Small Business Commercial Lawyers

Whether you’re just starting up or you’re scaling up to grow your business, our friendly, helpful and experienced solicitors are here to give you the small business legal advice you need to navigate the treacherous waters of the business world.

Of course not all small businesses are new start-ups, which is why we always work closely with you to understand what stage your business is at, and to make sure we give you legal advice that’s relevant to your needs and in a way that you can understand it if you’re just starting out.

Sectors we provide with small business legal advice

We can offer small business legal advice to any sector, but just as a point of reference, some of the companies we have worked with in the past include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • Digital and new media
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare and medicine
  • Software

Many modern business start-ups are pursuing ever faster rates of innovation and growth, and we aim to support this entrepreneurial spirit by negotiating around legal issues as they arise, even if they have not been faced before.

For traditional businesses and sectors, our proven track record means we are able to identify potential legal issues before they are able to cause any problems, and respond quickly to any enquiries you may have for our expert small business legal advice.

Our speciality areas for small business legal advice

Our small business legal advisors in York, Sheffield and Leeds have extremely broad knowledge and understanding of the kinds of legal advice start-ups and scale-ups need, with a particular focus on areas such as:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Development capital
  • EIS/SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme)
  • Employment and consultancy agreements
  • Finance for start-ups and spin-outs
  • Intellectual property
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Licensing
  • Restructuring
  • Tax

As mentioned, our expertise goes far beyond this shortlist of subject areas, so if you have any enquiry relating to small business legal advice – no matter how specific or general it might be – you can call us on 0330 404 6390 or email and we will do our best to help.

Legal advice for family businesses

Many small businesses are family-owned and our solicitors in Leeds, York and Sheffield understand the unique demands this can place on legal advice for family businesses.

We can help you to scale up your business, including the decision to bring non-family members into your senior management structure and the implications of doing so.

We can also help you to make sure you have expressed clear intentions for the future of the business if you are unable to continue running it for any reason, with a variety of ways to do this including:

  • Succession planning and exit strategies.
  • Business wills and shareholder lasting powers of attorney.
  • Exit recruitment arrangements for family members.

The future of a thriving family business can depend on good succession planning, so that if something happens to you, or you choose to retire, there is a clear roadmap in place for what happens to the company next.

Small business legal advice in Leeds

Lupton Fawcett are proud to provide small business legal advice in Leeds, a city with tens of thousands of small businesses and microbusinesses.

According to ONS figures, in 2018 across the five Leeds parliamentary constituencies, there were:

  • 14,000 businesses with fewer than 5 employees.
  • 2,000 businesses with 5-9 employees.
  • 1,800 businesses with 10-49 employees.

Across the city, there are 18,000 small businesses with fewer than 100 employees in total, from sole traders and family-run firms to new start-ups and scale-ups that are just beginning their growth.

And that’s just in the city itself – there are thousands more microbusinesses to be found in the surrounding towns and villages, and we are here to support all of them, whether growing or steady in size.

From our offices on East Parade in the city centre we are ideally placed to provide small business legal advice in Leeds, but also to clients located across this part of Yorkshire thanks to the excellent transport links into the city.

Small business legal advice in Sheffield

Again, the city of Sheffield itself is divided into five parliamentary constituencies, and our local office provides small business legal advice in Sheffield from the city centre to the suburbs and the surrounding area.

In Sheffield in 2018 there were:

  • Over 10,000 businesses with under 5 employees.
  • Nearly 2,000 with 5-9 employees.
  • Over 1,000 with 10-49 employees.

Sheffield has over 14,000 businesses with less than 100 employees and only 170 companies with 100 employees or more – a sure sign, if any were needed, of the massive contribution made by small businesses to the local economy.

If you need small business legal advice in Sheffield, you’ll find our offices in the Synergy Building on Bank Street, a short distance from the Old Town Hall, Sheffield Magistrates Court and Sheffield Crown Court.

Small business legal advice in York

Finally, our team of business law solicitors providing small business legal advice in York work with some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial individuals in the north of England, in a city rich in cultural heritage and creative diversity.

Across the York Central and York Outer constituencies there are:

  • Over 5,000 businesses with less than 5 employees.
  • Nearly 1,000 with 5-9 employees.
  • Over 700 more with 10-49 employees.

Nearly 7,000 of the city’s businesses employ fewer than 100 people, compared with about 100 companies in the city that are above that size.

Lupton Fawcett provide small business legal advice in York from our premises at Stamford House on Piccadilly, with access via George Street.

Ask us about small business legal advice

Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our expert Business Solicitors act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.

As recognised Corporate Law Solicitors we can support your needs wherever you live in England, or Wales.



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