Experience tells us that making time for long-term business planning is often overtaken by juggling the day to day. So creating a killer strategy to separate your business from the rest can remain an lofty idea for some. Add into the mix ongoing people management or supply chain challenges, and well – no wonder some business owners and managers find it difficult to conquer competing demands on their time. How handy would it be to have a lawyer who is available when you need them? Including if you’re the Big Cheese in a well-established business, or a wildly ambitious serial entrepreneur.
We often find the devil’s in the (legal) detail of a commercial contract, T&C or a shareholder agreement, so let’s focus on tiny but essential stuff that can make a huge difference.
People often ask what added value a lawyer brings when buying or selling a business. For starters, we can manage the whole process from start to finish, taking a load of work off your desk. Thinking of acquiring or disposing of a business completely or in part? Let our legal team step in to negotiate the best possible outcome for you. Considering a merger, joint venture, re-structure or MBO? Or maybe you’re a shareholder reviewing your options? Let’s talk – we can help you weigh up your choices, review, and draft shareholder agreements, manage share sales and shareholder disputes. Many deals involve an element of employment law. We have this covered too.
Unlike some traditional or large law firms focussed on the legal matter in hand, we treat each and every client and their situation individually and comprehensively. We believe this is the ‘Wow’ service you deserve. And our lawyers work closely together to solve clients’ legal queries holistically.
The fine print in legal contracts, terms and conditions, and shareholder agreements are the building blocks of any business. They can support your operations or hold you back. For example, for one of our logistics clients, redrafting contracts meant protecting them from sudden disruption to their complex supply chain. They had experienced the domino effect of a major supplier failing to deliver on time, meaning the remainder of the ‘daisy chain’ was broken and they failed to fulfil their contractual obligations.
Our contract lawyers added protective clauses to minimise the effect and protect our client in the future. And because HM3 Legal’s team works collaboratively, our commercial debt recovery team also reviewed their outstanding invoices to improve cash flow, minimising disruption long term.
Other clients have appreciated that we take time to listen, ask the right questions, and (unusually) offer in-house Intellectual Property expertise.
Are you sitting on company ‘gold’? Understanding the power of IP can help businesses maximise their profitability from elements that were previously hidden or undiscovered. IP can exist in products, processes, content or design.
Innovative businesses, particularly in the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors can benefit from uncovering their IP. You may have developed software or technology that could change the way a sector operates. Are you worried a competitor is ‘passing off’ your design as their own, damaging your reputation? If so, have an initial chat with Joanne Shelley to start protecting your IP.
“The team explains the details of complicated cases in simple, easy to understand, non-legal jargon. Their attitude towards problem-solving focuses on finding practical, honest solutions which are in the best interests of their clients.”
“They work closely with other professionals, leading from the front and understanding that the client is always the key to any transaction and at the core of any work being undertaken.”
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“They provide a one stop shop. The advice and solution to a problem was provided on the same day which is what I want! The team was approachable and confident, taking the anxiety of legal issues away completely.”
– Operations Manager, F Duerr & Sons
“The team delivered on all their promises, from preventative compliance to conflict resolution. What makes them different is they have taken the trouble to understand our business and this really made all the difference.”
– Heatons Stationery
“We had fantastic service selling our business. We always felt that we were in safe hands. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended.”
– K Roberts, Trustpilot 5-star review