Succession Planning


Succession planning will help you to ensure that the wealth you have amassed during your lifetime is passed onto future generations in the way you would wish.

Planning for the future in this way will help you decide whether to create family trusts, instruct professionals to help you invest or help you to provide for charitable causes. Where family businesses are concerned, planning can help you ensure there is a seamless handover to the younger generation.

Succession Planning for Families

When it comes to wealth, family structures can sometimes be complicated, for example we are living longer, sometimes with multiple careers or multiple or international aspects to marriages. Your family is unique and our team is there to support you and bring a sympathetic and unbiased perspective to what can sometimes appear to be extremely complex or sensitive issues.

Succession Planning for your Business

For many family run businesses, succession planning is key to ensuring consistency and continuity. Having a well-thought out succession plan will ensure a seamless transition to the younger generation, with plenty of time for the appointed successor or successors to become familiar with their new role. Having a well-thought out and transparent plan for the future will ensure confidence from existing employees, investors and other stakeholders.

Business Lasting Powers of Attorney

Succession planning in business is a strategy for passing on senior leadership roles (or ownership of the business) to a family member, an employee or management group within the business. The main aim in any succession planning is to ensure continuity of service to your customers or clients and to have a clear path forward for investors and other stakeholders. A Business Power of Attorney will allow you to identify which of your senior management team you would like to nominate to take the helm and make relevant business decisions if you find you are incapacitated for any reason. Our team will be able to help you through the planning stage and advise on implementation and communication of your decisions.

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2022

The lawyers at Paris Smith advise wealthy clients on a range of succession planning techniques including estate planning and trusts. The team also advises on tax planning.

Several sources praise the firm’s client service. One interviewee says: “They are very professional, the service feels very tailored and personal to clients.” Another source notes: “They are knowledgeable and responsive to client needs.

Legal 500 Directory 2022

Paris Smith LLP’s expertise in the trusts and estate planning sphere sees it acting for a broad client base throughout Southampton and Winchester, including farmers, property investors, and business owners with significant assets. Practice head Elizabeth Power is well-versed in Court of Protection matters, and leads a team dedicated to safeguarding the interests of vulnerable people, while Nick Turner handles a range of tax planning and asset structuring matters for elderly clients. Isabel Deverill and William Hadley jointly lead the Winchester office, concentrating on wills and agricultural relief matters respectively. Winchester-based Jason Oliver leads the contentious probate and trusts disputes team, and often acts on behalf of clients at the High Court. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless noted otherwise.

Sources say:

  • “Having worked with some of them for a number of years, they have been able to deal with any problems, with a background knowledge of the matter”
  • “Although the firm has grown tremendously over the 50 years I have known them, they still make you feel important no matter how small the problem is on which you are seeking their advice”
  • “They have great teams in place. I would happily recommend the Trusts and Estate and matrimonial teams to others”
  • “I believe the team at Paris Smith are brilliant in the way they treat vulnerable clients and families with honest and trustworthy advice”

Introducing your key contacts

Nick Turner
Partner – Succession Planning, Southampton


William Hadley
Partner-  Wills, Trusts & Estates, Succession Planning, Winchester



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