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Charles Russell Speechlys

Private Wealth Law

3 ranked individualsBand 1ChinaHigh Net Worth 2021 View ranking table
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Charles Russell Speechlys enters these rankings for the first time and goes straight to the top band. A well-known international private wealth firm, its recent expansion into Hong Kong received a significant boost this year with the arrival of a team from Stephenson Harwood headed by Ian Devereux and Silvia On.

The firm has a strong contentious and non-contentious private wealth offering on tax, trust and estate planning issues, and also advises on pre-UK immigration planning matters. A source says its "lawyers come across as sophisticated and solid." One interviewee is impressed by the team's "detailed knowledge of UK tax planning and laws related to wills." A third source says: "Not many firms have this combination of UK tax knowledge in Hong Kong/Asia, particularly with respect to HNW clients."

Notable practitioners

Ian Devereux leverages his decades of experience advising affluent individuals and families on various private wealth issues, including succession planning, probate and estate planning matters. He assists with the creation of foundations and trust structures. A source says: "He is able to present very well to clients."

Jeffrey Lee provides a range of trust and estate and tax planning advice to affluent individuals, families and institutional clients. A source states: "He is very knowledgeable on UK tax for high net worth families with investments in Asia." Another source says: "Jeff is excellent - he is great with clients. His route to partnership at Charles Russell Speechlys serves him well. He knows what it is like from the point of view of a professional trustee or a bank and works well in that environment." This source continues: "He was in London most of the time, but he is now leading the charge out in Hong Kong and is doing extremely well."

Silvia On is a private wealth law expert and often works with families on succession planning, trust structures and charitable matters. A source mentions her language skills, stating: "She is very energetic and she can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese, so this makes her very successful when dealing with PRC clients." This source continues: "She is also good in probate and trust set-ups."

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Private Wealth Law

Charles Russell Speechlys

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Suite 3418, Level 34

Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

China

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Private Wealth Law (International Firms)


Ian Devereux
Band 3
Jeffrey Lee
Band 3
Silvia On
Band 3