Managing Partner: Martin Arnold
Senior Partner: Kim Lalli
Number of Partners: 59
Other fee earners: 107
Total staff: 167
Banking & Finance: Hilary Platt
Insolvency, Restructuring & Recoveries: Glenn Chidgey
Commercial: Adrian Heath-Saunders
Commercial Litigation: David Golten
Construction: Suzanne Reeves
Corporate & Financial Services: Janice Wall
Data Protection: James Castro-Edwards
Employment: Adam Grant
Family: Charmaine Hast
Intellectual Property: Michael Gardner
Pensions & Employee Benefits: Justin McGilloway
Private Client: Andrew O’Keeffe
Projects & Infrastructure: Christopher Tite
Property Litigation: John Muncey
Residential Property: Tom Allfree
Real Estate: Justin Lewis Vivas
Technology: Adam Edwards
THE FIRM Wedlake Bell are a contemporary London law firm, rooted in tradition with a lasting legacy of client service. Founded in 1780, the firm recognises the long-standing relationships it has with its clients and how they have helped shape the firm’s past and provide a platform for its future.
With 59 partners supported by over 170 lawyers and support staff, the firm operates on a four practice group model: private client, business services, real estate and dispute resolution.
The driving force is to empower clients by providing quality legal advice, insight and intelligence that enables them to achieve their goals whether personal or business. The firm are large enough to advise on the most complex matters, but small enough to ensure that its people and work remain exceptional and dynamic.
Building relationships is at the heart of everything Wedlake Bell does.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Private Client Services: Wedlake Bell’s private client group consists of the private client, residential property and family teams. Whilst other law firms have shifted their focus from private to corporate clients, Wedlake Bell has consolidated its team of tax, trust and estate lawyers, advising on the following areas:
■ UK and international estate planning and administration
■ UK taxation and tax planning (income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax and also the taxation of offshore companies and structures)
■ Trusts and foundations and their use in tax planning
■ Tax and estate planning for clients coming to and leaving the UK
■ UK tax residence and domicile
■ Family office (creation and administration)
■ Disputed inheritances, wills and trusts
■ Charities (including charitable foundations)
■ As members of TELFA and USLAW, the firm is also able to advise international clients on cross-border issues
Real Estate Services: The firm is a full-service real estate practice with a reputation for dealing with high-value development and investment work. It acts for a diverse range of domestic and international clients: investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers and tenants, universities and charities. The firm has a very broad spread of clients in many different sectors. It works extensively with other specialists within the firm in related practice areas such as construction, planning and environmental, disputes, banking, corporate and tax.
Business Services: This includes:
■ Data Protection
■ Financial Services
■ Insolvency & Restructuring
■ IP & Commercial
■ Pensions & Employee Benefits
■ Projects & Infrastructure
Dispute Resolution Services: Dispute resolution specialists are embedded across the firm’s service lines. Frequent instructions are received from clients based overseas, often referred through recommendations from the firm’s network of international contacts.