Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach

06 November 2018

Payne Hicks Beach named in The Times Best Law Firms 2019

Payne Hicks Beach is ranked in The Times Best Law Firms 2019 guide and has been commended twice in the Private Client law category, namely in Family and Inheritance and Succession.

The list comprises the top 200 law firms in England and Wales in 31 categories of legal practice, as recommended by other lawyers and clients, and has been created by The Times in cooperation with market-research institute Statista.

The firm’s description reads:

“Payne Hicks Beach’s history stretches back to about 1730. In 1796 The Gentleman’s Magazine described a notable partner, Thomas Wildman, as “a man of intelligence, with a mind active and ever fervid for the good of his client whose case he seemed to make his own, and in the close of which he was seldom unsuccessful”.

Today the firm’s private client team serves individuals ranging from owners of landed estates, UK residents who are non-domiciliary, and owners of family businesses with international links. Based in Lincoln’s Inn, it claims to represent “many household names”. Although confidentiality forbids it naming these, it’s no secret that the firm’s best-known lawyer, Fiona Shackleton — almost a household name herself — is solicitor to Prince William and Prince Harry. Known as the “Steel Magnolia”, she also represented the Prince of Wales in his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales. Lord Goodman, a British lawyer and political adviser, recommended Shackleton to the prince after being impressed by her management of the Duke and Duchess of York’s separation.

Shackleton has been with Payne Hicks Beach since 2001, as has her colleague Fiona Brown. Brown is a specialist family lawyer dealing primarily with complex high-net-worth financial remedy matters and private law children’s cases. A significant number of her cases have an international, offshore element.”

Commended for family, inheritance & succession (private client law)

To see the full editorial, please visit The Times website (subscription required).

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