Stewarts has today added two new partners to join its disputes-focused private client departments.
Marcus has extensive experience advising ultra-high net worth global families and trust companies on complex trust disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, BVI, Bermuda, Hong Kong, the US and New Zealand.
His addition will add significant strength to the team who have just been promoted to Tier 1 in the Legal 500, and have been described as “…real contenders now for the very best work”, “a great combination of powerful intellect, experience in the field, tactical thinking and personable individuals make this team unique.” Marcus is described as “assured and hugely knowledgeable”, and “able to effectively guide clients through the most complex and difficult cases with ease and a sense of security.”
The team has expanded rapidly since it was established by James Price in 2016 and is now twelve strong. It won ‘UK Contentious Trust and Estates Team of the Year’ at the Chambers High Net Worth Awards for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021.
Marcus has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Private Client Global Elite, Chambers HNW, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
“I have really enjoyed working on a number of high value global trust and family disputes over the last five years as both a professional Cayman-based trustee and now back in London as a lawyer. I have therefore decided to give up the non-contentious part of my practice and devote all of my time to focusing on disputes.
“Having worked closely with James Price and his brilliant team at Stewarts on two high profile disputes when I was in the Cayman Islands, it was an easy decision to join their rapidly growing and highly acclaimed team. A key focus for me will be on disputes involving offshore jurisdictions.”
James Price, Head of Trust and Probate Litigation commented:
“It’s great to have Marcus join us. He has vast experience both as an offshore trustee and as a lawyer handling tricky contentious trust matters. I am confident that with his huge knowledge of the sector and significant connections he will make an excellent addition to the team as we continue to expand our high value global dispute offering.”
Lisette has extensive experience in all aspects of private family law, including financial disputes on separation, divorce, children matters and cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements. She regularly advises clients on cases involving complex jurisdictional issues. Lisette is ranked in The Legal 500 2022 as a Next Generation Partner.
Before joining Stewarts, Lisette trained as a barrister in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. She was made a partner at Dawson Cornwell while on maternity leave. Lisette gained her LLM in 2014, writing her dissertation on the EU Maintenance Regulation 4/2009. She is the Founder and Chair of the EU Law Working Group, a member of a Brexit and Family Law Working Group, and sits on the Law Society’s Family Law committee.
Stewarts’ Divorce and Family Law team is consistently ranked No.1 in the legal directories, acting for high net worth individuals based in the UK and overseas. The team was recognised as Family Law Team of the Year at the Chambers High Net Worth Awards 2022.
Stephen Foster, Head of Divorce and Family commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Lisette to our team, reinforcing our position as the pre-eminent family law department in the country. Her arrival in Leeds will strengthen and consolidate our market leading position in the North, where we continue to provide an unrivalled service for local and international high net worth and professional services clients. With her extensive expertise and wealth of experience, Lisette will make an invaluable addition to our team.”
“Stephen has built an impressive, top tier family team who are leading experts in their field. The breadth and depth of the work undertaken, and its international reach offers an excellent platform to grow a specialist, cross border practice like mine. I was therefore delighted to be invited to join the partnership and specifically to work closely with Adrian Clossick to extend the family team in Leeds.”