Individuals in the United Kingdom spend £9 billion per annum on legal advice, often in stressful circumstances. More than anything, they look for strong accurate pragmatic advice from someone who is genuinely on their side.
Our offering for private individuals continues to be one of Keystone's strongest, as individuals and families come to appreciate our personal and bespoke approach.
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From the preparation of a single jurisdiction will, which all individuals should have as a bare minimum, to the most sophisticated arrangements covering issues such as domicile, estate planning and trusts. We advise settlors and trustees on the creation and administration of trusts as well as probate matters and the administration of estates.
We take pride in delivering a service that goes well-beyond just legal advice and is designed to reduce, as much as possible, the challenges associated with matrimonial breakdown and divorce.
From pre-nuptial agreements to full-blown custody battles, we initially focus on putting together a good strategy and then work tirelessly on achieving the desired outcome.
We advise high-profile clients requiring structures to manage the ownership and commercial exploitation of their personal images and provide on-going contractual advice on image rights.
Clients often require our assistance in developing their brand management strategies and protecting their reputation, both by way of formal proceedings and through more discrete and tactical negotiation.
In addition to dealing with international clients who are resident in the UK, we assist non-UK residents with investment into this country. We also assist the growing number of UK clients owning properties abroad in particular those in Spain. Our English speaking Spanish lawyer (Abogado) and UK solicitor provides professional Spanish legal advice and has extensive knowledge and experience of Spanish law. With property outside of the UK and Spain we have a trusted network of overseas advisers and can coordinating estate planning requirements.
We help individuals deal with challenges associated with the mental incapacity of a family member by preparing and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney, both on a stand-alone basis and as part of an overall estate planning strategy.
Moving to the UK alone or with family is often a complex and, at times, daunting prospect. Our immigration experts can provide tailored, sensitive advice that is based around your individual requirements. Where required we can work alongside our Employment and Private Client teams to assist you on issues including family immigration, dependants, civil partners, same-sex relationships, fiancés or spouses, residence permits, naturalisation applications, immigration issues around setting up businesses/investments and workplace sponsorships, and intra-company transfers.
We deliver commercially orientated advice to individual entrepreneurs, family companies, landowners, trustees and promoters of investment structures. This often relates to estate planning on both a stand-alone basis and during the preparation of wills and trusts in order to reduce capital gains and inheritance tax liabilities. We advise on capital gains tax and implement inheritance tax mitigation structures (including offshore planning) in ways that are tailored to each client's unique circumstances.
We advise the buyers or sellers of residential and agricultural property and deal with related issues such as landlord and tenant interests and lease extensions. We have particular expertise with high-value residential properties situated throughout England and Wales and can assist on complex planning issues.
Richard advises clients on the financial consequences of the breakdown of relationships. His experience is of complex financial arrangements where separation often results in litigation.
Susan is a real estate lawyer specialising in both commercial and residential property. Her client base consists, largely, of retail owners, landlords and tenants.
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.
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.
Alex is a private client solicitor who specialises in advising private individuals in relation to all aspects of their personal affairs. Alex regularly advises on traditional UK tax planning, wills, trusts and estates. However, his particular expertise lies in advising high- and ultra-high-net-worth non-domiciled individuals and their advisors in relation to onshore and offshore tax planning, trusts, asset protection, wealth preservation, estate planning, and complex cross-border probate and estate administration.
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.
Helen has extensive experience in advising on a wide range of Private Client work. Her practice predominantly focuses on lifetime tax planning, simple and tax planning wills, lasting powers of attorney, and probate and trusts, including personal injury, other lifetime trusts and will trusts.
Annabel is a very experienced litigator who handles dispute resolution cases across a wide range of areas. She acts predominantly for individuals in times of crisis and also small companies both in the UK and overseas. Annabel is an experienced collaborative practitioner and a trained family mediator which provides an excellent skill set for successful resolution of disputes, particularly those involving families, estates and neighbours.
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.
Katie is a property lawyer who specialises in all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement, a niche area of residential property law. She acts for both landlords and tenants, advising them on a range of real-estate issues including the sale and purchase of residential property, all aspects of voluntary and statutory lease extensions, and freehold purchases and sales under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
Richard is a highly experienced French- and German-speaking family lawyer who advises domestic and international clients on every aspect of family law including complex financial and business cases, private children issues, cohabitant disputes and cases involving offshore trusts and tracing assets
Charlotte is a Family lawyer with over a decade of experience in all aspects of divorce and separation, of varying complexity, including situations where there are children involved.
Chrissie is a dual-qualified solicitor and US attorney specialising in family law. Having spent time at a multinational brokerage house and securities regulation think-tank prior to commencing her legal career, she has particular expertise in the financial issues that arise from relationship breakdown
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.
Robert is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution team with over 15 years' experience running large-scale commercial litigation and white-collar criminal investigations for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and companies, including companies in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250.
As an experienced Private Client solicitor, Nia advises individuals, personal representatives and trustees. She specializes in helping individuals who wish to provide for dependents with particular disabilities through wills and/or trusts.
Caroline advises on all areas of family law including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, financial claims relating to relationship breakdown, cohabitation and civil partnerships. She also deals with issues associated with children law, ranging from residence and contact, to leave to remove and surrogacy.
Susana Lajusticia is a dual-qualified and bilingual solicitor and Spanish lawyer who also holds a Master Degree in International Law.
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.
City-trained Louise is a consultant in Keystone’s Dispute Resolution team and advises on a range of contentious trust and probate matters including Inheritance Act claims and trust litigation.
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.
Kim is an experienced family lawyer specialising in financial settlements on marriage breakdown, pre-and post-marital agreements, co-habitation and separation agreements, children law, and property disputes between cohabitees.
Wyn is an experienced family lawyer with specific expertise in advising clients upon the complex issues and consequences of relationship breakdown.
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.
Ellie advises clients on the best route to reach agreement on the decisions that need to be made on divorce, matrimonial finance and children. Her main focus area lies in divorce and complex financial remedy cases, for high-net-worth and middle-income clients. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in this area, as well as in Private Law Children work.
Claire is a highly experienced family solicitor who has specific expertise in resolving complex financial consequences of relationship breakdown whether based in this country or internationally.
Claudie is a family solicitor who primarily advises clients about children issues arising from the breakdown of relationships. These include arrangements about where children should live and how much time they should spend with the other parent.
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.
Hilary is a family lawyer with extensive experience of advising a wide range of clients on the issues arising from family breakdown. Her background in corporate and commercial matters, and her understanding of complex financial arrangements, means that she is particularly well-placed to advise entrepreneurial couples and families owning small to medium sized enterprises or land and farmland, as well as those with inherited wealth and the retired with pensions in payment.
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.
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.
Mark is a senior disputes lawyer who represents high-net-worth individuals and their businesses in commercial disputes and in litigation arising from divorce and probate. He has acted in some of the most complex recent cases in the Chancery and Family divisions of the High Court, involving multiple jurisdictions.
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.
Claire is an experienced Private Client solicitor who specialises in inheritance tax and estate planning, will drafting, and the administration of estates for UK and non-UK-domiciled high-net-worth individuals. She also has experience dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney, trusts, and the charities sector.