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startups and emerging companies


You have a great concept and a talented team. Now is the time to make it a reality. At Browne Jacobson, we have a committed team of individuals that is well versed in making startups into vibrant, fully fledged businesses. Let us navigate the minefield of legal problems and red tape that you face so that you can focus on being the entrepreneur. Whether you are at proof of concept and pre-seed, or already gaining traction and looking for venture capital, working with an incubator, accelerator or going it alone, our legal advisers have the experience and contacts to make a real impact to your business. We appreciate that finance for quality counsel is tight at the outset – right when you need it most - but at Browne Jacobson we can be strategic and creative in our fee structures for the right businesses in order to give you the support you require even if you are bootstrapping.

We can assist in all legal aspects affecting your business in order to help get you started.

For internationally focused startups, we are also experienced at providing cross-border solutions through Pangea Net, the international network of independent law firms.

Feel free to call one of our startup advisers for an initial conversation about your business.

what we do...

  • Funding rounds - negotiating and drafting the required legal documents, on behalf of founders or funders, for any round of funding (including pre-seed, seed or Series A).
  • Brand protection - advising startups on national and international brand protection strategy, working closely with trade mark attorneys.
  • Founders’ agreements - advising and drafting of bespoke articles of association and shareholders’ agreements, founder consultancy contracts, convertible loan agreements, advising on deadlock avoidance structuring and advising on managing founder deadlock if it arises.
  • Innovation protection - advising startups on national and international patent strategy, working closely with partner patent attorneys.
  • Contracts and user T&Cs - advising and drafting of: user terms and conditions, website terms and conditions, collaboration and joint venture agreements,assignments of intellectual property and agreements for outsourcing of services.

  • Taking on employees - practical legal and commercial advice, from both our employment lawyers and HR consultants, for preparing a business for taking on a workforce and contracting with employees.
  • Managing and monetising data - advising on your business on its personal data processing and cybersecurity obligations, as well as advising and drafting the legal documents your business needs to collect, process and use data.
  • FCA Regulation - advising on: requirements for FCA authorisation, on or preparing authorisation applications (including applications to the regulatory sandbox), on the appropriateness of existing permissions of authorised firms, on obtaining appointed representative status and advising on regulatory compliance for authorised firms.
  • Tax efficient incentives - advising on Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS), and employee share schemes (ESS).
  • Successful exit: selling your business - providing the full array of legal advisory services in relation to share sales, including private sales and transactions on equity capital markets.

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Considering the right to adjudicate when no written contract exists

In the case of Rob Purton t/a Richwood Interiors v Kilker Projects Ltd [2015] EWHC 2624 (TCC) the Technology and Construction Court had to decide whether it should enforce an adjudicator’s decision where there was no written contract in place.

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