Family Businesses

Family businesses are one of the most powerful segments of the UK economy.

Working with family businesses of all sizes we deliver a broad range of specialist legal services. Combined with a deep understanding of the key issues faced by family-run businesses, we bring to clients a clear view of what's desirable, what's possible and what's next; bespoke business solutions are designed firmly around our clients’ needs.
We have a wealth of experience of advising family businesses on current issues such as:

succession planning and legacy;
family disputes;
wealth preservation;
investment and the impact this has on the next generation; and
the Implications of Brexit on family businesses
Our clients include families who are business owners, particularly those with two or three generations.

We believe that communication and inclusiveness is key when running a family business, but reaching an agreement on all business working practices can sometimes be unrealistic. 

Our experienced family business team are able to help family members to reach agreements, set long-term goals, establish a dynamic business strategy and futureproof their business for future generations.

08 May 2017
Finding out their preferred choice of successor would prefer to step back from the family business when owners are planning for retirement is a tough decision to accept. It can cause a significant headache for succession planning for the next generation. read

02 February 2017
In Japan only a small fraction of adoptions are of children; 98% of adoptions in Japan are actually of adults. Although this may seem like a bizarre concept to the Western culture, it provides them with a clever solution to a problem that is also faced by UK businesses, particularly family-owned ones. read

20 December 2016
It is natural for family business owners to be protective and want to keep the family business within the family. However, as new members are welcomed into the family, it is not uncommon for in-laws to want to be involved and play an active role. read

Meet the Team

We’re passionate about providing the right solutions and driven to make a positive difference in everything we do.

"We're excited about working with Shakespeare Martineau to show
how integral teamwork is in both sporting and business
environments. We also share similar beliefs when it comes to
fostering upcoming talent."

Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games England