Commercial Legal Services

As a business owner, when do you need legal advice?

There are nine key areas where you may find it useful to take professional legal advice:


  • Business structure - whether to trade as a self-employed sole trader, a partnership or a limited company, and to make sure the proper legal agreements are drawn up.
  • Business premises - negotiating and making sure you understand the terms of your lease.
  • Dealing with regulations - many new regulations are specific to particular sectors. You need to be aware if they apply to you.
  • Contract terms and service levels - you should be sure of your legal responsibilities to customers and suppliers.
  • Protecting your business ideas and confirming ownership - making sure any intellectual property rights to your product or service are protected and that you're not infringing the rights of other businesses.
  • Finance - the legal implications of raising finance - for example on your home - and agreeing terms with the lender.
  • Debt control - protecting you against bad debts and advice on debt collecting.
  • Franchising - anyone going into franchising needs to consult lawyers and accountants who understand the subject
  • Employment law matters.