Business Evolution

Analyse, evolve and improve the way you do business.

Modernise. Diversify. Improve efficiencies. Make more money. Whatever you want to achieve, we can provide Business Evolution advice that’s proven to deliver success.

Every business evolves. So does its needs. Whether you are starting, growing, buying or selling a business; we can identify improvement areas to maximise your ROI.

Take advantage of a one-to-one session or sign up for our JL Business Improvement peer group, where you can listen to advice from other owners and achieve the outcomes you desire.

Benefit from advice you can trust, call 01482 225566 and chat to our Business Evolution Solicitors in Hull & Beverley.

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Business Evolution FAQs

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Can you help to buy or sell a business?

When buying or selling a business, it is important to know exactly what’s part of the deal. We can help ensure you settle on the right value and ensure the continuity continues. Talk to our experts, look at all the Pros and Cons and make an informed decision that’s right for you.

Can you help with business property deals?

Are you selling a business property, transferring a lease or leasing a building back to a new business owner? We can help to buy and sell business premises, business leases or transferring leases. Chat to our Business and Commercial property experts and we’ll happily guide you along the right path.

Can you help with the Due Diligence process?

It’s important to take care when buying or selling any business assets. The buyer will be asking questions, reviewing all the documents and trying to make sure they know what they are getting. Getting expert legal help with this area can speed up the process. If the buyer and seller are made aware of any issues, it can also prevent unpleasant litigation arising in future.

Do you draw up Business Sale Agreements?

This legal document is a good idea to make it clear what is being bought and sold, how much will be paid and how it will be paid, amongst other things. Whether you are buying or selling, we can help you to draft a sensible agreement.

Can you draft legally-binding Warranties?

A Warranty typically outlines the promises made by the seller about the condition of a business before it is sold. If the promises turn out to be wrong, there is a potential risk for you. We can devise well-drafted warranties to protect the interest of all parties.

Do you deal with employee & HR issues?

Whether you are buying or selling a business, we can ensure all the employment documents are in order with an employment audit and health check. We can help check and update employment contracts, issues staff handbooks or help with redundancy settlements and any other HR issues.

Can you audit and provide business documents?

Before buying or selling a business, we recommend checking that everything is on a firm footing and ensuring all the business documents are up to date and fit for purpose. If required, we can help you change or replace business documents, T&C’s, Shareholder Agreements, Supplier Agreements, Service Level Contracts and more.

Can you draw up Consultancy Agreements?

When it comes to practical arrangements, it’s important for the buyer and seller to know all about the business. If the seller is to stay in the business for a while to help with the hand over, it might be wise to think about a Consultancy Agreement to handle the sharing of information, especially if restrictions will be in place when the takeover is complete.

Can you help to secure investment funding?

If you need help to raise financial support, we can discuss the best way for this to be delivered. We have a wealth of experience, together with a network of contacts that can put you in contact with various banks, lenders, loan funding, grant funding and private equity firms, if required.

Can you provide tax advice and financial planning?

Are you are buying or selling a business in the most tax efficient manner? Talk to our experts and get advice tailored to you because these things are often best considered before the process begins, as they may have a bearing on how you structure the deal.

Can you draw up a Shareholders Agreement?

It’s important to know who owns a business and what proportions to provide complete clarity for anyone involved in running the business. With a Shareholders Agreement in place, you can clear up any confusion and prevent future disputes arising.

Can you help negotiate Customer or Supplier terms (T&Cs)?

If you want to trade on your terms rather than be bound by someone else’s terms, we can draw up T&C’ to protect your business, strengthen your position, save you money and add value. A good set of Terms & Conditions gives both you and your customers (or suppliers) 100% clarity and can help avoid awkward situations from cropping up.

Do you handle internal and external disputes?

The easiest way to deal with a dispute is to sort it out before it becomes a dispute. The longer a dispute goes on, the more personal, stressful, distracting and expensive it can become. With our Disputes and Litigation team on your side, it’s easy to chat through any problems and explore ways to resolve the issue. If it can’t be resolved, you’ll have a strong and experienced team fighting your case.

Do you handle Share Transfers and Succession Planning?

What is your exit strategy? Do you have one? Do you even need one? Do you have staff you want to sell the business to? Or do you want to keep it in the family? Can you start transferring some of your shares now to minimise future tax liability? It’s always sensible to have one eye on the future. If you want to discuss any aspect of succession planning, our commercial team is happy to talk through all the options and help you put the right processes in place.

Can you help me to launch a start-up business?

Limited Companies, Partnerships, Sole Traders or Limited Liability – we help them all! Talk to us about the Pros and Cons of each option so you can make an informed decision about which structure is right for you. Once you have decided what entity your new business will be, we can help you to set it up, step by step, making the process easy.

Can you help to create an operational Business Agreement?

It is crucial to have some “rules” from the outset which govern the internal relationship of the stakeholders and key people in a business. Without these rules, the chances of conflict can increase. This is not good for a business or its stakeholders. Our expert business team can talk through and prepare the right Business Agreement, Partnership Agreement or Shareholders’ Agreement, providing all of the key legal documents you will need.

What other agreements can you help me with?

Should the need arise, we can help with Franchise Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Agency Agreements and Distribution Agreements. Whatever business documents you need, we’ll be happy to offer advice and draft them for you.

Can you help me draw up a Business Plan?

If you want to plan where you’ll be in the next six months, 12 months or 5 years, we have extensive experience in assisting with and preparing business plans. We work across many business sectors, from start-ups to multi-million-pound businesses.

Listen to our Business Evolution experts

Leon Lurie

Leon Lurie

Consultant

What makes me tick? I enjoy meeting people and listening to the issues which are important to…

Danielle Turpin

Danielle Turpin

Conveyancing Paralegal

What makes me tick? I am very organised which comes in handy in the fast moving world…

Ishbel Harris

Ishbel Harris

Office Assistant

What makes me tick? I like to plan for my day ahead and always love ticking off…

Our Business Evolution Team

Lucy Raspin

Lucy Raspin

Paralegal

Charlotte Rice

Charlotte Rice

Assistant to the Property Team

Lily Simpkin

Lily Simpkin

Trainee Solicitor

Anna Bisby

Anna Bisby

Trainee Solicitor

Byron Swarbrick

Byron Swarbrick

Director and Senior Solicitor

Mike Stoney

Mike Stoney

Director and Senior Solicitor

Nick Miller

Nick Miller

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Solicitor

Simon Young

Simon Young

Managing Director and Solicitor

Lucy Raspin

Client Controlled Budgets

Apart from the stress and general uncertainty that often goes with disputes and litigation, people often worry about legal costs. Legal costs can often run away as a case takes longer, becomes more complex or the other party becomes super unreasonable.

We manage legal costs by putting you in control.

  • Set agreed budgets for initial work
  • Set budget for each phase of work
  • Pay as you go
  • Not exceeding budget without your agreement
  • Putting you in control
  • Easy payment methods
  • Transparency on costs