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Bargate Murray


London, United Kingdom


Legal Advisory Services


United Kingdom


Bargate Murray


BARGATE MURRAY is a top international luxury asset law firm, recognised for its expertise in superyacht transactional and advisory matters, aviation (private jets), dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation) and high-end residential property, as well as other luxury assets such as fine art. The Firm prides itself on its tailored approach to meet the needs of its individual clients and their advisers, which is highly valued.

The firm gives practical, commercial advice and is approachable and easy to deal with. Sources of the Chambers HNW Guide 2019 comment on the ‘huge amount of litigation experience’ that Quentin Bargate possesses, adding that he is ‘very well-connected’ and ‘knows his stuff ’. A satisfied client appreciates that ‘he does the work from the beginning to the end, providing a full and complete service’. The source adds, ‘his advice is always helpful and he is very practical.’

Market insiders note the Firm has a ‘very good reputation’ and praise the team for being ‘very forward-thinking.’

In April 2019, the firm converted to an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), which enables Bargate Murray to undertake additional work and services not traditionally undertaken by lawyers. In May 2019, the firm celebrated its 15th anniversary and hosted a party at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, to celebrate Bargate Murray’s achievements over the years.

Bargate Murray has an established, strong cross-departmental group which meets to share knowledge and deepen its expertise. The firm prides itself on its tailored approach to meet the needs of its individual clients. Bargate Murray provides a comprehensive range of services within its superyacht practice, with its lawyers covering a range of legal issues including yacht construction, sale and purchase, yacht regulation, yacht finance and taxation. Many of these transactions are highly complicated and involve several jurisdictions.

As a result of their technical expertise and reputation, the firm has acted on numerous major luxury asset transactions, often with values exceeding €200 million. Client confidentiality prohibits the firm from releasing details of these transactions. The firm was, however, authorised to issue a press release in relation to the legal work it carried out in connection with the construction and delivery of the award-winning 95m superyacht Palladium.

With over 35 years’ experience, CEO Quentin Bargate is highly influential in the superyacht world and is a trusted figure with owners, builders and advisers alike, and is considered an industry leader. He is a trusted adviser to UHNW individuals, their family offices and UK-based and international corporations, advising on all aspects of the ownership, acquisition, disposal and operation of luxury assets. He comes from a background in marine law, and was a litigation partner at Simmons & Simmons and its former head of the international trade and shipping group. He is an experienced litigator, and occasionally sits as an arbitrator on LMAA arbitrations, as well as an occasional advocate.

Ilona Avramenko, director and head of the aviation department, has over ten years’ experience in the maritime industry and has significant experience in advising UHNW clients globally on various aviation matters, including companies, family offices and banks, particularly within the executive jet sector. Ilona’s work encompasses ownership structures, financing, registration and VAT matters. She also advises companies and banks on mortgage registration and the enforcement of security documents.

Nicholas Maestri heads Bargate Murray’s HNW residential property department. With more than 22 years’ experience, Nicholas has experience in all kinds of transactions and has maintained long standing relationships with numerous estate agents, brokers and banking institutions operating in the HNW sector. Nicholas is a highly proficient business developer, with considerable expertise in acting for both domestic and international clients.

Building on the growth of the team, Graham Agass joined Bargate Murray as a director in early 2019. Graham has a long career in banking and has held positions in marketing and sales and organising representation at high profile events, including Dunhill British Masters Golf, Burghley Horse Trials and East of England Show.

Dominic Bulfin joined the superyacht department as an associate in February 2019, as part of Bargate Murray’s continued growth and development plans. He works closely with both Quentin and Ilona on their superyacht and aviation projects and disputes.


Superyachts; Aviation; HNW Property


United Kingdom

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