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Farrer & Co working with Family Business United

Farrer & Co is delighted to sponsor family business resource centre Family Business United, which works with family businesses and their professional advisers to bring the family business community closer together.

We are delighted to be sponsoring  the London and South East category at the Family Business of the Year Awards in June 2015. To find out more details please click here.

Family businesses

Farrers lawyers act as counsellors in the true sense.

Chambers & Partners

Family businesses are all different, each with its own set of diverse commercial and personal goals. Whether inheritance tax or intellectual property, employee benefits or succession planning, Farrer & Co has a long tradition of helping families deal with each matter along the way.

Here's how we can help your family's business:

Corporate matters – Our advice on corporate issues encompasses everything in the life span of a business, from setting up to selling off, and everything in between. That includes structuring, financing, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, creating new entities and tax-efficient investment structures.

Governance – Governance is about running your business properly. We can guide you through the complex regulations and good practice rules with minimum delay or conflict, whether you're undertaking a major transaction, setting up a new venture or simply ensuring ongoing compliance.

Succession planning – The right succession planning allows you to pass the business along to the next generation, worry-free. We can work with you on everything from trusts and inheritance tax to writing family constitutions and reviewing Wills.

Tax planning – Proper tax planning is fundamental to protecting your family's assets. We can help you create the most efficient structures and strategies to mitigate capital gains and inheritance tax, and to utilise business property reliefs.

Commercial property – Whether for an investment or family office base, we can advise you on the financing, buying and selling of property – and the complex issues which may arise alongside. These can include planning, overage, equity sharing ground leases with development obligations, and funding agreements for forward purchases.

Private wealth services – Whatever your goals, we can help your money work for your family. Be it the creation of trusts, private trust companies, groups of companies, limited partnerships, foundations, anstalts or stiftungs, our experience here is market-leading.

We can also draw on the expertise of others across the firm on issues like brand and reputation management, employment, IP and disputes.

Our Entrepreneurs and Family Business group is headed by corporate partner Richard Lane, who is noted by Chambers UK for his "quality and experience".

More information

For more information contact one of our specialist advisers above or email us at