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Start-ups

We understand the nuanced challenges that founders grapple with to commercialise their idea, develop their product or service and grow their business.

Successful founders inevitably develop a strong network of dependable and enthusiastic people from the outset, and legal support should be high up on that agenda. We are lawyers but we don’t just ‘do legal’. We are advisors with strong commercial acumen and boast an abundance of experience in supporting start-ups at all stages of their lifecycles and across a variety of sectors, from coffee distribution to technology, healthcare and life sciences.

What makes us different? Together with our vast network of likeminded professionals, we get under the skin of founders’ ideas and businesses and align ourselves with them and their senior management team. We get to know what makes the founders tick, and help them to realise their ambitions to market solutions for complex issues.

Our added value is twofold. First, we work closely with company boards to proactively identify and protect start ups from avoidable pitfalls. Second, by providing solutions-focused and timely advise in simple English, we give back to founders vital time that they need to develop their concept or product and bring it to market, raise capital, develop stakeholder relations, build a team and drive their business forward.

How we can help

Structuring ownership of your business

We advise clients on the best business structure for them. We incorporate private companies and LLPs for clients embarking on new business journeys or reorganising their current group structure.

Advising on Articles of Association

We advise clients on their articles of association to ensure that they reflect the management and decision-making arrangements in the company, particularly as part of any fundraising exercise.

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights

We help clients protect intellectual property rights in their assets and ideas, including software and trademarks, so that those rights remain valuable assets and our clients have potential recourse in the event of infringements.

EIS/SEIS tax reliefs

In close conjunction with tax advisors, we help to ensure that our clients are eligible for EIS or SEIS and are therefore a much more attractive investment proposition to potential investors looking for significant tax reliefs on their investments.

Reverse Vesting Schedules

We advise founders on implementing appropriate reverse vesting schedules, even before equity is issued to investors. Acting early demonstrates awareness of investor sensitivities and reduces the reverse-vesting period.

General commercial arrangements

We advise clients on all general commercial matters from standard terms and conditions to franchise agreements, manufacturing agreements, website terms of use and SAAS/PAAS agreements.

Shareholder Agreements and Partnership Agreements

We advise on shareholders’ agreements to govern the relationship between co-founder shareholders and to detail the rights and responsibilities relating to their shares. We also advice on Partnership Agreements for general partnerships and LLPs.

Raising finance

We advise on seed funding, angel investment, private equity and venture capital.

We advise clients on the best business structure for them. We incorporate private companies and LLPs for clients embarking on new business journeys or reorganising their current group structure.

We advise clients on their articles of association to ensure that they reflect the management and decision-making arrangements in the company, particularly as part of any fundraising exercise.

We help clients protect intellectual property rights in their assets and ideas, including software and trademarks, so that those rights remain valuable assets and our clients have potential recourse in the event of infringements.

In close conjunction with tax advisors, we help to ensure that our clients are eligible for EIS or SEIS and are therefore a much more attractive investment proposition to potential investors looking for significant tax reliefs on their investments.

We advise founders on implementing appropriate reverse vesting schedules, even before equity is issued to investors. Acting early demonstrates awareness of investor sensitivities and reduces the reverse-vesting period.

We advise clients on all general commercial matters from standard terms and conditions to franchise agreements, manufacturing agreements, website terms of use and SAAS/PAAS agreements.

We advise on shareholders’ agreements to govern the relationship between co-founder shareholders and to detail the rights and responsibilities relating to their shares. We also advice on Partnership Agreements for general partnerships and LLPs.

We advise on seed funding, angel investment, private equity and venture capital.




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