Ross Williams can assist you with the sale and purchase of business premises such as offices, shops and factories or taking of a lease from a landlord. We will guide you through the legal minefield of lease renewal, rent reviews, dilapidations, lease surrender and termination and the obligations on you as a tenant.
If you are a land developer or are entering the field of land development, we can help you with any problems or advice.
We can advise you regarding overage agreements, town and country planning issues, insurance and other such issues.
Setting up in Business
If you require advice as to the pros and cons of trading as a partnership, as a limited company or on your own, we can help you decide which route is best for you given your current circumstances.
Incorporation and Company Formation
Our specialists will help you with all aspects of buying or selling a business, from the setting up of limited companies (including the contents of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and shareholder agreements) through to ongoing support with compliance with company law (including company secretarial requirements).
If you are establishing a partnership, we can clarify the rights and responsibilities involved and advise you regarding the concept of limited liability partnerships. You should always have a written agreement in place that sets out the partners’ roles and responsibilities. We will help you prepare a partnership agreement that will give your partnership the best possible start and will help foster a good working relationship.
Management and Administration
As part of our service, we will assist you with all aspects of the management and administration of your company’s affairs, including directors’ and employee service contracts and the responsibilities and liabilities of the company and its directors.
A shareholder agreement is essential to the running of an efficient business, especially in the context of pursuing further investment. A common source of dispute is that the aims and objectives of the shareholders and company can change over time. The written shareholder agreement allows the parties to determine a dispute in a straightforward manner and may even prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Share sales or purchases
Share sales or purchases may include mergers, acquisitions, sales and take-overs. A written agreement should address the method of hand over, tranche payments and the use of indemnities, in order to avoid the problematic question of enforcement if payments are missed or promises are reneged upon.
General Business Matters
We can assist you with all of the following:
- Asset sales and purchases
- Transfers of businesses
- Preparing partnership agreements and other contractual arrangements between the owners of a business
- Joint venture agreements
- Sales and purchasing contracts
- Drafting a seller or supplier’s standard terms and conditions
- Drafting a bespoke agreement or providing advice on an agreement provided by another party
- Advice on commercial contracts such as agency, distribution and franchise agreements and their enforcement
- Terms of business
Contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced commercial lawyers.