Stevens & Bolton is proud to work alongside The School of Law at the University of Surrey, as part of their new Business Start-Up Clinic to inspire students and recent graduates in their entrepreneurial endeavours.
The clinic provides free legal guidance to those who are interested in starting up their own business via a 20 minute virtual session on Zoom. Our team of lawyers are available to signpost legal topics that are relevant to an early stage business, and provide insight on a range of legal matters, including:
- Setting up a business
- Shareholder arrangements and corporate structure
- Fundraising and finance
- Human resources and employment
- Commercial contracts and conditions of sale
- Intellectual property and IT
- Acquisition and disposal of business
The first clinic took place on 5 May 2021, with an initial cohort of six student and graduate entrepreneurs.
Elizabeth Williams, principal teaching fellow in law and director of clinical legal education programmes at the University of Surrey, commented, "The business start-up clinic provides a unique learning experience for our law undergraduates and gives University of Surrey students who are interested in starting their own business valuable expert guidance. We are delighted to be working with Stevens & Bolton and thank their lawyers for this wonderful collaborative opportunity. The Stevens and Bolton team engaged with our students in a unique way. Their approach was inspiring and fundamental as our students were able to develop key business entrepreneurial skills. It made our students realise their enormous potential and capabilities in this fascinating area".
Nick Atkins, corporate partner at Stevens & Bolton commented, “We are delighted to be a part of this new initiative with the University of Surrey and show our commitment to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. We would like to wish everyone that we have met so far with the greatest success.We are grateful to the university for involving us in this initiative, and we’ve been super impressed by the calibre of the business plans and the enterprising approach of the university’s students and graduates.”