The company started as a timber trading business, having been established by William Rathbone II in 1742. Its origins are traceable in Liverpool, where after several generations from the Rathbone family have been managing it.
Through the centuries, the generations would get into shipping. However, at the start of the last century, the company became a U.K. provider of wealth management services. This followed the settlement of its headquarters in London, UK.
Rathbone brothers offer financial planning, trust, and tax services. It is also into pension investment, which is flexible and with a growing portfolio. As an authorized investment manager, it has built a reputation for success through its superior client service. This is in addition to incorporating state-of-the-art administrative systems.
With over 48,000 clients, the company has 15 offices in the U.K. and an additional offshore presence. It is listed in the LSE market even as it continues to make headlines within the investment management industry.