Private Client Disputes

Our private client disputes group combines our pre-eminent private client and litigation practices.

We maintain long-standing, trusted relationships with our clients, as much to avoid litigation as to help guide them through it. Our lawyers are more than litigators: they are trusted advisers. They work closely with our market-leading private client team to provide a seamless service and to ensure that tax issues are fully integrated into the strategy for resolving a dispute.

We act for a wide range of clients, national and international, including trust companies, banks and financial institutions, investors and high-net-worth individuals from many different backgrounds.

This wide-ranging experience means we understand the causes of disputes and the culture and dynamics unique to each business, family and individual. It ensures we are best placed to offer clear, practical and comprehensive advice to guide our clients smoothly through the intricacies of avoiding and resolving disputes.

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What people are saying


"Macfarlanes is blessed with a team of specialists for this work, from associate level through to partner level. Charles Lloyd is one of the best lawyers in the country. He is incredibly user-friendly with clients while being firm with opponents."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"This is a very, very rich field in terms of talent, especially in London. Macfarlanes are simply blue chip through and through. They are top-drawer people."

Chambers HNW 2023

"Macfarlanes was able to take over a substantial international trust dispute half way through heavy litigation with great ease and professionalism. They were extremely quick to engage and get to the pertinent issues."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The partners are incredible – so experienced and knowledgeable with excellent client-handling and instincts. They do a superb job bringing through their associates, so whoever in the team you speak to you feel in good hands, regardless of seniority."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Great team. Real strength and depth. Continue to dominate the market. "

The Legal 500 2023

"Macfarlanes is blessed with a team of specialists for this work, from associate level through to partner level. "

The Legal 500 2023