Senior Partner: Richard Maughan
Number of partners: 34
Number of lawyers: 91
Languages: French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Boodle Hatfield is a full service, commercially focussed firm with leading practices in property, private client & tax, litigation and business law. The firm excels in bringing together its key disciplines to serve the needs of clients in their personal lives as well as their business and property investments both in the UK and internationally. Boodle Hatfield acts for high net worth individuals, property developers and family businesses, including some of the most well-established owner managed businesses, and knows how to meet the changing demands of a complex world. The firm has strong links with established law firms in every continent and has been providing bespoke legal advice since 1722.
Main Areas of Practice:
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: Nigel Stone
Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8140
Contact: Ute Mueller
Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8306
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
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: Sara Maccallum
Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 8172
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
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
■■Advised specialist UK tax, accounting and regulatory compliance consultancy HedgeStart on its sale to Cordium for an undisclosed sum
■■Acted for Marriott International, Inc. on the sale of its London EDITION hotel
■■Advised on the board of a Dutch Charitable Foundation in a complex multi-jurisdictional will dispute (Tadros v Barratt, 2014 EWHC 2860 Ch)
■■Advising Mr Lancelot William Thwaytes v Sotheby’s- Claim No. HC12F03128. Acting for Mr. Thwaytes in his claim of professional negligence against the leading fine art auctioneers Sotheby’s concerning the research into and advice provided in respect of an Old Master painting, the Cardsharps, by Caravaggio (the “Painting”) by Sotheby’s prior to its sale by Mr. Thwaytes in 2006
■■Acting for the HNW fund manager husband in his financial remedy proceedings following his divorce (B v B (2013) EWHC 1232 (Fam)) in a two week trial in the High Court, which is now the lead authority on how valuable private equity funds are to be treated in HNW financial remedy proceedings following a divorce
■■Advising an international fund lender on a USD 150m senior project finance facility and related off take arrangements in connection with a West African gold mining project
■■Advising on the development and letting of new boutique Mayfair Hotel “The Beaumont” featuring a habitable sculpture by Anthony Gormley
■■Providing strategic advice to international HNWIs with cross-border legal issues on how to dovetail asset protection, long-term wealth devolution and tax efficient planning in Middle East, Europe, Russia and the US
■■Disposal and management of approximately 70 petrol filling station sites across the country including sale of a number of sites for residential development
■■Advising on the sale of 3 shopping centres with a total value of £500m
■■Advising a Far Eastern listed Group on the acquisition , through a joint venture, of a key central London development site with significant future revenue potential
■■Taking two well-known musical productions to Broadway
■■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
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
Contentious Trusts & Probate
Corporate & Property Tax
Private Client & Tax