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Private Wealth Disputes

We specialise in handling all varieties of disputes for families and private wealth professionals.

We recognise that each family has its own unique dynamic and that, when conflicts arise, they are rarely driven by financial considerations alone. We tailor our advice and work hard to achieve practical, long-term solutions that meet your needs.

We act for private individuals, family businesses, trustees (both individuals and trust companies) and other fiduciaries, such as executors, protectors, deputies and attorneys. We also have particular experience acting for charities in relation to disputes that arise over testamentary gifts. We pride ourselves on our strong relationships with our clients and our ability to work in partnership with them.

A large proportion of our work for our clients involves assets located in multiple jurisdictions, often held in private wealth structures offshore. We are able to draw on the firm’s international expertise in succession, trust, tax and divorce law matters. We also regularly work in collaboration with our clients’ other professional advisers throughout the world, advising on English law issues and co-ordinating worldwide litigation.

Many of our practitioners are recognised as leading experts in their field, with particular expertise in:

  • Domestic and international trust disputes
  • Wills and succession disputes
  • Disputes over trust assets on divorce
  • Professional negligence claims concerning the administration of trusts and estates
  • Court of Protection and mental capacity issues
  • Disputes over works of art and cultural assets
  • Worldwide asset-tracing and recovery, injunctions and freezing orders
  • Tax related disputes

We have a top tier arts disputes team handling all issues relating to the art world, whether for private owners, trusts, charities, governments, museums, dealers, auction houses, artists’ estates, artists or creators.

We also specialise in handling disputes and investigations for our clients across all areas of tax. This includes not only HMRC disclosures and enquiries, but also litigation before the courts and tribunals, advising on the scope of HMRC’s powers, remedying unsuccessful planning and tax-related professional negligence.

LEGAL 500 UK, 2021

Leading light in the contentious trust and probate market. They have a global reach and are able to provide a cost-efficient service."


Excellent for contentious work"

Family law and trusts

A series of videos in which experts from our Family, Private Wealth Disputes and Tax, Trusts and Succession teams discuss the relationship between trusts and family proceedings.

Watch here