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High Net Worth London (Firms) Private Wealth Disputes

Work in this area includes but is not limited to: charitable planning; wealth transfer; business succession planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning (in the US); life and health insurance planning; the creation and administration of trusts and estates; asset transfer; the taking-public of closely-held businesses; and structuring outward and inward investment. Contentious matters are also included, such as trusts disputes, probate contests and contested wills. In larger jurisdictions, these matters are ranked separately in a Private Wealth Disputes table.

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Band 1
  1. Boodle Hatfield LLP
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    Boodle Hatfield LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    "It is a very good firm," says a London-based lawyer, who adds: "They have a number of good people there. They are good, commercial and sensible." Another source says that "I am happy to refer conflict work to them - they always do a good job."
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    "It is a thoroughly good firm, they have depth and a sensible culture around the disputes we handle," remarks a peer, adding: "When you see them on the other side you expect constructive conversations. There is a lot of firepower at the firm."
  3. Farrer & Co LLP
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    Farrer & Co LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    Farrer & Co's contentious trust and estate practice centres on handling high-value disputes with an international dimension. The firm often administers complex contested estates and is increasingly instructed on Court of Protection work. "There is a fantastic depth of practice and experience both domestically and internationally," says a source.
  4. Macfarlanes LLP
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    Macfarlanes LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    "I go to Macfarlanes with my most challenging cases and always know that I will get the best possible result. There is a seamless integration of tax, trust, corporate and litigation knowledge," remarks a solicitor. An equally impressed barrister adds: "This is a very, very rich field in terms of talent, especially in London. Macfarlanes are simply blue chip through and through. They are top-drawer people."
  5. Withers LLP
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    Withers LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    Another impressed barrister says: "They are the best firm in London - what more can you say? They are just brilliant and fantastic; you smile broadly when they instruct you." "There is nothing that you cannot throw at them. They are my go-to on complicated issues, especially with complex property or foreign estates. They are very strong on strategy to achieve a good result," enthuses a source.
  6. Baker McKenzie
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
  7. Mishcon de Reya LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
  8. Taylor Wessing
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    "They are extremely intellectual partners and are able to deal with the most complex of issues. They are very responsive," observes an interviewee. A source also notes that partners are "strategically and technically excellent."
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    McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    McDermott Will & Emery combines its contentious and non-contentious expertise into a single private client department. This enables the firm to take on a wide range of private wealth issues, such as structuring trusts to mitigate future risk, advising trustees on complex disputes and handling Inheritance Act claims. "The McDermott Will & Emery team are stellar performers," remarks an interviewee.
  3. Payne Hicks Beach LLP
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    Payne Hicks Beach LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Payne Hicks Beach is a firm that has "really made a dent in the last couple of years" on trusts litigation, a market peer acknowledges. The practice covers the full spectrum of contentious trusts and estates. Partners handle cross-border litigation concerning breach of trust claims and have taken the lead on landmark decisions at the High Court in a trust and estoppel context.
  4. Stephenson Harwood LLP
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    Stephenson Harwood LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Stephenson Harwood provides global coverage to ultra high net worth families and business owners on complex trust disputes. The firm also leverages notable expertise in tax matters to advise on asset transfer-related disputes.
  5. Stewarts
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    Stewarts
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Stewarts continues to impress the private client market. The firm's purely litigation model ensures that partners are well placed to handle significant probate disputes, as well as the restructuring of sizeable trusts that bring together tax, trust and investment issues.
  6. Forsters LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2
  7. Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
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    Howard Kennedy LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Howard Kennedy handles domestic and international contentious trusts and estate matters. The team assists clients in will and trust validity issues, Court of Protection proceedings and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  2. Kingsley Napley LLP
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    Kingsley Napley LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    "Kingsley Napley's contentious trusts and estates team are consistently impressive," a barrister remarks. The firm handles trust and probate litigation and global asset recovery matters.
  3. Russell-Cooke
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    Russell-Cooke
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Russell-Cooke is involved in significant contentious probate disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions and often advises clients on Inheritance Act claims. "They are a first-rate firm and one of the leading contentious private client and contentious trust practices out there," observes a source.
  4. Sinclair Gibson LLP
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    Sinclair Gibson LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Sinclair Gibson's litigation department handles various trust and probate disputes for clients. Partners are on hand to advise on disputes concerning capacity issues and variation of trusts applications as part of sizeable family trusts. "They have a very strong team who manage my somewhat complex family and estate affairs most courteously with complete understanding of the family and the future," remarks an appreciative interviewee.
  5. Wedlake Bell LLP
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    Wedlake Bell LLP
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 1 Years Ranked
    "Their verbal and written communications are always clear and concise. They will always respond in full to any questions raised and provide thorough advice as to the appropriate way forward," observes a source, who also says: "They are dedicated to their clients and delivering the best possible service. They have excellent communication skills and have a commercial awareness which is key."
  6. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Private Wealth Disputes
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3