Getting Off to a Good Start
The decisions you make when setting up in business can have a significant influence on the success — or failure — of your venture for years to come. If you are about to launch a new business or restructure an existing one, the advice of an experienced solicitor can help position you for success from the outset.
- Business formation: Will you do business as a sole trader, a partnership, a company or a limited liability partnership? The choice has important implications from both a tax and liability standpoint. We will discuss your business plans and present your options, describing the potential advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Internal structuring: We will make certain that all the individuals within the business hierarchy— such as partners, directors and officers — understand their roles and responsibilities.
- External relationships: Our solicitors can negotiate, draft and review contracts with customers, suppliers, landlords and others. We work to ensure that your business is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.
Corporate Law & Finance
Business is about balancing risk and reward. The corporate law and finance specialists at Onyx Solicitors help business owners and managers make wise decisions designed to minimise risk and maximise potential rewards.
Our business lawyers offer sound advice and assistance on every aspect of company and corporate law, such as:
- Company formations: including sole traders, partnerships, LLPs and limited companies; shareholder agreements; advice on company meetings; non-executive directorships and director service agreements.
- Corporate finance and business structures: including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reconstructions, share buybacks.
- Company and business sales: Whether you are selling to a competitor, merging with another firm or transferring ownership to a family member, we will recommend a strategy to meet your specific goals.
Almost any type of business relationship can lead to disagreements that may eventually end up in court.
We clearly explain the risks, costs and benefits involved with pursuing or defending a claim so that our clients can make informed decisions about whether to settle the dispute or take it to court.
We represent clients in County Court and High Court actions involving:
- Commercial and contract disputes including those involving IT contracts and franchise agreements.
- Ownership disputes including partnership and shareholder disputes.
- Landlord and tenant disputes and other property related litigation.
- Disputes with government agencies.
- Debt collection actions involving customers or suppliers.
IT & Telecoms
Advances in information technology (IT) and telecommunications have revolutionised the way we communicate, obtain information and do business.
We offer experienced advice and representation in computer law, information technology law and telecoms law, including:
- Terms and conditions for the provision of services and for consultancy services.
- Contracts and agreements including distribution agreements, outsourcing agreements, licensing agreements, consultancy agreements with self-employed contractors, government agency agreements, software license agreements or contracts and data contracts.
- Intellectual property rights including licensing agreements.
- Data protection and privacy including helping clients comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Website development and online content including issues related to domain names, intellectual property, data protection, online commerce, and ownership and licensing of online content.
Whether you are a landlord or a prospective tenant, our lawyers can protect your interests no matter how complex the circumstances.
We represent and advise a wide range of clients regarding commercial leases, including those who want to rent office, retail, warehouse or factory space; those who would like to take over an existing lease; and those who wish to surrender the lease because they are selling their business.
Before our clients sign a commercial lease agreement, we make certain they understand all the terms and conditions involved, including the rent, deposit, repair obligations and service charges for gas, water and electricity. We will determine whether you have the correct planning permissions to use the property as you wish and ensure all other planning regulations are complied with to enable you to conduct your business as you intend. In some circumstances, we may be able to negotiate rent-free periods of tenancy or to extend the term of the lease, when that is a desirable option. We also take the time to discuss what happens at the end of the lease. What is the process for evaluating the condition of the property and for the return of your deposit or the repair of any damage?