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Baker McKenzie

Private Wealth Law

2 ranked individualsBand 2London (Firms)High Net Worth 2021 View ranking table

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Baker McKenzie is well known for advising high net worth individuals and families on complex international matters. An impressed source enthuses:"They have a real depth of experience. They are very collaborative and innovative, especially with families from the Middle East. When you're dealing with ultra wealthy families, the Baker McKenzie brand brings real gravitas."

"My experience working with them is excellent. They are a really great firm," says an interviewee, before continuing: "I think what stands out about them is that they have everything you're looking for. They're incredibly responsive, they have bright lawyers that are quick to spot issues and they are able to find solutions to problems that arise."

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's London wealth management department Ashley Crossley is regarded as "a big name in the market." He is highly sought after by ultra-high net worth clients to advise on international tax and trust structuring matters. A source states: "He is clearly a leader in the industry. He has a lot of experience in this arena. He is good at looking at things from various angles to find the best solution." Another source agrees, adding: "He is really up to date with what's going on. He is very knowledgeable and he always has a solution to a difficult problem." A further interviewee reports that "he is very confident, very user-friendly and very commercial; he is very knowledgeable and technical; he is good at coming up with ideas and staying on top of developments."

Senior associate Phyllis Townsend is capable of advising high net worth clients on a broad array of matters, with particular expertise assisting Middle Eastern clients. A commentator notes: "She is technically exceptional, her understanding of complex private client matters is second to none and her grasp of dealing with Middle Eastern culture is excellent too." One source says that "she has a calm, measured approach to matters. She is very client-friendly and very easy to deal with," and another observes: "She gives good, practical advice and she is very approachable. I think she is a cool operator."

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London (Firms)

Private Wealth Law


Ashley Crossley
Band 1
Phyllis Townsend
Star Associates, Foreign expert for Middle East-wide