Burges Salmon


As a leading commercial law firm with an award-winning Tax and Trusts team, we are ideally placed to advise family business owners on all aspects of their business.

Founded in 1890 with offices in Bristol, London and Edinburgh, our clients range from the largest private and public sector organisations and institutions, to entrepreneurial businesses, individuals and families, and we are trusted to help them with everything from their everyday legal needs to business-critical issues, and all points in between. Our collaborative and cohesive culture underpins the quality of our work and client service.

We help with issues ranging from governance and succession planning to asset protection, business structuring, and commercial advice on all areas of the business, including finance, real estate, and commercial contracts. We advise families on milestone life events, which can shape the long-term future of their business, and how to protect against the risk of divorce, or disputes between family members.

Our work includes:

  • Succession planning, through gifts, trusts, Wills and other structures
  • Inheritance Tax and other tax structuring
  • Family and Business governance
  • Shareholder and constitutional arrangements
  • Wealth preservation and asset protection including pre- and post-marriage (pre-marital and post-marital agreements)
  • Representation and advice on divorce and financial settlements on relationship breakdown, including advising on living together agreements and co-owned property
  • Incentive arrangements for non-family managers
  • Family business dispute resolution and risk mitigation
  • Administration of estates involving shares and business assets

Family business | Legal advice (burges-salmon.com)



Jim Aveline

Direct Dial: +44 (0) 117 939 2283

Mobile: +44 (0) 7980 768 202

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Guy Broadfield

Direct Dial: +44 (0) 117 939 2287

Mobile: +44 (0) 7890 250 710

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Douglas Streatfeild-James

Direct Dial: +44 (0) 117 902 6341

Mobile: +44 (0) 7968 386 519

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