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Double hire further strengthens Harbottle & Lewis’ leading Private Capital practice

30 March 2020

Harbottle & Lewis is delighted to be expanding its stellar Private Capital offering with the appointment of two new hires – Marianne Kafena as a partner and Morag Ofili as a senior associate.

The Private Client & Tax team has already carved out a name as a fast-growing and dynamic practice, competing at the highest level with more traditional private client firms to win big-ticket work. It is this reputation and the strength of the team’s client roster which has allowed the Firm to further enhance the Private Client & Tax team within its Private Capital offering with well-established, top legal professionals in their respective fields.

Marianne is a leading tier 1 private client lawyer with particular expertise in the Middle East. She joins from Farrers and advises multinational families and their private offices on the range of legal and practical complexities that arise when personal, business and trust assets are shared by more than one generation.

Her advice ranges from establishing and supporting the work of family offices, to structuring international personal and business assets taking account of cross-border tax and succession. One of the important aspects of Marianne’s work is ensuring that those involved in implementing a family’s plan maintain the enthusiasm and discipline required to see it through as practically and simply as possible.

Morag, who joins from Mishcon de Reya, is a specialist in private client tax investigations and litigation, and is known for her innovative approach to dispute resolution. She advises high net worth individuals and businesses on how to manage direct and indirect tax disputes.

Morag’s practice also includes tax-related civil litigation. She regularly acts for clients in actions arising from failed tax planning – including professional negligence, commercial fraud and judicial review claims as well as insolvency based disputes.

These two new hires follow Sofie Hoffman joining as a partner last month. Sofie specialises in international contentious trust and probate matters, frequently involving allegations of dishonesty.

Glen Atchison, Managing Partner, said: “Welcoming Marianne and Morag, in addition to Sofie, is tremendous news for the Firm. All three women are well-established leading legal professionals, with each bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to our already stellar Private Capital practice. They will add so much to the team and we are very excited to have them join.”

Marianne said: “Harbottle & Lewis is a firm full of talented people advising talented, creative and high calibre clients, and I’m very much looking forward to becoming a part of that.”

Morag said: “I am delighted to join the team. Harbottle & Lewis has a fantastic reputation across the private client world as a top tier practice and I am excited to add to the Firm’s offering in the tax disputes space.”

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