Below, you will find a summary of the key firm moves and appointments in the private client industry from the first quarter of 2021. 

UK & Ireland:

Alan Boyle QC is retiring from Serle Court after more than 47 years of practice at the Bar

Welsh law firm RDP Law has appointed Marjha Golding-Evans as partner and head of family law

Trust and fiduciary services provider Equiom has appointed David Foster as group head of private wealth, and Melanie Griffiths as their new head of client solutions, private wealth.

Withers has hired charity law and philanthropy specialist Philip Reed as a partner in its London office, and has also added Carl Newman and a team of associates to its London office, expanding their white collar defence, regulatory and fraud practice

Smith & Williamson has appointed Majid Hussain, formally at BDO, as a partner in its private client tax team

Joanna Toloczko, a family law and mediation specialist, has joined the London office of UK law firm Royds Withy King

Irish law firm Matheson has named the new head of its private client department as John Gill

Scottish law firm BTO has appointed Gregor Mitchell as head of its private client team based in Edinburgh

Payne Hicks Beach has hired Georgina Bayley, formally at Withers, as a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution department

Zedra (a Global trust services provider) has appointed David Rudge as managing director, active wealth, Zedra UK

Boutique family law firm Bortoft Bell has expanded its offering with the appointment of Catherine Thomas as a consultant

Dentons’ Scottish private client team is joining Scottish-headquartered UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, creating one of largest private client practices north of the border

Farrer & Co has hired Henrietta Mason from Penningtons Manches Cooper, who has joined the firm’s contentious trusts and estates team

Fiduciary services provider Hawksford has appointment of Rebecca Cox as associate director in its London office

It has been confirmed that Robert Barham and Charles Miéville will be joining Forsters as partners, from rivals Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Taylor Wessing hired an 11-strong private wealth team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP)

Herrington Carmichael has appointed Charlotte Woods as head of private wealth and inheritance

Nick Rucker has been named as the new global head of private wealth at international law firm Ince


Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed Annika Fünfschilling as a senior associate in the law firm’s tax team in Zurich.

Schellenberg Wittmer has appointed Andrea Dorjee-Good as the head of the firm’s private wealth practice in Zurich

Middle East:

Naro Zimmerman is now director and head of JTC’s Dubai office for private client services


Carey Olsen has appointed Suzanne Kingston, formally at Withers, as a consultant in its family law team

Mourant has appointed Gillian Kennedy-Smith, most recently at Mills & Reeve, as a partner in its Guernsey international trust & private client advisory practice

Ogier has appointed Catherine Moore, formerly at Mourant, as a partner in Guernsey, and Cayman-based Rachael Reynolds has been appointed as Ogier’s global senior partner. 

Kerrie Le Tissier has launched KLT Legal, a boutique Guernsey legal practice specialising in private wealth

Chris Sharman, previously at Intertrust, has been appointed as a private wealth director at Oak Trust Guernsey Limited

Ocorian has appointed Damian Resnik as its new managing director in Bermuda

Miguel Loureiro and Florence Busel have the family office team of Stonehage Fleming in Jersey  

Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has appointed Monique O’Keefe and Diane Maxwell as deputy chair and director of policy respectively

IQ-EQ has hired Mirek Gruna as its new Chief Commercial Officer for Jersey

Maples and Calder has recruited Tim Morgan as a partner in its Jersey office from Mourant

JTC has appointed Ashleigh Moore from Zedra as trust manager in its Cayman Islands office

Affinity Private Wealth, has hired Michelle Tring, previously at Ocorian as a director within Affinity’s trust company

Collas Crill appointed two new Guernsey-based partners Adrian Brown and Elizabeth Couch into their family law practice


Kore Partners, a new boutique Private Client firm, has launched in Portugal under Managing Partner Tiago Cassiano Neves