Commercial

When you decide to run a business, there are times when you need a little help and support with legal matters. Matters that help you take your business where you need it to go Walker & Co understands.

That's why Walker & Co lawyers are specialists in their field. If you are starting your own company, deciding on the detail of a contract, agreeing a joint venture or terms with a new shareholder, you can talk to our company commercial lawyers. Or if the business needs to restructure or has financial challenges, again, we can help.

Whatever their business life brings, business owners trust us to help. We promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English. You will know what to budget as we explain our costs upfront, so no nasty surprises. We respond to every query the same day as we know your time is precious.

Business Information

Limited Company Incorporation

When you launch a new company, it is the most exciting of times. Making sure the company is properly formed, or incorporated, is an important first step. At Walker & Co, we have helped many companies take this first step with confidence.

Is important is that you form and organise your company in the way that you intend. There are many different company structures in the UK – from a community interest company to a public limited company. Our lawyers help you decide what is best for you.

Walker & Co aims to help get you ready to set up your company as quickly and as efficiently as possible, dealing with the company name, registered office, address, details of the company officers through to share capital and shareholder details. We can assist you with every step.

Partnership and Shareholder Agreements

You may decide that a partnership is the best form of business entity for you. A well drafted partnership agreement is vital in setting out how the partnership is to work and in protecting the individual interests of the partners.

If your business is a limited company with a number of shareholders it is important that each person knows their rights and responsibilities as a shareholder, especially in the event of a shareholder wishing to sell their shares for any reason.

Walker & Co's solicitors have years of experience in drafting the agreements your business needs to protect for its future.

Employment

Policies and Procedures

Every employer needs basic policies and procedures. Having basic rules in the workplace makes certain everyone knows what to do. As an employer, you are legally obliged to provide employers with a written contract or statement of terms. Walker & Co can ensure your employment documentation is taken care of.

Having written terms of employment, an employee handbook, proper policies and procedures – such as those covering of discipline and grievance - ensures employees know what's expected of them. You can also be sure that you treat people fairly and, consistently, helping work place morale, minimise time spent resolving disputes and have useful documents to point to should a tribunal hearing arise. Even more importantly, you can ensure you comply with your legal requirements.

Walker & Co helps you get the basics in place. We draft documentation that is bespoke to you. Our employment lawyers make sure they understand your business to best support your needs. Everyt

hing is prepared in plain, simple English - not legal jargon. Before we start work we explain likely timescales and costs. If your procedures are out of date, we can advise and assist with these as well.

Dispute

Even if you have proper contracts and procedures in place an employment dispute may arise. Walker & Co's employment law solicitor's can provide expert guidance and support to protect your business and provide the best possible outcome, advising on your case, filing the appropriate defence, complying with employment tribunal orders and representing you at a hearing. Should your business have the appropriate insurance, this can be a little or no cost.

Redundancy and Restructuring

When your business needs to make changes it may result in redundancies. Walker & Co can help you restructure professionally and fairly, avoiding employment claims.

Whatever the reason, it is important that those affected are treated fairly and proper procedures are followed. Informing employees and involving them throughout is less likely to lead to litigation when you take the final decision.

If you think redundancies are likely or you're planning some kind of reorganisation, Walker & Co expert lawyers can advise you on what you need to think about. Our advice is pragmatic and straightforward. We make certain we understand what you are hoping to achieve. We explain the likely outcomes, discuss options and make certain you know the relevant laws.

Tribunal Representation

Workplace disputes can often feel like a drain on management time. Walker & Co helps you to deal with them correctly, fairly and in a timely manner.

In almost every workplace, disputes between employers and employees can occur from time to time. As an employer, you'll want to ensure that disputes don't impact negatively on your business and wherever possible, it's best to resolve differences directly with your employees. However, when disputes cannot be resolved internally, you may face a claim at the employment tribunal.

At Walker & Co, our knowledgeable employment solicitors are here to guide you through the entire process. We'll help you avoid a tribunal where possible by finding alternative ways to deal with disputes. And if you do need to attend a hearing, we will ensure you are fully prepared – supporting you with everything from filing a defence, complying with tribunal orders, preparing witness statements and representing you at the hearing. We'll clearly outline all of your options and responsibilities from the start so that together we can plan the best course of action. We'll make sure you and your business are represented fairly and will ensure you are informed and in control throughout the process.

Human Resources Support

Employment law changes regularly and can sometimes seem complex but at Walker & Co we explain everything in straightforward terms, clearly addressing any concerns you may have. We can provide an ongoing HR support service for your employment law related queries with telephone advice provided by a solicitor, confirmed by email. We will only charge for the time spent in dealing with your queries. With employers insurance against the costs of any claim you can have peace of mind that your business will not suffer any financial shocks from employment disputes.

Property

Buying and Selling

You may decide that your business should buy premises, or that it is time to sell, and expert legal advice ensures that the transaction is done smoothly and correctly. It is vital that the property can be used by your business and that proper legal title to it is clearly established for example. You will be concerned about issues such as appropriate access and planning and building regulation compliance for example.

If you are buying a new business or selling one you own, or are in the process of merging or investing, expert legal advice ensures your deal is done properly. Many business owners have trusted Walker & Co to take care of their deal.

Any company transaction can be complex – even the seemingly straightforward ones. Walker & Co specialist lawyers ensure you and your business are protected from the start, considering such issues as confidentiality agreements your wishes properly and legally reflected in the contract, and due diligence issues.

Walker & Co helps business owners, providing the answers to your questions. We work with business owners across the UK who trust us with their deal. We make complex legal matters easy to understand by using plain and simple English. Our likely costs are explained at the start so you don't get any nasty surprises. We will also deal with your queries promptly as we know your time is precious.

Walker & Co is on hand to protect your interests and achieve your aims.

Leases and Licenses

Deciding whether to use or agree to a lease or a licence for your business premises is an important decision. There are important differences, differences Walker & Co can advise you on.

Signing the wrong agreement and may result in your rights not being protected or your business is being seriously affected.

Walker & Co advises business on setting up the right agreement for them. Drafting a lease or a licence, explaining the terms, obligations and liabilities is done free from legal jargon. Our expert lawyers work with you, deal with any problems and make sure costs, timescales and likely outcomes are clear. If your licence or lease needs to be amended, or it is time for renewal, we can help you do this as well.

Contracts

Terms and Conditions

When you carry out business with another company, it is important to be clear on what terms this is being done and not leave it until it is too late - when a disagreement arises. Walker & Co will ensure you do business on terms that protect your business interests.

Terms and conditions of business set out the contract between two parties including payment terms, how a disagreement if a product or service is of an unacceptable standard is dealt with. Issues concerning implied terms will also be addressed.

Walker & Co helps you understand how to protect your business. We help you agree terms of business that protect your rights, and limit your liabilities. We explain matters simply and in plain English. We ensure you understand what you are agreeing to. You can trust our lawyers to give you expert advice on what terms to include, and how and when to incorporate them in to your contracts.

Commercial Contracts

Walker & Co knows the importance of a well-drafted contract. It sets out how your business works with another. The law of contracts is at the heart of most business dealings so it is important to get it right so help ensures matters run smoothly and to protect our interests.

There are many types of contracts ranging from the simple to the more complex, and a contractual relationship can comprise a series of documents to ensure that the other party does what they promise, to be sure that the necessary safeguards are in place, in the event of problems, and for the protection of you, your business and your reputation.

Disputes

Business disagreements can be damaging, time consuming and can become costly. Walker & Co help resolve business disputes quickly which lets you get back doing what you do best - taking care of your business.

Business disagreements may start small but then escalate into a legal dispute. Early expert advice can often prevent problems later on. Disagreements can arise over employees, landlords, commercial neighbours or suppliers.

Walker & Co specialist lawyers understand how frustrating disputes can be. They identify quickly what is actually in dispute - then work with you on the best approach to resolve it. We use plain English - not legal jargon - so that you always understand. And there will never be any surprises about the cost as we keep in contact throughout and promise to tell you how much to budget before we begin work.

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