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Our clients tell us that they enjoy working with us. Why? Because we act as their legal partner, not just another service provider.

Covid-19 Update: Despite these difficult times, we are operational and open for business, but following the Prime Minister’s lock-down, our offices are no longer open to the public.  Please, however, contact us in the usual way and we will be happy to deal with any enquiries.

We are a long-established group of modern lawyers who have been providing a personalised legal service for businesses and the people who create, grow, run and sell them all over the UK. For our business clients we can offer a full range of services from trademarks and copyright, employment and shareholder agreements, through to mergers and acquisitions. We have significant expertise in franchising and are one of a limited number of firms in the south west with this much experience in the sector.

We have significant knowledge and expertise in property, both commercial and residential, conveyancing, landlord and tenant issues, title problems and boundary disputes.

Statistics show that many people who would benefit from legal advice shy away from seeking out help and support over uncertainties around costs; unlike almost all other law firms, we only charge our clients based on the actual time spent working on the matter or in many cases we will agree a fixed fee; we do not adopt an artificial 6-minute unit of time in our charges; after all if we’ve spent only 2 minutes on something, how can it be right to charge our clients for more? However, this this is the approach almost all other solicitors adopt!

Alongside our fairer charging policy, much of our work can now be undertaken for a fixed fee; where this is not possible or the best option, we will always provide an up-front estimate of our fees, mindful of the importance around transparency and Costs Information

We build long-term relationships with our clients, recognising that by delivering real value and cost-effective solutions, our clients are able to achieve their aims, effectively and efficiently. Our initial consultation is always free, just contact us or request a call back.

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Western Gazette
Business Awards 2014

2015 Legal
Award Winner

Devon and Somerset
Law Society 2016 Shortlist

The Legal 500
2016

The Legal 500
2017

Shortlisted Devon and Somerset
Law Society Awards 2018

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First High Court Decision on Furlough Scheme – The Administration of Carluccio’s

14 Apr 2020

On 30th March the popular Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s (founded by “the godfather of Italian gastronomy” Antonio Carluccio, 21 years ago) entered administration, putting at risk its 71 UK restaurants.

The administrators had until yesterday (Bank Holiday Monday) to decide whether to make staff redundant (being the expiry of the 14 day period, after which the administration would have been liable for their employment costs); leading to a rapid hearing to allow for a determination by the court.

Mr Justice Snowden’s High Court judgement, handed down yesterday, confirmed

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A Business Perspective – Coronavirus/Covid-19

Alongside the health crisis being caused by Covid-19, the coronavirus is rapidly causing economic difficulties for business which, owing to what some consider to be not fast enough action by the Government, is leading to job losses and closures.  It is naturally a very difficult time for all.

Richard James, the head of our corporate practice, comments: ‘Business owners are being forced to make very rapid decisions about their future and what to do.  In a question to the Prime Minister last Tuesday, Robert Peston of ITV, queried why the package of financial support will largely be in the form of loans, leading to future debt that businesses will have to carry, notwithstanding the obvious unknown about what the future might hold.’

Some businesses will inevitably choose to close, rather than taking on additional liability; others simply will not be able to replace their cashflow, with diminishing orders, on the one hand, and, on the other, staff who, quite rightly, need to remain at home, in light of the advice to self-isolate if they or a family member has symptoms or, from today, because they need to look after their children (following Friday’s announcement about school closures).

Given the acuteness of the situation, what should businesses do?

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