To succeed in today’s increasingly complex and regulated business environments, you need to move quickly and confidently. Our legal practice works closely with other services across Moore Kingston Smith to offer our clients comprehensive and efficient solutions.
Our collaborative and flexible approach means we’re able to bring expert legal support to the business opportunities and challenges you face, whether you’re a corporate client or a private individual.
Not only are we a trusted pair of hands for your legal and business affairs, we also combine and harness insights from our tax, accountancy and other advisory services to help you achieve your goals.
As founder members of the Moore Global Network’s legal group, we work alongside international colleagues and regularly advise on cross-border projects, as well as helping international clients with UK matters.
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Our team of solicitors are experts in the following areas for businesses:
Company law and general business law advice
We advise companies, directors and business owners on a range of company law and other legal matters to provide a holistic approach alongside our tax, accountancy and other advisory services.
Group reorganisations, including capital reductions and share buybacks
For successful corporate reorganisations, it is essential to have close collaboration between business owners and legal, tax and accountancy advisers. Our multidisciplinary approach helps clients execute projects by instructing one single firm to provide these services under one roof rather than needing to instruct multiple different sets of advisers.
Investments, shareholders’ agreements and joint ventures
Establishing a business with the right documents in place at the start or updated as it evolves, helps avoid disputes and misunderstandings when there are important events such as new investments, departing shareholders or sale offers. Our team has experience advising start-ups, owner-managed businesses and larger SMEs through their full life-cycle from initial investment to exit and sale by founders.
Share incentives, including EMI share option schemes
Many companies offer share options to employees without considering tax implications. Our combined team of lawyers and tax specialists are well placed to help provide meaningful arrangements to assist in retaining and motivating staff while protecting the company’s interests and benefitting from appropriate tax incentives.
Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs)
As champions of EOTs, we are proud members of the Employee Ownership Association. We offer a holistic business advisory service around EOTs encompassing tax, legal, corporate finance, HR and accounting services. Having implemented many EOTs already, we are well placed to advise you throughout the whole process: from the initial discussions to determine if it’s right for you, to supporting you with the communication of the completed transaction to your employees and the outside world. For more information click here.
Mergers and acquisitions
Clients have been impressed with our legal team’s expertise and efficient and user-friendly approach when helping them sell and retire or buy new businesses. Working closely alongside our accountancy and tax colleagues, we ensure clients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach.
Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
Establishing an LLP requires careful thought as to the rights and responsibilities of the founders, and new and outgoing members. Issues such as profit and capital shares, as well as operational matters need to be clearly set out to help avoid unintended outcomes and disagreements. We draft bespoke LLP agreements to fit your requirements, and update existing documents to reflect changes of circumstances.
Our team of solicitors are experts in personal legal advice, including the following areas:
Probate and estate administration
Executors’ duties are many and onerous. These include ascertaining the value of the deceased’s estate; researching lifetime gifts; and calculating and paying inheritance tax. If they do not carry out the role correctly, executors can ultimately be personally liable for an estate’s tax liability, expenses or legacies.
Executors must also manage complicated family relationships that frequently come to the surface on the death of a family member.
Our probate specialists advise on these duties, providing an expert and professional presence at a difficult time.
Wills and inheritance tax planning
Wills allow you to control to whom your assets pass on your death. If you do not have a Will, government rules dictate who inherits your estate. The structure of the Will can account for family dynamics, such as where a testator with children has remarried.
A Will is essential if you have business assets; foreign assets or your estate is likely to incur an inheritance tax charge.
We take time to understand your circumstances and wishes, and make sure your Will reflects these.
Creation, interpretation and dissolution of trusts
The primary use of a trust is to protect your assets. For example, if you would like a family member to benefit from your assets but it would be inappropriate to give anything to them outright, a trust can hold the assets and use them for the family member’s benefit.
It is important that you only transfer assets to a trust that you are sure you do not need yourself.
We can explain why this is important and how to structure the trust to suit your circumstances.
Lasting powers of attorney
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are powerful documents. They allow you to give someone the right to take decisions relating to your care and to enter into transactions on your behalf. For example, if you were unable to do so, your attorney could choose a care home for you and sell your home in order to pay for this. Without an LPA in place, someone seeking to make a decision on your behalf would have to make an application to court, which is a lengthy and more expensive process.
We can help you choose an appropriate attorney; explain what they are able and unable to do on your behalf; and prepare the forms for you.