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This year, we will be marking our 300-year anniversary. That’s three centuries during which we are proud to have been trusted by countless clients to help them navigate the impact that revolutions, market crashes, social upheaval and technological innovation have had on their families, businesses, and the society around them. We are grateful to all of our clients and to the generations of Boodle Hatfield teams that have worked skilfully and so tirelessly to support them.

With a history like ours, we know we are built to last. But this isn’t the time to rest on our laurels but instead a chance to reflect and build on our heritage. We are merely today’s custodians of the Boodle Hatfield name, and we want to create a legacy that our successors will be just as proud of.

To that end, throughout 2022 we will be rolling out an extensive programme of activities, each of which sows the seeds for the future success of others – our local neighbourhoods, the wider legal profession, and of course our valued clients and our own team.

These will include a series of initiatives that support local communities, help dismantle barriers to entry into the legal profession, deliver fresh insights to further thinking in our core sectors and enhance support to fast-track personal development at the firm.

Building a legacy is about so much more than trading on a name. It is about making the best choices every day to create a more fulfilling future for ourselves and for those around us. This includes deploying exceptional legal expertise and sincere care in our client relationships, nurturing, and listening to our teams, and supporting and collaborating with our wider communities. It is a philosophy that has served us well and one that we are confident will guide us successfully through another 300 years.

The firm's 300th year.

Celebrating Women at Boodle Hatfield As a firm, we have long been a pioneer of gender equality and committed to maintaining a working environment in which all people can excel. Our inclusive and supportive culture is directed by our Senior Partner, Sara Maccallum and championed by inspiring female mentors and role models across the business. Read more Boodle Hatfield promotes five lawyers from four of its core practice areas to Senior Associate Senior Partner, Sara Maccallum said: “During our 300th year anniversary, we are delighted to have promoted five talented lawyers across our core practice areas. These well-deserved promotions affirm our commitment to developing, supporting and encouraging exceptional individuals who will play a key role in the continued growth of our business". Read more Boodle Hatfield celebrates financial growth during remarkable tri-century anniversary ‘A fantastic achievement’: In its tercentenary year, Boodle Hatfield has announced revenues of £30.7m for 2021/22, up 4% from £29.4m the previous year. Read more Boodle Hatfield welcomes leading private client advisor, Clare Stirzaker Clare specialises in succession planning and related legal and tax matters for international private clients and family offices. She works with some of the world’s best privately owned businesses focusing on how to develop the business and the family’s wealth and philanthropic strategy, to achieve growth, diversification and longevity. Read more Shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Law Firm of the Year: The Independents‘ The firm has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Law Firm of the Year: The Independents‘ category. This award recognises market position, competitive challenges, growth and strategy, whilst also reviewing the firm’s innovation in client service delivery, leadership and technology, investment in talent, commitment to ESG and excellence in legal practice. Read more 300 Years of Family Life In May we hosted a thought-provoking panel discussion on what drives our relationships and whether the institution of marriage will continue for another three hundred years, and, if so, in what format. Read more Boodle Hatfield shortlisted for four awards in the STEP Private Client Awards We are delighted to announce that the firm's private wealth team have been shortlisted for Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year; Family Business Advisory Practice of the Year; International Legal Team of the Year; and Private Client Legal Team of the Year in the STEP Private Client Awards 2022. Read more Boodle Hatfield launches 'The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast' The Surrogacy Landscape Podcast is a three-part series exploring the legal implications of growing a family via surrogacy, to help couples and individuals get to grips with the landscape at the outset to ensure that their journey to parenthood is smooth and safe for all involved. Over the series look at the full surrogacy lifecycle, the practicalities that need to be considered and the law that currently governs the process in the UK. Read more Supporting young Londoners to use art to express their response to climate change Simon Fitzpatrick, Head of Art Law & More at Boodle Hatfield, commented: “Art is a critical form of expression and climate change one of the most important topics of our time, not just for our generation but for generations to come. It is great that we can build on our long-term relationship with the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and support the Young London Print Prize. Being involved in providing children with a new opportunity at school and driving the climate change discussion through art is fantastic.” Read more Boodle Hatfield publishes guide to help family businesses to survive the impact of divorce The guide is informed by our experiences of the challenges that can occur in family businesses, where relationships are complex and evolving – and naturally carry emotional ties that do not exist in other organisations. It is illustrated with practical scenarios and contains advice and guidance coloured by our appreciation of the sensitivity and careful approach needed when, for example, raising the matter of a pre-nup with a newly engaged couple. Read more Life During Law: Sara Maccallum "We want to build on the success of the past 300 years as we are merely the custodians of the Boodle Hatfield name. It may be a cliché, but the firm really is a family of people that are working together, and I hope that we can maintain that and build on it, even in this different working environment that we now find ourselves in." Read more Boodle Hatfield continues growth in 300th anniversary year with hire of Richard Elliott Richard advises on M&A and joint ventures, corporate finance, real estate finance and structuring for private clients particularly with an international focus. His practice includes advising on asset finance matters, specialising in the sale/purchase, financing and structuring of aircraft assets, including business jets and helicopters, as well as luxury yachts. Read more Boodle Hatfield’s Private Wealth team uplifted to tier one in Legal 500 UK 2023 The guide commends the ‘first-rate’ firm for its ability to ‘see the full picture’ with a ‘unique‘ ‘impressive eye for detail’. It goes on to highlight the ‘real strength and depth’ of the practices, noting that Boodle Hatfield sits ‘in a different class‘ with the ability to ‘outperform many other law firms, specifically on complex issues and on an international level’ with ‘expert knowledge delivered in a user friendly manner’. Read more Boodle Hatfield elects Andrea Zavos as new senior partner Boodle Hatfield has elected Andrea Zavos as its new senior partner. Andrea will succeed Sara Maccallum, as of 1 May 2023. Andrea is head of the private client and tax team and has been with the firm since 2014. In addition to taking on the mantle of Senior Partner, supported by the Management Committee, Andrea will maintain her top ranked contentious trusts and estates practice which is a core part of the firm’s growth strategy. Read more Boodle Hatfield publishes guide to the legacy and future of London property From the foundations of Belgravia laid out in the 1820s, to the redevelopment of one of London’s most iconic squares, Cavendish Square, Boodle Hatfield has been instrumental in shaping the streets, squares and mews that form prime central London as we know it today. ‘Behind the best of London property for 300 years’ uncovers the trends, forces and mechanisms currently shaping London property market. Read more Leading construction lawyer, Sarah Rock joins Boodle Hatfield Sara Maccallum, Senior Partner at Boodle Hatfield, adds, “It’s fantastic to have our third partner join us in our 300th year. Sarah arrives at an exciting time for the firm and brings exemplary construction expertise and a strong reputation in digital construction.” Read more Boodle Hatfield publishes Lessons in Legacy: a guide to navigate the world of private wealth in the 21st century With the Lessons in Legacy series we have brought together insights from across the firm, new data drawing on the experiences of our network of advisers and the perspectives of longstanding family business clients, as well as other experts, in ways which we hope will stimulate fresh thinking around what legacy means in the 21st century. Read more Boodle Hatfield wins prestigious STEP International Legal Team of the Year 2022 The judging panel noted that “Boodle Hatfield has managed to balance tradition, legacy, continuity and innovation and its successful ‘one stop shop’ approach has become the aspirational template for its competitors.” Read more View more
Shaping legacies for 300 years