Client highlights

Meeting the entrepreneur’s needs: Sir Keith Mills uses Farrers for £350million deal

Author: Bryony Cove

Farrers is helping to meet commercial, private and philanthropic objectives for a number of top-flight entrepreneurs. Our work for Sir Keith Mills, Chief Executive of London’s 2012 Olympic Team and Britain’s America’s Cup Team, demonstrates just how our depth of expertise and appreciation of the full range of the issues faced by entrepreneurs enables us to provide truly joined-up solutions.

Property partnership: driving the deals behind a new market town

Author: Jeremy Gordon

Farrers has been advising one of our entrepreneurial clients, Red Tree LLP, on a major property development partnership, creating an urban extension – the town of Sherford near Plymouth.

Groundbreaking tax haven agreement: negotiating the high-profile Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility with HMRC

Author: John Carrell

Last summer, Farrer & Co was asked to advise the Principality of Liechtenstein on the groundbreaking tax agreements it was proposing to enter into with the UK. This led to John Carrell, our head of tax, joining the Liechtenstein negotiating team, which hammered out the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility at meetings with HMRC in Vaduz, Zurich and London.

Laing O’Rourke Group: state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Steetley

Author: Jim Edmondson

Farrers has been advising the Laing O’Rourke Group on their new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Steetley in the East Midlands, as well as matters relating to the site of its existing facility at Grays in Essex.

High-value, complex trust litigation

Author: Toby Graham

Farrer is acting for Russa Management Limited and others, trustee of Intertraders Trust, in proceedings brought before the Royal Court in Jersey by members of a wealthy Saudi-based family.

Innovative approach to sale and leasebacks on acquisition of Tesco Extra for Charities Property Fund

Author: Gavin Acheson

Farrer advised the Charities Property Fund on the structured acquisition from Tesco of its Tesco Extra store in Mansfield for £43million. The innovative sale and leaseback terms allow Tesco considerable flexibility in return for a 20-year lease on a new store with a number of associated benefits for the Fund and Tesco.

Age UK: charity merger

Author: Anne-Marie Piper

Farrers advised on the highly complex, multi-jurisdictional merger of Help the Aged with Age Concern England, Age Concern Scotland, Age Concern Northern Ireland and Age Concern Cymru to create Age UK, Age Scotland, Age NI and Age Cymru.

Positive resolution from complex disputes: the world’s highest-value divorce

Author: Jeremy Posnansky

Farrers has been advising offshore trustees in what has been described recently as “the world’s most expensive divorce”. One spouse is challenging the validity of transfers into a trust and also questioning whether they should be valued at the date of transfer, or based on the current value.

UBS/Vestra: the employment case of the year

Author: William Dawson

This year saw the high profile and widely reported UBS/Vestra employment case, involving a dispute over a team move of some 75 staff from UBS to Vestra Wealth LLP, a new start-up operation in the traditional wealth management arena.

The right result: supporting national sports governing bodies

Author: Serena Hedley-Dent

Last year saw the conclusion of the landmark agreement between the RFU and the Guinness Premiership regarding the administration of the professional game in England with the negotiation and finalisation of elite player release contracts for England squad players.