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‘A new dimension’: Taylor Wessing appoints WLG partner to head contentious trusts practice

Taylor Wessing has enhanced its City private client credentials with the appointment of contentious trusts and litigation partner Emma Jordan, who joins from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) where she will lead the firm’s practice and ‘add a new dimension to [its] contentious capability.’

Recommended by The Legal 500, Bar-qualified Jordan advises and represents trustees and high-net-worth individuals on a range of trust issues in litigation, as well as civil fraud work, asset tracing and recovery within the context of offshore trusts and structures.

Taylor Wessing has been looking to grow its well-established private client practice for some time, and hired Bircham Dyson Bell partner Elaine Dobson to head its residential property practice, and tax partner Antoaneta Proctor from WLG in late 2014.

The firm now has over 50 private client lawyers globally, including 24 partners, and advises high-net-worth individuals from the CIS, US and Asia on UK tax planning and contentious trust issues.

On her appointment Jordan, who was a partner in the strong international private wealth practice at legacy WLG firm Lawrence Graham said: ‘Taylor Wessing stands out in the private client sector in that it is one of only a few firms that benefits from a team comprising some of the industry’s leading advisers, whilst also having strength in depth across an extensive international network.’

Taylor Wessing private client head Andrew Hine said: ‘Emma is well known by the industry for her first-class contentious trust work and this is reflected in her taking on lead roles on some very significant cases over the last few years.’