Business life cycle
The big idea
Just had your big idea? Let’s set things in motion with the right foundations
Whether it’s your first time or your fifth time setting up a business, you’re probably thinking about how to protect your idea as you start to consider the structure and options to fund your venture. Perhaps you’re wondering who can help and how to approach them.
Understanding your situation
When you’ve got the big idea...
Understanding what’s fit for purpose now so you can start to get your idea rolling while keeping one eye on what will support you in the future is your latest balancing trick.
Your most pressing issue might be identifying the right people to support you; negotiating employment terms or share incentive agreements, or shareholder agreements. Our lawyers, many with a business background themselves, will guide you through the process and get you trading as quickly as possible.
If you have already started trading, see our next stage, ‘Getting started’ for advice on what you may need to consider and when.
Here are some of the challenges you may encounter:
Business structure advice
Choosing the right structure for your business brings many benefits, from protecting your intellectual property and attracting future venture capital to accessing tax breaks that will improve your cash flow. We’ll help you get it right from the start.
Our commercial law team specialise in advising on and drafting a wide variety of agreements that businesses like yours enter into on a daily basis. We can assist on a broad range of contracts and transactions such as agency agreements, joint venture agreements, commercial contracts and franchising.
Confidentiality & Non-Disclosure Agreements
Feel secure in entering into business discussions and negotiations knowing that your confidential information is protected. We can ensure that you have a watertight, legally enforceable non-disclosure agreement in place and get the peace of mind you need at this early stage.
Data protection and GDPR
As the new owner of a growing business, protecting your company data is vital, alongside complying with strict new data protection regulations. Our data protection solicitors can advise you on a range of data protection law, from what is covered by data protection, preventing breaches and violations to who needs to register.
We’ll advise you on funding, whether it’s family and friends providing hands-off pre-seed funding, or you’re looking to partner with an investor who’s experienced in your sector. We’ll help you understand your options, make clear the costs and risk, providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions.
Intellectual property and brand protection
You idea is your baby. Why let someone else steal it? We’ll help you identify the best way to protect, exploit and manage your intellectual property portfolio and shape the most profitable strategy for your business.
Recruiting key hires
Your people are often your biggest asset, but if employment goes wrong, it can cost you time, money and stress. We’ll put you on the right track from the start and let our industry-leading employment experts take the hassle out of your HR.
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Legal support that matches your ambition
We act as an extension of your team allowing you to focus on what’s really important
We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. You’ll benefit from a legal team familiar with your business, available on call to give advice and support when you need it. You can rest assured that we are just a phone call away.
Scale up and down the support you require matching your growth and ambition
We’ll help you walk your own path with the legal fundamentals in place. We’re here to support you every step of the way whether that’s getting ready to sell or expanding out into new international markets.
We take a step back to spot the problems and opportunities saving you money and potential trouble later
We cut out the legal jargon where possible, delivering a quality service equal to that of top 100 law firms, at a fraction of the cost. We make expert business legal advice more accessible.
In-house experience giving you confidence to move forward
As entrepreneurs ourselves, we’ve been there before. Almost all of our lawyers have previously worked for a top 100 UK law firm or in-house at large international businesses. We’ll give you straightforward advice you need to move forward in your business journey.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Our clients rate us as excellent.
We scored 9.1/10, based on 200 reviews.
Legal support designed to fit your business needs
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business.
Many of our early-stage start-ups and small business clients benefit from our Enterprise plan. On our Enterprise plan, you’ll receive advice from our senior solicitors on matters covering any of our services for just £140 per hour. That’s up to 75% off the rates of traditional city firms.
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £209 per month with additional support from £140 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
Meet our team
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Almost all of our lawyers have previously worked for a top 100 UK law firm or in-house at large international businesses. Many having achieved partner level or beyond, with at least 10 years post qualified experience.
Business life cycle
Not your first business venture?
If you’re looking to exit
You’re exiting in your current format which means you’re looking to sell shares, structure deals and ensure a smooth transition for both the company and your own next venture.