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United Kingdom




Withers is one of the world's leading international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers.

With over 170 partners and more than 950 other staff members in 17 offices across Europe, US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues facing individuals and their families. Its clients' interests span 80 countries and the firm has acted for 2/3 of the top 100 UK 'Sunday Times Rich List', and a significant number of the US 'Forbes List' of Richest Americans and the Asian 'Hurun Rich List'.

Withers has one of the largest and most comprehensive private client practices. Whether you require advice on legal and tax structuring for your business and investments, family and business governance, tax and estate planning, pensions or help with a vulnerable person in your family, Withers will deliver tailored solutions to meet your specific needs.

The firm has the largest litigation team in the world specialising in advising clients with domestic or contentious trust and probate litigation matters. Many of its clients' interests are purely domestic, whilst others are international families with interests in a number of locations. In a fast-moving and increasingly compliance focused world, the need for integrated advice that reaches across borders has never been greater. The firm's clients have achieved success in many fields, from senior executives to multi-generational families, owners, managers and investors in private capital. With offices across the globe, Withers provides coverage that other law firms in this area cannot match.

The firm has been defending the interests of successful individuals, businesses and brands for many years, and it does not shy away from taking on major institutions to achieve that, pursuing matters swiftly and robustly where necessary. Whilst the firm is experienced in almost all areas of commercial litigation, it also offers a number of specialisms, including public international law, handling tax controversy, regulatory issues, media and reputation management, employment, professional negligence, crisis management and white collar investigations, for professionals and HNW individuals, family offices, investors and their businesses. The global team is also well known for its work in the art, sports, fashion and luxury assets sectors. The firm has a wealth of arbitration expertise and a current overall disputes portfolio valued at $10 billion. It has pioneered the use of arbitration and mediation for different types of commercial disputes and, more recently, trust disputes.

Withers' global corporate group has a developed a strong reputation as lawyers to private capital, individuals and entrepreneurs on their investments and business interests. As well as being particularly well known for investment work, the group advises clients in a range of sectors including technology, life sciences and luxury brands. Its work is both domestic and international in nature. With the team's extensive experience in private capital as well as in advising on personal and corporate issues, it finds solutions to thorny regulatory problems and assists with day-to-day operations. Advising successful people and businesses around the world means that the team understands the unique legal issues surrounding private capital. This can range from investment, structuring and control of crossborder investments to the corporate and personal tax issues created.

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