People Moves

Who's Moving Where In Wealth Management – RWK Goodman, Praetura

Editorial Staff 15 September 2023


The latest moves and appointments in wealth management in the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and other select locations.

RWK Goodman
UK-based law firm RWK Goodman has appointed Kim Lehal as head of international children and a partner in the international family team, based in their London office.

Lehal, who has been a family lawyer for 14 years, specialising in international child abduction and children law, was formerly at Brethertons LLP Solicitors where she led a child law team.

Lehal has a distinguished track record in advising and representing victims of domestic abuse, honour-based violence, FGM and abandoned spouses in foreign jurisdictions as well as specialising in complex family disputes involving international child abduction, relocation, child arrangements’ proceedings and cross-border adoption and surrogacy arrangements. She has been involved in some of the leading cases in her field, in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Lehal’s appointment now makes RWK Goodman one of only 48 firms in the UK with an accredited specialist in international child abduction, enabling the firm to work directly with the Ministry of Justice via the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU).

“We are delighted to welcome Kim to the firm. She is recognised as a leader in her field, and we look forward to her leading in the growth of the International Children area of family law at RWK Goodman. Kim works closely with charities who specialise in supporting vulnerable people as well as ex pats, parents seeking the return of children, parents who remove children across borders and are facing legal proceedings and people who are seeking to start a family. She will continue to work closely with these people and organisations at our firm,” Ursula Danagher, partner and head of family (London) said.

Praetura Investments, an investment firm based in Manchester in the UK, has appointed three individuals to its business development team from alternative assets firm Octopus: Caroline Flagg, Peter Marsland and James Rochfort.

Their hire reflects Praetura's aim to increase awareness of its Enterprise Investment Scheme, Venture Capital Trust and Business Relief-qualifying offerings and connect with a greater number of investors and advisors across the UK.

Flagg will support Praetura’s fundraising efforts by maintaining relationships with direct investors, family offices and Praetura’s Venture Partner network, made up of high net worth individuals and angel investors. Prior to this, she worked for Huntress Group and Goodman Masson. A former international rower, Flagg’s resume includes work for Schroders. 

Marsland will manage relationships with financial advisors in London and the Southeast as the firm increases its outreach following its recent expansion into Wales and the Southwest. He previously worked for Distribution Technology before joining Octopus. 

Rochford will head up the new internal business development team.

The trio will continue to grow the business across the firm’s offerings, including the Praetura EIS Growth Fund, the Praetura Inheritance Tax Planning Service and Praetura’s latest offer, Praetura Growth VCT, which is seeking to raise an initial £10 million ($12.5 million) to invest in growth businesses primarily based in the North of England.

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