International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired Elizabeth Hicks from Irwin Mitchell to spearhead the firm's family asset protection team in London, boosting the firm’s wider private client capability.
Ms Hicks has more than 20 years’ experience acting for high net worth (HNW) individuals in contested divorce and financial remedy proceedings. She is experienced advising on international and domestic pre-marital agreements, obtaining international freezing orders, representing parents in contested Children Act proceedings and negotiating financial settlements through the Collaborative law process.
Ms Hicks' arrival is part of BCLP's plans to grow its private wealth sector offering in London and international markets. She will build a team focused on advising HNW and ultra-HNW clients and handle complex, cross-jurisdictional issues of family, matrimonial and trusts law. This London-based team will work with the wider family asset protection practice led by partner Marcus Dearle in Hong Kong.
Joining from Irwin Mitchell where she spent over ten years as head of family law, Ms Hicks qualified in 1995 at Edmonds Bowen &Co., joining Kingsley Napley in 1997 where she became partner in 2001.
Damian Bloom, global co-head of private client at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, said: “Elizabeth’s arrival furthers the Family Asset Protection group’s ambition of seamlessly servicing HNW clients on complex high value family and asset protection matters. There are growing opportunities in this space across the private wealth sector, and a global commercial law firm with international family disputes capability is an attractive proposition for prospective clients.”
Mr Dearle, head of private client, Asia and head of BCLP's global family asset protection group, said: “We are really enthusiastic about Elizabeth joining the team and opening up lines of service to more clients around the world. She is a high-profile arrival that strengthens our international offering for private wealth related disputes and I look forward to growing the practice with her.”