Firm profile submitted by Withers LLP
Chairman: Ivan Sacks
Chief Executive Officer: Margaret Robertson
Number of partners: 64
Other fee-earners: 144
Agricultural & Rural Affairs: Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall, Matthew Woods
Art & Cultural Property: Celia Davidson
Banking: David Dannreuther
Charities: Alison Paines, Chris Priestley
Civil Fraud: Stephen Ross
Litigation & Arbitration: Roberto Moruzzi, Peter Wood
Commercial Property: Jeremy Wakeham
Construction: Julie Teal
Contentious Trust & Probate: Stephen Richards
Corporate (AIM): Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand
Corporate Finance: Ben Simpson
Court of Protection: Julia Abrey
Data Protection: Kenneth Mullen
Employment: Meriel Schindler
Family: Suzanne Todd
Financial Services & Funds: Harvey Knight, Alix Prentice
Immigration: Philip Barth
Insolvency: Roberto Moruzzi
Intellectual Property: Kenneth Mullen
Luxury Brands: Anthony Indaimo, Kenneth Mullen
M&A: Anthony Indaimo
Partnership: Tim Taylor,Paul McGrath
Pensions: Gillian Johnson
Personal Tax, Trust & Probate: Patricia Milner, Dora Clarke
Privacy Law & Defamation: Amber Melville-Brown
Professional Negligence: Christopher Coffin
Property Litigation: Andrew Chesser
Residential Property: Henry Stuart
Sponsorship: Ben Simpson
Tax Investigations: Maurice Martin
THE FIRM 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 19 offices across Europe, US, Middle East, 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’.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Private Client: Withers has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices. 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. It 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 provide coverage that other law firms in this area cannot match.
Family: 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.
Dispute Resolution: Withers has an established international dispute resolution practice, with over 150 litigation and regulatory lawyers across offices in Europe, US and Asia Pacific. Withers acts in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and international arbitrations of all kinds, their BVI office gives them particular strength in cross border litigation involving asset tracing through this region. Withers assists clients with a range of disputes including employment, fraud, arbitration, corporate crime, insolvency and professional negligence.
Charities: The charities and philanthropy team at Withers takes an active role in engaging with and shaping legal reform and developments in the charity sector. Withers is privileged to have one of the largest portfolios of charity clients in the country, acting for 50% of the UK’s top 50 charities by income and its clients represent a wide cross section of the sector, from leading national charities to small private foundations. The firm has worked in the not-for-profit sector for decades and prides itself on having one of the most comprehensive teams in the UK legal sector. It is the only team to offer US/UK advice.
Corporate: 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. With over 30 years experience in the sector, the team are fully immersed with key relationships in all business areas, enabling us to offer an unrivalled support network and opportunity pool to its 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 our sector experience ranging from real estate and financial services to renewable energy and IT. The client base extends from entrepreneurs to HNWIs, UHNWIs and established companies and family offices. Withers prides itself on delivering complex and technical projects, frequently with a cross-border element.
Real Estate: Andrew Chesser’s 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.