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September 16, 2020

Writing the constitution begins with the existing legal documents. They are read and explained so that they are clear to the family. This is more difficult than it seems, and often there are several drafts before the meaning and mechanics of each agreement is understood, consistent, and clear.

Writing the constitution begins with the existing legal documents. They are read and explained so that they are clear to the family. This is more difficult than it seems, and often there are several drafts before the meaning and mechanics of each agreement is understood, consistent, and clear.

June 8, 2020

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

January 27, 2020

How should global business families of wealth navigate the choppy investment waters in the year ahead? Is a global economic recession looming and what does that mean for family investors? Emma Rutter, investment director at Ruffer LLP, urges diversification in portfolios, says environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria should be a prism to view all investments through and explains why “liquidity will be king”.

How should global business families of wealth navigate the choppy investment waters in the year ahead? Is a global economic recession looming and what does that mean for family investors? Emma Rutter, investment director at Ruffer LLP, urges diversification in portfolios, says environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria should be a prism to view all investments through and explains why “liquidity will be king”.

Where does Ruffer see investment opportunities in 2020?

January 17, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals and split their time between the United Kingdom and Canada holds a number of implications for business dynasties, and for the role of the “spare” in the “heir and spare” scenario during succession, family experts say.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals and split their time between the United Kingdom and Canada holds a number of implications for business dynasties, and for the role of the “spare” in the “heir and spare” scenario during succession, family experts say.

The controversial move by the sixth in line to the throne and his wife and the handling by the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, as the comparable family business principal, heir and next gen, has gripped the world.

March 12, 2019

Divorce, despite the best efforts of the parties and their solicitors, can sometimes be a traumatic, and difficult process. Divorce proceedings are often more complicated, and the animosity between the parties can increase, where as well as being married, there is a family business. We look at some of the ways in which the courts in England and Wales approach the family business within divorce proceedings.

Divorce, despite the best efforts of the parties and their solicitors, can sometimes be a traumatic, and difficult process. Divorce proceedings are often more complicated, and the animosity between the parties can increase, where as well as being married, there is a family business. We look at some of the ways in which the courts in England and Wales approach the family business within divorce proceedings.

March 6, 2019

“Why are people talking about family governance?” “What do they mean and why is it important?” “Does family governance mean I need a family council? A family constitution?”

The word governance often sounds intimidating. I recommend replacing it with the term decision-making.

“Why are people talking about family governance?” “What do they mean and why is it important?” “Does family governance mean I need a family council? A family constitution?”

The word governance often sounds intimidating. I recommend replacing it with the term decision-making.

November 8, 2018

Family businesses are being urged to define, strategise and raise public awareness of their guiding principles to give themselves the edge over competitors, especially in an uncertain world.

Family businesses are being urged to define, strategise and raise public awareness of their guiding principles to give themselves the edge over competitors, especially in an uncertain world.

November 1, 2018

More than 80% of the world’s most up and coming family businesses have their second generation or later on board, but families face a “conundrum” with their next gens over ownership versus management.

More than 80% of the world’s most up and coming family businesses have their second generation or later on board, but families face a “conundrum” with their next gens over ownership versus management.

October 2, 2018

Every business needs to remain entrepreneurial. However, a family business faces unique challenges as growth and changing needs of the business will often come at the same time as the family grows and the involvement of family members in the business changes.

Every business needs to remain entrepreneurial. However, a family business faces unique challenges as growth and changing needs of the business will often come at the same time as the family grows and the involvement of family members in the business changes.

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