Succession Planning

FS Legal has an impressive record of successfully representing Financial Planning firms across a wide range of regulatory and compliance areas. We have assisted in complex enforcements, non-standard applications for authorisation, contentious closures and supervisory interventions

Corporate Expertise

As legal experts, we proficiently manage all aspects of corporate law, covering a wide range of areas such as sales, mergers, acquisitions, and the extensive scope of commercial contracts. Our core emphasis is on serving financial planning practices, which represents a significant portion of our work.

Our expertise encompasses several key areas, including:

  1. Change of control matters: We provide astute advice on navigating the intricate processes of transferring ownership and control, ensuring a smooth transition while safeguarding your business interests.
  2. Offshore structures: Our team offers strategic guidance on establishing and maintaining offshore structures, allowing you to optimize your international operations while remaining compliant with all applicable regulations.
  3. Tax-efficient dispositions: We specialize in advising on tax-efficient strategies, including Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) schemes, to minimize tax liabilities and maximize the benefits for both the business and its employees during transactions.

By choosing FS Legal with our experienced team, you can confidently steer through the complex corporate environment, backed by a dedicated team that comprehends the nuances of the financial planning sector. We will work closely with you to develop customized solutions tailored to your unique needs and objectives, empowering your business to thrive in a competitive landscape.

Business sales and succession planning

We provide an extensive range of exit options tailored to business owners, from seamless business sales to alternative exit strategies such as Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) schemes. Catering to sellers within the financial services sector, we possess in-depth knowledge and expertise to facilitate smooth transactions.

Our longstanding relationships with potential buyers enable us to connect you with the right parties, maximizing the potential for a successful and advantageous outcome. If you seek a comprehensive exit plan, our team is equipped to manage all aspects of the transaction, from negotiating favorable terms to overseeing the regulatory wind-down process.

By entrusting your exit strategy to our legal experts, you can benefit from a coordinated and efficient approach that addresses all legal, financial, and regulatory aspects, ensuring a well-executed and stress-free transition for your business.

Our Team

Our exceptional succession planning team is composed of seasoned professionals, each with their own area of expertise, working together to provide comprehensive solutions for your business.

  • Paul Crutchley: With over 25 years of experience in corporate law, Paul deftly handles a wide range of corporate matters, ensuring your succession planning is legally sound and strategically structured.
  • Gareth Fatchett: As a specialist in regulatory law, Gareth focuses on FCA-related matters, safeguarding your business’s compliance with industry regulations throughout the succession process.
  • Iain Johnstone: A Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience, Iain excels in mergers and acquisitions, providing valuable financial insights and strategic guidance for your succession plan.
  • Sharon Smith: Rounding out the team, Sharon delivers essential administrative support, ensuring seamless coordination and communication throughout the succession planning process.

By engaging our skilled succession planning team, you can confidently navigate the complexities of business transitions, benefiting from the combined expertise of our dedicated professionals who understand the unique challenges and opportunities within the financial planning industry. Together, we’ll craft a robust succession plan that secures the future success of your business.

If you would like further information, please contact us on 01384 889 900 or email /