Israel is often described as the Start-Up Nation, and that ethos and entrepreneurial spirit aligns with our own approach to serving our clients. We understand implicitly the local business culture and are capable of advising our clients in both English and Hebrew.
We enjoy a special relationship with clients, local lawyers and other professionals in Israel, and we maintain a regular physical presence in the country, which enables us to serve our clients across a broad range of practice areas.
We are also able to use our unique position to provide an entry-route for UK businesses seeking to operate within Israel, working alongside local counsel and other professionals to provide a holistic approach to solving our clients’ problems.
In particular, we have deep experience in the following cross-border Israel-UK areas:
The UK property market has long been a key investment proposition for long-term capital growth and steady income flows. Recent years and fluctuations in the GBP-NIS exchange rates has seen a significant rise in the level of investment in UK property by Israeli investors, both at the institutional level and small-scale. Investments range from large hotels and top tier commercial space, to student accommodation, buy-to-let residential property and even airport car parking schemes. Over the years, our physical presence in Israel has assisted Israeli clients with all aspects of commercial property investments, from acquisition and disposals, to grants of lease, lease renewals, break and surrender, and rent reviews.
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Our civil and commercial litigation offering in Israel is headed up by partner Mark Lewis, who is particularly renowned for his work in the field of defamation, privacy and data protection, but has decades of experience across all areas of UK civil and commercial litigation. Mark is supported by the wider litigation department in the London office, allowing him to represent Patron Law in Israel on a regular basis.
Banking and Finance
London as the one of the financial capitals of the word, and Israel as an international fintech leader, means that we are perfectly placed to advise on lending and security documents based on English law. In this capacity, we regularly work alongside local Israeli counsel in providing rigorous, timely and practical English law advice.
Corporate and Start-Ups
Both pre and post Brexit, the UK-Israel commercial relationship and bilateral trade is growing, and the UK remains one of Israel’s most important trading partners. We advise Israel companies and start-ups on UK growth, including organising UK registered subsidiaries, advising on mergers and acquisitions of UK companies, shareholder agreements, corporate finance, commercial partnerships with UK distributors, and regulatory compliance. In addition, we are well positioned to act as a local partner on the ground in the UK for start-ups.
International Wills, Estates and Tax
We regularly advise on estate planning, probate and taxation in relation to individuals with assets in Israel and the UK. We maintain close links to local lawyers in Israel and in other jurisdictions to ensure that the advice we provide is co-ordinated, practical and cost-effective for our clients. Whether we are advising individuals retiring to Israel (or making “aliyah”) with substantial UK and offshore assets, or Israeli executors of estates with UK interests, we find that our physical presence on the ground in Israel and the UK helps puts minds at ease at typically stressful times.
To speak to our lawyers in Israel, please contact us for more information.