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    Private Wealth Disputes Legal Services

Each family has its own unique dynamic and when conflicts arise, they are rarely driven by financial considerations alone.

We specialise in handling all varieties of domestic and international disputes for families and private wealth professionals. 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. Our priority is building a strong relationship with you and ensuring we work in partnership alongside you.

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.

Our private wealth disputes law expertise

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

We have expertise in resolving disputes over works of art and cultural assets 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.


International Private Wealth Disputes

As private wealth becomes more global and family dynamics more complex, disputes will inevitably arise.

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Meet our private wealth dispute lawyers


It is a thoroughly good firm, they have depth and a sensible culture around the disputes we handle. When you see them on the other side you expect constructive conversations. There is a lot of firepower at the firm."

Chambers High Net Worth 2022

Top team involved in all the big cases in this area. Incredible expertise and experience both on and offshore. Its client handling skills are excellent and the lawyers always look for a sensible solution."

Legal 500, UK, 2022, Contentious Trusts and Probate

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.

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