International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed James Quarmby as a partner, to spearhead the expansion of the firm's private wealth team. James joins from Thomas Eggar LLP, where he was head of the international and business taxation team which he created and built up over ten years. James will join Stephenson Harwood on 7 April 2014.
James' experience includes advising on residence and domicile issues, tax planning, HMRC enquiries, trusts and estate planning. His clients have included a number of high net worth individuals.
Vivienne (Viv) Wild has also been appointed to join the private wealth team as a senior associate. Vivienne joins from Schofield Sweeney's private client team, where she specialised in estate planning, trust and inheritance tax planning.
These appointments are in response to the firm's growing opportunities to service this type of work, with further expansion likely in the future.
Stephenson Harwood advises a number of high net worth individuals and families internationally, advising them on both their business and personal wealth issues. The expansion of the team will add to the firm's expertise in a variety of related fields, especially in international tax planning, inheritance planning and trusts. One area of focus for the team will be high net worth clients based in fast-growing economies, particularly in Asia – and the expanded London team will work closely with specialist private wealth colleagues in Hong Kong.
Hugo Jenney, international head of tax at Stephenson Harwood, commented "These appointments add considerable strength and depth to our existing private wealth expertise. As a result, we are one of the few firms able to field personal tax and estate planning within a business-oriented City practice. We see a demand for this."
James commented on his appointment: "Stephenson Harwood's client base and reputation lends itself well to developing work in this area – and I very much look forward to developing opportunities domestically and internationally, and in doing so, to grow the private wealth practice."