Assistance we can offer

We are a full service firm so can advise on all areas of law which will be relevant when either establishing a business in the UK or acquiring an existing business in the UK.

For further details of the specialist areas and how they can help you please see the menu below.

We also have an excellent network of contacts with other advisors whose assistance you will need when setting up and running a business in the UK and who we will be pleased to put you in touch with, such as accountants, banks and recruitment agencies.

SPECIALIST AREAS

Immigration

Our top ranked, high calibre immigration team advise:

  • businesses looking to transfer employees to the UK from overseas linked companies or who wish to hire overseas nationals to work in the UK;
  • high net worth individuals on coming to the UK under the Investor and Entrepreneur routes as well as other categories; and
  • those who are looking to obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK and naturalisation as a British Citizen.

For more information about our immigration team, please click here.

Corporate and Corporate Tax

Our award winning corporate team can advise you on establishing a UK entity, acquiring a UK entity or embarking on a joint venture with a UK entity. We can also assist with ongoing corporate compliance matters.

Our corporate tax team can work with you and your UK accountants to ensure compliance with UK tax obligations and help you take advantage of the various tax reliefs available. Areas of concern will typically include corporation tax, filing tax returns, employee income tax and social security contributions, value added tax and income tax on company distributions, which we can work with your UK accountants to advise you on. The team also advise on granting shares or stock options to key employees or investors.

Our corporate team enjoys excellent relationships with a number of UK accountants who we are very happy to introduce international clients to.

For more information about our corporate team, please click here.

Contracts and Trading

It is important when doing business in the UK to ensure trading arrangements are appropriately regulated through a contractual framework and compliance with trading laws binding on UK companies. Our commercial team advise on:

  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Distribution arrangements
  • E-commerce
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Consumer protection regulations
  • Data privacy and cookies
  • Insurance policies

For more information about our commercial team, please click here.

Franchising

Our specialist franchising team provides comprehensive legal advice to franchisors looking to take their franchise to the UK and potential franchisees who are looking to move into the UK market by taking a franchise.

For more information about our franchising team, please click here.

Banking and Finance

Our banking and finance team can help you work with UK banks to set up banking facilities in the UK and advise on the terms of finance offered by the banks.

The team have close relationships with most of the UK’s high street banks and numerous other lenders and would be very happy to make introductions to our international clients to our contacts at the banks.

For more information about our banking and finance team, please click here.

Employment

UK employment laws are generally more employer-friendly than most EU countries but are more employee-friendly than most countries outside the EU. It is important to ensure compliance with UK employment laws when engaging individuals to work in the UK. Our employment team can assist in drafting offer letters, employment and consultancy contracts, confidentiality agreements and employment policies, as well as terminating employment arrangements. Where a move into the UK is made by way of acquisition of a business (rather than shares), our employment team can advise on the resultant TUPE transfer of employees (being EU law-based regulations protecting employees from termination connected with business transfers).

We can make introductions to recruitment and executive search agencies, payroll providers and benefits advisors and providers.

For more information about our employment team, please click here.

Intellectual Property

Our IP team has extensive experience of co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation, licensing transactions, freedom-to-operate opinions and other advice, working with IP specialists around the world.

For more information about our IP team, please click here.

Real Estate

Our real estate team can assist clients looking to move into the UK market by advising on real estate acquisitions, leases and maintenance contracts.

For more information about our real estate team, please click here.