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.
2017 WINNER: Irwin Mitchell
Another year, another landmark litigation win: Bever achieved victory in the headline case Roocroft v Ball, with the Court of Appeal ruling that Ms Roocroft had the right to argue for her civil partnership dissolution settlement to be set aside, the first case to consider the discovery of non-disclosure of assets following the death of one of the parties.
CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS
Part of one of the largest private client practices in Europe, the firm’s private property team has live work valued at close to £2bn, making it a market leader in the private residential property sector. Key matters include a £120m project in Buckingham Gate, a £400m development project at Park Crescent West and residential property work at Battersea Power Station.
HARBOTTLE & LEWIS
Financial performance at this entrepreneurial firm has been impressive of late, aided significantly by the expansion of its private client department through the recent hire of Lee & Thompson’s entire family team. The firm’s increasing prominence in the private client segment won it a new multi-family office client in 2015, which resulted in 46 new engagements and £2.3m in fees during the first year.
McDERMOTT WILL & EMERY
As a standout matter for a team that advises several clients occupying the Forbes and Sunday Times rich lists, the firm acted for the beneficiary of a series of trusts in a breach of trust claim against a Bahamian trustee. The case involved the beneficiary and other family members seeking disclosure of their personal data under the Data Protection Act.
While team leader Quarmby gained national recognition for his considered media defence of offshore trusts during the Panama Papers fallout in 2016, the team has advised on a series of major international matters, including representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual and family on estate and succession planning issues, including new trust structures for the individual’s worldwide multi-billion dollar estate.
This heavyweight private client specialist increased revenues by more than 20% in 2015/16 on the back of the significant expansion of its international practice, opening in Dubai through the hire of EY's Middle East and North Africa private client head Stijn Janssen. This was part of a global push by the firm that has seen six new offices opened in two years.