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Corporate & Commercial

Commercial Law Solicitors, Surrey

Our corporate and commercial lawyers deliver expert advice backed by practical experience involving large scale commercial property cases, employment law and dispute resolution. The result? An approach that is professional, pragmatic and tailored to suit your needs.

Our client base ranges from start-ups through to established private and public companies. In turn, we are experienced in:

  • Acquisitions, disposals and mergers
  • Management Buy-Outs and Buy-Ins
  • Franchising, agency and distribution agreements
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Contract terms and conditions
  • Marketing and the sale of goods
  • Partnership
  • Employment Law
  • Competition law
  • Financial services and insolvency – including bankruptcy and voluntary arrangements

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Acquisitions, Disposals and Mergers

Acquisitions, disposals, and mergers involve the buying, selling, and combining of different companies that can help businesses grow rapidly in their sector or enter a new market, reducing competition. This process typically involves complex negotiations, due diligence, and compliance with financial and regulatory requirements.

Management Buy-Outs and Buy-Ins

Management buy-outs (MBOs) occur when a company’s management team purchases the assets and operations of the business they manage. Management buy-ins (MBIs), on the other hand, involve an external management team purchasing a majority stake in a company and then taking over its operations. Both processes are intricate, requiring careful planning and financial strategy.

Franchising, Agency, and Distribution Agreements

Franchising allows a business to license its know-how, procedures, intellectual property, use of its business model, brand, and rights to sell its branded products and services to a franchisee. In contrast, agency and distribution agreements involve appointing third-party agents or distributors to market and sell products without giving them the rights to the brand.

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights are legal protections granted to creators for their creations. These protections include patents for inventions, copyrights for literary and artistic works, trademarks for brand identity, and design rights for aesthetic designs. These rights are critical for preventing unauthorised use or duplication of a company’s assets.

Contract Terms and Conditions

Contract terms and conditions form the backbone of commercial transactions, outlining the rights and duties of all parties involved. These terms are crucial for defining the scope of work, pricing, timelines, quality standards, and penalties for breaches, thus providing a legal framework that mitigates risks and resolves disputes.

Marketing and the Sale of Goods

This area covers the legal aspects of advertising and selling products, ensuring compliance with advertising standards and consumer rights laws. It involves setting out clear terms of sale, guarantees, and return policies, which are essential for protecting both the business and the consumer.


Partnership law governs the relationship between individuals who enter into business partnerships. It includes the creation of partnership agreements that detail the contribution of each partner, the sharing of profits and losses, and the management of the partnership, along with procedures for resolving disputes and handling the dissolution of the partnership.

Employment Law

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and employees, encompassing recruitment, contracts, working conditions, and employees’ rights. It ensures that workers are treated fairly, while providing frameworks for dealing with issues like redundancy, dismissal, and discrimination.

Competition Law

Competition law, also known as antitrust law, promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. This includes preventing unfair trade practices like monopolies, cartels and price fixing, which can stifle competition and lead to poor consumer outcomes.

Financial Services and Insolvency

This legal field deals with regulations governing financial institutions and the provision of financial services to consumers, including issues related to insolvency. Insolvency law involves legal procedures for dealing with financial distress situations, such as bankruptcy and voluntary arrangements, where debts are renegotiated or restructured to provide a way out of financial crisis.

For further information or to speak to one of our corporate and commercial team, please call 01276 680000 or submit a contact form.

Heald Nickinson – a wealth of experience, an unsurpassed level of care.

Tony Struve

Senior Partner

Corporate and Commercial Services

Julie Shannon

Associate Solicitor

Employment Law

Deborah Barrington

Associate Solicitor

Corporate and Commercial Services

If you wish to discuss any aspect of a corporate matter, please telephone 01276 680000 and ask for Tony Struve or Julie Shannon. Alternatively, please email

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