Brewin Dolphin

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Brewin Dolphin plc
Traded asLSEBRW
IndustryInvestment management
Founded1762; 257 years ago (1762)
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Key people
Simon Miller, (Chairman)
David Nicol, (CEO)
Stuart Fraser, (Director)
Revenue£326.2 million (2018)[1]
£67.9 million (2018)[1]
£53.5 million (2018)[1]

Brewin Dolphin plc is one of the largest British investment management and financial planning firms with 39 offices throughout the UK and Channel Islands. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The company also has a wholly owned subsidiary Tilman Brewin Dolphin Limited, which is based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.


The business can trace its origins back to the establishment of the stockbroking firm of John Dawes, a founder of the London Stock Exchange, in 1762.[2] His firm evolved through many partner changes to become Wontner, Dolphin & Francis in 1970.[2] In 1974 Brewin & Co merged with Wontner, Dolphin & Francis to form Brewin Dolphin. The business was incorporated in 1987 and acquired by Scandinavian Bank the same year. It was then the subject of a management buy-out from Scandinavian Bank in 1992 and was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1994.[3]

It acquired Bell Lawrie, a leading Scottish firm of investment managers, in 1993.[4] It went on to buy Wise Speke, an investment manager operating in the North of England, in 1998[5] and Hill Osborne, another rival, in 2000.[6] The company acquired Popes, a firm based in Stoke-on-Trent, in 2002.[7] In September 2017, Brewin Dolphin announced Tom Colburn as its new London divisional director.[8]


The company had over £33.8 billion of investments under management as at 30 September 2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Brewin Dolphin. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Archer, Angela page 36
  3. ^ "Brewin Dolphin to seek listing on stock market". The Independent. 12 April 1994. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Bell Lawrie to rebrand as Brewin Dolphin". Money Marketing. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Wise Speke to take on Brewin Dolphin name". Citywire. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Leicester's Brewin Dolphin loses 19 staff to rival". Leicester Mercury. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Brewin Dolphin Securities acquires Popes". Birmingham Post. 8 May 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Brewin Dolphin hires new London divisional director". What Investment. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-10-09.

Further reading[edit]

  • Archer, Angela The Making of Brewin Dolphin, Newport News, 2000 ISBN 0-9514601-2-9
  • Hamilton, Kirstie Celebrating 250 Years,Wardour, 2012

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