Running a business is often more than a full time job – dealing with customers, competitors, and suppliers whilst providing the right support for employees to ensure good levels of morale and engagement leaves no time for other things. It is therefore of no real surprise that legal issues tend to find themselves at the back of the queue until they explode with potentially terminal consequences for the business.
In 2013 a report for the Legal Services Board by Pascoe Pleasance Ltd highlighted the on-going problem of small businesses failing to take appropriate legal advice before getting into difficulties and quantified it as potentially £100 billion per year losses to UK small businesses overall.
This meets with our experience where often businesses would have saved not only money but more importantly valuable management time by avoiding protracted legal negotiations and sometimes trials rather than stopping legal issues occurring in the first place.
As a result, at Freeman Jones we offer a dual approach that:
- Helps to educate and therefore avoid legal issues developing;
- Provides sensible business-based practical legal advice by a range of experienced lawyers many of whom have personal experience of running their own businesses as well as experience with much larger businesses.
Whether your business is established or just starting up we will provide advice by understanding and focusing on your business interests. We will take the time needed to understand your aims so that we can provide you with realistic legal solutions to your problems whilst also helping you to avoid those issues again in the future.
Here at Freeman Jones we can advise you on many areas of law including:
- Commercial property
- Company law
- Employment Law
- Contract law
- IT and e-commerce law
- Data protection
- Anti-bribery and corruption
- Debt recovery
- Civil litigation
- Intellectual Property
This is an increasingly popular way of accessing legal support which gives you and your organisation peace of mind that you will be dealing with a lawyer that you know and who knows and understands your business and its objectives. Benefits of participating in the retainer scheme are:
a) Telephone access to your support lawyer as needed;
b) Review of all documents including any agreements, drafting and /or redrafting as needed;
c) Access to a library of template legal documents and explanatory notes;
d) Bi-annual meetings to review performance and to plan future support needs.