The Business of Succession

Wedlake Bell acts as legal counsel to family offices and family businesses

Our specialist service looks after the full spectrum of matters that affect family offices and businesses – big, medium and small – equipping you with the legal foundations for optimal succession, generation after generation.

Succession is our business. Our practice of specialist real estate, private client and business advisory lawyers dates back to 1780. Indeed, we’ve been through succession ourselves.

Our team of highly experienced lawyers can guide you through matters from advice on choosing a corporate structure, to the effective management of real estate interests, through to succession planning whether that is for the business, the family office or the family wealth generally.

We can help you:

  • Our Private Client lawyers can work with you and your family to identify your shared values and seek to safeguard these across successive generations to ensure the successful transition of wealth.
  • Handle family and divorce matters that could impact the wider family and business. Our expertise in dealing with family agreements, such as pre-nuptial agreements, means we can advise you on the positives and negatives of different options
  • Be guided through business-critical decisions to achieve positive results for the business and family. Our Corporate team is comprised of legal experts whose insights into commercial matters have helped everyone from start-ups to established multinational companies.
  • Structure property deals in the most effective way so you can seize better deals, faster. Our Real Estate teams advise on every aspect of building a property portfolio, including development, planning, construction, purchase, ownership, management, rental, sale and all types of tax implications
  • Remain compliant with employment laws within the UK and internationally, especially amid the changing nature of employment practices with remote working. Our Business Services teams are empowered by iGlobal Law to help you ensure you follow country-specific employment, data and privacy laws in over 60 jurisdictions.
  • Understand how to avoid disputes. Our Disputes Resolution teams work across all areas – Private Client, Business Services and Real Estate – to resolve potential issues before they become litigation.
  • Safeguard against cybersecurity threats and risks with advice from our data protection experts, who can help you keep your private data firmly in the right hands. Our data protection experts work across Business Services and Private Client practices ensure you remain compliant when globalising and outsourcing.
  • We can work across multiple jurisdictions, as we are fully informed of how to navigate international transactions and issues, via our global networks and the close relationships our lawyers have with their international counterparts. Our Trans European Law Firms Alliance has 600 legal experts across Europe, as well as Australia and China; USLAW has legal experts in over 160 offices around the world, including the USA and China.