Corporate & Commercial

Corporate & Commercial

Reliable and commercially focused legal advice helps businesses ensure they have a sound legal framework underpinning their enterprise. As well as helping your organisation run smoothly, the right legal input will substantially reduce the risk of a damaging dispute.

At Thornton Jones, our corporate and commercial law solicitors work across a full range of sectors to provide comprehensive advice and guidance. Our clients include sole traders, partnerships, small and medium-sized enterprises. We represent these clients at every stage of their journey from inception to merger and sale.

Company and commercial law practice is a complex area of law, and we pride ourselves on the exceptional legal understanding of our team as well as their attention to detail, proactive, and commercial approach.

Consultant solicitor Michael Crook of our corporate and commercial department has over 20 years of experience in the sector, representing businesses across all industries. He is known for being a highly effective operator with outstanding commercial and legal expertise.

Speak to our corporate and commercial law solicitors in Wakefield, Ossett, Garforth, Sherburn in Elmet and Mapplewell today

For advice from an expert corporate and commercial law firm in Wakefield, Ossett, Garforth, Sherburn in Elmet or Mapplewell, West Yorkshire contact us today.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our online enquiry form.

Our expertise with corporate and commercial law

We provide a full range of commercial and corporate law services, including:

Business sales, acquisitions, and mergers

Buying and selling businesses needs a strategic and methodical approach from a legal team with the skills and understanding to ensure the best possible deal is agreed upon. We can provide sound legal advice on the most effective approach to secure you the results you want.

Corporate restructuring

If you need to restructure an aspect of your organisation, we can help and advise you on the right course of action. Whether this is changing the ownership structure, making alterations to the share capital or splitting off part of your business.

Shareholder agreements

The right shareholder agreement is crucial to ensure that your business runs smoothly and that disputes and misunderstandings are avoided. We have the commercial understanding to draw up a robust agreement setting out the details of the relationship between your business and its shareholders.

Partnership agreements

A robust partnership agreement is an important part of ensuring that you and your partners understand the rights and responsibilities you each have. We can work with you to draw up an agreement that is both tailored to reflect your business needs, and flexible to allow you to best protect your interests.

Share option schemes

If you wish to give your employees the option to buy shares at some stage, we can set up an employee share option scheme on your behalf, giving them the incentive of shares at a price fixed in advance.

Supply terms and conditions

The contracts governing the supply of goods or services are crucial in ensuring that your business does not run into difficulty. A well-drafted supply agreement will set out the terms on which business is done in sufficient detail to minimise the risk of dispute. Our corporate commercial law team can provide bespoke supply terms and conditions that will safeguard your business while you trade with your chosen partners.

Commercial contracts

Businesses need a range of contracts for a wide variety of agreements, including IT contracts, franchising agreements, distribution and agency agreements, services and outsourcing, website terms and conditions, and intellectual property licensing. We can work with you to identify the key clauses you need covered and draw up the right documentation tailored to the needs of your business.

Commercial property

Commercial property is often the biggest investment a business will make. Agreements can be exceptionally onerous with potential liability for a lengthy lease and expensive property repairs. Our team will ensure that you understand the implications of your agreement and ensure that the terms are in your best interests. View our commercial property page here. 

Our corporate commercial law fees

We aim to make our fees clear and competitive, ensuring you are aware of the likely costs from the outset.

Our corporate and commercial law firm hourly rates

Our corporate and commercial law solicitors charge between £190 and £250 per hour plus VAT*, depending on the level of expertise you need for your case and the complexity of the work involved.

Our legal assistants’ fees are between £100 and £145 per hour plus VAT*. For our trainee solicitors and paralegals, the cost will be between £150 and £190 per hour, plus VAT*.

We make sure that we bill in regular instalments, and we are able to agree monthly payment plans where required, with interest at 8% on outstanding balances.

For more information, see our fees and funding page.

*Where VAT applies it will apply at the rate force at the time of transaction. VAT is currently applied at 20%.

Corporate and commercial law FAQs

What is corporate and commercial law?

Corporate and commercial law refers to the legal side of running a business. There is a wide range of legal issues that you will need to deal with, and a corporate and commercial law firm will be able to provide advice and guidance as well as drafting bespoke contracts tailored to your particular circumstances.

What is the difference between corporate and commercial law?

Corporate law relates to the internal workings of a company, such as its legal structure, formation, and management. A corporate lawyer can help with issues including shareholder agreements, financing, restructuring, mergers, and acquisitions.

Commercial law refers to the laws regarding transactions that a business enters into with external parties, such as contracts to supply goods or services, intellectual property rights and franchising.

What does corporate law include?

Corporate law issues include:

  • Company formation and corporate governance
  • Partnership agreements, shareholder agreements and joint ventures
  • Restructuring
  • Corporate tax
  • Financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Insolvency

What does commercial law include?

Commercial law includes:

  • Commercial contracts and terms of business
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Procurement
  • Franchising
  • Intellectual property contracts
  • IT contracts
  • Outsourcing agreements

View our commercial law services here. 

For corporate and commercial law in Wakefield, Ossett, Garforth, Sherburn in Elmet and Mapplewell, contact our team today

For expert legal advice across a full range of issues, please speak to our corporate and commercial law solicitors in Wakefield, Ossett, Garforth, Sherburn in Elmet or Mapplewell, West Yorkshire today.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our online enquiry form.

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