Our early stage business advisory team includes experienced startup lawyers dedicated to providing common sense, commercial and value added legal advice to entrepreneurs, startups and early stage businesses (including university 'spin-outs').
We understand the challenges of starting up and growing a new business. Arguably, the birth of a new company is the time when specialist legal advice and support is most urgently required. We also appreciate that this also happens to be the time when financial resources are at their most scarce. Our primary goal is to provide you with the legal advice and support that you need to succeed, but on the basis of a fee arrangement which supports, rather than frustrates, the growth of the business during the start-up and scale-up phases.
Many of our startup and early stage clients are led by entrepreneurs who have left corporate roles in industry, though we also provide legal support to university spin-outs and other student-led enterprises.
We use fixed fee arrangements wherever possible, which will provide you with greater certainty and transparency over costs. We can also be flexible in agreeing sensible and realistic time to pay arrangements.
We will give your startup the best possible chance of succeeding by:
Unlike many professional advisers, we recognise the importance of using senior, more experienced startup lawyers to support the development of your business in its early stages.
Our 20-lawyer team comprises 10 partners and 10 other senior qualified solicitors who advise startup and early stage clients on a broad range of legal matters, including:
We work closely with the Bristol-based and Bath-based team at SETsquared which, according to the UBI index, is the world's leading university business incubator.
Amongst other support we provide a weekly, three hour, "lawyer-in-residence" surgery to both SETsquared Bristol and SETsquared Bath (also known as the University of Bath Innovation Centre), free of charge.
Our startup lawyers are genuinly committed to helping startups and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and provide a specialist legal service, tailored to the technology and early stage business sector.
Most of our startup and early stage business clients are technology ventures, operating across a broad spectrum of sectors including:
Our startup lawyers also benefit from the support of the wider firm's sector and service specialists, enabling us to offer you a comprehensive range of legal services to support you as your business grows and your needs evolve.
The most important facet of a legal adviser, from an entrepreneur’s perspective, is knowing that you are working with someone who has a desire to understand your business and give you candid advice and feedback. You get this with VWV.