Family and Owner Managed Business

Family businesses move from generation to generation and strength to strength. We understand the dynamic and personal nature of this growth and believe strong values, culture and personality are key to success. We will get to know you, your family, your business, and your ambitions to support the generational and managerial infrastructural development of your business.

Planning for the long term is critical, especially in the changing economic market and within the family and owner-managed business context. Taking calculated risks and making wise decisions are necessary to the continued growth and success of your company.

Our Key Services

Ashfords will work with you and your business, using our knowledge and experience to offer strategic and cost-effective solutions whilst respecting your personal values and vision. We pride ourselves on developing long-standing relationships with our family and owner-managed business clients, in many cases over decades, and this gives us a deep understanding of family history and bonds, and the requirements of owner / managers. By truly understanding the needs of your business and your family, we are able to deploy our breadth and depth of specialist legal expertise to deliver the best possible results. This is important throughout the life cycle of your family business but even more so during times of enhanced growth, transition or succession. We can provide legal advice on all matters affecting your family and owner-managed business, listed in the box below.

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  • Asset Protection
  • Business structuring and strategy
  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate re-organisations
  • Employment advice
  • Family agreements and family charters
  • Family disputes
  • Inheritance planning
  • Investment arrangements (family and external investment)
  • Property and real estate
  • Succession planning and exit
  • Share options
  • Tax advice
  • Wealth preservation
  • Working with non-family managers and shareholders

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