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EL Law is a boutique law firm offering corporate and commercial legal services. We have two goals – to protect our clients, and to help our clients succeed in business.
EL Law offers high quality, cost effective legal representation and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and SMEs, and aims to help our clients build better businesses with the benefit of expert legal and business guidance.
Unlike larger law firms, we have no junior lawyers getting on the job training. You'll be paying for the advice of a lawyer with over 15 years experience. This enables your matter to be dealt with quickly and efficiently, without having to deal with a number of different people. This will save you money and time!
EL Law works directly with clients and provides consultancy services to other professionals who may not have the relevant experience or capacity to offer specialist corporate legal services.
All companies have to have Articles of Association, but for companies with more than one shareholder bespoke Articles of Association (rather than using the model Articles) allow shareholders to protect their investment as an alternative or in addition to a Shareholders’ Agreement.
If a shareholder wants to sell his shares, it may be tax efficient for the company to buy those shares. We can advise you on how to do this and draft the legal documents you need to do this.
If you are buying the assets of a business you should: investigate the assets thoroughly; enter into documentation so that you know what you are buying and have a right to claim against the seller if the business turns out not to be as good as you hoped that it would be.
When you are buying shares you will be taking on all the liabilities within the business and therefore it is important to investigate the company thoroughly beforehand. This process is known as due diligence. You then need specialist documentation drawn up to protect your investment.
Two or more parties who want to work together on a specific project can do so by entering into a commercial agreement or by forming a new company or by starting a partnership. We can advise you on how best to collaborate and draft all the necessary documents to protect your investment.
We can form a company for you within 24 hours of you providing all the necessary information to enable us to incorporate the company.
If your business uses consultants you will need to have a consultancy agreement to ensure that your business obtains as much protection as it can get.
As your business grows the business structure you used when you started your business may no longer be appropriate for you or the business. We can advise you on this and prepare the documentation required to change the structure of your business.
If you die or are diagnosed with a critical illness your family maybe unwilling or unable to look after your business interests. Why not sell your shares in your business to your business partner for the value of your insurance policy and so your family gets the benefit of the insurance policy proceeds and does not have to worry about running a business they may know nothing about.
Distribution agreements are typically used as a low risk means of expanding a business into new markets or territories. Whether you are appointing a distributor or being appointed as a distributor you should enter into an agreement. We can draft these agreements for you and/or review them for you to ensure you have the protection you need.
Whether you are looking to franchise your business or whether you are thinking of buying a franchise, you should take advice. We can advise you on all aspects of franchising and draft and review franchise agreements.
If you are hiring out equipment you should have an agreement with the customer to protect your business’ assets. We can draft and review these for you.
If your website or email is being hosted there will usually be an agreement that sets out the rights and obligations of the customer and supplier. We can draft these and review them for your business.
If you are transferring or having transferred to you any intellectual property such as copyright or trade marks you should record this in writing. We can prepare all the documents you need.
If you are obtaining business from a third party you should ask them to sign an agreement to protect your business and regulate the relationship to try and avoid any uncertainties.
If you are investing in a business then you want to try and protect this investment as best you can. Our advice is crucial at this stage. The decision of how you invest your money and what protection you can get is crucial to protecting this investment. We can advise you on different ways of investing and the advantages and disadvantages of those different ways. We will also draft the legal documentation required to best protect your investment.
You may have a new investor or want to sell or give someone shares in your business. As well as transferring shares, you can issue new ones. We can advise you on this and deal with the legal documentation for you.
You may be looking to license your business’ assets or use another business’ assets. These assets can be very wide ranging e.g. software, data, format rights, trade marks, patents and know-how and many more. In all circumstances it is advisable to enter into an agreement to protect your business’ assets (if you are the owner) and to ensure that you have the assets you need to run your business on the right terms (if you are the licensee). We can draft these licences for you and/or review them for you to ensure you have adequate protection.
If you are borrowing money the lender will usually expect some security for the loan in the form of a personal guarantee and/or debenture. We can advise you on this documentation. If you are looking to loan money then we can draft the documentation you need to reduce the risks you face in lending your money.
Whether you are a traditional partnership or an LLP you will need to protect the partners’ interests by entering into an agreement so everyone knows what their rights and obligations are.
These are also known as confidentiality agreements. If you provide a third party with confidential information, you should ask them to sign one of these, to protect your confidential information and your business.
If you are outsourcing a service you should ask the other party to sign an agreement. This will protect your business and cover issues such as how employees will be dealt with at the start and at the end of the contract. We can draft these agreements if you are the person outsourcing the service. If you are the supplier we can also review any documents for you to ensure that your business is protected.
If you are selling business assets a buyer might want you to enter into a sale agreement. This should be carefully drafted to ensure that you reduce the risk of any claims being brought against you by the buyer.
Whether you are selling your entire company or just a percentage of the shares you will need to enter into legal documentation and you will need to make sure that you are protected from any claims from a buyer.
If you are looking to recruit and retain good staff you could offer them share options in your business. If staff have the ability to own shares in your business they are more likely to share your business goal of making the business a success.
If you are a shareholder it is important that your investment is protected and the best way to protect your investment is by entering into a legal agreement which regulates your rights and obligations with regard to your shares.
If you are licensing software, usually there will be a maintenance element that goes along side it. As a party to such an agreement you need to be sure of the extent of your obligations (if you are the supplier) and your expectations (if you are the customer). These agreements should reflect the agreement between the parties to ensure the smooth running of the customer’s business.
Sponsorship is a form of marketing by which a sponsor contributes funds, products or services to an event organiser, rights owner, producer of an entertainment product, participants, teams or individuals. In the majority of cases this will be in return for marketing rights entitling the sponsor to promote its image and products in connection with the event or individuals concerned. Whether you are the sponsor or the recipient of the sponsorship it is best to get everything recorded in writing to ensure everyone knows the terms of the deal and to avoid any disputes at a later stage. We can draft or review these agreements for you.
All businesses should have a good set of terms and conditions to set out what terms they are trading on with their customers. These enable a business to limit its liability and make it clear on what terms the contracts with their customers are made. It is important that these are given to the customers before the contract is entered into, otherwise they will not be effective.
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EL Law offers a complimentary business review to enable us to determine the right legal strategy for your business. Our mission is to get to know and understand how your business operates, to help you and your business achieve your objectives, whilst remaining compliant. Please contact Emma to arrange for your complimentary business review.
I have over 15 years of experience of advising businesses in the North West and beyond, on corporate and commercial legal matters.
I believe that the best way for me to understand your business is to meet you in your own working environment, which is why I will usually come and see you in your office. This will also save you time as there is no need for you to waste any time travelling to see me.
My approach is to resolve any issues with the other party to a transaction or agreement in a collaborative and efficient manner; being mindful to keep the costs down and to make things as painless for clients as they can be.
I try to work as flexibly as possible and I am happy to speak to you when it is convenient for you, which, I understand, isn’t necessarily 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday!
Where possible, I will try and fix my fees, so that you know how much the work will cost at the outset.
Outside of work, I am a mum to two young children and, having grown up abroad and having a French partner, I love to explore different countries.
"I was recently referred to Emma as I had an issue with a supplier that needed to be dealt with. Emma quickly grasped the situation and the implications involved. She provided initial guidance and help at no cost and I quickly felt that she behaved as if she was already part of our team. When we instructed Emma to act for us she dealt with the work involved efficiently and on budget. She was available for further advice throughout the process. I will continue to use Emma to get our business procedures in order and would recommend Emma and EL Law to other business owners."