Described by market authorities as ‘very intelligent’, ‘calm’ and ‘very results-focused’, family lawyer Richard Hogwood is streets ahead of most of his contemporaries. Clients are a ‘mixture of husbands, wives, entrepreneurs, aristocrats, businesspeople and everyone else, from all over the globe… They are looking for someone with both IQ and EQ to resolve their matter sensibly, sensitively, assertively but not aggressively,’ he says. Adept at cases involving complex tax issues, he also brings formidable skill to cases involving trusts (which in turn have afforded an excellent foundation to advise on nuptial agreements), and recently represented HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg in his successful application for reporting restrictions. A proud West Country boy, Hogwood regularly plays cello with the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra: ‘While I should therefore use my spare time practising for this, I am more likely to be found travelling somewhere, in the cinema or in the gym – don’t tell the conductor!’ Has he had any unusual moments in his time as a lawyer? ‘Do arguments over who keeps the koi carp in a divorce count as unusual? Or including in a prenup who will keep a not-yet-acquired pet lizard?’, he laughs. The Oxford University alumnus initially practised corporate tax law at Slaughter & May before moving to Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys) as a private client tax and trusts lawyer, and, subsequently, a family lawyer, before joining Stewarts in 2011.