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Boodle Hatfield LLP

London

Boodle Hatfield LLP - London
  • 240 Blackfriars Road
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 8NW
  • Senior Partner: Richard Maughan
  • Number of partners: 32
  • Number of lawyers: 112
  • Languages: French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

Firm Overview:
Boodle Hatfield is a full service, commercially-focussed firm of solicitors with leading practices in property, private client and tax, litigation and business law. A key strength is the firm’s ability to marry together its various disciplines to serve the needs of clients in their personal lives as well as in relation to their businesses and property. The firm also has strong links with established law firms in every continent.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate:

The Corporate Department acts for businesses and their corporate or individual owners, advising on their commercial activities, on acquisitions and disposals and on governance, structural and ownership issues. The team bring a commercial approach to English law, domestically and internationally. Clients include established household names, fast growing and developing companies, smaller quoted companies, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and well-established ownermanaged businesses, both in the UK and overseas. They are drawn from a wide range of industries, but with an emphasis on real estate companies, investment funds, commodities trading, IT and e-commerce, media and the hotels and leisure sector.
Contact: Ute Mueller Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8306
Contact: Nigel Stone Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8140

Family:
The Family Law Practice deals with all issues related to relationship breakdown and on new relationships starting up, including divorce/civil partnership dissolution, pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation and children. Many of the firm’s clients have international backgrounds and the team has particular experience of cross-border cases.
Contact: James Ferguson Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8104

Litigation:
The Litigation Department is active in a broad range of commercial disputes and has substantial, well-regarded expertise in property and commercial litigation, acting for major international property and commercial organisations as well as private individuals in construction, employment, agrochemicals and arts disputes.
Contact: Simon Fitzpatrick Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8162

Private Client & Tax:
The Private Client and Tax Department is a leader in its field domestically and internationally and handles tax planning for large, complex estates, private companies, high net worth individuals and families, family offices, owner-managed businesses, trustees, executors and charities. It advises on inheritance, capital gains and income tax planning, wills and probate, domicile and residence issues, VAT, property and corporate taxes, the growing, protecting and transferring of wealth between generations, and on trust and probate disputes.
Contact: Richard Moyse Tel: +44(0)20 7079 8221
Contact: Simon Rylatt Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8225
Contact: Sue Laing Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8401
Contact: Sofie Hoffman Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8146
Contact: Sara Maccallum Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8172

Real Estate:
The highly-rated Real Estate Department is involved in major town centre and out-of-town office, retail and leisure developments and in large urban estate transactions with associated landlord and tenant matters. It acts for developers, owners, occupiers, funders and UK-based and international corporate and private investors. It also has particular expertise acting for individuals and investors, both on and offshore, on the purchase, financing and sale of prime residential and “trophy” property. Skills include property finance and secured lending, property taxes, construction, enfranchisement, environmental law and portfolio management.
Contact: Caroline King (Commercial Property) Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8154
Contact: Saskia Arthur (Residential Property) Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8197
Key deals:
■ Advising an international entrepreneur on the taxefficient transfer of £30m of shares in a privately owned business into trust for children in advance of an IPO. This involved asset protection considerations, securing business property relief for inheritance tax purposes and hold-over relief for capital gains tax purposes. It also required swift service in order that the transfer could occur suitably in advance of the IPO.
■ Reorganising two very large non-UK Will Trusts, originally set up offshore by a non-domiciliary and which own a trading group with subsidiaries in various countries together with a valuable portfolio of investments held through offshore structures.
■ Advising a non-UK national, tax resident in a second jurisdiction but who also lives partly in a third country and has assets held personally or in trust in both those countries and a number of other jurisdictions, in relation to her Will, succession planning and wealth structuring, including the devolution of those assets.
■ Advising the trustees of a Jersey settlement in relation to the disclosure of information relating to the trust in the context of ancillary relief proceedings in the English Courts.
■ Taking War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors to Broadway
■ Advising a UK based seller in relation to the sale of an international commodities trading group to a non-UK buyer
■ Acting for a German buyer in relation to the acquisition of a UK-based specialist engineering business
■ Advising a major Continental installer of photovoltaic power plants on its projects and commercial relationships in the UK
■ Advising a mix of UK and international clients on the sale and acquisition of prime central London and high value country houses, farms and estates with individual transaction values of over £100 million
■ Advising non-UK resident clients on how best to structure the sale or purchase of residential property for succession and tax planning
■ Advising non-UK resident clients on buying UK property to hold as an investment and the associated tax analysis

International Work:
The firm provides English legal advice in a global context for international clients in both their business and personal lives, including personal estate planning, worldwide business activities and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Much of this work arises in particular from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, the Middle East and the Far East.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction
  • Contentious Trusts & Probate
  • Corporate
  • Corporate & Property Tax
  • Enfranchisement
  • Family
  • Private Client & Tax
  • Property Litigation
  • Residential Property

Branches

International Private Client - Global-wide

What the team is known for Caters to a strong UK and increasingly international client base, assisting with cross-border asset protection and succession planning matters. Also particularly adept in international philanthropy projects.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Rylatt is highly rated by market observers for both contentious and non-contentious trusts and estate planning matters. A peer enthused that he is "very bright, very responsive, very effective and easy to deal with."

Seasoned practitioner Richard Moyse acts as a consultant and is on hand to share his extensive international asset protection, tax and succession planning experience.

Significant clients Bedford Estate, Northumberland Estate, Future Talent, Wates Group.

Private Client - UK

Richard Moyse is a seasoned private client lawyer who remains active on a diverse and broad range of matters.

Sue Laing advises an impressive client base of wealthy individuals on a wide range of matters. Sources comment that "she brings an intellectual rigour and depth of expertise to her role, which enables her to advise in a constructive and well-regarded manner."

Simon Rylatt is a trust practitioner with ample experience of both contentious and non-contentious work. He advises UK-based beneficiaries as well as offshore trustees. Sources say he is "bright, responsive, effective and easy to deal with."

Sofie Hoffman is a contentious trust specialist who routinely acts on all aspects of trust dispute work. Market commentators say: "She is a heavyweight litigator. She knows exactly how the case will pan out – she looks at the papers and knows what the court will think."