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Fieldfisher boosts private client practice with Linklaters hires

30 August 2019

April French Furnell

Fieldfisher is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Golden as the new Head of its Private Client practice as well as the appointment of Alistair Robertson as partner, both from Linklaters.

Peter will join the firm from Linklaters this autumn, where he has led the trusts team since 2016. Peter's experience encompasses a broad range of trust, private client and charity work, with a large proportion of offshore clients primarily in the ultra-high net worth (UHNW) bracket and foreign nationals based in the UK.

Having previously advised private clients at Withers and Forsters before joining Linklaters, Peter has established a reputation as a leading specialist in wills and trusts and as an expert in the ongoing management of his clients' assets, affairs and estates.

He will join Fieldfisher's existing private client team, freeing up the current head of the practice, Penny Wotton, to devote more time to the firm's impressive charity client base while supporting the continued growth of the firm's private client practice.

Peter and Penny will be also be joined by Alistair Robertson from Linklaters who is joining Fieldfisher as a partner.

Alistair joined Linklaters in 2016 as a managing associate, having previously worked in the international private client department of Lawrence Graham (now Gowling WLG), where he also trained. Alistair advises international individuals, families, trustees, family offices and private banks on succession planning, personal taxation and trust law. Alistair has a particular focus on UHNW clients in the Far East.

Fieldfisher's private client team works closely with the firm's wider tax team, and is supported by its sector-leading corporate, real estate and dispute resolution expertise, to provide an integrated service to Fieldfisher's UK and non-UK domiciled clients.

Commenting on the hires, Derek Hill, partner, Head of Tax and Structuring, said:

"We are very pleased to welcome Peter and Alistair to the firm to build on the success of our existing private client and wider tax practice – areas where we see significant potential to expand our client base and enhance our reputation. Fieldfisher is fortunate to be able to attract such high-calibre individuals as the firm continues to go from strength to strength. I am confident that their combined skill, track record and enthusiasm will prove to be a perfect complement to our existing specialisms in the field of private client advice."

Peter Golden, Head of Trusts at Linklaters, said:

"I am very excited to be joining Fieldfisher, which I believe will provide an ideal platform for me to develop the firm's private client base and promote its reputation for providing specialist advice to UHNWs. I am looking forward to working with Penny and the existing team of private client experts in a new, ambitious environment with the tools and support necessary to grow the practice."

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