Private Client

Recognised as a global leader in private client advice, Macfarlanes draws on many decades of experience to advise our clients on how best to manage their affairs in a complex and ever-changing world.

We are the only City firm to combine both top-ranked private client and corporate practices. This makes us the natural choice for those looking for co-ordinated advice on both their business and personal affairs.

Our work is wide-ranging and international and we use our independence to combine our own know-how on cross-border issues together with the best local advice in other jurisdictions.

We provide our clients with clear, comprehensive and pragmatic advice, working alongside their other professional advisers. We aim not merely to explain the law but to give practical advice on how to achieve our clients’ objectives and implement their plans.

Our clients are entrepreneurs, family offices, trustees, private banks, charities and individuals.

Whatever their goal, we will guide our clients smoothly through the intricacies of the law both within the UK and overseas.

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What people are saying


"Macfarlanes by far has the best private client team in the UK in my view. The team has incredibly sophisticated offerings and some of the keenest minds in the legal profession working for clients."

Chambers HNW 2023

"Fantastic team with breadth of partners. Top notch for HNW individuals and families. Joined up advice and very commercial advice. Brilliant client service. My top choice of private client advisers – exactly what clients need – sophisticated advice delivered effectively."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The Macfarlanes private client team is extraordinary. The lawyers have a depth of knowledge that is unmatched and it is a pleasure to collaborate with as part of a team."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"One of the terrific things about working with Macfarlanes is that different members of the practice have different areas in which they shine, including a knowledge of various other jurisdictions. In addition, they always step up when a new matter arises that has a short deadline."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"I have worked with several of the partners on client matters over the years and have found all of them to be excellent. Moreover, I have consistently found the associates to be extremely impressive."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"[Macfarlanes] are my go-to firm for a variety of corporate funds matters, governance of group companies and tax structuring. They have a real sense of identity, they have a solid culture and a real ethos. It is a great firm and you get legal excellence."

Chambers HNW 2021