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Legal advice for start-up and early-stage businesses

26 April 2021 |

GL Law is an award-winning firm based in Bristol, with a conscious focus on entrepreneurs and SME businesses. We also advise individuals and families on their personal affairs, providing complete wraparound care.

Whether you need assistance in articulating your business proposition, securing funding or laying the foundations for future growth, we offer a service which ensures the correct business systems are in place with the success of your business at its core.

How can a solicitor help my business?

Setting up the company

Specialist advice at this stage will provide peace of mind, competitive edge, and an important safety net. We can help you understand how shareholdings work, including the potential need for different classes of shares and help record the relationship between the founder shareholders in the company’s articles of association or shareholders agreement. If you haven’t already set up the company, we can also complete and file the necessary forms with Companies House.

We provide data protection and GDPR advice including the preparation of website terms and conditions and privacy policies.

We know that during the early stages of a business, financial resources are limited, and you will be looking for cost-conscious advice. NewCoBureau™ is a package designed to provide affordable legal advice, documents, and support. We offer a free one-hour consultation to allow us to fully understand your business, strategy, and goals so that we can tailor the package to suit your individual needs.


We can advise you on seed and angel funding, private equity, venture capital and how funding rounds work. We can help you understand the differences between types of funding, untangle the intricacies and get you up to speed with funding rounds from A to B and beyond.

Part of the GL Group of Companies, GL Business Consultancy (GLBC) can help you get your business investment ready. GLBC will assess the suitability of your business for different types of finance options and work with a network of advisers if appropriate.

Commercial agreements

If you need support with the preparation and negotiation of business agreements, we have experience in the following:

  • Standard terms of business
  • Technology agreements
  • Agency, distribution and franchise agreements
  • Collaboration and joint venture agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements

Intellectual property

We help manage, protect, and defend valuable intellectual property and reputational rights across a wide range of industry sectors.

Employee and director contracts

It’s important to have employment contracts in place, as well as standard policies and procedures. Our specialist team of solicitors can also provide advice on incentive arrangements and employee share option schemes.

Business premises

If you are leasing a commercial property, early advice can be invaluable. Acting for both landlords and tenants, our commercial property team are well versed in the various arguments put forward when leasing a property. We have a wealth of experience in handling every type of lease issue including renewals, rent reviews, subletting your property and termination.

Regulation and licensing laws

Our specialist team works with a broad range of businesses across multiple sectors to deliver advice in relation to alcohol and entertainment licensing, food safety and health regulations. The versatile team have particular expertise in biocide products.

Private wealth and tax planning

Our commercial team works closely with our private client team to help business clients manage, structure and protect their personal assets. This work includes tax and trust advice, will drafting and estate planning, and succession planning. With an understanding of your business and long-term objectives, we can provide a blend of asset protection and future planning that suits your personal and business needs.  

Why GL Law?

Technical legal expertise is a given. We take the time to understand what makes you tick, and our lawyers speak your language. We apply the benefit of our expertise, experience and networks to all of our clients, helping them to survive and thrive in the modern economy. We can promise our clients rapid, expert attention and we take a genuine, proactive interest in their affairs.

If you would like to find out more about NewCoBureau™ and the support GL Law can offer you and your business, please contact Paul Hardman, Bridget Juckes or Karen Davies by calling 0117 906 9400 or email

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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