Our specialist startup and early stage advisory team is dedicated to providing common sense, commercial and value added legal advice and support to entrepreneurs, startups and early stage businesses, including university 'spin-outs'.
Many of our startup and early stage clients are led by entrepreneurs who have left corporate roles in industry. However, we also advise university spin-outs and other student-led enterprises.
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 support is most urgently required. Unfortunately, this also happens to be the time when financial resources are at their most scarce.
We will give you the best possible chance of succeeding by ensuring that all of our advice is partner led, by agreeing to fee arrangements that accommodate your cash flow challenges and by using our extensive network of contacts.
We use fixed fee arrangements wherever possible, which will provide you with greater certainty over the costs. We can also be flexible in agreeing sensible and realistic time to pay arrangements.
Unlike many professional legal advisers, we recognise the importance of using senior, more experienced startup lawyers, to support the development of our early stage clients.
Our 15-lawyer team comprises 8 Partners and 7 other senior qualified solicitors who advise startup and early stage clients on a broad range of matters, including venture capital and angel investment, IP protection, commercialisation and general legal compliance.
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.
Among 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 committed to helping startups and entrepreneurs 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:
micro-electronics digital media (including mobile applications)
environmental and 'clean' technology
medical devices and digital health technology
advanced engineering technology
We provide a national service to startup and early stage business clients via our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.
Our startup lawyers have the benefit of support from the firm's specialist sectors and services, offering a comprehensive range of legal services to startups and early stage businesses.
Overall communication was great. General pro-active approach and willingness to go the 'extra mile' was greatly appreciated.