Charles Russell Speechlys

Private Wealth Law Department

London (Firms)
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Charles Russell Speechlys is "a fantastic firm," says one source, who continues: "They have always been exceptionally strong." The team advises domestic and international high net worth clients on wealth structuring matters.

A source explains: "They are responsive and pragmatic, and their technical knowledge across the board is fantastic." Another interviewee says: "It's a great firm to deal with - they're very professional, friendly and attentive."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cameron advises on estate and tax planning, and has considerable experience advising international clients with regard to their UK assets. A source says: "He is very, very excellent. He is charming, knowledgeable and good with clients."

Bart Peerless is universally recognised for his experience with high net worth clients. One source enthuses: "He is brilliant, absolutely top-notch. He is one of the finest private clients lawyers in London. He combines technical expertise with very sound judgement." Another interviewee comments that "his client-handling skills are second to none," while a fellow lawyer calls him "one of the pillars of the private client world."

Catriona Syed is praised for her "great technical expertise, especially on the international side" by one source. Another interviewee says: "She is just a really charming person who has some really great clients." A barrister comments: "She is a legendary drafter. She is very, very good on her trusts law - she knows her trusts law inside out."

Dominic Lawrance has a particular expertise in advising international clients on UK matters. A source enthuses: "He is the best non-dom adviser in London. If you want non-dom advice you go to Dominic. He is technically off the scale, technically superb." Another interviewee says: "He is a really fantastic lawyer. He can communicate concepts of UK law extraordinarily well to non-UK nationals and can simplify concepts very well."

Piers Master has a strong depth of expertise advising international clients on estate and trust matters. A source explains: "He is a very good operator. He is really a very clever lawyer with excellent skills across the board. In every area that private client lawyers focus on he is a real expert." This source continues: "He is technically excellent and his client service is really, really strong." Another interviewee notes his international expertise, saying: "He is really good, particularly for the Middle East."

Robert Blower advises high net worth clients on tax and estate planning. A source praises his client manner, saying: "He is very good at getting things done and handling the client." A wealth professional adds: "He gives first-class quality advice."

Sophie Dworetzsky advises domestic and international clients on wealth planning matters, including estate and succession planning. She has particular experience in tax matters. A source says: "She is very good, and very strong on tax."

Suzanne Marriott advises on private client matters including estate and succession planning. One source says: "She is one of those people that does absolutely everything for the client - she is completely focused on getting the outcome for them. The focus she brings to things makes such a difference." Another interviewee notes: "She has a great client manner. She has got a really good feel for things and is very impressive."

One source comments that William Begley "is excellent. He understands how a client family works, what they need, and how you pull everything together." He advises UK and international clients on wealth preservation. A barrister says: "He is very experienced. He has a very reassuring presence and bags of ability as well." "He is absolutely brilliant - unique and outstanding. Each year he has impressed me again and again," enthuses an interviewee.