McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Private Wealth Disputes Department

London (Firms)
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McDermott Will & Emery has a strong reputation for its ability to deal with cross-border disputes for high net worth clients. "It's a full-service firm but with a real focus on private client work. The firm has such an excellent reach," reports one industry insider.

The firm handles a wide range of international work, and a barrister reveals: "I love working with them." "They're excellent for offshore matters, and particularly those with a US crossover," notes a market insider.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Holland
focuses his practice on private wealth disputes and is particularly respected for his work on international and offshore matters. "He's a real enthusiast with fantastic knowledge of offshore procedure and tax aspects. He's wonderful to work with," says one industry source. Another reports: "He's very attractive to offshore clients because he has an international practice, having practised in Canada, Cayman, London and the US," before adding: "He's a transatlantic expert."

Ziva Robertson
is "a force to be reckoned with and respected," according to an interviewee. Robertson is often instructed in complex, hard-fought, multi-jurisdictional private wealth disputes. A market expert says: "She will not let go of a good point, and she will not take a bad point." This source adds: "She is highly determined. She is not fazed by whatever the other side do to her; she'll just get on with dealing with it. I regard her as one of the best litigators, and it's partly because she has this resilience."