'.

'The team understands the problems of managing a rural estate and completes instructions with a minimum of fuss and invariably on time'.

'A traditional firm that puts the interests of its clients at the forefront of everything that it does and it has a real strength in depth in terms of having experts in a number of fields that mirror the needs of a private client'.

'Hayden Bailey is a dynamic yet thoughtful lawyer. He will always look at the bigger picture rather than just the single issue often looking at a solution that works around the problem.'

Key Clients

Grosvenor Estates

Bedford Estate

Radnor/Folkestone Estate

Leading individuals

Fiona Graham - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Saskia Arthur - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Under the leadership of Simon Fitzpatrick at Boodle Hatfield LLP the team regularly advises on high-profile art litigation as well as on private art sales disputes. It is a full service offering that acts for a broad range of artists from well-known and high-net-worth artists, through to up-and-coming street artists. The skilled group is also increasingly acting for galleries, auction houses and museums. The department has particular skill in advising on significant art and luxury asset financing in the UK. Natasha Hassall is another known name for her work on long-term estate and tax planning. Hassall acts for various large landed estates where there is heritage property and substantial art collections. Becky Shaw is also recommended. However, it remains to be seen what impact the recent departures of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP will have on the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Natasha Hassall; Becky Shaw; Fred Clark

Testimonials

'Simon Fitzpatrick is a smooth, clever and determined head of department. He is a pleasure to work with and is astute in achieving the client's goals'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick always has a sense of calmness and has a way thinking outside of the box which has been extremely helpful in tricky situations'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a specialist art team and that team is extremely knowledgeable about the nuances and dynamics of the visual art world, and in particular the needs of the artist'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a well-established and successful art practice. The firm has developed this practice gradually and systematically over many years such that the recent loss of the highly-regarded Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo has been absorbed as a minor bump in the road'.

'Boodle Hatfield's team has a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting arts organisations, which has made them a natural first choice for us'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick and Becky Shaw are both very good, hardworking and responsive to clients'.

'Becky Shaw  is a talented lawyer who works hard for her clients'.

'Becky Shaw was incredibly patient and demonstrated enormous empathy with my situation and legal needs'.

'Fred Clark also stands out'.

 

Key Clients

Stik

Keith Hopewell (Sp Zero 76)

Leading individuals

Natasha Hassall - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Rising stars

Becky Shaw - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP is a known name for its work with charities and individuals in their philanthropic pursuits. It is also well-regarded for its advice to corporate clients and family offices on various ways to structure philanthropic initiatives, and in other areas such as the establishment of new charities. Increasingly the firm is advising on alternative not-for-profit structures. Andrea Zavos heads the team that includes Eleanor Sepanski, who is skilled at dealing with governance issues, philanthropy and assisting companies with its CSR planning.

Practice head(s):Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Sepanski

Key Clients

The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP fields a highly-regarded trust and estates team that continues to act in many of the leading matters both onshore and offshore. The team that is led by Andrea Zavos acts for various individuals and families in the resolution of disputes and the management of complex litigation. The team is well-known for its expertise in advising on multi-jurisdictional tax, asset protection, trusts, family businesses and governance issues as well as on succession matters. Simon Rylatt is highly recommended for his work on both domestic and international trust and estates disputes. Mark Lindley also garners considerable praise for his work on disputes involving large estates and trust funds for high-net-worth beneficiaries, trustees and trust companies. James Woods-Davison is noted for his work on complex domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:Simon Rylatt; Mark Lindley; James Woods-Davison

Testimonials

'It provides highly tailored advice to private clients which respects the familial and relationship issues as well as the commercial ones. Real commitment to delivering imaginative solutions for the client'.

'It has real depth of expertise and experience in dealing with high profile and high value disputes. The team is involved in many of the biggest trust and estates cases'.

'Andrea Zavos has real litigation experience and a good tactical nose'.

'Andrea Zavos is highly experienced and a real expert in her area. She gives clients extremely sensible advice and never takes something to court when she can settle it. Clients love her easy manner and she is excellent at dealing with difficult clients'.

'They manage clients calmly without fuss. Andrea Zavos is unflappable, never daunted by a problem and forms good working relationships with solicitors for other parties'.

'Simon Rylatt is an outstanding lawyer: intelligent, considered, commercial'.

'User-friendly and approachable but highly focused team with the technically unmatched Simon Rylatt . He's as close to '"perfect" as anyone I've worked with'.

'Mark Lindley is extremely clever and passionate about the law. He is measured and calm and takes a sensible approach to settling cases. He is very client friendly'.

'Mark Lindley is a great lawyer – extremely hardworking, conscientious and very impressive'.

'James Woods-Davison is very personable, manages clients’ expectations well and is organised'.

Leading individuals

Andrea Zavos - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Simon Rylatt - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mark Lindley - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Rising stars

James Woods-Davison - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP¬†has had a busy year and continues to act on financially complex cases for high-net-worth individuals in the UK and overseas where there are considerable reputational and tax-based issues to be considered. It has been advising high-profile clients with significant family businesses. The team is also well-equipped to advise on pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as on cross-border children disputes where there are sensitive mental health and child abduction issues. Its client base has been expanding. As well as acting for individuals and families with ‚Äėold money‚Äô it continues to build its reputation among senior professionals, entrepreneurs and established businessmen and women. James Ferguson heads the team.

Practice head(s):James Ferguson

Other key lawyers:Emily Brand; Harriet Errington; Katie O'Callaghan; Katie Male

Testimonials

'A growing market share – the team is reliable and discreet with a very thoughtful and intelligent approach to matters'.

'Excellent all round family team. Very strong assistants supporting the two main partners in the family team'.

'Cares passionately about getting the best outcome for clients. James Ferguson is backed up by a glittering crew of very clever assistants. The lawyers are prepared to litigate in a punchy way and not afraid of anything. James Ferguson – years of experience. Cool as a cucumber under pressure'.

'Its attention to detail and client care is first rate. Emily Brand can get on with everyone and her clients love her. She is a very talented lawyer and brings to all her cases a clear and incisive intellect'.

'James Ferguson is wizard-like in identifying his rivals' weak points and skilfully uses his magic to exploit those weaknesses'.

'Harriet Errington is an impressive associate with a highly personable and empathetic manner'.

'Katie O'Callaghan is utterly charming with clients and a top-drawer lawyer'.

'Alexandra Hirst has a brilliant mind and attention to detail'.

'Katie Male is highly intelligent and developing into an excellent matrimonial solicitor'.

Leading individuals

Emily Brand - Boodle Hatfield LLP

James Ferguson - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Rising stars

Harriet Errington - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Katie O'Callaghan - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has an excellent team that advises wealthy individuals and their families, family businesses and art collectors on a whole range of issues. Other key clients include trustees, philanthropists, protectors and family offices. It is skilled at providing advice on issues ranging from wealth and succession planning through to the effective use of trusts and charitable initiatives. It is often instructed by beneficiaries in relation to valuable family trusts; Salpy Kouyoumjian runs the firm’s Middle East private office that advises high-net-worth individuals on a whole host of issues. Andrea Zavos heads the team.

Practice head(s):Andrea Zavos

Other key lawyers:Sue Laing; Simon Rylatt; Salpy Kouyoumjian; Hayden Bailey; Sara Maccallum; Kyra Motley

Testimonials

'The team really understands our business and our values. It is a very personal experience, the team is approachable and responsive.'

'Andrea Zavos is a skilled negotiator and fights her clients' corner.'

'Simon Rylatt is outstanding. He is very responsive, an excellent technician yet always focused on obtaining efficient and practical advice for clients.'

'Sue Laing is very efficient and sensible.'

'Hayden Bailey and Salpy Kouyoumjian are excellent practitioners.'

'Hayden Bailey  provides a very personal service and is easy to work with.'

'Hayden Bailey is exceptionally good at thinking outside the box and very user friendly for clients.'

'Sara Maccallum has the great ability to apply her very detailed tax knowledge in a way which produces practical and commercial solutions. Sara can then explain highly technical issues in a very clear and readily understandable manner.'

'Kyra Motley is easy to talk with.'

'Kyra Motley is extremely efficient and stays very close to ongoing matters whether she is handling them directly or through her team. She provides precise advice and handles meetings and calls efficiently.'

 

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estate

Wates Group and Family

Leading individuals

Hayden Bailey - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Simon Rylatt - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Sara Maccallum - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Sue Laing - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kyra Motley - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP is strong on both the development and investment fronts, with practice head Simon Williams particularly experienced in relation to city centre urban renewal projects and hotel developments. His team is also recommended for major portfolio work including lettings, disposals and acquisitions as well as mixed-use and residential developments. Private capital clients rely on the group’s expertise, including family offices, private funds and overseas high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:Caroline King; Simon Williams; Dennis Ko

Testimonials

'Recommended for their resources and knowledge'.

'The team is approachable and reliable.'

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Leading individuals

Caroline King - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP is strong on both the development and investment fronts, with practice head Simon Williams particularly experienced in relation to city centre urban renewal projects and hotel developments. His team is also recommended for major portfolio work including lettings, disposals and acquisitions as well as mixed-use and residential developments. Private capital clients rely on the group’s expertise, including family offices, private funds and overseas high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Simon Williams;

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Dennis Ko; Caroline King;

Testimonials

‘ Recommended for their resources and knowledge’.

‘The team is approachable and reliable.’

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Leading individuals

Caroline King - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's practice acts for developers, professional consultants and high net worth individuals in the hotels, urban estates, residential and mixed-use development sectors. The team is led by John Wevill who has experience advising lenders, contractors and insurers on a range of projects. Oliver Johnson is the other key member of the practice, working in tandem with Wevill on the firm's key matters.

Practice head(s):John Wevill

Other key lawyers:Oliver Johnson

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

Bedford Estate

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 7

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Adam Chamberlain, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP in October 2018, leads the practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP following the departure of former practice head James Dakin to found Newmanor Law. The team's client base includes investors, high-net-worth developers and specialist lenders, and it is active in transactions involving office, residential and private rented sector properties.

Practice head(s):Adam Chamberlain

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong profile for leasehold enfranchisement matters, acting for landlords and tenants alike, alongside access and restrictive covenant disputes and contentious residential tenancy issues. The 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team is also well versed in securing vacant possessions and handling disputes over basement developments, where it acts for a broad client base including investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals. The 'extraordinarily shrewd and unflappable' Colin Young heads the team and is 'definitely someone you would want on your side'.

Practice head(s):Colin Young

Testimonials

'Very good team with a high degree of technical proficiency, experience and commercial nous.'

'The practice is unusual among real estate teams in being complemented by colleagues of the highest calibre in private client and commercial litigation.'

'Excellent knowledge of landlord and tenant property law.'

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estates

IBM Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Trustees of the Second Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor Estate Belgravia in a dispute over whether a freeholder owner of a property under redevelopment can access the client's garden to carry out the works without the client's permission.
  • Acted for Grosvenor (Mayfair) Estate Grosvenor West End Properties in a dispute over whether a freeholder owner of a property under redevelopment can access the client's garden to carry out the works without the client's permission.
Leading individuals

Colin Young - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's team - a 'market-leader in the field of residential property' - advises on the sale and purchase of prime central London property as well as country houses across the UK, while also handling related matters such as enfranchisement, rebuilds and residential development. The group's vast expertise also spans de-enveloping, tax structuring and advising clients on agricultural holdings. Shaima Jillood, whose expertise lies in acquisitions, disposals and financing, heads the firm's Middle East practice, which has acted on hundreds of transactions in the last year relating to investment in UK properties by ultra high-net-worth Middle Eastern clients. Practice head Saskia Arthur advises on deals involving landed estates and commercial farming operations, as well as landlord and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):Saskia Arthur

Other key lawyers:Shaima Jillood

Testimonials

'Boodle Hatfield have unrivalled depth in experience particularly when dealing with large urban estates.'

'The personal touch and knowledge of this firm's solicitors is exceptional.'

'Market leaders in the field of residential property, particularly with property in prime central London, as well as high value rural and urban estates. A team that works well together to ensure every angle is covered.'

'The team is extremely good at communicating - they solve problems rather than create them.'

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Leading individuals

Saskia Arthur - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Shaima Jillood - Boodle Hatfield LLP

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