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.

Settlement agreements

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.

Commercial Property

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]

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    4/17/2019
  • review rating 5  Excellent service and advice I would certainly use Barrett and Co again. Justin was very professional and knowledgable enabling me to achieve my desired outcome and cannot thank him enough. N

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    3/25/2019
  • review rating 5  Highly recommended solicitors. Our experience of using Barrett and Co has been very positive, responses have always been on time and informative. We won't hesitate to use again should we need to.

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    3/21/2019
  • review rating 5  I found Barrett and Co to be extremely helpful during a very stressful time. Paul and his trainee Nicholas were always quick to answer any questions I had and never failed to reassure me. I am glad I put my trust in them and would wholeheartedly recommend their services to others.

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    3/20/2019
  • review rating 5  As I suppose like most people, my legal requirements have mainly revolved around house purchases and Will writing. Therefore when out of the blue I needed legally binding contractual advice I turned to Justin Saddler at Barrett & Co who made everything simple and understandable. Whats more he was able to add a little humour to the situation to make the process almost enjoyable.

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    3/12/2019
  • review rating 5  Like many people I only have rare occasions to visit a solicitor, which can be daunting due to preconceptions and the unforeseen nature of the visit. However, when I spoke with Justin Sadler on an employment issue he was very quick to gauge what my requirements were and was able to adjust his explanation of legal documents to a level I was comfortable with. His quick grasp of the situation and legal knowledge meant that in the limited time we had he could concentrate on the pertinent areas and I came away with a much improved understanding of the issue. I was also very grateful to Justin for putting some real world context around the situation. This really helped tie the legal situation to the reality along with some practical advice that not only gave me understanding of how flexible the process was but also kept potential costs to a minimum. I would recommend Barrett and Co for their practical approach and openness in their dealings. They are definitely there to support you as their client rather than just do the legal bit.

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    3/12/2019
  • review rating 5  I’ve known Justin Sandler for some years now having advised on some employment redundancy issues plus some property boundary challenges for recently My first engagement with Barrett & co being in 2005 when I moved into the Reading area. Highly recommend for friendly and competitive charged advice and support .

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    3/07/2019
  • review rating 5  Very support and efficient: I worked with Justin Sadler on a couple of employment law items. Justin is very knowledgeable, supportive and really put me at ease. I would highly recommend him & Barrett & Co.

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    2/25/2019