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Corporate & Commercial

Sometimes, having some general advice is just what you need. But most businesses would benefit from dealing with a legal team who have in-depth knowledge of their industry, and their specific needs.

And because we can offer that level of knowledge and practical advice – about the sector you work in, you’re far more likely to get to where you want to go.

From start-up advice and management buy-outs to intellectual property and service agreements, we can answer all your questions, and advise you on the things you didn’t even know you needed.

Here are some of the areas we can help you with:

Corporate services:

  • Business start-ups
  • Business sales and acquisitions
  • Group reorganisations and simplification
  • Management buy-out/ins
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity investment as a means of access to finance and expertise
  • Debt finance arrangements
  • AIM listings to help your business access a new source of funding
  • Company secretarial and other regulatory aspects that your business may be subject to

Commercial services:

  • Distribution, agency and supply agreements
  • Shareholder relations
  • Website development agreements
  • Intellectual property protection and commercialisation
  • Standard terms of business;
  • Data protection
  • Competition law
  • LLP and other partnership agreements
  • Supply of goods and/or services agreements, which provide for every aspect of your USP

As well as advising clients in the UK, we are also able to advise clients on cross-border transactions and overseas business matters. And as a member of the MSI Global Alliance of lawyers and accountants, we can offer advice from a network of first-class lawyers from around the world.

So, if you need legal advice from a team of lawyers with a real understanding of your business, we’d be happy to talk to you.

Speak to a member of our experienced legal team today on 0344 967 0793.

Meet the Corporate & Commercial team

Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Chambers UK 2019
What the team is known for
Continued focus on the care sector, handling a number of M&A transactions for local care homes. Offers further expertise in IP and technology, regularly advising both UK-based and international SMEs on technology-related corporate transactions. Also provides cross-border expertise to entities in Europe, South America and Australia.
A source notes: “They have a good reputation in this market and the lawyers there are extremely pragmatic.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Legal 500 2019 Top_tier_firms
One of the highest-quality corporate practices’ in Bournemouth, Lester Aldridge LLP has a strong SME-focused client base with particular experience in the software and IT sectors. Practice head Grant Esterhuizen is highly regarded in the local market and has been engaged by a number of UK corporates in various share transactions involving foreign purchasers. Esterhuizen advised the shareholders of a south west aerospace group on the sale of the entire issued share capital to a US-based acquirer. Similarly, the department head acted for the shareholders of South Coast Oil and Lubricants in a high-value share transaction with a Brazilian acquirer. Susan Cowan specialises in the care home sector and is another key figure in the department. Associate Alexandra Clapp joined the firm from Moore Blatch LLP and has since handled the finance aspects of a number of property-related transactions. Indeed, Clapp advised a borrower on the security, facility and intercreditor documents related to a £25m acquisition finance facility for the purchase of a group of care home companies.
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