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We have unparalleled experience handling high profile and heavyweight claims relating to family trusts, inheritance and divorce claims and investment funds including private equity funds and hedge funds.

The structures at the heart of these disputes are often complex and the claims often involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty or other impropriety; in short, they are often reputationally damaging. Our experience includes acting for many of our institutional clients but also, on occasion, for high net worth individuals who have preferred not to retain a private client firm. Whenever possible, we seek to resolve these types of disputes as discretely as possible. We have led on these cases in London, Hong Kong and Singapore and, together with local counsel, in the offshore centres such as Bermuda, Cayman, BVI, Jersey and Guernsey, where we have strong relationships with the leading litigators.

We also handle heavyweight regulatory investigations. The complexity of products sold into the private wealth management market and the increasing reputational and regulatory risks for banks' wealth management operations driven by ever-more demanding regulatory requirements has resulted in an increase in regulatory investigations. This increase is likely to continue with financial regulators emphasising more intrusive supervision and the increasing focus on financial and economic crime and offshore banking by governments and regulators worldwide. We regularly handle regulatory investigations and also advise clients on managing their regulatory risks going forward.  

Directory listings and client comments

  • Recognised for dealing with substantial trust disputes on behalf of renowned trust companies and financial institutions. Much of the team's work is international and involves offshore elements.
    "They are good, high-quality lawyers and sensible to deal with."
    Chambers UK 2017: Private Client – UK-wide