Business & Commercial Law

At Pickering & Butters we understand the daily challenges faced in business and what is required to grow and succeed. Whether you’re just starting up, in the early stages of growth or long established; a micro-business, small or medium sized organisation or a large company, public or private, you’ll appreciate the wealth of knowledge, insight, understanding and experience we can offer you.

Why choose Pickering and Butters’ business and commercial solicitors?

As a business owner, having a support network around you that you can rely upon makes all the difference. Here at Pickering & Butters, our dedicated commercial team forms a part of that support network for numerous businesses.  Businesses of all sizes together with a variety of colleges and local authorities depend upon our tailored approach to providing clear, timely and cost effective legal advice.  Teaming strong business acumen with expert knowledge, our team are able to find tailored solutions for our clients that combine the legal with the commercial. By working proactively, we are able to identify potential pitfalls early enough to take action in preventing them. This allows our clients to proceed with certainty.

How can our business and commercial law solicitors help you?

Whatever the size, nature or status of your business, we’re here to provide support and guidance on a variety of business legal issues, including:

  • Buying and selling businesses
    At Pickering and Butters, we advise our clients throughout the purchase and or sale of businesses to ensure their commercial, financial and practical interests are protected throughout. Upon instruction, our business and commercial solicitors will seek to identify key issues to help prevent delay and minimise risk. From here, we will provide strategic advice on banking and finance arrangements, employment issues as well as dealing with the main sale and purchase documents to take the weight off your shoulders.
  • Business structures such as partnerships, companies and limited liability partnerships
    When setting up your business, choosing the right structure requires careful consideration. Your options include Sole Trader, Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Companies and Public Limited Companies. Our business and commercial solicitors will help you determine the best structure for your business, taking into account factors such as taxation, liability, personal circumstances and distribution of profits to help you reach one of the most important commercial decisions you will ever make in business.
  • Mergers and acquisitions
    We believe that great businesses are built on great foundations, and we know how much is at stake in this kind of deal: that’s why our business and commercial solicitors will always work to protect your interests by providing insight on the risk and opportunities at the earliest possible stage. Once we have determined the best strategy to achieve your objectives, we will help you negotiate the best deal and apply flawless due diligence to ensure no nasty surprises await. 
  • Commercial contracts and Terms and Conditions
    At the heart of every strong business relationship is an airtight contract that solidifies their working agreement. Every day, our business and commercial solicitors help our clients to negotiate and draft the terms in their contracts to ensure there is little room for misinterpretation and therefore, disputes. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to drafting a contract, whether it’s your terms and conditions of sale and supply or a service agreement with a client. That’s why we will always take the time to assess your needs and requirements prior to delivering the legal support needed to officialise an agreement.
     
  • Company law
    The day-to-day elements involved with running a business present a diverse and often challenging landscape. That’s why at Pickering & Butters, our dedicated company law team are here to support your business so that you can achieve your commercial goals whilst keeping compliant with regulations. We appreciate that business legal issues aren’t resolved overnight, so we endeavour to be available when your business needs us the most: guiding you through the most critical decisions in your commercial career.
  • Consumer law
    When it comes to consumer law, we know there is a raft of ever changing legislation and how increasingly difficult it is for businesses to remain compliant.j. When you instruct one of our expert business and commercial solicitors, we will ensure you are up to date with new regulations to ensure you are not at risk of facing a potential claim from a customer. We will also advise on new ways to operate and grow in the face of new regulations, particularly in regards to changes in data protection and cyber security laws.
  • Franchise agreements and structures
    Franchising is an increasingly popular way for businesses to expand and grow their profits – however, without consideration for the implications it could potentially have, you may find it has a negative impact on your bottom line. Here at Pickering & Butters, our business and commercial solicitors are specialists in this often complex area, and can provide strategic advice regarding franchising as well as restructuring. Upon our first appointment, your dedicated solicitor will answer all the questions and concerns you have in plain English to ensure you make the right decision for your business.

For tailored advice on any business or commercial matter, please get in touch.