Corporate & Commercial
Legal advisers that work as hard as you do
Every business has its own vision – to be profitable and successful, to grow, or to sell and move on. We specialise in helping businesses get where they want to be, providing valuable advice from financial matters to contracts and share schemes.
Helping you reach your goals
Whether you’re an independent small business or a large multi-national, our team of lawyers will give you insightful, pragmatic and clear advice. As Chambers recently wrote, “The team’s multifaceted breadth of expertise encompasses flotations, transactions and investments.” In short, we cover the full lifecycle of your business.
Buying, selling and investing
We can negotiate acquisitions and disposal of assets and shares on behalf of individual and corporate clients, advising on Heads of Terms and how to achieve exclusivity and confidentiality with the transaction. We also advise on investment and private equity work including the terms of investment and necessary safeguards.
We work hand-in-hand with the Tax & Trusts team to help investors establish tax-efficient corporate structures. We always take the long-term view, ensuring the structure has enough flexibility for whatever the future holds.
We take a meticulous approach to contracts including terms and conditions, agency, distribution, franchising and outsourcing agreements. We’ll cover all the essentials, as well as the crucial eventualities you may not have considered.
A well-designed share scheme can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your employees, as well as attracting new recruits. We can explain the ins and outs of these packages and advise on any tax advantages they bring.
From ‘everyday’ bilateral loans to highly complex syndicated and structure transactions, we cover all forms of financing. We have a rare expertise in financing of and by individuals, trusts and other non-bank entities.
Banking and insolvency
Whenever your financial arrangements change, whether it’s down to purchases, re-mortgaging or business reorganisation, we’re on hand to help ease the transition. We also advise lenders on the taking and enforcement of security and cover all angles of receiverships, bankruptcy, or company and partnership administrations.
Across all our corporate and commercial cases, we build close relationships with you, our clients. We’ll work as an extension of your team, getting to know your priorities, goals and personal attitude to risk.
We provide general commercial, corporate and employment services to financial services businesses in the UK.
“Dedicated, thoughtful and highly capable, Mark Cook and colleagues have delivered on a diverse range of work.”Legal 500, 2022
“Easily contactable and approachable with a deep understanding of how the law works commercially.”Legal 500, 2021
“Very strong group of commercial and business lawyers based in the South West with an office in London; this means they are able to compete with City firms whilst charging reasonable rates.”Legal 500, 2020