Family Office Insights: Private Prosecutions

April 2023
Region: Europe

Tolstoy wrote that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” An unfortunate reality is that serious disputes can arise among family members, just as they can among unrelated parties.

Our Family Office team has extensive experience in resolving intra-family disputes, whether through negotiated resolution, mediation or litigation. We can also offer specialist assistance to families or family offices who have been the victims of crime. In this insight, our London-based colleagues Hannah Laming, Ben Ticehurst and Vicky James outline a dispute resolution method available under English law – the private prosecution – that allows private litigants to institute criminal proceedings as an alternative to seeking recourse through the government’s criminal investigative process in appropriate cases.