Buying, selling, merging and demerging with other businesses are some of the most important and stressful events any business can experience. Getting expert legal advice is essential, but more than that, businesses require lawyers who understand the commercial environment they operate in. Barrett and Co has 30 years’ experience advising businesses operating at local, national and international levels. Our solicitors bring a pragmatic approach that drives our clients’ deals to completion. Because we are a multi-service firm we can advise on all aspects from start to finish with seamless integration from all departments to offer a highly professional service.
We regularly advise on:
Acquisitions, disposals and mergers
Whilst the prospect of these can lead to exciting opportunities, they are often a testing time for directors. Our experienced solicitors will guide you through every step of the transaction, giving you the knowledge necessary to make decisions with confidence.
Shareholders’ and investment agreements
Bringing in new investment to a business is critical; these agreements provide a legal basis for the relationships between investors, shareholders and the company itself. They are especially important for minority shareholders and can provide an exit mechanism for investors.
Directors service agreements
These are likely to be the most important employment contracts a business has. Having them drawn up or reviewed by our expert solicitors can clarify the relationship between the parties and avoid misunderstanding and unnecessary costs in the future.
When staff or directors leave the employ of a business it is vital that the business’s interests are protected and that a line can be drawn under the relationship. We can advise throughout all aspects of the process from consultation and negotiation through to the agreement itself.
Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations – TUPE
A business’s employees can often be its greatest asset, however managing this asset through periods of change can be difficult and stressful. We can advise at all stages to enable you to meet your objectives whilst staying within the boundaries of the law.
We can assist with all aspects of commercial property from lease renewals, assignments and dilapidation claims to sales and purchases, so that your property portfolio meets your business objectives. For more information please visit our Commercial Conveyancing page.
Get in Touch
Our company and commercial team is headed by Martin Reynolds who regularly advises on a broad range of property and commercial matters including business sales and acquisitions, commercial property and high value residential transactions. To contact Martin and his team; call 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected]
Justin provided me with legal council on behalf of Barrett and Co. I would highly recommend the initial consultation, as this helped outline the matter and provide me with possible options. Justin is personable, clear and concise and I would definitely recommend his services.
'I had no prior knowledge of this firm, until I telephoned the office based on Google reviews and with only a few days left prior to the case unfolding, the pressure was really on!! The approach of every staff member was gentle, caring and unusually courteous. I was terrified at the prospect of my chances, especially as the other side had considerable experience in court. Both Justin Sadler and Chris Miller were warm, sympathetic, calm and completely unperturbed; they immediately suggested a way forward and then recommended their choice of Counsel. I had my doubts and was like a rabbit in headlights; Chris carefully guided me through the process and kept me calm throughout. The result was an outright victory. An amazing result, delivered with care, attention and I was charged less than the amount of work actually delivered! A highly unusual firm of solicitors. Huge thanks to Chris/Justin.
Would like to place on record my thanks to Chris Miller who worked on our case. Great support and hard work to ensure we came out with a positive outcome. Would not hesitate to contact or recommend Chris, Justin and team to help with any future cases. Thanks again, Joe
I have recently used Barrett & Co to assist me with my divorce and can only say good words about the experience. Paul Wild especially not only provided reassuring advice, but his professionalism (and indeed, that of everyone at Barrett & Co) made me feel supported throughout the whole process, and left me with the feeling that he genuinely cared about my situation. The level of dedication displayed by not only Paul but also Richard Ince in the conveyancing team was top notch, in particular when turning work around within tight timescales, and keeping me appraised throughout so nothing came as a surprise. I will definitely use Barrett & Co for any legal needs in the future - very highly recommended!
Barrett & Co come highly recommended. I recently worked with Alan Warnes on a property sale that was very complicated due to changes in the lease, and dealing with difficult and lengthy queries from the buyer's solicitors, and Alan guided me expertly through the process. His tenacity, patience, legal expertise and good humour were greatly appreciated. I have used Barrett & Co's services for previous property purchases and sales, for declarations of trust, and one of the partners also became executor to my parent's estate several years ago. They are very professional, and also warm, friendly solicitors to work with. I would not hesitate to engage them again if the need arises.
Thanking Justin Sadler and Chris Miller for being so welcoming, understanding, supportive, very dedicated to our situation. They are very professional and a very committed legal team! Also the receptionists were always welcoming and kind. I would highly recommend Barrett and Co Solicitors in the first instance!
I had Justin Sadler work with me, giving excellent advice and general support with a very difficult, complex case against an ex-business partner. Happy to say that I got a full settlement before going to court, as with that advice, I was in a very strong, empowered position to emphatically 'win' my case without incurring additional court costs!
Jane Whitfield was friendly and professional and I found the process of making a will to be easy and straightforward. I would thoroughly recommend.