Start ups

Our corporate and commercial team specialises in offering business start-ups all the advice they need at the start of their journey with support across the range of legal issues that face early stage companies.

The team provides a holistic service, beginning with incorporation and continuing throughout a company’s lifecycle, through to succession and exit planning.

We work a little differently compared with some other firms – we are far more interested in establishing long-term, trusted advisor relationships, so we seek to offer tangible benefits to clients when they are first setting up.

We understand the challenges facing start-ups in a crowded marketplace – with this in mind, we have set up fixed monthly retainers with numerous clients, so that they have avoid billing peak and troughs and have the benefit of cost certainty.

We are always here for our clients – you will have peace of mind, knowing that with any query you can always pick up the phone to us. By seeking advice at the earliest opportunity, this also means that we can help you resolve or avoid any legal problems before they become more complex and costly.

Networking to help your business flourish – wherever possible, we introduce our clients to each other, where there is an overlap or synergy between their businesses.

We have advised clients from incorporation and throughout various growth phases – from recruiting their first employees, to seeking private equity investment, to advising on commercial contract disputes and advising on IPR protection and enforcement.

Five years ago, our team helped three enthusiastic guys with a great idea for a start-up tech venture. We provided help and practical advice on drafting a shareholders’ agreement, incorporating the company and various other start-up matters, including loan agreements and trade mark protection.

Today, those three enthusiastic guys run a highly successful company with a turnover of £25million and we are delighted to still be working with them as their advisers.

We fully embrace collaborative working styles and genuinely believe that our clients’ success is our success. There’s no greater reward than to see a business develop from a simple idea into a multi-million pound company.

Case highlights

  • A start-up on its royalty agreement with a co-inventor relating to the treatment of future sales of a product protected by a newly-granted patent.
  • A IT consultancy start-up on its incorporation, share issue and terms and conditions.
  • A start-up drinks company on its initial investment round.
  • A consultancy business on the implementation of its EMI Scheme.
  • Various rounds of funding for an early stage pharmaceutical company.
  • A venture capital business on its multi-million pound investments in a chain of restaurants and in a fast-growing gym business.

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