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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Private Wealth Law

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Payne Hicks Beach has "a very strong reputation in this field," according to a legal source. The firm's private client practice advises both individual and institutional clients on a comprehensive range of matters. An industry expert comments: "The firm is what a top-end private client firm of solicitors should be."

Sources praise the quality of the team: "They are a class act," says one interviewee. A market commentator reports: "They are creative in thinking of alternative approaches, very responsive and very professional."

Notable practitioners

Basil Dixon advises on estate and succession planning as well as tax and charitable matters. A wealth professional reports: "He's extremely professional and gives very informative written advice." A barrister notes: "His grasp of very complex tax provisions is special and leads directly to accurate answers."

Robert Brodrick has considerable experience advising domestic and international clients on estate and succession planning matters. "He is very technically knowledgeable, very professional and very thorough," remarks one market insider. Another interviewee says: "Robert is an extremely capable and sensible lawyer who can identify solutions for complex problems." The interviewee continues: "He can present the options in straightforward and concise language that inspires trust and confidence."

Rosamond McDowell is head of the private client team at the firm and acts for wealthy clients on various tax and estate planning matters. A wealth adviser explains: "She is very well liked by clients and is a trusted adviser who deals with families in a charming and tactful manner, which is vital when dealing with sometimes complicated personal situations."

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Overview

Payne Hicks Beach has a longstanding reputation for providing top quality comprehensive private client advice.

We act for individuals, families, family offices/businesses, estates, trusts, trustees, educational establishments, museums and charities. We also advise ultra high net worth clients from the UK and internationally (many of whom feature in The Sunday Times Rich List, Forbes 400 and the Arabian Business Rich List), non-domiciled families on the numerous tax changes that have been introduced and some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates. 

We aim to build long term relationships with clients and, for families, these often span several generations.  

We advise on a wide range of issues. A core element of our work is helping clients to preserve and manage their wealth for their own benefit and for that of future generations. Another key area is cross-border estate planning and probate, and trusts including probate disputes.  

While many of our clients are based in the UK, a significant number are overseas or have overseas interests.  We advise on a variety of offshore and international matters, including advising on tax aspects of pre/post-nuptial agreements and structuring of divorce settlements.

We have partners able to communicate in several languages, and with our many connections with lawyers outside the UK we are experienced in coordinating tax and legal advice from different countries.  We also liaise with other professional advisers to provide a seamless service.    

Members

McDowell, Rosamond (Head of Department)

Bacon, James

Bjørn, Frederick

Brodrick, Robert

Carver, Sam

Dixon, Basil

Ellis, Melissa

Ferguson, Clarissa

Goldstein, Scott

Grosvenor-Taylor, Emily

Harris, Emma

Henshall, Charlotte

Henson, Jessica

Hetherington, Clare

Hewlett, Emily

Kronbergs, Klara

Ovenden, Charles

Paisner CBE, Martin

Parkinson, Michael

Ryan, Dean

Spring, Matthew

Stoneham, Emily

Vernon, Ane

Willan, Andrew

Private Wealth Law Department

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Department location

10 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3QG

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London (Firms)

Private Wealth Law


Basil Dixon
Up and Coming
Robert Brodrick
Band 3
Rosamond McDowell
Band 5