Farrer & Co LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

London (Firms)
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Farrers is "one of the top firms in the private client world," says a source, continuing: "It possesses a depth in its partnership that few firms can rival." The team provides comprehensive advice to domestic and international clients.

Sources praise the quality of the team: "They are the very, very top in terms of quality of their advice and how they consider a client's situation and deliver solutions." Another interviewee notes: "They are always very professional - they have really good clients and a strong team across the board."

Notable practitioners

"Standout individual" Bryony Cove advises high net worth families and family businesses on wealth structuring. A source comments: "She is responsive and has a very commercial approach to private client situations. Bryony’s strong legal understanding allows her to cut to the main issues and provide a sensible solution. The client is her main concern." Another interviewee says: "She is brilliant. She knows a huge amount about mental capacity law as well. She is also very good at dealing with entrepreneurial business owners. She has a lovely way with clients."

Catherine McAleavey advises on trusts and succession planning. Her clients include wealthy families, entrepreneurs and trustees. A source says: "She is very experienced and client-friendly."

Mark Bridges is "very well known" and highly regarded for his private client work for domestic and international families. A source enthuses: "His client-handling skills are incredible. He has the ability to explain very complex issues concisely and with great clarity. Mark is a pleasure to work with."

Nick Dunnell advises wealthy clients on estate and tax planning. One source comments that he is "particularly adept at navigating the often conflicting rules and tax regimes in the various jurisdictions so that complex structures work simultaneously within them." Another interviewee says: "He is very good at cutting through the complexity and focusing on the key issues. He is very practical and very commercial." A source notes: "He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the tax legislation and applies it very straightforwardly to clients."

Rhoddy Voremberg is "obviously a master," according to one source. He has extensive experience advising high net worth clients on estate and succession planning. Another source comments: "He is very nice, and that's very important - clients feel comfortable working with him."

Russell Cohen is described as "bright and sharp" by one source. He advises high net worth clients on estate and succession planning and is particularly well regarded for his client manner. A source calls him "brilliant - very clever and very insightful." A wealth professional notes: "He has a great sense of humour which really helps on complex client situations."

Sarah von Schmidt advises high net worth clients on trusts and succession planning. A source comments: "She is extremely impressive in leading a team of lawyers from various jurisdictions. She is deeply experienced and can juggle the complexities of various legal systems masterfully." Another interviewee notes: "She is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable. She is always a pleasure to work with as she has such a caring and inclusive manner."