Ones to Watch for 2016: The Best Boutique Law Firms

Based in London and founded in 1761, Rooks Rider Solicitors is a boutique legal firm with specialist local knowledge and a strong international presence.

At Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP, we offer bespoke wealth planning, corporate, real estate and advisory services to local and international private clients and corporate organisations. While acting for businesses of all sizes, the firm places special emphasis on advising cross-border entrepreneurial businesses and international private clients. Our knowledge of tax structures, both in the UK and overseas enables us to ensure that our clients’ multi-jurisdictional transactions and business developments are planned in the most tax efficient way, preserving and enhancing their business or private wealth.

The firm is recognised as being a pioneer in offshore tax and trust planning since the 1950s and our lawyers are able to draw on a rich history of offshore tax experience. We use our extensive expertise to offer a full suite of legal advice to help all our clients – whether buying, selling, starting up or looking to grow their business. We are also experienced and skilled in dealing with legal issues related to self storage and serviced offices in the UK. Our teams have an excellent working knowledge of these industries.

At Rooks Rider Solicitors, we believe in partnering with each of our clients for the long run, throughout each life stage for them, their family and their business. That’s why our many long-standing clients still put their trust in us and rely upon our friendly, personal service and professionalism in the fields of: Business sales and acquisitions, Commercial and residential real estate matters, Offshore and onshore trusts and estate planning, Commercial litigation, Dispute resolution in the UK and internationally, Real estate litigation Leasehold reform and Human resources and employment issues.

Our commercial practice dove-tails with our wealth planning and real estate departments enabling us to provide bespoke practical advice to entrepreneurs and their businesses in a seamless manner. Dedicated teams are available to deal with each specialist concern. Rooks Rider Solicitors have an international reputation for our wealth planning skills.

With an established presence in the City of London, and a global reach extending across all main jurisdictions, our in-depth wealth planning expertise, extensive knowledge of off-shore trust arrangements and our approach to doing business enable us to provide clients with expertise relevant to their individual circumstances.

Whether a business is looking to start up, implement a programme for fundraising, establish a strategy for growth or a plan for exit, Rooks Rider Solicitors provides the practical solutions and applied expertise that help turn ideas and ambition into success.

Since the introduction of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (‘ATED’) the firm has been involved in a number of high value residential property reorganisations and sought throughout the last few years to provide practical solutions to the challenges which the introduction of the ATED regime has presented.

In addition, the firm regularly advises trustee shareholders on the unique position that they encounter when dealing with the acquisition or disposal of shares in companies owning or operating businesses with assets in the UK and elsewhere in the world. These two examples demonstrate the firm has developed an innovative approach through practical step plans providing solutions of a long lasting nature.

In terms of the role our people play in the success of the firm each client is allocated a Partner at an early stage who takes the time to get to know the business and/or individual’s needs and to understand the desired objectives. We encourage our team members to continuously develop their expertise and business skills for the benefit of our clients. Our wide range of expert services is delivered efficiently in a friendly and professional manner.

Our teams regularly present on cross-jurisdictional matters in the UK and abroad, sharing knowledge with and delivering CPD to our expanding international networks. Senior Partner, Chris Cooke, is a member of STEP. He plays high profile role on its International Committee; sits on Editorial Board of English/Welsh law section of STEP Directories and writes the UK money laundering sections.

Rooks Rider Solicitors was awarded ‘Solicitors Firm of the Year’ at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2013, one of the most prestigious awards recognising professional excellence in leasehold enfranchisement work. The specialist Leasehold Enfranchisement team at Rooks Rider has acted for a large number of leaseholders, principally high net worth individuals helping them to acquire their freeholds and obtain lease extensions. They also act for landlords, where their tenants have made such applications and they are regularly asked by other law firms to advise on an agency basis with frequent referrals from law firms who don’t have enfranchisement specialists.

In regards to the challenges facing the company in 2016 and beyond the issues on the horizon are continually changing, external challenges will remain in the next few months comprising those relating to the campaigns for and against “a Brexit” from the EU, a slowdown in the world economy and uncertainty in the Middle East. In order to counter these, the firm continually seeks to engage with its network of international clients and contacts in order provide proactive advice as these issues arise.

Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP
For further information, contact:
Name: James John
Email: [email protected]
Address: Challoner House,
19 Clerkenwell Close, London
Telephone: 44 (0)20 7689 7000

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