Working as part of a team, both with my clients and with my colleagues, to help businesses to grow and thrive, involves coming up with practical solutions. Seeing those put into action, providing people with the best outcome possible for their business is very satisfying, especially when my advice can benefit the business as a whole rather than just dealing with the issue at hand.
I work with a range of companies, from start-ups onwards; many are owner-managed businesses which have a strong vision for their future. Recently I have worked with a healthcare supplier selling shares, privately-owned investment companies looking to invest in retail and hospitality companies, and newly formed recruitment and entertainment companies seeking help with their share structure.
Outside work, I have a passion for food – both cooking it for friends and eating out in a wide range of restaurants.
Involve us in the transaction early – sometimes we can help solve problems before they arise and the more we know about your business, the better placed we will be to advise.
An ongoing relationship with your solicitor is important – sometimes things can change in the life cycle of a company and legal plans you put in place at one stage may need to be looked at again.
Always be upfront, with potential issues as well as your commercial goals – almost all problems can be solved with some thought and planning.
Is there real value in legal agreements like shareholders’ agreements in the early stages of a company (particularly when companies are trying to limit costs)?
These types of agreements are best put in place when things are going well and the company’s owners are able to discuss and agree their respective responsibilities. Without any agreements in place, things can become trickier later if there is any fallout, so I would advise looking at these as soon as practical.