Commercial & Corporate | Legal Advice For SMEs

If you are setting up a new business, raising money to fund it, or your business needs help with ongoing trading arrangements and strategic transactions that you may enter into, then we can help.

We have an expert team of professionals with years of experience in helping small and medium-sized businesses in a range of areas, including:

  • Setting up a company and compliance with ongoing filing and regulatory requirements
  • Drawing up commercial contracts including online presence and use of social media 
  • Protecting and exploiting your intellectual property and know-how 
  • Provision of support in raising finance through loans or the issue of shares 
  • Restructuring your business 
  • Buying and selling businesses

Our business lawyers will partner with you and lead you through the maze of legal jargon to get the results that you want. We’ll steer you through any potential pitfalls, help you maximise value and limit risk, while being transparent about our costs.

We can offer many services at fixed rates, so you’ll know how much you need to pay and exactly what you’ll get for your money.

Advice On Corporate Law Issues

Our business lawyers can help you with a range of matters including:

  • Setting up a company and compliance with ongoing filing and regulatory requirements 
  • Provision of support in raising finance through loans or the issue of shares 
  • Restructuring your business 
  • Buying and selling businesses

We can also advise you on best corporate practice, business set up issues and constitutional matters, including memorandum of articles of association.

The corporate team can also advise you on and support the implementation of corporate and governance structures and best practice to make sure that you comply with legislation and maximise efficiencies and profitability.

Commercial Contracts For SMEs

Every business, regardless of size, enters into a number of contracts each day. It’s very easy to form a binding contract, simply by speaking to a third party or signing a very short form written contract.

In such cases, the obligations of both parties can be vague and uncertain. There will also generally be unlimited liability for any breaches of contract, exposing you to significant risk. We recommend that most, if not all, of your contracts are made in writing.

We can help with all your commercial contract requirements, from simple confidentiality agreements to complex outsourcing arrangements. Contact us for help with:

  • Drafting template contracts
  • Reviewing contracts provided to you by a third party
  • Helping you to analyse and focus on key risks and then address them

Intellectual Property Legal Advice

Trade marks and patents can be critical to the success of many businesses. It’s important that you protect yourself from other businesses benefitting from your hard work, perhaps by selling substandard goods or services using a mark that is similar to your trade mark.

We can help you to protect your intellectual property and your brand, including by registering and monitoring use of your trading names, logos, product names etc.

We can also help you with contracts if you want to:

  • Allow a third party to use your trade marks or other intellectual property rights, or even sell such rights to a third party
  • Obtain the rights to use a third party’s trade marks or other intellectual property rights, or even buy such rights

Online Sales And Marketing

SMEs can use the internet to their advantage by selling products and services to customers around the world. It’s important however that you’re fully aware of the risks and the regulations that you must comply with. For example, if you’re trading online, you need to know of the significant rights that consumers have to return goods, even if they have been used.

We have a range of fact sheets to help you understand your obligations, plus template documents on terms of use for your website, the collection and use of personal data, and terms for online sales.

Social Media

Social media has become an important tool for all businesses. It is used for marketing, customer service, raising brand awareness and even as a sales channel.

There are risks around using social media, particularly where users can comment on your social media channels. We can provide you with fact sheets and other standard documentation to help you devise your social media policy.

Our Expertise In Corporate & Commercial Law

The commercial and corporate team in our Sheffield office recently won the Insider Dealmakers Awards South Yorkshire “Corporate Law Firm of the Year” award. We have a proven track record of working with SMEs and completed 35 major deals in the period February to July 2013, as well as advising in many more.

Contact Us For Expert Advice

If you’d like to know more about how our commercial and corporate team can help you and your business, contact Andrea Cropley on 0114 274 4662 or send her an email.

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