Managing Partner: Lucy Gibson
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sinclair Gibson is a specialist firm, based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London, focused on the needs of the private client and private client adviser through its three complementary practice areas of private client, litigation and family law.
Following in the footsteps of Harcus Sinclair, Sinclair Gibson, which was set up in 2019, represents a return to the core work that the founding partners have always enjoyed and valued and continues a move away from the expansionist business model reliant on compartmentalisation, juniors and precedent-led work increasingly prevalent in the market.
The firm’s model places an emphasis on bespoke advice from experienced, partner-led teams with many of the firm’s practitioners having competence and proficiency across the conventional departmental demarcation allowing teams for individual matters to span two or more practice areas depending on specific needs.
This ensures that clients benefit from high quality and robust advice, rooted in independent and intelligent thinking as well as extensive experience. These expertise, coupled with individual partners’ personable and pragmatic approach, has resulted in long standing relationships with clients who recognise that Sinclair Gibson is committed to delivering excellent and relevant advice in all aspects of private client law.
Main Areas of Practice:
3 partners, 7 fee earners
Sinclair Gibson’s private client department combines deep expertise in advising UK-based families and landed estates on wealth structuring and devolution planning with a specialist practice in advising international clients on multi-jurisdictional matters, including crossborder estates. Led by Keith Bruce-Smith and Lucy Gibson, and supported by Eleanor Walsh and a team of qualified solicitors, the department prides itself on possessing a broad spectrum of technical legal knowledge in the private client domain, rather than focussing purely on ‘onshore’ or ‘offshore matters’ to ensure essential understanding in the context of increasing globalisation of family wealth.
2 partners, 3 fee earners
The vastly experienced Alison Meek heads up Sinclair Gibson’s internationally wellregarded litigation practice, along with Henry Hickman. The firm’s dispute resolution practice is primarily focussed on litigation about trusts, probate and succession matters including for individuals, family offices, protectors and trustees on general contentious issues such as professional negligence. There are additional specialisms in Court of Protection and Privy Council agency work. Assisted by several other experienced solicitors, the department has recently seen an increase in claims brought under the Inheritance Act 1975 as well as disputes involving high-value works of art and other chattels.
1 partner, 3 fee earners
Sinclair Gibson’s family department, which is led by Kathryn Peat, advises on all aspects of family law, from legal issues arising from the breakdown of a marriage and other relationships as to pre and post nuptial agreements. The team places a particular emphasis on advising high net worth clients on complex financial remedy claims and is also well regarded for its work in private children matters.