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‘The first step’: Osborne Clarke restarts private client practice with double partner hire

Osborne Clarke (OC) has relaunched a dedicated private wealth practice, following the departures of partners Sandra Brown, Robert Drewett and Mark Woodward in 2013.

The practice will be led by Andrew Goodman, who joins the firm from Taylor Wessing, and Stuart Janaway from boutique private client firm, New Quadrant Partners. Based in London, they will serve the firm’s UK and international high net worth clients across OC’s offices worldwide.

The practice will provide the full range of private client advice, including international tax and estate planning, immigration, property advice and, when needed, litigation support. Goodman specialises in personal tax and estate planning, particularly trusts, the structuring of family wealth and related litigation while Janaway joined Quadrant in 2012 from AllianceBernstein, a US investment firm where he had been head of the UK private client business, and was previously at legacy Charles Russell for eight years.

Commenting on the appointments, Ray Berg, OC’s UK managing partner said: ‘Stuart and Andrew’s arrival at Osborne Clarke is the first step in creating a new, innovative private client offering that reflects the culture and approach of our firm.’

Janaway added: ‘Osborne Clarke has a terrific reputation for representing entrepreneurial and fast growing businesses. Managing the wealth they generate is an important part of the advice and support the firm provides. Both Andrew and I are excited by the opportunity to build a dedicated private client practice that reflects the entrepreneurial approach of the firm.’

Brown, who was previously head of private client practice, left the firm for Michelmores in May 2013, followed by high profile private client lawyers Drewett and Woodward and their associated team for Bond Dickinson in October the same year. The departures led Osborne Clarke to restructure its private client division into a much smaller team.