Charles Russell Speechlys’ Innovative Private Office Unveiled

Charles Russell Speechlys has officially unveiled the Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office, a pioneering endeavor designed to meet the evolving needs of global private capital clients, entrepreneurs, families, and their enterprises. 

At its core, the Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office houses a highly sophisticated team focused on addressing the personal and business goals of both new and established clients. The primary aim is to provide exceptional legal counsel, maintaining the firm’s reputation for outstanding service. In addition, the Private Office offers strategic guidance that aligns with clients’ expertise and ambitions, always prioritizing a client-centric approach. 

Heading the Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office is Marcus Yorke-Long, who serves as the Head of the Private Office from the firm’s London office. With a background in banking, investment, and finance spanning over 15 years, Yorke-Long brings invaluable experience to the team. Lord Andrew Hay, the Chairman, contributes more than 35 years of experience specializing in Global Real Estate and Ultra High Net Worth families, with a focus on property asset classes across 60 countries. 

Working in close collaboration with Marcus and Andrew is Camilla Sadler, the fifth generation of her family to be part of the firm. She leads the team’s engagement with global families, supported by Private Office Executive Carleen Wood. Together, they bring decades of experience from within the firm, ensuring that clients’ needs are well-served. The team also benefits from the expertise of Farnod Afsharnejad as the Private Capital Intelligence Researcher and the insights provided by Rob Garrett, who advises the Private Office from Singapore. 

Simon Ridpath, Managing Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys explains: “I am delighted and very proud of the team for what they have achieved so far. The Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office will attract a whole new generation of private capital clients to the Firm who value broad conversations across sectors and territories. The team will help manage existing client relationships and build on the breadth of the Firm’s expertise across all our service lines.” 

Lord Andrew Hay, comments: “The establishment of the Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office is a direct response to a client listening project, which demonstrated clients’ greater desire to have broader conversations with their law firm and for the Firm and its Partners to become even more strategically aligned to the private and business aspirations of a global client base. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the growth of the Firm and its strategy around private capital.” 

Marcus Yorke-Long, adds: “Charles Russell Speechlys has a profound legal heritage supporting individuals and families across their business and real estate assets. The Private Office team is the Firm’s window into enabling clients to understand the Firm’s wider capabilities. 

“We will also expand the Charles Russell Speechlys Private Office model to some of our key overseas offices across global wealth hubs, to create a Charles Russell Speechlys offering that will support the Firm’s positioning as the leading legal advisor to emerging global families, new entrepreneurs, and companies within the private capital sphere.”