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Steven Appleton

Partner - Head of Private Client - Manchester at Brabners LLP

Manchester, United Kingdom

About Me

Steven deals with all aspects of Private Client law including Wills, Trusts, Tax Planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Court of Protection.

Steven is the Head of our Private Client team in Manchester.

His approach is to identify the issues that matter to his clients, help them understand the threats and opportunities that exist and fit solutions to the issues jointly identified as a result.He specialises in personal planning for business and family business owners and senior business executives (including Board-level executives of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies).  He often deals with the higher level succession planning needs associated with more complex family arrangements, for example in cases of second and third marriages, and High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth clients.

Steven is a full member of the Society of Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the STEP Family Business Special Interest Group.He also has a keen interest in philanthropy (charitable giving) and help clients to achieve their philanthropic goals.

What others say about Steven

Chambers & Partners 2017:"Steven Appleton ... deals with the full range of wealth management matters and advises on wills, trusts, powers of attorney and tax planning. "His knowledge is impeccable," according to a source, who adds that "his real strength is his ability to empathise with the client." He also regularly advises elderly and vulnerable clients."

Legal 500 2015:"Steven Appleton is 'a delight to deal with and ever patient, with very good client skills, a depth of legal knowledge, and an ability to spot potential problems'."

Chambers & Partners 2014:Steven's "...practice focuses largely on succession planning and associated tax implications for sophisticated family SMEs...He is professional and a pleasure to deal with...not all lawyers understand the value of client care like he does - he also has great business acumen and technical expertise."

Steven Appleton's Passles

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The Traps of Working in a Family Business

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Family Business Succession: Communication is Key!

It shouldn't be rocket-science, but Harvard Business School have concluded that the key to successful family business succession planning...

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When Does a Family Business Stop Being a Family Business?

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The Changing Composition of Family Businesses

It used to be the case (and in many cases still is) that family businesses were staffed and managed almost exclusively by family members.

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