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Company Commercial

We work collaboratively, giving you the confidence to make the right business decisions. All successful companies need solicitors that they can trust in order to grow and develop. Our experienced Company Commercial team provides advice that is clear and concise, as well as being honest and pragmatic. So whether you’re a small up-and-coming new company or a large multi-national, we are here to provide the advice you need, to get the results you want.

 

  • Selling a business can be complex, but with the support of our Company Commercial team it need not be a difficult process. We can advise you on whether it is in your interests to go for a share or asset sale, depending on your tax situation and other issues – as well as drawing up the legal documentation. This includes:

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  • eu and competition
    Competition laws in the UK and Europe are complex, with substantial penalties for anyone infringing them - so it is vital that you have experts in the field who you can turn to. We can make sure that your business is protected by offering clear and up-to-date advice - on everything from the granting of distribution rights to setting up dealer networks and licensing intellectual property.
  • corporate advice
    Whatever your business, and no matter what your issue, our Company Commercial team has the expertise to help. We can advise on a range of corporate matters, including company restructuring, formation of new businesses, amendments to Articles and Memorandum of Association, advice on share structures, share buy-backs, employee share option agreements.
  • Joint venture agreements
    Our specialist lawyers have extensive experience in drawing up joint venture agreements, cooperation agreements and consortium agreements. We handle contracts for a wide range of firms, covering small and large scale projects that involve both national and international transactions.
  • management buy-outs
    Securing the best price for your business, whilst also safeguarding its success for the future, is naturally the goal of anyone who owns and manages their own business. We have extensive experience in handling complex management buyouts - working closely with your accountants to ensure the sale, and the transition to the management team, are as smooth and successful as possible.
  • Sale or purchase of a business
    Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors has helped clients to buy and sell hundreds of businesses, from small family firms to large international companies. We have experience in all sectors - from traditional manufacturing and hotel chains, to insurance brokers, software developers and high-tech firms. We are adept at spotting problems and risks early on in the purchase or sale of a business, which means we can provide you with prompt, clear advice on how to best proceed - with minimum disruption or fuss.
  • shareholders’ agreements
    Shareholders' agreements set out the rights of one shareholder against another, to protect the investment and interests of both majority and minority owners in the company. They are useful to have in place, because a firm’s Memorandum and Articles of Association often favour shareholders with majority voting rights - and do not cover issues such as the position of a spouse or other relative, who may inherit shares in the firm.
  • terms and conditions of business
    Whatever type of business you operate - from traditional manufacturing firm or service company to high-tech producer - we can work with you to create standard Terms and Conditions that will suit your business and will also ensure that it is properly protected.
  • trademarks, patents and copyright
    The protection of ideas and products is vital for every business. We are experienced in applying for trademarks and design rights in the UK, across Europe and worldwide – so we can guide you through every step of the process. This includes drawing up contracts to look after your copyright and intellectual property, as well as software development and licensing agreements. In the event of a dispute, we also have expertise in resolving and defending claims.

THE Company Commercial team

  • Tim Roberts Senior Partner
    Company Commercial 01908 689356
    Tim Roberts is Head of the Department and the firm’s Senior Partner. He began his career as a solicitor in the City of London before moving to Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors Company Commercial department. He has over 30 years of experience in Company Commercial and specialises in all aspects of the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, including management buy-outs, corporate restructuring, banking and corporate finance.

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  • Troy Warner Partner
    Company Commercial 01908 689313
    Troy is a partner in the Company Commercial team and specialises in the buying and selling of companies, corporate finance, distribution and franchise agreements, supply and manufacturing agreements, and intellectual property.

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  • Danielle Austin Trainee Solicitor
    Company Commercial 01908 689399
    Danielle Austin is a Trainee Solicitor who has experience dealing with Company and Commercial matters as well as Dispute Resolution and Litigation matters.

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