Corporate and Commercial Law

Our specialist Corporate Commercial team are here to provide tailored legal advice and help you with practical solutions for your business.

With years of experience helping build and protect businesses under our belts, our dedicated corporate and commercial solicitors are here to advise you on any issue relating to your business, no matter how big or small.

We offer a personal approach to helping your business grow, at an affordable level. We assist businesses at all stages of life across a wide range of sectors, from start-ups, early-stage companies and individual entrepreneurs to small and medium enterprises and large regional, national and international corporations.

Whether you need one-off advice about a legal issue or you would like to work in an ongoing partnership with legal experts who know your business and its goals inside and out, we are happy to adapt our services to meet your needs.

Here’s what you can expect from your corporate and commercial lawyers:

  • Flexible and competitive funding options to suit your business’s budget.
  • A team of knowledgeable and commercially-astute specialists.
  • A broad range of expertise, from mergers & acquisitions and members’ agreements to commercial contracts advice and dispute resolution.
  • Quick responses to your calls and emails.
  • INSIGHT – our leading innovative service where our lawyers work for you where you are.
  • The Wosskow Brown Foundation – our own initiative dedicated to helping businesses and organisations thrive.

Get in touch with our corporate and commercial law solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley

Get in touch with our friendly, expert corporate and commercial law solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley.

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as possible.

What our corporate and commercial lawyers can do for you

Running a successful business does not just take entrepreneurial spirit, it requires commitment and the ability to deal with a whole range of challenges and opportunities.

While some aspects of business are likely to be second nature to you, for others, you could benefit from the strategic advice of an expert.

For starters, making sure the legal foundations of your business are rock-solid is the key to getting things off to the strongest possible start. This means:

  • Crafting the perfect shareholders agreement, partnership agreement or articles of association.
  • Investing in your underlying commercial contracts and employment contracts.
  • Reviewing your financing documentation and making sure your legal interests are protected.

All these tasks require specialist legal advice to reduce the risk of disputes arising and providing the framework to help your business grow.

At Wosskow Brown Solicitors, our team can offer a wide range of corporate and commercial law advice to businesses and professional individuals with particular expertise supporting start-ups, early stage businesses and individuals looking to set up a business.

As well as helping businesses get off the ground, we can provide day-to-day management support to help you thrive. Our expertise includes:

Shareholder agreements

A shareholder agreement is a must for maintaining a good relationship between shareholders. It protects members’ interests and can save considerable time and costs in the future by avoiding shareholder disputes.

It is also a private way to regulate company relationships as your shareholder agreement does not need to be filed at Companies House like your Articles of Association do.

Typically, a shareholder agreement will include provisions about how shares may be transferred by a shareholder should they choose to leave the company, or what happens to shares in the event of a shareholder’s death. It can contain restrictive covenants which will bind outgoing shareholders and protect the goodwill in the company.

Getting specialist legal advice for your shareholder agreement is essential to carefully tailor it to your commercial needs. For example, the agreement could contain provisions to protect minority shareholders or, on the other hand, provide the majority shareholder with all the decision-making powers within the company.

We can talk you through all the options and discuss all the potential implications so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.

Partnership agreements

Without a partnership agreement, your partnership will be governed by the dated Partnership Act 1890. This Act permits a partner to retire with immediate effect without notice and this causes the partnership to automatically dissolve.

With a partnership agreement in place, there will be more certainty between the partners. A notice period can be inserted to ensure that the other partner is not left ‘in the lurch’ if one partner wants to retire. The agreement will include provisions about how one party may buy out the other’s share of the partnership and can also include a provision to pay off the outgoing partner in instalments. This can prevent disputes and unnecessary costs in the future.

Company law matters and directors' responsibility

We can help you with a whole range of company law matters – whether you need advice on interpretation of the Companies Act 2006 or want a set of articles of association drafting.

We can also help you with drafting documentation for company reorganisations and company share buy-backs.

Our clients are quite often concerned about the responsibilities and liabilities associated with becoming a director, so we can provide you with guidance on the associated responsibilities and risks which may be involved.

Banking & finance documentation and the giving of guarantees

We can review, report on and draft finance documents on your behalf. These include loan agreements, charge agreements, debentures and legal mortgages.

We can give you independent advice (as often required by a bank) before you enter into a personal guarantee connected with business or personal borrowing.

Drafting or review of commercial contracts

We can draft any type of commercial contract for you or review them on your behalf, including:

  • Agency agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Terms and conditions of sale of goods or services
  • Franchise agreements
  • Conditions of purchase
  • Any other type of bespoke contract that you may require us to draft

We can review and revise your existing contracts and bring them up-to-date with current legislation. We are happy to review and report on any contract that you may be asked to enter into in order to identify risks.

The Wosskow Brown Foundation

We are the proud founders of the Wosskow Brown Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting local businesses and individuals.

Our purpose is:

To provide practical help, inspiration and opportunities for people to reach their ambitions. 

We help people change their lives for the better, improve their community, create jobs and contribute to the local economy.

We do this through a structured programme of organisational and individual development including:

  • Planning – building a robust business plan.
  • Funding – helping you secure the funding you need to grow.
  • Leadership – inspiring the people around you.
  • Brand awareness – boosting consumer familiarity with your business.
  • People – securing top talent and surrounding yourself with the right people.
  • Technology – using tech to pursue your commercial goals.
  • Cashflow – balancing revenue and costs and implementing effective credit control procedures.
  • Measure progress – forming commercial goals and evolving your business as you grow.

Visit the Wosskow Brown Foundation website for further information or get in touch to discuss joining our programme.

Other ways we can help your business

Get in touch with our corporate and commercial law solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley

Get in touch with our friendly, expert corporate and commercial law solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley.

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as possible.

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Meet the team

Jamie Brown - Commercial Employment - Solicitor - Sheffield
Jamie Brown
Partner
Jim Lawson - HR Consultant - Sheffield
Jim Lawson
Foundation Programme Director
Ruth Campbell - Wosskow Brown Solicitors
Ruth Campbell
Senior Paralegal