This award recognises the top private client teams in the country handling high-value work in the areas of estates, charities, family, contentious and non-contentious trusts and probate, as well as personal tax, particularly to high-net-worth individuals and families. Judges will be looking for specific examples of groundbreaking advice and dedication to the practice area from the winning team.
2016 WINNER: Irwin Mitchell
In one of the most-high profile divorce cases of 2015, Bever represented Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil as the Supreme Court allowed them to revisit settlements with their ex-husbands after arguing their former spouses had not revealed the true extent of their wealth. Mrs Gohil’s victory was particularly impressive given her legal aid extension application was rejected on the grounds that her appeal had poor prospects of success.
Rylatt and his team’s strong pedigree for private client work came to the fore again in 2015, particularly advising on a number of standout matters for the family offices of international and domestic high-net-worth individuals. Transactions ranged from advice on property investments, fundraising initiatives and acting for investors in high-value art collections.
CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS
Following the merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham in 2014, this firm now boasts one of the largest contentious and non-contentious private client practices in the City, covering the full scope of high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes and private deals. The focus is on being a high-profile private wealth player, rather than traditional private client work.
McDERMOTT WILL & EMERY
Robertson’s team represents five of the Top 20 in The Sunday Times Rich List and eight of the Forbes 100 billionaires list. One standout matter last year for the London team was advising Tana Africa Capital to form a joint venture with Saham to create Satahed, a vehicle for investments in the private secondary education sector across Africa.
Laura Dadswell; James Stewart
Highlights for the team during another standout year include acting for more than 70 high-net-worth individuals who have invested in controversial film finance schemes and have launched cases against accountants and financial advisers.
Following the hire of Gowling WLG’s head of contentious trusts Emma Jordan in 2015, Taylor Wessing has upped the frequency of its roles in major cases and further developed its full-service private client offering, including representing clients in major trustee disputes involving offshore jurisdictions.