Top Law Firms For The Wealthy

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Top Law Firms For The Wealthy

We bring you a list of the world’s top lawyers for ultra high net worth individuals and their firms, compiled in partnership with Make no mistake, they are certainly as high-profile and influential as the affluent clients they represent.

Published on 26 September 2016

When you’re dealing with huge amounts of wealth involving various parties and entities, the legal implications can feel like a minefield for the unfamiliar. Read our compilation of the world’s top UHNW lawyers and background on their firms. Anything from tax to estate planning, these elite law professionals will have you covered.

BDB Bircham Dyson Bell Wealth

Bircham Dyson Bell

Offices: London

Practices: Agricultural law, charities, contentious trusts and estates, corporate and commercial, employment, family, government and infrastructure, IP, litigation, private wealth, and real estate

Notable name: Helen Ratcliffe, head of the private wealth department. She brings her expertise in the fields of international tax planning and trusts, offshore trusts and wealth holding structures, UK residential property ownership structures and UK tax, UK and international trust disputes, UK trusts and wealth holding structures, wills and estate planning, heritage property and mental incapacity

Drew & Napier Wealth

Drew & Napier

Offices: Singapore

Practices: General practice for HNW and UHNW individuals and families

Notable Name: Drew & Napier’s director of tax and private client services, David Chee, gives advice to the firm’s high-net-worth clients on estate planning and professional trustees on trust business, and has a passion for helping the firm’s clients pursue their philanthropic causes

MDR Mishcon de Reya Wealth

Mishcon de Reya

Office locations: London and New York

Practices: Family, private client, real estate, litigation, corporate and employment, to a mix of companies and individuals

Notable name: One of its partners and head of the family department, Melissa Lesson, specialises in separation, divorce, trusts and jurisdictional disputes. Many of Lesson’s clients are high-profile figures. One high-profile case that she has acted on is Minwalla v Minwalla [2004] EWHC 2823, where she acted for the wife and provided authority for the enforcement of an English variation order against a foreign trust

TW Taylor Wessing Wealth

Taylor Wessing

Offices: London, Singapore, Dubai, Paris, Palo Alto, New York, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and others

Practices: Private client, residential and commercial real estate, hotels, corporate, employment, immigration, asset finance, private equity, life sciences and technology, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution.

Notable names: Its well-known partners include Nick Warr and Sanjvee Shah, private wealth, private client tax and trusts; Elaine Dobson, head of residential property and real estate; Paul Lawrence, head of international and commercial real estate; Ronnie Graham, corporate, classic cars and trophy assets; and Richard Bursby, hotels group

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Wealth

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing

Offices: Singapore

Practices: As above. The Singapore-based arm of Taylor Wessing has clients throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia

Notable names: Partner Tan Choon Leng (also head of private wealth and co-head of mergers and acquisitions) built the mergers and acquisitions and private wealth teams into award-winning practices in just five years. Other projects include working with a European private bank-owned trust company to give advice to a family establishing multiple trusts in various jurisdictions and representing family shareholders in the sale of business interest to a multi-national company

Ogier Wealth Top Law Firms For The Wealthy


Offices: British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Tokyo

Practices: Banking and finance, corporate and commercial, private client and trust, tax and litigation

Notable name: Partner Kate Hodson leads the investment funds practice in Hong Kong. Focusing on private equity and trust structures, she advises sponsors, fund managers and their onshore counsels on establishing and structuring various close-ended and open-ended funds. She recently acted as lead counsel to one of the largest fund platforms based in Singapore with more than US$1 billion under management

R&T Rajah & Tann Asia Wealth

Rajah & Tann

Offices: Singapore, with a presence in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Practices: Private client and tax.

Notable name: Partner Vikna Rajah has a client base made up of UHNWIs, trust companies and family holding companies and is well versed in setting up and advising on structures that involve multi-million-dollar assets under management such as high-value art pieces, whisky, wine and pen collections. Named one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under by the Singapore Business Review.

Withersworldwide Wealth Top Law Firms For The Wealthy


Offices: Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Geneva, Milan, Padua, Zurich, New York, New Haven, Greenwich CT, Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Francisco and the British Virgin Islands.

Practices: Private-client legal work mainly in Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, Switzerland, Italy and the US.

Notable names: Withers’ international lead, Patrick Hamlin, is an expert in the fields of both contentious trust and succession, including probate and inheritance disputes, and non-contentious probate. Another of Withers’ leads is Pearl Lam, special counsel, whose expertise lie in family offices, international succession and estate planning.

Baker McKenzie Wealth Top Law Firms For The Wealthy

Baker & Mckenzie

Offices: Worldwide.

Practices: One of the biggest firms by revenue, Baker & Mckenzie predominantly advises clients in matters relating to complex estate and succession planning structures on a cross-border basis. These structures may hold bankable assets or non-bankable assets and may also involve philanthropic elements.

Notable names: Its principal, tax, trade and wealth management, Dawn Quek, has won several awards for her work. She was named as a leading individual in the Private Client/Wealth Management (Band 2) for 2015–2016 and as an Up and Coming lawyer in 2014 by Chambers Asia Pacific.