Company & Commercial

Company & Commercial2018-08-14T14:56:12+00:00

Company & Commercial

You have an idea for a business, or are already in business – our job is to help you make it a success.

Our friendly and approachable solicitors will provide straightforward, practical and jargon-free advice on all aspects of company and commercial law – helping you navigate your way through the various options available to you.

Our aim

Your business is personal to you. To provide effective and clear legal advice we need to get to know you and your business better.

All advice is personal and tailored specifically to your business. Our experts will provide you with the various options most appropriate to your needs.

The areas we cover

Some examples of the areas we cover are:

  • Starting a new businesses
  • Shareholder and partnership agreements
  • Commercial contracts and agreements
  • Terms of business and e-commerce
  • Buying or selling your business
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Share capital and structure


We understand the importance of a cost-effective service for you and your business. We offer a fixed fee consultation (£125 plus VAT) to discuss your requirements and advise you of the process. Drafting an agreement or document for a business can be charged under our fixed fee scheme, from as little as £250 plus VAT.

Whatever your requirements, we aim to provide a fixed or capped cost for you on request and wherever possible.

Starting a new business is an exciting, but stressful time. Our trained and experienced team will listen to your vision and ambition for the future, and provide practical and tailored solutions, ensuring the process is as stress free as possible.

There are a variety of legal structures available and our experts will help you choose the right one. This is essential because sometimes it is not easily changed, and the structure you choose now will define your legal and financial responsibilities for the future.

Once you have decided on the most appropriate legal structure based on our advice, the next steps are:

  • forming the new business
  • advising on and completing all the necessary documentation
  • creating Partnership Deeds or Shareholder Agreements.

At the start of a new venture, the partners or directors are excited, united and moving in the same direction. The initial intention is to never end on bad terms. However, to avoid any costly disputes or misunderstandings it is sensible to prepare in advance for such a scenario, because circumstances do change which could have a detrimental effect on the future of the business.

We advise all businesses involving a partnership, or more than one shareholder, to have a written Partnership or Shareholders’ Agreement.

A clear, concise and properly drafted agreement which simply explains roles and responsibilities eliminates all uncertainty from the relationship, leaving all parties to focus on the needs and growth of the business.

We can advise and draft agreements relating to a number of aspects, such as share restrictions and exit strategy.

Your business will enter into contracts on a regular basis with customers, suppliers and your staff. Cartmell & Co is here to protect your business by ensuring that any contract you create or enter into is on the correct terms.

We offer a cost-effective service to assist you with:

  • reviewing your terms of business with individual clients and suppliers;
  • drafting a set of terms for your use on all standard contracts.

Our experts offer a bespoke service tailored specifically to your business needs.

Whether you sell your products and services personally or through a website, Cartmell & Co can assist by preparing bespoke contractual terms for your business.

Your Terms of Business are your opportunity to define how you want to conduct business. It is also your opportunity to minimise risk and protect your interests.

We also ensure that your terms are reviewed for e-commerce purposes and we will review your supporting documents, such as purchase order forms, to ensure that your terms and conditions are incorporated into the contract.

We understand that buying or selling a business is an important decision. The motivation behind the purchase or sale of a business is key in determining the structure of the deal and negotiating the transaction. There are various legal and commercial requirements associated with such actions.

A careful, diligent legal service is required to ensure that the transactions proceed smoothly and that our clients are fully covered legally, ensuring that they achieve the best outcome.

We can:

  • Determine your objectives;
  • Advise on the type of purchase or sale;
  • Guide you through the process;
  • Assist with any pre-sale grooming;
  • Carry out thorough due diligence; and
  • Complete the purchase, sale or merger.

Following completion, we will carry out any post-completion actions such as Companies House filings, updating registers and carrying out administrative tasks.

Compliance is often overlooked by small and medium-sized businesses, which are focused on generating sales and promoting services. However, the penalties and fines that can be incurred can put the future of your business at risk. It is important to ensure that your business is taking the right steps.

Protection of data, for example, will present a challenge for small and medium-sized businesses as a result of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which in itself carries high penalties for non-compliance. Cartmell & Co is here to give you the practical advice you need to comply with GDPR and prevent breaches.

Business owners are often quick to open a bank account, get a website, appoint an accountant and focus on the financial health of the business – but rarely consider their legal obligations and requirements. This could be costly and even put the future of the business at risk!

Our Business Legal Health Check is designed to quickly and expertly identify areas in need of attention. It will ensure your business is aware of and meets all the legal obligations – allowing you to focus on your business, secure in the knowledge that you are operating within the law.

Our expert solicitor can visit your premises, learn more about your business and perform a Legal Health Check for a fixed fee.

Whatever your business needs – commercial advice, property advice or employment advice – we have the team to meet your needs.

Our Team

James Green: our Lead Company and Commercial solicitor. Provides pragmatic, straightforward  and practical advice with a focus on achieving cost-effective solutions. Contact James at

Contact us

To make an appointment with a member of our friendly and responsive legal team to discuss your company or commercial enquiry please contact us on:

Tel: 01494 870075 (Chalfont office), 01494 923923 (Great Missenden office) or 01296 747151 (Stone office)

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