Growing your business – private investment advantages and pitfalls


Private equity and investment legal advice For businesses requiring additional finance, venture capital (also known as private equity finance) may be an attractive option. It may be that you have sought but can’t obtain bank finance, perhaps you are looking for experienced investors in a specialist business, you may be looking to push through a READ MORE

Business sale and purchase – shares or assets? Which is best?


Pros and cons of buying/selling business assets An asset purchase involves the buyer only acquiring the assets (and certain agreed liabilities) that make up the business. The assets of the business may include tangible assets, such as land, machinery and stock, as well as intangible assets, such as intellectual property and goodwill. After the acquisition, READ MORE

Shareholders Agreements & deadlock issues


Shareholder deadlock When it comes to shareholders agreements, there are 2 types of clients, those that have them and those that don’t! Most clients in small businesses don’t want a shareholders agreement which becomes excessively complicated or which seeks to deal with every possible contingency. There is a balance to be struck with what’s obviously READ MORE

Limitation of liability in contracts


Limitation of liability in contracts It is common, with contracts, particularly sales of goods or services, to encounter a clause seeking to limit the liability of the seller or service provider. The principle is that a party to a contract will seek to limit financial liabilities to a fixed sum or defined loss. The extent READ MORE

Early Stage Investment Rounds


Funding considerations for start up businesses One of the most exciting aspects of being a corporate lawyer is advising start ups and entrepreneurs on how to make their idea a reality. One of the main issues with being a start up is that you may have the idea, the connections and even the contracts in READ MORE

Have channel 4 forgotten the yeast when buying the Bake Off rights?


Sometimes real life situations which genuinely impact people offer the easiest and best way to demonstrate important legal issues which can otherwise seem remote or dry. Let’s face it, people care about Bake Off! It looks as though Channel 4 are in a pickle – a vital ingredient in the show, the rights to which READ MORE

Practical Brexit business tips


Legal tips for the uncertainty with Brexit Practical steps your business can take now Every business in every sector has to deal with issues of all kinds to survive and thrive in normal market conditions. Brexit creates an unprecedented problem due to uncertainty. It is common consensus that it will take several years for Brexit READ MORE

Supplier Beware! Retention of Title Clauses in Contracts and the OW Bunker Malta Ltd Decision


Supplier Contracts and Retaining Title Many suppliers take commercial risks when supplying physical components or “goods” in a manufacturing, supply or retail context. In a bid to protect their position, they often retain title or ownership in the goods they supply until payment, which can often be on a 60, 90 or 120 day credit READ MORE

FIFA – Choice of Jurisdiction Legal Issues


There has recently been a great deal of press coverage in relation to FIFA pursuing  former Executives through courts in the US. There remains skepticism as to whether this is a genuine attempt by the organisation to recover funds and/or hold accountable those who may have committed wrongdoings, or merely an attempt to garner some READ MORE

Changes under the Small Business Enterprise & Employment Act 2015


Here is a reminder on some of the recent changes brought in or due to be implemented under the Small Business Enterprise & Employment Act 2015 (“SBEEA 2015”); Changes from 10/10/2015 Accelerated Strike-Off for Companies: As of 10/10/2015 the strike off period for a company which has had first notice of dissolution published in the READ MORE