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Bircham Dyson Bell recognised in the Chambers 2017 High Net Worth Guide

News and ViewsNewsBircham Dyson Bell recognised in the Chambers 2017 High Net Worth Guide

Chambers and Partners has produced global guides for over 25 years researching and ranking the world’s best lawyers. The Chambers High Net Worth 2017 is the first guide specifically aimed at the international private wealth market and provides objective guidance on the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families. It is a key reference point for the international private wealth market, identifying private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world.

Rankings are awarded based on independent research conducted by a dedicated team of private wealth researchers. Bircham Dyson Bell was ranked as follows in the 2017 Guide:

  • Private Wealth – Band 3
  • Private Wealth Disputes – Band 4
  • Real Estate – High Value Residential – Band 3

Notable practitioners include:

Private Wealth

Helen Ratcliffe – ‘client base consists of domestic and overseas individuals and families with substantial wealth, with a focus on working with Middle Eastern clients. She assists with the restructuring of family wealth and acts on contentious private wealth matters. Ratcliffe also provides wealth structuring advice to trustees and beneficiaries of trusts in a number of jurisdictions. “She’s lovely,” says a peer, explaining that “she’s terribly nice, very helpful and knows her stuff.”’

Judith Millar – ‘advises clients with multi-generational wealth and substantial business interests on estate and succession planning. She also handles pre- and post-nuptial agreements, residence and domicile issues and pre-immigration planning. “She’s brilliant,” says one source, explaining that “her knowledge is brilliant and she’s a delight to work with.”’

Private Wealth Disputes

Geoffrey Kertesz – ‘head of the will and trusts disputes team, and acts for a range of individual and institutional clients in this market. “He knows this area of law inside out and has lots of experience with large-scale trust disputes,” enthuses one source, adding: “He is very strategic in his thinking and can help to manoeuvre lawyers and firms in a good way.” “He was fantastic,” a client enthuses, “he cut through all the rubbish and identified the core issues. I felt he was there for us 100%. He went above and beyond. Some solicitors can be a bit stuffy, but he was very personable while being very professional.”’

Real Estate

Henry Cecil – ‘mainly advises on rural and agricultural high-value residential real estate. One fellow property lawyer comments that “I’ve dealt with him and I rate him. He’s very pleasant to deal with, and if you were a client it’d be good to have him.”’

John Stephenson – ‘A client describes John Stephenson as “extremely responsive,” with “a mastery of the subject matter. When issues come up he can address them immediately and communicate them in an easily understandable manner.” He is senior partner of Bircham Dyson Bell and leads the firm’s enfranchisement team, acting in leasehold reform matters for both leaseholders and a number of high-profile London estates. “I love John,” enthuses one peer, explaining that “he’s an utterly, utterly nice man who knows how to get things done for his clients.” Another refers to him as “the guru of tenant enfranchisement. Clients like him, he gives straightforward advice, he gets the deal done and he has fantastic relationships with agents and surveyors.”’

Hema Anand – ‘The “very approachable, experienced and responsive” Hema Anand leads the firm’s residential property offering. A property agent comments that “she’s very personable, very good with clients and very good at expressing pretty complex issues in an easily understandable way. She’s also very technical, with a strong opinion, which I think is great.” A client reports that “she’s been excellent. What I like about Hema is that she spells out the legal terminology – when we get a report in, she tells us exactly what it means.”’

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