Company & Partnership Law

For expert advice on company and partnership law, contact the experienced company lawyers at Bruce Lance, either at its High Wycombe office or in Poole.

For expert advice on company and partnership law, contact the experienced company lawyers at Bruce Lance, either at its High Wycombe office or in Poole.

Since partners are usually both owners and employees in a firm, partnership disputes can become complex matters in which the stakes are high. Specialist legal advice as early as possible in the proceedings is advisable to avoid costly pitfalls.

BruceLance-Poole-147Bruce Lance has an excellent reputation in the field of professional practices and can advise on the full range of general partnership and company matters, as well as documenting transactions of all kinds.

Our clients include both equity and salaried partners, as well as those planning to join a partnership or set up their own firm, including accountants, solicitors, doctors, dentists and architects. Bruce Lance’s specialist partnership solicitors can advise on any issues that may arise when you become a partner in a professional services firm, including control, profit share, voting rights, appeals and terminations.

When disputes arise – for example, disputes over profit share or liability, disagreements over client ownership or misunderstandings arising from poorly drafted partnership deeds – we can advise on the best way to resolve them. Wherever possible, we are committed to resolving such disputes through mediation or arbitration, but where court proceedings are unavoidable, we will pursue these vigorously in our clients’ best interests, whether this means maximising financial compensation or protecting reputations built up through years of hard work.

Our company solicitors can also draw up shareholder agreements to provide the owners of small, private companies with the protection they require and to document the relationship between shareholders. This agreement covers what happens if a shareholder wants to leave or dies, and what happens to their shares in these circumstances, what happens if an offer is made for the company, and how the business is run on a day-to-day basis.

We like to build a relationship with our clients, and they in turn enjoy the reassurance that Bruce Lance is a long-standing, traditional firm that can be relied on to resolve any problems. Our solicitors’ expertise ensures that any legal process will be completed smoothly and to clients’ expectations.

Bruce Lance’s comprehensive range of company and partnership services includes:

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Shareholders and directors
  • Insolvency
  • Property and construction disputes
  • Fraud
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Professional negligence
  • Boundary disputes
  • Information technology disputes

Case studies

Bruce Lance has provided specialist advice on commercial disputes of all kinds, including:

  • Shareholders agreements for companies within the education sector, art print industry and boat retail industry.
  • Partnership agreements for accountant.
  • Acting for the purchaser of a light business.
  • Acting in the sale of a school catering business.
  • Acting in the sale of a bespoke internet company.
  • Acting in the sale of a high-street sandwich business.
  • Acting for sellers and buyers of pharmacies.
  • Advising a GP in relation to a dispute with his former partners.
  • Advising an event organiser on a claim brought by his former partner’s wife for franchising leases and freeholds for flats. This involved making applications to the tribunal and court to determine the terms of the new residential leases, including where the freehold is unregistered.