Withers LLP

Private Wealth Disputes Department

London (Firms)
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Withers is widely acclaimed for its strength in high-profile private client disputes and is specifically noted for its international capacity. "They provide outstanding professionalism and advice. They are so supportive and completely committed to their clients," says one legal insider, who adds: "They are very calm, even in fraught situations."

Another market expert reports: "Withers is a place where technical expertise and quality are absolutely the most important aspects of their work." The expert continues: "If you want a job done well, that's the place to go - they turn over every stone."

Notable practitioners

Dawn Goodman
is "undoubtedly a star and the doyenne of trust litigation," according to one lawyer. She has extensive experience in both domestic and offshore private wealth disputes and is described as "absolutely top-notch." "She's extremely level-headed, practical and considerate," comments an interviewee, who continues: "Dawn builds trust with us and with her clients, and her knowledge, experience and professionalism are exceptional - she makes her clients feel safe."

Natasha Stourton
is a senior associate at the firm and deals with a range of trust and inheritance disputes. "She is clearly heading for great things; she has a real presence and is very well liked," says one source, while another notes: "She's very bright and able - a future star."

Paul Hewitt
enjoys an excellent reputation for his work on complex private client disputes. "There is a uniquely commercial aspect to his work and he is exceptional at judging whether something is worth running," observes one source. Another comments: "He really knows what he's doing and is absolutely determined to do the best with his clients."

One legal source notes that
Stephen Richards
"has great judgement and is always thinking about where the case is going strategically." He acts for both individual and institutional clients on domestic and international trust disputes. An industry insider states: "He analyses problems very well, listens carefully and maintains focus."

Steven Kempster
advises on a broad range of trust and probate disputes, and one legal insider reports: "He is very technically strong and able to cut through the noise. He sees the issues very quickly and is extremely good with clients." "In a very complicated case with several parties, he did a very good job of making sure all of it came together," comments a market insider.