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Macfarlanes LLP

Private Wealth Law

3 ranked individualsBand 1London (Firms)High Net Worth 2021 View ranking table

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Macfarlanes "runs a classy operation" and maintains its reputation as one of the premier firms for wealthy individuals, corporate fiduciaries and other institutional clients requiring advice and representation in high-stakes, cross-border trusts litigation. "They are the very top of this market, the absolute best firm for private wealth disputes. It's an absolute conveyor belt of excellent lawyers, the best work and the best people," observes a barrister.

"We love Macfarlanes," says an interviewee, adding: "They are just excellent, excellent, excellent. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the team. They are supportive, proactive and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

Charles Lloyd is "a charming and effective operator" who is hugely experienced in handling high-value international trusts disputes. A commentator describes him as "the single best lawyer in the country for this work," and says that "he is absolutely phenomenal to work with, immensely switched on." An international source states that Lloyd is "the partner you wish to have in your corner taking point on large-scale litigation," adding: "He is unflappable and extremely personable, earning the respect of clients and colleagues."

Elizabeth Doherty is "absolutely fantastic," according to a barrister. Industry sources continue to be impressed by Doherty's handling of complex cross-border matters. "She technically is absolutely sound. Her technical skills are first-class and she can distil that in a practical manner. She is very personable and practical in dealing with problems," explains a commentator. Another interviewee describes her as "superb," and adds: "She is super organised, incredibly efficient and understands the complexities of the law. I couldn't recommend her highly enough."

Jonathan Arr is "a lovely person, so affable and pleasant to work with," remarks an offshore lawyer, who adds: "He's obviously a subject matter expert who knows the law, and he can take that expertise and give you actually useful advice." Arr is well respected by members of the Chancery Bar.A London-based barrister describes him as "a fantastic lawyer" who has "a really barristerial mind for cases," and another says that he is "a pleasure to work with, a great combination of technical ability and strategic oversight."

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Private Wealth Disputes


Charles Lloyd
Band 1
Elizabeth Doherty
Up and Coming
Jonathan Arr
Band 2