Maurice Turnor Gardner reflects on its first decade

Tristan Blythe, Editorial Director, 21/05/2019

Maurice Turnor Gardner, a London–based boutique private client law firm, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The business was founded when the private client team of Allen & Overy left to set up on their own in May 2009.

The move was closely watched by private client professionals to see how the firm would fare. Now a decade on it has become an established part of the sector.

“Looking back now it was ours to lose,” Clare Maurice, senior partner, told eprivateclient. “We already had the practice and all our clients came across. Allen & Overy gave us, and continue to give us, its support. The staff were all enthusiastic for the move too.”

Clare Maurice, senior partner

The wider world has helped keep the firm busy as developments over the past years such as the introduction of CRS and beneficial ownership registers have led to clients needing to seek advice, Emma-Jane Weider, managing partner added.

The business has grown steadily and the team has almost doubled from 23 members in 2009 to 50 in 2019.

Ms Weider said that the firm has also created a new counsel role. Five members of the team took up this role. This is designed to give these individuals “more participation in management sooner” and therefore help ease the progression to partner.

Emma-Jane Weider, managing partner

The firm’s focus on succession and ensuring that there are a career path is demonstrated by former eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 Eesha Arora. As the firm marked its tenth anniversary, Ms Arora also became a partner. When the firm was launched she was the most junior member to make the move from A&O to MTG.

Ms Arora says that when the team made the move they brought with them the high standards that they had worked to at A&O. “What did not change when we made the move was still worked to the ‘golden standard’ for our clients,” she said.

Eesha Arora, partner

As well as promoting from within, the firm has added some additional and complimentary services during its history.

Firstly, Sarah Conway jo...

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