Charles Russell Speechlys promotes six to Partner

Charles Russell Speechlys has announced today that six individuals have been promoted to Partner, effective 1 May 2022, in addition to one Legal Director and 18 Senior Associate promotions.

Commenting on the news, Bart Peerless, Senior Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said:

“It is hugely exciting to welcome these individuals into the partnership. These promotions are strongly supportive of the Firm’s strategy both in the UK and internationally, and I look forward to the contribution they will each make to this in the years ahead.

These promotions follow the recent promotion of Raphaël Bagdassarian to Partner in Corporate Tax, and Katie Talbot’s promotion to Legal Director from Senior Associate in Private Client.

Our newly promoted Partners are:

Cara Imbrailo – Real Estate – UK

Cara joined the Firm as a trainee in 2008, qualifying in 2010. She advises on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions guiding her extensive client base through the acquisition, disposal, development, and asset management of commercial property. She also advises landowners on strategic land development sites. Her work spans multiple sectors, including retail, mixed-use, offices, and life sciences.

Mark White – Real Estate – UK

Mark joined the Firm as a trainee in 2012, qualifying in 2014. He has extensive experience advising on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property interests, focusing on the offices, logistics, healthcare, and leisure sectors. Mark has particular expertise in complex portfolio and sale and leaseback transactions, and is a trusted advisor to many clients, including private equity investors in operators with significant property holdings.

Charlie Ring – Financial Services & Funds – UK

Charlie joined the Firm in 2013. He advises clients primarily within the financial services sector, including investment and wealth managers, private wealth individuals, and owner-managed businesses. His specific experience includes advising clients on private acquisitions and disposals, complex corporate reorganisations, shareholder agreements, investments, and joint ventures.

Alice Martin – Tax Trusts & Succession – Switzerland

Alice first joined the firm in 2004 as a paralegal, then as a trainee in 2007 and returned in 2010 as a solicitor in private client. In 2016 she moved to the Zürich office. Alice’s clients are international families and the trustees, family offices and advisers who support them. Alice advises on cross-border succession planning combined with UK tax advice. Alice focuses on clients in the arts and media and digital industries. She has particular expertise advising clients with US connections. She also advises clients on mental capacity issues and family governance.

Richard Flenley – Real Estate Disputes – UK

Richard joined the Firm in 2012. He is a commercially focused disputes lawyer specialising in real estate and infrastructure disputes. His clients range from major international companies to small businesses and individuals, including commercial tenants and occupiers, residential developers, and lenders. Richard’s work encompasses all aspects of real estate and focuses on professional negligence disputes, including service charge disputes and lease renewals. He is well-versed in compulsory purchases orders and jointly leads the Firm’s contentious compulsory purchase team.

Raphaël Bagdassarian – Corporate Tax – France

Raphaël joined the Firm’s Paris office in 2018. He specialises in corporate tax matters and advises companies, entrepreneurs, and managers on a broad range of French tax issues. His work includes tax restructuring, private equity, venture capital investment, and the taxation of executives, managers, and investment fund managers. Raphaël also has considerable experience advising on highly contentious and complex tax matters.

Katie Talbot - Legal Director - Tax Trusts & Succession - UK

Katie joined the firm as a trainee in 2006, qualifying in 2008. She has wide-ranging experience in all aspects of private client work and has spent the last 10 years contributing to the growth of the landed estates and heritage property practice. She provides strategic advice to estate owners and guides high net worth individuals, families and trustees on complex tax, trust, and succession issues. Katie regularly advises on conditional exemption and heritage issues.


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