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Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

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Senior Partner: Clare Maurice
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 24
Languages: English, French, Russian, Italian

Firm Overview:
Based in London, Maurice Turnor Gardner is a boutique private client law firm of highly rated lawyers which has been offering its services since 1st May 2009 following its demerger from Allen & Overy LLP. The firm focuses exclusively on the issues which affect wealthy individuals, family offices, trustees and professional practices in the UK and elsewhere.

Main Areas of Practice:
Private Wealth:

10 partners, 24 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ Estate and succession planning to protect and preserve assets ranging from privately owned companies, real estate and liquid assets to racehorses, yachts, planes and art
■ International clients on pre-arrival planning and on exit strategies
■ Wealthy individuals and trustees on UK taxation, particularly the treatment of non-UK domiciled individuals
■ Trustees and beneficiaries on their powers, duties and rights under all forms of trust structures, both onshore and offshore
Contact: Arabella Murphy, Private Wealth Director
Tel: +44 20 7786 8714
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
1 partner, 6 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ High value and complex residential property matters for private clients focussing on high value acquisitions and disposals of prime and super prime residential property (from listed to new build) as well as corporate entities holding high value residential property, often cross-border, involving the sale or purchase of prime residential property in the UK while co-ordinating the sale or purchase of properties in other jurisdictions
■ Leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions with significant experience in the transactional implications of these matters
Contact: Sarah Conway, Head of Department
Tel: +44 20 7786 8677
Email: [email protected]

Partnerships & Professional Practices:
2 partners, 4 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ Constitutional documents, governance, international structures, LLP conversions, partner/team moves, mergers/demergers and disputes
■ Regulatory and compliance issues, for UK and global professional practices
■ Innovative uses of partnership and LLP structures in finance and corporate transactions and as succession planning vehicles for families
■ Corporate trusts including bare trusts, escrow and financing structures and voting trusts
Contact: Corinne Staves, Partner
Tel: +44 20 7786 8724
Email: [email protected]

Philanthropy & Charity:
4 partners, 11 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ Creation and funding of charities and the appropriate charitable vehicle, ensuring the fiscal efficiency of the structure and donations, and the benefits of dual-registered charities in an international context
■ Day-to-day management of charities and governance issues, trustee protection and remuneration, the powers, duties and liabilities of trustees and tax issues, additionally providing assistance with the making of grants
■ Trustees’ duties; the regulatory environment within which charities operate; and advising trustees about engagement with the regulators
■ Legal issues for banks and corporates entering into contractual arrangements with charity counterparties, and on CSR programmes and charitable giving
Contact: Jennifer Chambers, Head of Department
Tel: +44 20 7786 8715
Email: [email protected]

Immigration:
2 partners, 6 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ All aspects of the immigration process, from assessing and compiling applications through to obtaining the relevant permissions for clients and their families to come to the UK, obtaining visas for investor and entrepreneur clients under Tier 1 of the points-based system
■ Tier 2 sponsorship licence applications for employers, non-EEA skilled worker visas, business visits, advising on obtaining indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship
■ Residence rights of EEA nationals and their family members
■ Financial institutions on immigration issues relevant to them and their clients
Contact: Ceris Gardner, Head of Department
Tel: +44 20 7786 8713
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 5 fee-earners
The team advises on:
■ Acting for trustees, beneficiaries and members of ultra high net worth families in complex, high-value disputes relating to trusts, estates and divorce, in the UK and offshore
■ Advising across the spectrum of contentious work including trustees seeking to avoid litigation, applications for directions, applications for removal of trustees and claims for breach of trust or fiduciary duty
■ Assisting trustees, family members and others to pre-empt, avoid and where necessary resolve difficulties and disharmony, including family governance/family charters
■ Also advising on commercial/corporate trustees involved in disputes, advising on trustees’ duties and liabilities arising under commercial trusts
Contact: Rupert Ticehurst, Head of Department
Tel: +44 20 7786 8641
Email: [email protected]