When it comes to managing, protecting and growing their wealth, ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) and high-net worth clients face an increasingly complex set of legal challenges. Often multiple-business owners, with unique wealth portfolios, international properties and numerous trusts, UHNW clients require highly specialist legal advice across a wide range of disciplines. As well as advising on key private client services such as employment, family, immigration tax, succession planning and wealth structuring, our high-net worth and UHNW Family Office team offers a cohesive, bespoke service through collaboration with Keystone’s corporate and commercial, construction, dispute resolution, planning and real estate teams.
Our dynamic team of partner-level practitioners can offer proactive solutions, guidance and contacts to manage the family’s household, business and outside interests relating to lifestyle needs such as dealing with the buying, selling and protection of jets, yachts and bloodstock. We also maintain strong networks in the international marketplace, meaning we are perfectly placed to collaborate with external advisers including accountants, wealth managers, personal assistants, Family or Private Office members, House Managers and household principals whether based in the UK or abroad.
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Philip advises high net worth individuals and overseas clients, banks and trust companies, both on-shore and off-shore, on the acquisition and sale of heritage properties, landed estates together with all related tax, funding, trust and probate matters.
Tsige has over ten years’ experience in advising on immigration law and during that time has acquired a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of private and corporate immigration work.
Zoë is a family solicitor with specialist expertise in handling financial negotiations relating to separation. Her practice consists of acting for and against entrepreneurs and high profile business people, as well as those with media exposure.
Carolyn deals with all aspects of family law with a particular emphasis on the resolution of high-value, complex financial disputes arising from divorce and relationship breakdown as well as arrangements for children. She has a wealth of expertise in dealing with clients from the entertainment industry who have a public profile to protect.
Jonathan is a highly experienced media lawyer who acts for high-profile corporations and individuals to protect their reputation, the value of their brand and/or individual profile, and their privacy and confidential material. He also represents broadcasters and publishers dealing with defamation or privacy disputes and assists them to minimise risk while retaining full editorial integrity by reviewing and editing material prior to broadcast or publication.
Paul is a top-ranked UK employment lawyer with wide-ranging expertise across all areas of employment law including executive dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, contract disputes and sport.
Duccio represents a wide number of high-net worth individuals and families, as well as entrepreneurs and owner-managed/family businesses. A particular area of emphasis is advising clients operating in high-profile sectors (sports, entertainment, fashion), often in an international setting.
Rachel brings a common-sense perspective to complex employment problems and is well versed in resolving employment and commercial issues strategically, using negotiation, mediation and litigation. As a qualified workplace mediator with a client base that includes both businesses and their executives, she is experienced in advising on exit strategy negotiations and in tribunal claims.
James is a property specialist with particular expertise in high end residential property sales and purchase and also commercial property transactions. He works with a range of high-net-worth individuals, advising them on property acquisitions, disposals, and re-financing as well as development projects. He also acts for businesses, guiding them on issues such as conditional contracts, development work, sale and leaseback transactions, joint ventures, and the property aspects of corporate flotations, acquisitions and disposals.
Jonathan is a highly experienced marine specialist, with a broad legal practice that focuses on both the domestic and international yachting sector. His client base comprises banks and private individuals in the yacht and superyacht industry.
Susana Lajusticia is a dual-qualified and bilingual solicitor and Spanish lawyer who also holds a Master Degree in International Law.
Stephen Levinson is a consultant in the Employment team. He acts for senior executives exiting their positions or looking to take up new employment and for employers with similar issues.
Arwel is a property and estates lawyer with expertise in advising individuals, companies, charities and trusts on all aspects of residential, agricultural and commercial property transactions, including landlord and tenant matters.
Ceinwen is a specialist family lawyer who advises clients on the wide variety of issues following the breakdown of relationships, including complex financial claims upon divorce or separation and private children matters. She primarily advises individuals with complex assets both in the UK and abroad and those with family trusts or company assets.
Benjamin has over 15 years’ experience in yachting and luxury asset law, specialising in finance, construction and purchase, and operational matters including taxation, insurance and employment. He also advises in relation to private aviation and art.
Simon is an experienced banking and finance (particularly asset and project finance) lawyer with significant expertise in the aviation, marine and shipping sectors gained while working in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Hugh specialises in acting for clients on a wide range of private-client-related property matters. He acts for private individuals, landed estates and institutional clients in relation to all aspects of property law and has particular expertise in guiding clients through the process of both buying and selling country houses, London property, sporting estates, farms, and agricultural land.
John is a consultant in the Private Client team. He is an experienced tax and estate planning specialist, with particular expertise in inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
As a senior Private Client solicitor, Rose advises individuals, personal representatives and UK trustees. She also frequently acts for clients or legal firms from other jurisdictions advising on UK aspects of estate administration and succession planning.
Helen has 20 years experience in employment law advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Her clients include large city corporations and banks as well as executives such as CEOs, directors and television producers. Helen’s particular area of expertise is in acting for individuals in the negotiation of their new employment contracts and in terminations.
Corporate lawyer Alina advises clients on company transactions, including sales, acquisitions and reorganisations in the case of private companies, as well as a range of other general corporate matters.
Anna is a family lawyer who specialises in advising on all financial issues that arise from the breakdown of relationships, particularly those involving high-net-worth individuals, whether in this country or abroad. She also deals with disputes involving children and, more specifically, advises on financial provision for children from both marital and non-marital relationships.
Employment lawyer Sofia deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, across a variety of sectors. Her main area of interest lies in advising high-net-worth clients and/or their private or family offices and guiding them on the recruitment, management and termination of staff such as butlers, close protection officers, private chefs, household and estate managers, nannies, chauffeurs and housekeepers.
The acquisition, sale and ownership of art and antiques is a highly specialist field. Our UHNW team is experienced in advising individuals, business collectors, estates and trustees, galleries and dealers on the distinctive peculiarities of this niche marketplace. Our experts possess wide-ranging expertise across issues including general transactions, import or export advice and tax issues, artists’ rights, and authenticity and provenance disputes.
Buying and financing a business or private jet is often a complicated process. With that in mind, investment into enlisting the help of a specialist aviation lawyer can help minimise time and money spent. Our offering encompasses a detailed industry knowledge derived from extensive experience in dealing with commercial aviation agreements, including sale and purchase and aircraft financing, management, insurance, regulatory and operational matters, and dispute resolution whether in the form of litigation and arbitration.
The bloodstock industry is a highly lucrative, international business. Our equine team comprises experts who truly understand the sector and are involved in it both personally and professionally. Meanwhile our experience includes advising owners and breeders, jockeys and racing managers, competitive organisations and equine charities on the sale and purchase of horses, commercial agreements, employment issues, charitable or legacy issues, financing initiatives, real estate matters and disputes.
Privacy and reputation management is often a central concern for the UHNW client. Often individuals or families with vast wealth, access to valuable data and public profiles, can unfortunately be attractive targets for criminals and defamatory claims. We work with leading sports, media, and political personalities as well as UHNW business people to protect their brand and reputation. This includes safeguarding intellectual property from anyone seeking to unfairly gain from it, as well as responding swiftly and effectively to any threat, whether by means of litigation or negotiation. Our team also provides a joined-up approach by working closely with public relations specialists.
Employment law and HR continues to be a minefield for the unwary. In-depth expertise and guidance is vital to ensure families and their offices get the very best advice and remain protected. We have extensive experience in assisting family offices and households with all their employment needs, ensuring that they receive the best advice and remain protected. We ensure that families and their offices have the correct documentation in place to reduce risk and improve employee efficiency. We advise on how to manage household and office staff (including dealing with disciplinaries, grievances, sickness absence and internal disputes) as well as how best to manage staff out of a household swiftly within legal parameters. Our experts can also assist with the navigation of complex immigration requirements, whether relating to household staff or the international transfer of entire family units.
Wealthy families and their advisers require sophisticated legal services across various disciplines and often multiple countries. While planning for the future is often a daunting prospect, we work closely with UHNW clients to ensure that the estate that they have worked hard for is preserved in line with their family goals and future aspirations. Our experience encompasses wealth, estate and succession planning, tax controversies, charitable giving and dispute resolution. We also advise institutions in their roles as trustees, executors, custodians and investment managers.
Family breakdown is never easy. But when it comes to UHNW clients, the stakes are often even higher. With that in mind, cognisant advice from an adviser can make the world of difference during what is a difficult time. Our family lawyers provide bespoke solutions, often for high-profile individuals with media exposure, on prenuptial considerations as well as divorce and family settlement issues. From negotiation skills to expert understanding of the benefits of mediation, our lawyers are constructive, meticulous and highly experienced.
Our UHNW-focused team of experts combine international capabilities with local knowledge. With extensive sea and sailing experience, we offer commercial and practical knowledge to prospective yacht and superyacht buyers, owners, banks and marine companies in the leisure sector such as management companies and marinas, crew and charter businesses. We regularly act on behalf of insurers in relation to subrogated recovery claims and personal injury actions involving yachts and superyachts. We also deal with claims involving yacht cradle and mooring failures, storm damage and theft.