Business Services

The right legal advice can save your business money. Our business lawyers can provide shrewd legal advice with a commercial edge, enabling you to make the most of your business opportunities while minimising the risk of costly problems.

We offer a wide range of services for businesses covering property and other commercial aspects, such as buying and selling, contractual and financial matters. We can act for you whether you are a landlord or tenant, business owner or investor, whatever the size of the business or commercial entity.    

We provide a written estimate of our fees and any other costs that you will have to pay, so you can be confident you are making a sound commercial decision when choosing to use our services.

At Heringtons, we have experience across the full range of business legal matters, including:

  • Commercial property
  • Buying or selling your business
  • Buying or selling your company
  • Partnership matters
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial dispute resolution

Our business lawyers tailor our services to your goals and requirements, so please contact us for an initial consultation on how we can make a difference for your business.

Get in touch with our business lawyers in East Sussex

For advice about a business law matter, please contact your local Heringtons office in BattleBexhill on SeaEastbourneHastings or Rye.

Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form, and our expert business law solicitors will be in touch shortly.

Our business law services

Commercial property

Property can be one of the most valuable assets a business has, whether it has been acquired as an investment or as operating premises. It is essential that any property your business deals with is acquired on the right terms and that you have expert support should any problems arise.

Our commercial property lawyers are highly experienced in a wide range of matters, including buying and selling property, property development, commercial leases and all aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Find out more about our commercial property services.

Buying or selling your business

If you intend to sell or buy a business, you will need to ensure that all of the details are dealt with in the sale and purchase agreement – such as what is to be included or excluded, apportioning the sale/purchase price between the various elements, VAT, property aspects, rights of employees or the transfer of operating licences.

Our business lawyers can provide clear, practical guidance on every stage of the process of buying or selling a business, making sure you get the right terms and that you take all the necessary steps to meet your legal obligations and protect your investment.

Buying or selling your company

The process for buying or selling a company is complicated, with many different issues you need to consider. Not only do you need to make sure you get the best value from your investment, but you also need to make sure you fully comply with the legal processes involved.

If you are buying or selling a company, we can guide you through the complex due diligence process, as well as provide advice on indemnities, warranties, disclosure and any associated company law implications.

Partnership matters

Partnerships are one of the most common forms of business, but they are often not set up on solid legal foundations, which can lead to a range of problems. Getting the right legal advice at every stage of the partnership lifecycle can ensure you are able to operate effectively and harmonious, while helping to avoid many of the issues that can arise.

Our business lawyers can assist with issues, such as forming a business partnership, taking on new partners, modifying or updating an existing partnership agreement to tie in with current arrangements and practices, and exiting a business partnership.

Shareholder agreements

Certain matters are rarely properly dealt with in a company’s Articles of Association. These include what happens if your fellow shareholders wish to sell their shares to someone that you don’t know, or what happens to your shares if you die. 

A lot of private companies are established by purchasing off the shelf, ready-made companies whose constitutions may not dovetail either well, or at all, with the arrangements originally envisaged between shareholders. 

We can help to ensure the clear, accurate recording of all types of shareholder agreements so that both the individual and the business are protected.

Commercial contracts

Contacts are essential for any business, providing certainty over how key relationships will work and strong recourse if any problems occur. They can be highly complicated documents, so it is important to make sure they are well-drafted and that you fully understand their terms.

Our business lawyers advise on contracts for the supply of goods or services, terms of business, promotion agreements, agency agreements, private secured lending and more, making sure their terms meet your needs and that you are protected against the risk of things going wrong.

Commercial dispute resolution

Disputes can be very damaging to a business, both financially and in terms of reputation. If you have become involved in a dispute or are concerned about a potential dispute, seeking expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity can help to avoid the matter from escalating, saving you time, money and stress.

Our commercial dispute resolution experts can help to unpick even the thorniest business conflicts, finding the best available outcome in the best way for your organisation.

Find out more about our dispute resolution services.

How our business lawyers work

Relationships are at the core of every business, and this is something that our team really values. We work hard to build effective relationships with our clients, as well as help them to create good business relationships with their customers, clients, suppliers and other key partners.

We take a pragmatic, commercial view of the law, so we will always ensure that our advice reflects the realities of your business and the goals you need to achieve. We can find creative solutions to even the most challenging issues, while astutely guiding you through day-to-day challenges and more niche issues.

Adding real value to your business is our aim, so we will always ensure that you fully understand how the approach we take and the legal solutions we offer will provide concrete benefits for your organisation.

Our business law fees

Before you decide to work with our business lawyers, we will provide a clear estimate of our fees and any other costs. You can then make a commercial decision on the merits of moving forward.

We work efficiently to keep our fees to a minimum and will always agree all expenditure in advance, so you stay in full control of your costs.

Fixed fee business legal advice

Where appropriate, we can offer fixed fee business legal services, helping to provide clarity for your budgeting.

Hourly rates for our business law advice

For other work, we will charge a competitive hourly rate based on the level of expertise required. This ensures you get exactly the right support while keeping your costs as low as possible.

Get in touch with our business law solicitors in East Sussex

For advice about a business legal matter, contact your local Heringtons office in BattleBexhill on SeaEastbourneHastings or Rye.

Or fill in our online enquiry form, and we will be in touch shortly.

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