Running a Business

Whether you’ve just set up or acquired a business, or you’ve been a business owner for many years, running a business isn’t always a smooth process. In the life cycle of any business, you are likely to come across a whole host of challenges and opportunities; some will be familiar territory and others will require expert knowledge and fresh strategic input.

Our expertise

As Corporate and Commercial lawyers, we understand that all businesses have different needs. We tailor our service to meet your requirements, whether a small start-up, an established corporate player or a charity organisation. Our specialist team have the experience behind them to be able to advise businesses on their day-to-day legal needs, bringing in expertise from our Commercial Disputes, Employment and Commercial Property teams where needed.

A number of lawyers in our team have spent many years working as in-house lawyers and know first-hand the importance of receiving pragmatic, commercially focused and clear advice on commercial matters.

Our commercial solicitors are here to help you make your business a success and to help you navigate you through any hurdles you face along the way. This may be for one-off pieces of work or advice, or may form part of an ongoing relationship where you pay a set amount per month for legal support for your business.

We appreciate that one size doesn’t fit all and are happy to explore flexible and cost efficient packages or fee options that best suit your requirements and budget.

What others say

When it comes to legal services there are lots of firms to choose from and they all talk a good game, but I am happy to say that since I began working with Georgina and her team over two years ago, Barcan+Kirby have proved themselves to be highly professional, commercial, flexible and responsive.

We take advantage of the firm’s retainer services which works brilliantly for us. We can control our costs by paying a fixed monthly fee and we are able to call on the skills of lawyers across a full range of commercial services, whether that be a new complex contract, a property lease, a HR matter or a dispute we are having with a supplier. They also helped us with an acquisition in the UK, managing to complete this in a quick time frame and tailoring their input to what we really needed. As well as providing commercial legal advice, we can call on them for strategic input on tricky situations that arise, and they are always happy to take a view.

Most importantly, all of the team are personable and easy to deal with, and they always add value.

– Adam Ainsworth, CEO, Safelane Global

How we can help

Whether you’d like someone to review a commercial contract, to discuss a potential commercial dispute, or provide assistance with your employment contracts and policies, we can help. To discuss how our commercial lawyers can assist you in running your business, call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.


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    • "Steven was professional and worked according to an agreed timescale. He kept good communications with me and responded well to my queries and business needs."
      Dr UriCorporate + Commercial Client
    • "The professionalism and expert advice we received was outstanding. We felt at all times that we were a priority and that the advice we were given was honest and realistic. All information/advice was also translated into lay terms which helped us to make decisions clearly!"
      Hayley RoomCorporate + Commercial Client
    • "We were recommended Barcan+Kirby by our sales broker to act for us in the sale of our Children's Day Nursery. From start to finish of what turned out to be a longer than expected transaction due to issues outside of all of our control, the whole team reassured us that everything was in the safest possible hands and it really was.

      The professionalism, understanding of our industry and genuine passion to make sure we were supported and kept informed throughout the process was evident throughout the whole time it took and even during the hard times of the sale we were kept going by the fantastic team looking after us."
      Marc OwensCorporate + Commercial Client
    • "A thoroughly professional and personable team.

      From the moment we first spoke right to the final close I had complete confidence in Rob Davenport and throughout the process I had no doubt that Rob’s actions were entirely dedicated to our best interest."
      Rob WallisCorporate + Commercial Client
    • "We have worked with Georgina Bryant and her team at Barcan+Kirby on a number of sales and purchases of childcare businesses ranging from small value deals of less than £100k to larger multi-site transactions of £5m+.

      George is one of the legal advisers on our referral panel, and we often receive feedback direct from clients on how pleased they are with the excellent service the team provide. In particular, sellers find themselves reassured and in safe hands, welcoming George’s down-to-earth and pragmatic approach."
      Jenna Caldwell, Director of Childcare & EducationRedwoods Dowling Kerr