Private Businesses with strong governance perform better. The management and development of a private and/or family business can create unique legal and strategic challenges. Topics such as succession can be emotional, which makes them difficult to navigate and, as a result, tempting to avoid. Many private shareholders and/or families want to keep discussion of these sensitive issues among themselves, but they agree that they often need professional support and moderation to address them properly. We can address the specific needs of private shareholders/families and their businesses, from governance and funding to succession planning and employment issues and beyond.


Private and/or family owned businesses make up more than half the world’s GDP. They are engines of growth and recovery in times of great challenge. In any business, there are benefits to introducing structure and the maintaining of this can introduce benefits such as enhanced control, privacy and customisation of asset allocation, wealth and risk management and an overall legacy plan.

Our team works closely with Private Businesses to advise in an array of legal issues that may arise. These include services such as advising on constitutions, succession planning, crafting agreements among private shareholders/family members and complex shareholder and operation agreements. We can provide legal guidance on a range of services.

We support our clients through every stage of the business life cycle and you can find more information in these sections on our services relating to Commercial Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Advisory, Start-ups, Investments and Capital Raising and Banking and Finance.

Some of the key areas we advise for Private Businesses include:

  • Succession planning and management
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Data Protection/GDPR
  • Employment
  • Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Governance


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