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Kathryn Devonald-Davies

Kathryn Devonald-Davies

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Summary of Business Services provided

Business Start Up

Employing Staff

We regularly advise business clients to help ensure that they stay within the law. Complying with employment law keeps your workforce happier and more productive, and saves you the cost and stress of employment tribunal claims.

Like it or not, whether a new or existing business, you will need advice before employment begins, during it and at the end of it. We can speak to you regarding your employment issues – from recruitment to termination and everything in between.

Taking on Leased Premises

A major part of the cost of running a business is having premises; rent, rates and repairs will count for a significant percentage of your overheads, so it is vital that you get the right premises on the right terms, now and in the future.

We regularly advise our business clients on the suitability of Leases for their requirements, and are often able to negotiate better terms for them as a result.

Terms and Conditions of Business

Businesses need to be protected against bad or unscrupulous customers. Make sure you trade on your own terms. Take control of the method and timing of payment, dispute resolution and other contract terms.

Our expanding business department can assist you in drawing up standard terms of trade, or a specific contract for a major piece of work.

Structuring Your Business

Sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company may be the appropriate structure for your business. This will have to be given serious thought, and in the case of a partnership or limited company, the relationship needs to be governed by a partners’ agreement or shareholders’ agreement. This can govern such issues as eligibility for profit share or liability for loss, dissolution or retirement terms.

Having clear agreements in place with shareholders or partners can anticipate potential conflicts and prevent them before they arise. We can assist you in drawing up partnership or shareholder agreements at very competitive rates.

Raising Finance

Businesses often require finance. Ensure your plan for inspection by a bank, investors or guarantors is professionally checked. Take care with personal liability enforceable against your personal assets. Make sure any security is at the appropriate level and does not cut off other financing options in the future. If the deal involves the trading of shares in your company, be careful of relinquishing or limiting your control.

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Business disputes can be costly, time-consuming and stressful, with even minor disputes having the potential to escalate; damaging relationships or even threatening the survival of your business.

Contact us as soon as you can in the event of a dispute, and our team of litigation professionals can advise you of your rights with cost effective dispute resolution options like mediation or arbitration.  If court proceedings are necessary, we can help you every step of the way; and here at DPA Law we pride ourselves in a progressive approach to litigation funding, including offering no win no fee arrangements in suitable cases.

Debt Recovery Services

We recognise the importance of effective credit control; however we also recognise that this can be a complicated and time consuming process that individuals and businesses often do not have time for.

Our fixed fee debt recovery service for uncontested debts provides not only certainty in relation to the costs involved in taking legal action, but with advice and assistance from specialist solicitors, your chances of recovering any outstanding uncontested debts could be greatly improved.

Retainer packages

Our retainer packages are designed to help you spread the cost of accessible legal advice and assistance. The legal issues arising in the day to day running of a business can be burdensome, and legal advice can be expensive to access. Our retainer clients have access to expert legal advice on demand, with a range of products suitable for any size of business.

FOR HELP WITH ANY OF THESE MATTERS OR TO DISCUSS OUR RETAINER TERMS WE PROVIDE INITIAL CONTACT WITHOUT OBLIGATION.

PLEASE CALL OUR BUSINESS SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON 01554 749144 TO DISCUSS FURTHER OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE