Business owners

As a business owner, you need joined up advice. Our expert lawyers understand how business and personal interests blur, and that's why we take time to understand the complete picture and offer you comprehensive solutions to your whole range of legal needs.

Helping business owners to succeed

We combine our specialist knowledge of how to manage and protect family wealth with our understanding of business structures and our ability to implement the right arrangements.

Our specialist solicitors work closely with you to ensure you get joined-up advice that suits your specific circumstances, drawing on expertise from our wide range of practice areas.

Whatever your legal requirements, we can help, including:

  • Advising on the appropriate documents to govern and protect your business, including partnership agreements, articles of association and shareholder agreements
  • Providing up to date, tax efficient and flexible wills that maximise tax reliefs and ensure effective management of the business
  • Working alongside other advisers to implement tax planning arrangements, while protecting family wealth
  • Helping with succession planning, as well as preparing the necessary documentation such as family charters, share option arrangements or sale agreements
  • Reviewing business structures to ensure business property reliefs are maximised, and carrying out any restructuring required.
  • Working alongside you if you sell your business, combining deal advisory services with strategic advice for you and your family
  • Combining traditional advice on family trusts with more innovative solutions, such as family investment companies

Our team is made up of first class private wealth and corporate law specialists who are dedicated to advising and supporting business owners.

Our lawyers

Deborah Clark heads up our team advising business owners, which brings together solicitors drawn from across all our services including tax, commercial, employment, family, intellectual property and real estate.

Our experience advising business owners

Some examples of our experience include:

  • Helping a client to introduce essential protection for his family business prior to the exercise of options by non family members, including bespoke articles of association, shareholders’ agreement and new employment contracts
  • Assisting a client to formulate his plans to leave control of his £50 million turnover business to his employees while retaining an income stream for family members
  • Working alongside a client’s other advisers to assist with the sale of a controlling interest in their company, providing personal tax advice both pre and post sale and ensuring family interests were not forgotten while achieving commercial objectives
  • Working with clients to put in place arrangements to manage the business in the event of a shareholder’s death while ensuring the deceased shareholder’s family receive full value for the shares
  • Providing advice on the structure of a family group of companies to ensure shareholdings retain 100 per cent business property relief for inheritance tax purposes

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