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Commercial and Business Services

We act for businesses of all shapes and sizes, but have a real expertise in assisting start-ups, SMEs, owner managed businesses and business entrepreneurs.

Our clients come from a broad range of sectors, such as: agriculture, automotive, banking and finance, construction, energy and renewables, engineering, food and drink, manufacturing, media and the creative industries, professional and support services, real estate, retail, telecommunications and waste.

Why Use Lawson-West?

Our very experienced team help sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and their owners and directors throughout the entire life cycle of their business – from incorporation to retirement, exit or sale. In particular, we regularly assist our clients with:

Starting-Up

  • Choosing a business structure
  • Preparing a Partnership Agreement
  • Incorporating a limited company
  • Preparing Articles of Association and Shareholder Agreements
  • Preparing a Joint Venture Agreement
  • Choosing a business name

Running and Growing a Business

  • Advising on director and partner duties
  • Ongoing company secretarial services
  • Preparing terms and conditions of sale and/or supply
  • Advising on commercial agency, bailment, distribution and dealership
  • Advising on franchising agreements and issues
  • Preparing business to business contracts with suppliers and customers
  • Dealing with consumers and their rights
  • The legal requirements of and the terms and policies to be used on a website
  • Trading online and complying with distance selling rules
  • Protecting and exploiting intellectual property

Well Established Businesses

  • Changing a business structure, such as incorporating a sole trader or partnership
  • Raising debt finance and providing security and guarantees
  • Debt factoring
  • Dealing with new equity or venture capital investors or admitting new partners
  • Dealing with the loss of shareholders / directors or the resignation of partners
  • Reducing capital and buying back shares
  • Preparing a business for sale

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