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Family Offices and Family Businesses

Drawing on the expertise of a broad range of specialists, from the lawyers in Mishcon Private to accountants, fiduciaries and psychologists at MDR Mayfair, we are able to meet the needs of Family Offices and international families on many of the issues they face.

We can advise on setting up the Family Office itself, and on regulatory issues, compliance and risk but also, through our Mishcon Private ecosystem, we can assist more broadly on those areas as, and sometimes more, important to families such as purchasing the family home, acquiring and protecting their art, their classic car or other luxury assets, relocating the family from one country to another, protecting their reputations and privacy or assisting them with education issues. We also have experience in helping our clients assess ESG considerations and how they apply to their family, family businesses and investments.

We have highly specialised litigators who are experts in problem-solving and special situations and who are experienced in dealing with family and business disputes and complex multijurisdictional cases. If disputes cannot be avoided, we endeavour to resolve them with minimum fuss.

The ecosystem includes our private advisory services business MDR Mayfair. With offices in London, Dubai and Singapore, it advises families on building robust plans for the family's long term future prosperity and wellbeing. Its multi-disciplinary and expert team of experienced lawyers, accountants, psychologists and fiduciaries devise strategies to simplify the way their affairs are handled, safeguard family members and protect assets for the long-term. This includes advising on succession planning, setting up a family office, Private Trust Companies and Protectorships as well as offering Family Office Compliance services.

Whatever the matter we advise on, we never take for granted the privilege we are afforded by families to sit alongside them and be entrusted with their most complex and personal problems. The work we do is never just business, it is always personal. Our clients know that we appreciate that the stakes couldn't be higher.

Drawing on expertise from across the firm, our Employment team advise family offices at all stages from planning and creation to established multi-family offices in multiple jurisdictions. Our team regularly assist family offices with employment contracts, share incentives and governance arrangements, taking into account the family office's specific requirements, tax liabilities, risk management, regulatory compliance and employment strategy.

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