Firm profile submitted by Withers LLP
Withers is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 160 partners and more than 850 other staff members in 18 offices across Europe, US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues facing individuals and their families. Its clients’ interests span 80 countries and the firm has acted for 51% of the top 100 UK 'Sunday Times Rich List’, and a significant number of the US ‘Forbes List’ of Richest Americans and the Asian ‘Huron Rich List’.
Chairman: Ivan Sacks
Chief Executive Officer: Margaret Robertson
Number of partners: 160 Number of lawyers: 330
Languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hokkien, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Welsh
Other Offices: Australia, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, USA.
Main Areas Of Practice:
Withers’ corporate group has one of London’s leading legal teams who enjoy an enviable reputation in advising luxury brands and creative individuals, both domestically and internationally. The team is fully immersed with key relationships in all business areas, enabling them to offer an unrivalled support network and opportunity pool to their clients, who range from leading luxury brands to newly-established businesses and creative individuals. Alongside its luxury brands work, the Withers corporate practice has significant expertise in advising on predominantly cross border mid-market private and public mergers and acquisitions, including in the private equity field, with their sector experience ranging from real estate and financial services to renewable energy and IT. The group’s client base extends from entrepreneurs to HNWIs, UHNWIs and established companies and family offices. The practice prides itself on delivering complex and technical projects, frequently with a cross-border element.
Contact: Jeremy Wakeham
Tel: +44 20 7597 6177
Email: [email protected] com
As one of the largest, longest established and most experienced family and divorce teams in the world, there are few situations the practice has not handled. The family team predominantly acts for HNW clients, frequently advising on cross border and complex financial cases. A central aim is to help clients avoid a traumatic and protracted court battle, securing the best possible outcome and a fair and appropriate settlement. Withers has been involved with shaping and setting precedents in family and divorce law both in the UK and Hong Kong.
Contact: Suzanne Todd
Tel: +44 20 5797 6164
Email: [email protected]
Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has been defending the interests of successful individuals, businesses and brands for many years, and it does not shy away from taking on major institutions to achieve that, pursuing it swiftly and aggressively where necessary. Whilst Withers is experienced in almost all areas of commercial litigation, it also offers a number of specialisms, including handling tax controversy, reputation management, professional negligence and litigation within the worlds of art and sport. The firm has a wealth of arbitration expertise and a current portfolio of arbitration matters in the region of $1 billion. The firm has pioneered the use of arbitration and mediation for different types of commercial disputes and many of the team speaks, publishes and lectures in this field.
Contact: Roberto Moruzzi
Tel: +44 20 7597 6120
Email: [email protected] com
Withers handle all aspects of residential property, from buying and selling homes to landlord and tenant matters. The firm routinely assists with renovations, leasehold enfranchisement and complex funding arrangements and ensure the most tax-efficient ways to own and hold residential property. The Withers team has a strong track record for successfully settling real estate disputes over property ownership, between landlords and tenants and relating to development contracts, among many other issues.
Contact: Andrew Chesser, Henry Stuart
Tel: +44 20 7597 6674, +44 20 7597 6031
Email: [email protected] com, [email protected]
Private Client & Tax:
Withers has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices in the UK. Whether you require advice on legal and tax structuring for your business and investments, family and business governance, tax and estate planning or help with a vulnerable person in your family, Withers will deliver tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. The firm has the largest litigation team in the world specialising in advising clients with domestic or contentious trust and probate litigation matters. In a fast-moving and increasingly compliance focused world, the need for integrated advice that reaches across borders has never been greater. With offices across the Globe, Withers provides coverage that other law firms in this area cannot match.
Contact: Patricia Milner, Dora Clarke
Tel: +44 20 7597 6092, +44 20 7597 6032
Email: [email protected], [email protected]