Commercial documentation & legal transactions: business solicitors
Solicitors: Bristol, London, UK & international business clients: contracts, commercial property, employment, intellectual property, litigation
Humphreys & Co. are niche commercial solicitors law firm representing business clients in London, Bristol, Birmingham, across the UK & internationally. Lawyers here advise & represent commercial clients (in business as companies, in partnership or as individuals), including other firms, in commercial business transactions & claims.
Types of work undertaken: We supply a full range of commercial legal services, including for example: negotiating, drafting & explaining agency, distribution & supply agreements, partnership terms, conditions of trading, computer & IT contracts, franchising & outsourcing documentation.
Corporate transactions include: company & partnership structure, company law & director compliance, shareholder arrangements, new ventures, joint ventures and share/asset sales & purchases.
The firm has strength in depth in litigation of all types, aiming to make court, arbitration & mediation procedures work positively for clients. The litigation practice includes: contractual claims and recoveries, shareholder & partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, land property claims, construction disputes, insurance & reinsurance litigation, defamation actions, receivership & liquidation claims, including mediation & other alternative dispute resolution processes.
All kinds of commercial property work are undertaken, including: developments (residential and commercial), acquisitions & disposals, investments, industrial properties and lease negotiations.
With The Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales located in Bristol, property planning permission work is a specialist strength through the firmís planning advice & representation unit, including: negotiation with councils, applications, appeals against refusals, objections, enforcement notices, appeals against enforcement, lawful development & use certificates and advocacy at hearings and inquiries.
Intellectual property & IT transactions are core practice areas. Registration, maintenance, transfer, licensing of & litigation about IP are long-established strengths. The firmís lawyers work extensively with issues of: trademarks, patents, copyright, designs, trade secrets, know-how, employee obligations, media, publishing, the internet, trade libel and passing off.
Employment & human resources services include: contracts & staff issues, occupational health and safety, redundancy, dismissal, discipline, severance compensation, unfair competition, post-termination restrictions, discrimination (including in relation to race, sex, age and disability), employment tribunal proceedings and industrial relations.
Established as a niche commercial solicitors firm in 1986 by partners from City of London law firms, our lawyers are just 90 minutes from London by road or rail and 15 minutes from international flight connections.
Communication by email and telephone is almost instantaneous.
We are not a legal factory offering a mass-produced, one-size-fits-all product.
Commercial advice and commercial documents
Our solicitors have broad experience in documenting commercial relationships. Solicitors here use the practical skills and legal disciplines required to negotiate, draft & explain the documents which commercial clients routinely need. Typical work of this kind includes:
- agency, distribution & supply agreements
- partnership terms & agreements
- terms & conditions of trading
- computer & IT contracts
- sponsorship & franchising agreements
- technology-sharing arrangements
- competition & restrictive practices
- contracts of insurance
Solicitors here advise commercial concerns of all sizes on their corporate or partnership structure, on start-ups and reorganisations, on acquisitions, disposals & closure. The firm handles:
- company law & director compliance
- shareholder arrangements
- new ventures & joint ventures
- buy-ins & buy-outs
- share & asset sales & purchases
- finance documents
Employment & industrial
Clients want solicitors who can supply practical human resources advice & documentation enabling clear, fair management of employee relations. They can obtain from solicitors here a fast & informed response on:
- contracts & staff manuals
- occupational health & safety
- redundancy, dismissal, discipline
- severance compensation
- unfair competition post-termination
- discrimination: race, sex, disability
- employment tribunal proceedings
- industrial relations
Land & property
Most business transactions have property aspects requiring legal advice & documentation. Our solicitors handle all kinds of commercial property work, both routine transactions & complex project deals, for example:
- developments (residential and commercial)
- acquisitions & disposals
- finance & secured lending
- investments & industrial properties
- lease negotiation
- joint ventures & options
- environmental & planning issues
- landlord & tenant issues
What you can expect from your commercial lawyers
Helping your company with its business operation and activities in a wide variety of industries is the essential role of a commercial lawyer. It involves an understanding of your commercial and business practices, an understanding of the specialist substantive legal issues involved, and first class drafting skills. Our commercial team can help you to achieve your objectives:
Advising on rules & regulations for doing business in various sectors. Our legal know-how will be relevant to many different industries, from manufacturing & financial services to employment & consumer products.
Drafting agreements & terms & conditions, advising on existing contractual relationships, and terminating, varying or novating agreements, and advising on the consequences of these. We have expertise in the fundamental principles of contract law.
Advising on rules and regulations for doing business in various sectors. Our legal know-how will be relevant to many different industries, from financial services to employment & consumer products.
Helping you to identify and understand other relevant areas of law that may be relevant to your business, such as competition law, intellectual property rights & company law.
Providing due diligence support during mergers & acquisitions. We are available if required to review share purchase agreements and report on issues to the buyer such as potential risks, assignment & novation rights and termination compensation.