William Longrigg joined Charles Russell as an articled clerk in 1985 and simply never left. ‘There was never anywhere better to go,’ says the lawyer who has been partner at the firm since 1992, whose practice has an emphasis on ‘the more complicated and challenging’ global cases. Longrigg’s diverse practice, an accumulation of over 33 years’ experience, includes entrepreneurs, professionals, landowners, international HNWs with public profiles, sports stars, as well as other household names. The past year has seen the lawyer preoccupied with cases concerning Middle Eastern, US, Australian and European matters, and divorces entangled in offshore trusts. The seasoned solicitor welcomes all manner of challenges in family law. In addition to Longrigg’s expertise and support of a 30-strong Family law team, Charles Russell Speechlys’ Private Wealth group is successfully equipped with a wide range of legal specialists, should a spillover occur into the tax, trusts and estates spheres too. He adds that the ‘full-service’ functionality is essential to private client service. Although the UK’s current system for dealing with finance on divorce is very thorough and ‘has to be commended for that’, it’s ‘too cumbersome, too expensive and too uncertain’, he observes. He describes the ‘increasing tension’ arising between the English/Welsh courts and other jurisdictions where parties and their lawyers do not owe a duty to the court, which creates ‘an unequal playing field’. ‘Reform is needed – but it is likely to be slow,’ he says.