LONDON (13 May 2010) - International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is delighted to announce that Martyn Gowar, head of the recently established London international private client team, has been named “Private Client Lawyer of the Year” at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2010 held in London Thursday May 13, 2010. Martyn leads the Firm’s London private client group which was launched only seven months ago in October 2009 to complement McDermott’s market leading US practice.
Described as the ‘senior statesman’ of the international private wealth sector, Martyn is a leading name in the UK and international market. For almost 40 years he has undertaken domestic, international and estate planning for individuals and their assets, planning for inter-generational business transfers and negotiation of family disputes and provided advice on taxation issues world wide.
Carol Harrington, head of the McDermott private client group globally said: “Winning this coveted award is tribute to the immediate impact Martyn and his talented team have made in the sector since we launched the London group last October. Martyn is widely acknowledged by the industry and his peers as one of the UK’s most prominent private client lawyers, and his team and the whole Firm can be very proud of this achievement in a very short space of time. Our strategy as the first major US law firm to develop an international private client team in London has been very well received by our global private wealth clients.”
Commenting on the award, partner Martyn Gowar said: “This award is a real tribute to the hard work and commitment of the whole team building the new group in London. I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of my team and the Firm.”
In addition, the Firm was runner up in two other nominated categories - International Law Firm of the Year and Industry Newcomer of the Year, while associate Claire Murray was named runner up for the Tomorrow Club Woman of the Year award.
The Citywealth Magic Circle Awards are now in their fifth year and have become an established presence in the private wealth calendar. Nomination for these prestigious awards is based on independent research, industry feedback and the final awards are agreed by a panel of industry experts and a verified online vote by global experts in the wealth management sector.
McDermott Will & Emery is an international law firm (amongst the top 20 both in the United States and globally) with more than 1,000 lawyers who practice from the Firm's offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and a strategic alliance in Shanghai with MWE China Law Offices.