Setting up a Business

Whether you’re setting up a business for the first time, or this is a next step towards business growth, ensuring your business is set up properly will save you time, money and any extra stress further down the line.

Our corporate and commercial solicitors have years of experience in helping business owners to get their business up and running, and to help with any obstacles you may face along the way.

How do I structure a business?

How you decide to structure your business will depend on a number of factors. You will need to consider the type of organisation, the ownership structure, how many people you plan on employing and what your long-term plans are.

It’s important that you’ve carefully considered your options from the outset, which is where our expert commercial solicitors can step in to advise you.

Our expert commercial lawyers will help you to ensure all necessary contracts, such as terms and conditions and shareholder agreements, are in place. We also have our Commercial Property and Employment solicitors on hand to advise on any other elements such as purchasing a commercial property, leasing business premises or getting employment contracts or policies in place.

Setting up a business? Contact our corporate and commercial solicitors in Bristol

Our team of company and commercial lawyers boasts a strong mix of skills and experience in advising local, national and international companies, across a broad range of industries.

Our solicitors have a strong track record of success for our clients, helping them to protect their commercial interests and add value to their businesses.

Based in Bristol, we work with businesses and entrepreneurs all over the South West and further afield. To get in touch with our commercial law solicitors, call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.


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      Dr UriCorporate + Commercial Client
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      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."
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    • "A thoroughly professional and personable team.

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    • "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+.

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