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BDB Pitmans LLP

Private Wealth Law

3 ranked individualsBand 4London (Firms)High Net Worth 2020 View ranking table

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BDB Pitmans provides domestic and international wealth planning advice to high net worth individuals and families. "They're really great and have a good team of talented lawyers," says a market insider.

One wealth professional explains: "It's a well-respected and user-friendly firm. They can cover all aspects of legal advice in a proactive and helpful way." Another interviewee notes: "They are highly responsive and professional."

Notable practitioners

Helen Ratcliffe advises on domestic and international tax and estate planning matters. Her clients include wealthy individuals and families as well as trustees and beneficiaries. A barrister says Ratcliffe is "really good; very thorough and really calm," adding that "she has great intellectual ability and I would highly recommend her."

Jonathan Colclough advises on both domestic and international estate and succession planning. A legal source explains: "His knowledge of the intricacies of international tax law, and specifically the interplay between UK legislation and the legislation of other jurisdictions, is sound and he gets his points across in an easy to understand manner." The source continues: "He quickly grasps what the clients are after, and his advice is always well thought out and very practical."

Judith Millar regularly acts for high net worth clients on trusts and estate planning, and one interviewee reports: "She is very personable and empathetic, but couples this with a wide range of technical knowledge and the ability to draw out the key issues in any scenario." Another source notes: "She is hugely experienced and a master at grasping very complex cases."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Private Wealth Law


Helen Ratcliffe
Band 4
Jonathan Colclough
Band 5, Foreign expert for South Africa
Judith Millar
Band 4