Private Clients and Family Offices

Recognised as a global leader in private client advice, we draw on many decades of experience to advise our clients on how best to structure and arrange their affairs in a complex and ever-changing world.

Whether working for a private individual and their family or a family office, we provide seamless advice on a full range of issues including taxation, investment across a wide range of assets, corporate and regulatory.

We help private clients from around the world design and put in place a cohesive, comprehensive and workable framework to hold their assets and manage them in conjunction with other professional advisors. Whether their goal is tax efficiency, philanthropy, asset protection or the orderly transfer of wealth to the next generation we will guide them through the process to realise these goals.

The decision to manage wealth through a family office can be a complicated one, from deciding whether to establish a single family office (rather than engaging an existing multi-family office), to defining the scope of services included within it. Establishing a family office necessitates careful consideration of the structure, regulatory rules, governance requirements and anticipated day-to-day operations and these areas require ongoing review and management as the needs of the family evolve. Our combined expertise and seamless collaboration across private client, corporate, tax and investment management means we are ideally placed to provide support to family offices.

What people are saying


"Macfarlanes by far has the best private client team in the UK in my view. The team has incredibly sophisticated offerings and some of the keenest minds in the legal profession working for clients."

Chambers HNW 2023

"Fantastic team with breadth of partners. Top notch for HNW individuals and families. Joined up advice and very commercial advice. Brilliant client service. My top choice of private client advisers – exactly what clients need – sophisticated advice delivered effectively."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The Macfarlanes private client team is extraordinary. The lawyers have a depth of knowledge that is unmatched and it is a pleasure to collaborate with as part of a team."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"One of the terrific things about working with Macfarlanes is that different members of the practice have different areas in which they shine, including a knowledge of various other jurisdictions. In addition, they always step up when a new matter arises that has a short deadline."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"I have worked with several of the partners on client matters over the years and have found all of them to be excellent. Moreover, I have consistently found the associates to be extremely impressive."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"[Macfarlanes] are my go-to firm for a variety of corporate funds matters, governance of group companies and tax structuring. They have a real sense of identity, they have a solid culture and a real ethos. It is a great firm and you get legal excellence."

Chambers HNW 2021