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Firm Profile

Payne Hicks Beach

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 10 New Square
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3QG

Firm profile submitted by Payne Hicks Beach

Senior Partner: Alastair Murdie
Number of partners: 26
Number of lawyers: 61 (42 assistants and 19 other fee earners)

Payne Hicks Beach is a full service law firm with an emphasis on private wealth, based in offices in Lincoln’s Inn that it has occupied since the firm was established in the 1730s. The firm acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients including high net worth individuals, family offices, trustees and protectors, landed estate owners, entrepreneurs, family businesses, private and listed companies, charities and schools.

Private Wealth Law:
■ Tax, trust and estate planning for HNW families both in the UK and internationally
■ Advice on UK residence and domicile
■ Family Offices
■ Cross border tax and succession advice
■ US/UK planning
■ Advice on Sharia compliant structures for Middle Eastern families
■ Family governance
■ Heritage property and agricultural estates
■ Administration of estates and trusts
Contact: Robert Brodrick
Email: [email protected]

Private Wealth Disputes:
■ Applications for the removal of trustees, protectors and executors
■ Dealing with complications arising from change of trustees - contentious indemnities, effectiveness of removals, exoneration provisions and privacy issues
■ Cross-border litigation concerning complex structures
■ Representing HNW beneficiaries in high value estate litigation
■ Challenges to the validity of wills, mental capacity, lifetime gifts and claims under the Inheritance Act
■ Working closely with the firm’s highly rated family team, particularly in relation to seeking to attack or preserve discretionary trust assets onshore and offshore
■ Acting for ultra-high net worth clients and public figures from Russia, Africa and the Middle East
■ Expertise in relation to some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates; handling applications concerning long standing family trusts
■ Providing the utmost level of discretion for clients for whom confidentiality can be an extremely important asset
Recent cases: Labrouche v Frey & others [2016] EWHC 238.; Cornet v Wood; the firm has been instructed by one of the parties in the ongoing Supreme Court case of FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45
Contact: Richard Manyon
Email: [email protected]

■ Advice on domestic and international aspects of personal relationships for HNWIs
■ Divorce and separation
■ Financial provision
■ Co-habitation
■ Pre and mid-nuptial agreements
■ Adoption, custody and wardship
■ Injunctions and asset protection
■ Inheritance disputes
■ Cross-border matters
■ Advising offshore trustees in relation to divorce
■ Mediation and collaborative practice: department members belong to Resolution
■ Members of The International Academy of Family Lawyers
■ Department head Ian Airey sits at the Central Family Court as a Deputy District Judge and is an Arbitrator

Significant cases:
Ecclestone v Stunt
Kerman v Akhmedova [2018] EWCA Civ 307
Owens v Owens [2017]
X v X (Financial remedies; share value discount; date for computation of assets) [2017] 2FLR840
AAZ v BBZ [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam)
NR v AB [2016] EWHC 277 (Fam)
FY v (1) MY and (2) KLM (Children) (by their Guardian) [2016] EWFC 16 (Fam)
■ Re R (Children) [2016] CA (Civ Div)
Robertson v Robertson [2016] EWHC 613 (Fam)
Work v Gray [2016] EWHC 562 and [2015] EWHC 834 (Fam)
Contact: Ian Airey/Baroness Shackleton
Email: [email protected]

High Value Residential Property:
■ Acting for landowners dealing with large-scale, complex development option agreements and land sales
■ Residential property development matters and associated construction documents
■ High value residential property
■ International investors of high value residential properties with a substantial number of European, US and Middle Eastern clients
■ Prime residential property clients, with expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions and collective acquisitions
■ Working closely with and acting for private banks to facilitate financing for privately wealthy clients
■ Advising the owners of landed estates and urban estates, and advising on tax and trust related issues in conjunction with the firm’s private client department
Key Clients: GMS Estates Limited; The Trevor Estate
Contact: Andrew Berry
Email: [email protected]

Privacy & Media Law:
■ Managing significant crisis and reputational attacks
■ Advising HNW individuals on unwanted media/social media attention
■ Libel, Privacy, Harassment and Data Protection Act issues for claimants
■ Advising Publishers on pre-publication and in the event of complaints
■ Litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceeding
■ Acting for phone hacking claimants
■Online-publication, cyber-stalking and Norwich Pharmacal applications
■  Urgent interim-injunctions
■ Work closely with the firm’s family department in relation to privacy and reputation related issues on divorce
Key Clients: Issam Khorani (Hourani); The Hon. Richard Lyttelton; Steve Coogan; Max Mosley; Everton FC; Daniel Poulter MP; London Bridge Plastic Surgery Limited
Contact: Dominic Crossley
Email: [email protected]

Citizenship & Immigration:
■ Acting for HNW individuals particularly from former CIS countries, US, the Middle East, India, Turkey and South America
■ Advising UK companies on their immigration requirements and obligations
■ UK Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur applications for high net worth individuals
■ Advising overseas companies establishing a branch or subsidiary in the UK under the Representative of an Overseas Business Route
■ Advising in connection with sponsor licence revocation for companies
■ Complex applications for EEA nationals and their family members
Contact: Kathryn Bradbury
Email: [email protected]


  • 10 New Square,
  • Lincoln's Inn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3QG
  • Tel (020) 7465 4300
  • Fax (020) 7465 4400
  • DX 40 Ch.Ln.
  • Email : [email protected]
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