The business was founded by William Rathbone II in 1742 as a Liverpool-based timber trading business.
In the 19th century it became a leading trader in cotton from the United States, and in 1841 it became the Liverpool agent for the East India Company.
In 1912, it abandoned its trading operations and focused on financial management, initially for the Rathbone family, in a way an early form of the family office, but subsequently for the general public.
In 1988 it merged with Comprehensive Financial Services Ltd to form Rathbone Brothers, and thereby secured a listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Rathbone Investment Management provides investment management, financial planning, tax and trust services.
Rathbones has funds under management of nearly £36 billion.
Based out of Jersey, Rathbone International is the offshore arm of the firm, and provides investment management services for international financial advisers and intermediaries.
Rathbone unit trust management, is an active fund management firm offering investors a range of equity and bond funds. Each of these funds have a selection of ‘sub funds’ or ‘share class options’, which are essentially the same fund but as they can have different fees and charges the growth they achieve can vary.