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

Is no contract better than one you don’t understand?


Odd, to say the least, you may be thinking, for a commercial lawyer like me, who partially makes her living drafting and negotiating contracts, to pen a post with this title? Well, here’s why this is such a serious issue. In my experience, especially when working with clients who have a tight budget for legal READ MORE

Share Purchase Agreements


Solicitors for a share purchase agreement Share purchase agreements are often complex documents which can become lengthy and create significant delay, friction and cost if not dealt with by experienced, business minded and practical solicitors for both buyer and seller. Ultimately, good solicitors must understand that the cost of advice and risk assessment must be READ MORE

Legal advice on directors loans


Directors loans – are they legal? A directors loan is where a company director takes money out of the company which does not take the form of a salary or a dividend. Additionally, the money you have taken out is greater than any other payments you have made into the account. If this account is READ MORE

Buying business assets not liabilities – website is the obvious example


Buying assets of a business Commonly, acquisitive businesses look to buy assets from other businesses, typically when those business are in distress, with the classic example being a  business which is in administration. There are obvious advantages in this, but it can come with risks, due to the possibility of a TUPE transfer of staff READ MORE

Bad leavers, good leavers and intermediate leavers


If you are starting or have a small business and are in any doubts as to the importance of having leaver provisions in your business documents or as to why a shareholders agreement, articles of association and senior employee contracts are so important, please read on! What is a bad leaver? Why is it important? READ MORE

Drag along and tag along clauses


You have formed a company and you have carefully considered the worst case scenario of what to do in the event of deadlock. Hopefully your draft shareholders agreement is taking shape. What to do if one party wants to sell and the other(s) do not ? Is that shareholder free to sell if he or READ MORE

Merger & Acquisition legal advice


Mergers & Acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions is a legal and business term that refers to the aspect of corporate strategy, financing and project management of buying, selling or restructuring different legal entities. Mergers and acquisitions are particularly relevant to rapidly expanding businesses that want to establish themselves in new business fields or geographical locations without READ MORE

Limited Liability Partnerships


LLP – what, why, when? Limited Liability Partnerships are a fairly new addition to the available structures for running a business. The LLP model is becoming increasingly popular as it really is a “half way house” between partnership and a limited company. We can advise and assist with either formation of an LLP for a READ MORE

Service Level Agreement Solicitors


Service Level Agreement (SLA) A combination of rapid increase in the reliance on technology for almost every business coupled with a trend for outsourcing to provide flexibility and reduce fixed overheads has resulted in the service level agreement becoming increasingly popular. A service level agreement can apply to many functions and sectors but these agreements READ MORE