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Boodle Hatfield

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Legal Advisory Services

Boodle Hatfield

At Boodle Hatfield we have been providing expert legal advice to wealthy individuals, families, property owners and businesses in the UK and internationally for nearly three hundred years. We still act for some of our very first clients and are proud to do so.

In a complex and fast-changing world we provide the expertise and guidance to enable our clients to succeed both today and in the future. We recognise that every client is different. It is only by focusing on truly understanding each client's aims and circumstances that we can translate these into the practical and meaningful results they seek, both in business and in their personal lives.

Personal attention, genuine expertise and real world experience enable us to find the right solutions for our clients. We have developed our approach by acting for private clients for generations. Whether dealing with critical family events, addressing fundamental issues in an international company, or shining a light on a new business ventures, we make sure that our clients have all the support, legal and commercial guidance and practical advice needed to succeed.

We believe that service rooted in traditional values is rare and valuable. There is nothing 'old-fashioned' in this. We deploy those long-established service values in a dynamic and commercial manner. Our advice comes with a true understanding of what matters in the real world. Across the whole firm we have expertise in – and enthusiasm for – the sectors in which we operate.

Our main areas of practice are:

Private Client & Tax

Providing practical legal advice to individuals and families on the complexities of personal issues from planning, structuring and preserving their wealth and achieving their philanthropic ambitions to resolving private wealth disputes. We are well placed to advise individuals, trustees, family business owners and family offices from the UK and from across the globe.

Trusts & Estates Disputes

Specialising in high value and complex private wealth disputes, including contentious trusts and estates. We provide bespoke strategic advice alongside a full dispute resolution practice, with extensive experience working in key trust jurisdictions around the world and navigating complex cross border disputes.

Family & Divorce

Advising individuals on all stages of a relationship, whether it is at the outset of living together or in the lead up to nuptials, in the midst of a marriage; or on separation and divorce. We look beyond the immediate challenges and take a holistic approach to personal and financial circumstances throughout the proceedings.

Arts & Culture

An unrivalled pedigree of providing excellent legal advice to individuals, institutional collectors, estates and trustees, galleries, art and antique dealers on art and luxury asset law issues for nearly 300 years.

High Value Residential Property

A market leader with a long history of advising individuals and investors, both on and off-shore, on the purchase, financing and sale of prime residential and "trophy" property as well as managing the residential portfolios of major landed estates.

Commercial Property

Providing strong legal expertise to real estate businesses, investors, funders and individuals on all aspects of commercial real estate. We advise on real estate, financing, tax and construction issues across the property sector including hotels, offices, retail, industrial and agricultural holdings.


Advising owner-managed and entrepreneurial businesses and their owners. Covering the whole spectrum of corporate and commercial legal advice from start-ups, mergers & acquisitions, employment, venture capital investment, joint ventures, investment funds and secured lending.


Clients rarely choose to get involved in disputes, but inevitably sometimes things go wrong and it is essential to find a solution quickly and effectively. We advise international businesses, property companies, trustees and fiduciaries, high net worth individuals and family offices on how to deal with disputes, whether by arbitration, mediation or litigation, both domestic and with an international scope.

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