Corporate Law

Our team of Corporate legal advisors provide assistance throughout a business’s lifecycle from start up, growth by acquisition, joint venture, investment, to sale or exit.

Corporate Lawyers

When you need expert advice and a trusted partner, our Corporate lawyers are here for you. We offer a tailored approach designed to suit your needs and we work closely with other GL Law teams to provide a fully joined up service.

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Mergers & acquisitions

If you are looking for highly skilled senior solicitors with technical expertise and a breadth of experience to handle your deal, look no further.

We regularly work with clients looking to buy or sell shares and business assets, often via management buyouts (MBOs) and management buy-ins (MBIs). Find out how we can help your business. If you are considering an exit route without a trade sale, you may find our guide to Employee Ownership Trust or Management Buy Out/Buy In useful.

Joint ventures

If you’re planning to engage in a joint venture, we can draft and negotiate the contract after considering both parties’ objectives. If you are already in a joint venture, we can review the contract and inform you of your legal rights and duties and also advise on exit strategies.

We work with you to understand the values, governance and goals of the parties and the business rationale, needs and expectation of each. We’ll also outline all key factors and potential issues upfront which helps to ensure a good result for all concerned. 

Partnership & LLP agreements

Although ‘traditional partnerships’ are not as popular as they once were, they are still commonly used by professional service firms and GP practices. We believe healthy partnerships are based upon mutual respect which is underpinned by a comprehensive written agreement. We can advise on a variety of partnership agreement matters, including the relationship each partner has with the partnership business.

Shareholder agreements

From SMEs to family businesses, start-ups to entrepreneurs and investors, we work with businesses and individuals from all sectors to draft effective Shareholders Agreements.

Our approachable team will walk you through the significance and consequence of the potential issues that shareholders face and craft a tailored Shareholders Agreement to suit your business. Use our free Shareholders Agreement Toolkit to find out whether you need an agreement, and how to get started.

Share reorganisations & demergers

If your business has mixed investments and trading assets which you want to separate or simplify, shareholders who want to go their separate ways or historic share capital issues, we can help.

Our team has a thorough understanding of technical company law issues and procedures, and particular skill in unlocking deadlock situations, aligning management reward and effort more closely, and bringing in new management talent.

Employee share schemes

From start-ups to established businesses, we have vast experience of advising clients on the creation of employee share schemes and their selection based on accessibility, flexibility and tax considerations.

Over the years, tax legislation has introduced a number of reliefs to provide tax benefits for employers and employees through share schemes. Our solicitors will work with you and your other professional advisers to choose the best scheme for you.

Overseas companies & establishments

We have considerable experience advising overseas companies from a whole range of sectors. From setting up a new UK subsidiary or permanent establishment to coordinating tax and accountancy services, we aim to provide a holistic service to ensure your experience of setting up in the UK is a smooth and positive one.

We offer:

  • New company set up, including subsidiaries and permanent establishments
  • Contracts of employment, staff handbooks and policies
  • Business immigration advice including advice on visa applications and sponsorship applications
  • Employee benefits and incentives advice 
  • Contractual documentation
  • Regulatory matters including product safety advice
  • Licensing of intellectual property rights

Community interest & social enterprise

Many of our solicitors have either worked or volunteered for social enterprises or served on trustee boards and committees of charities. We therefore have a deep understanding of the challenges of the sector and can advise on everything from the right structure for a social enterprise through to registering as a charity or Community Interest Company (CIC).

We offer:

  • Advice on Governance issues
  • Advice on Operational issues including trading and fundraising
  • Advice on Commercial issues including contracts, grants and intellectual property
  • Property transactions including leases, licences, sales and purchases
  • Advice regarding commercial disputes and disputes relating to property, wills and employment
  • Advice on employment law issues

Corporate recovery

Our solicitors have the commercial acumen to ensure your period of corporate recovery is smooth and successful. We implement our wealth of experience to make viable businesses work using our understanding of what can and cannot be negotiated.

We work with a network of insolvency practitioners to provide clear and concise advice on the options available to those companies. We also act on the efficient sale of going concerns on behalf of liquidators and administrators.

Whether you’re a director worried about your duties, a corporate looking to acquire a business out of an insolvency process, or an insolvency practitioner, we’ll provide a proper assessment of costs and offer you plain English advice to assist you throughout this difficult period.

Loan agreement security & funding

Our specialist legal team act for both lenders and borrowers. We understand the need for effective and efficient due diligence, reducing the potential risk for either party. Find out more about our Loan Agreement Security & Funding services including debt financing and refinancing transactions, directors and personal guarantees, and advising in relation to pension schemes on loans.

Contact our Corporate Lawyers in Bristol or London

Let’s talk. You can call us on 0117 906 9400 or email for further information from our corporate lawyers in Bristol and London. Alternatively, please complete our contact form

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