Shareholders’ Agreement: why should your company have one?

Although there is no legal requirement to have a Shareholders’ Agreement (‘SHA’), shareholders are often advised to have an agreement when starting a company with more than one shareholder. An SHA is an agreement between all or some of a company’s shareholders defining the parties’ rights and duties and how they will reach certain decisions. The following are some of the important reasons why your company should have an SHA in place: Privacy When a company is incorporated, the Articles of Association of the company are filed at Companies House,…

It’s all in the planning when it comes to selling privately-owned companies

For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before moving on to new ventures or sometimes retirement. But many owners under-estimate the time involved in making a business market-ready, or do not seek advice on the different options before they start, nor the route-map to follow to secure a successful sale. Ideally, an advisory team should be put together, involving a lawyer and an accountant specialising in company transactions, to guide the company on the preparation for sale, before any moves are made…

Choosing the right legal structure for your business

Choosing a suitable legal structure for setting up your new business is a very important part of the process and a key decision to be made when you decide to start your business. In most cases you will want to choose between sole trader, partnership, limited company or limited liability partnership. There are other structures that can be used for social enterprises or not for profit businesses, but in this article we will focus on the four most common business structures. Sole Trader Setting up as a sole trader is…

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