Senior Partner: Sara Maccallum
Number of partners: 40
Boodle Hatfield has been advising clients since 1722. It has a rich history of acting for wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, families, property owners and businesses. One of the firm’s key strengths is its ability to marry together its various disciplines to serve the needs of clients in both their personal and business life.
Main Areas of Practice:
Private Client & Tax:
The private client and tax department is a leader in its field, domestically and internationally, and handles tax planning for large and complex estates, private companies, entrepreneurs, family offices, high-net-worth individuals and families, trustees, executors and charities. It advises on inheritance, capital gains and income tax planning, wills and probate, domicile and residence issues, pre-immigration planning, VAT, property and corporate taxes, and the creation and administration of trusts.
Trusts & Estates Disputes:
The team is globally renowned for its ability to resolve the most complex onshore and offshore trust and probate disputes, and in planning how to prevent disputes arising in the first place.
Family & Divorce:
The family law practice deals with all issues related to relationship breakdowns and on new relationships starting up. Many of the firm’s clients have international backgrounds and the team has particular experience in cross-border cases.
Arts & Culture:
The arts group advises individuals, institutional collectors, estates and trustees, galleries, and art and antique dealers on art law issues including the disputed authenticity of old masters and conditional exemption claims for landed estates, as well as on commercial transactions.
High Value Residential Property:
The residential property team is a leader in the sale and purchase of prime residential property in London and the countryside, as well as providing specialist advice on enfranchisement, property tax and estate related issues.
The highly rated property department is involved in large urban estate transactions with associated landlord and tenant matters, hotels, retail and London based residential and mixed-use developments and investments. It acts for developers, owners, occupiers, funders and UK-based and international corporate and private investors. Skills also include property finance and secured lending, property taxes, construction (contentious and non-contentious) and the private rented sector.
The corporate department focuses on midsized corporate clients and private capital. It acts for an international mix of private businesses (chiefly SMEs, ranging from start-ups to substantial, established organisations), smaller quoted companies, entrepreneurs, funds, corporate and private investors, and financiers and funds.
The litigation department is active in a broad range of commercial disputes and has substantial, well-regarded expertise in arts disputes, property litigation and commercial litigation.
The firm is part of an international legal network, meaning it has established and strong connections worldwide. Its lawyers are well versed in advising on international matters with particular expertise in advising Middle Eastern clients on private wealth issues.
Boodle Hatfield is based in London with offices in Bankside and Mayfair as well as a smaller office in Oxford.