Legal Services for Business

Having the right legal support available for your business helps to ensure you stay within the law and that your commercial interests are protected. Our dedicated commercial law team offers that essential legal support for numerous businesses in Staffordshire and throughout the UK.

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 benefit from the wealth of knowledge, insight, understanding and experience we can offer you.

Our expert legal advice and representation allows you to stay legally compliant while running your business, helps you to avoid potential legal potholes and facilitates your business transactions in a way that allows you to make the most of commercial opportunities.

We regularly work with businesses of all sizes and industries, plus a variety of colleges, authorities and other organisations. We offer a tailored approach matched to the unique needs of your organisation, providing clear, timely and cost effective legal advice that supports your commercial objectives.

Speak to one of our expert solicitors for business in Stafford and Rugeley now by calling 01785 603060 or send us an email and we will get back to your promptly.

Our legal services for business

We provide a full range of legal services for businesses of all types and sizes in Staffordshire and throughout the UK.

Company Law

When starting, running or selling a business, careful planning is needed to make sure the right legal provisions are put in place to minimise the risks involved and ensure you can achieve your commercial objectives.

Our company law solicitors can assist you on a variety of issues, including:

  • Starting a business
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Company disposals
  • Buyback of company shares
  • Partnership & shareholder disputes
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Retirement agreements
  • Business licences and permits
  • Selling goods online
  • Buying or selling goods internationally

Agricultural and rural

We realise that many rural businesses are more than simply commercial enterprises, with many being family concerns where you have a strong emotional as well as financial commitment. We can help you protect your business and see it flourish, so you have something to hand down to the next generation of your family.

Our agricultural law solicitors can help you with issues including:

  • Farm sales & purchases
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Renewable energy agreements
  • Planning & development
  • Mineral, sporting, shooting & fishing rights
  • Business structuring & tax planning

Business structures such as partnerships, companies and limited liability partnerships

When staring, growing or developing a business, it is essential to put in place the right business structure to protect your interests and allow the business to reach its full potential. We can advise you on what business structure is appropriate for you and help you put in place the right legal framework.

Our business solicitors can assist you with:

  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited companies
  • Alternative business structures

Buying and selling businesses

When buying or selling a business, it is essential to plan the deal in a way that protects your commercial interests and make sure that no legal roadblocks hold up the transaction. It is also vital to make sure all the necessary due diligence is carried out to protect you legally and financially.

Our commercial solicitors can assist with various issues related to buying and selling businesses, including:

  • Employment issues
  • Pension issues
  • Tax issues
  • Solvency matters
  • Competition
  • Goodwill
  • Intellectual property
  • Third party agreements

Mergers and acquisitions

When planning a merger or acquisition, you need to be clear on your commercial objectives and make sure the deal is structured and carried out in a way that facilitates those objectives. You also need to make sure you comply with all of the relevant legislation to avoid any potential legal complications.

Our mergers and acquisitions solicitors can help you with:

  • Domestic acquisitions and disposals
  • International acquisitions and disposals
  • Management buyouts
  • Insolvency
  • Restructuring
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations
  • Competition law
  • Redundancy

Commercial contracts and Terms and Conditions

Every business is reliant on well-drafted commercial contracts and terms and conditions to manage key commercial relationships. Ensuring these documents are correctly prepared to match your business objectives and protect your commercial interests is essential.

Our commercial contract lawyers can assist you with:

  • Partnership and director agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Franchising agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Terms and conditions of sale and purchase
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Purchase and supply agreements
  • Service agreements
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Leasing and hire purchase agreements
  • IT and ecommerce agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Intellectual property licences
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Marketing and sponsorship agreements

Franchise agreements and structures

Franchising is a highly effective way to quickly expand your business while managing your own risk and capital requirements. Ensuring franchise agreements and structures are set up in the right way can allow you to effectively achieve your commercial objectives while protecting your business legally and financially.

Our franchise lawyers can help with:

  • Franchise Agreements
  • Franchise structuring advice
  • Acquisition and disposal of franchised businesses
  • Franchise disputes

Why choose Pickering & Butters business lawyers?

Pickering & Butters is one of Staffordshire’s longest established law firms, having been founded around 1890. This gives us deep roots in the local community as well as a strong network of local contacts built up over many years.

Our business law team has decades of experience supporting local and national businesses with all of their legal needs. As a result, we can offer fast, effective solutions to your legal issues, as well as suggesting and implementing proactive measures to prevent potential issues, keeping your commercial interests protected.

Our team includes experts in all areas of commercial law, so no matter what issues you are facing, we have the knowledge and experience you need. We also have a very strong litigation team, so when you have a dispute that needs resolving, we can ensure your interests have the most effective representation possible.

We are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society, recognising the quality of our legal practice. We receive annual visits from an independent assessor to ensure that we are continuing to provide a high quality legal service to our clients.

Get in touch with our solicitors for business in Staffordshire

Need expert legal support for your business in Stafford, Rugeley or throughout Staffordshire and the rest of the UK? Contact our expert solicitors for business now by calling 01785 603060 or sending us an email.