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.
Meet the team
International Partner (England & Wales and British Virgin Islands)
Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency, Dispute Resolution
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
Funding for Inheritance Act 1975 claims: Success (fee) or gamble?
Samantha takes a look at funding for Inheritance Act 1975 claims
New Criminal Offences – Pensions Regulator’s Approach
Tom and Esther take a look at the Pensions Regulator's recently published guidance on their new powers
Simon Green, Jeffrey Lee and Ray Ng featured in Asian Legal Business' article on the wealth management industry in Hong Kong
There has been a 20% increase in UHNW individuals in China in the past three years, with more than a fifth based in the Greater Bay Area.
Hugh Gunson quoted by the Daily Express on IR35 tax fines following the news that HMRC was forced to issue tax penalties to several Government departments
HMRC was forced to issue several Government departments with tax penalties in recent months as IR35 failings were unearthed.
Hugh Gunson quoted by Accountancy Age on why HMRC needs to rebuild taxpayers' trust after its Loan Charge failings
"HMRC needs to listen to the criticisms made in relation to its handling of the loan charge and reflect on them to achieve real change."
Hugh Gunson, Dominic Lawrance and Catrin Harrison write for Taxation on the limits to HMRC’s power to require information from foreign domiciled taxpayers
Are there limits on HMRC’s power to require information from foreign domiciled taxpayers?
Record success for Charles Russell Speechlys’ Private Wealth practice in Chambers HNW 2021 directory
We are delighted to have once again been recognised as a leader in our field in the Chambers High Net Worth 2021 Guide.
Weighing in on the importance of attention to detail in service cases
Rory looks at recent judgments that have emphasised the need to follow correct procedure when serving documents in court cases
Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Trustees on the implications of the decision in Mackay v Wesley on mistaken trusteeships and sufficiently distinct mistakes
The High Court found that the trustee's appointment should be rescinded and set aside on the ground of undue influence.
The Lawyer, New Law Journal, International Adviser, CDR Magazine and eprivateclient report on the firm's partner promotions
Charles Russell Speechlys promoted five lawyers to partner, effective 1 May 2021.
Charles Russell Speechlys promotes five to Partner
The promotions are effective 1 May 2021 and are accompanied by one Legal Director and 15 Senior Associate promotions.
Adding claimants pre-service and amending outside the limitation period: pitfalls for the unwary
Sonia looks at a recent High Court judgment and its important guidance on the ability of claimants to be added to a claim before service
Ray Ng, Robert Avis and Tom Watts write for IFC Review on recent trends in firewall legislation
Ray, Robert and Tom review recent developments in firewall provisions in BVI, Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Hugh Gunson and Guy Bud write for Taxation on Financial institution notices
Amendments will be made to allow HMRC to request information for the purposes of collecting a taxpayer’s tax debt.
Damages-based agreements: an island of clarity in changing seas
Simon, Joe and Lauren look at a recent judgment which is a welcome island of clarity in the damages-based agreement sea of uncertainty.
Disclosure and documents referenced in expert reports: a level playing field?
Sonia looks at the impact of the recent High Court decision in Zverev v Ace Group International Ltd
Graeme Kleiner, Hugh Gunson and Tom Watts write for Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal on the implications of the decision in Mackay v Wesley
Those taking on a trusteeship must be fully informed.
Appointment of trustee set aside for undue influence
Charles Russell Speechlys continues international expansion with the hire of four new partners
We are delighted to announce the hire of four new partners across four of our offices.
Safeguarding search orders and the role of public interest: lessons to be learned from recent case law
Caroline looks at lessons to be learned from the recent decision in Calor Gas Ltd v Chorley Bottle Gas Ltd and others