What We Do

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At Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP we use our extensive expertise to offer a full suite of legal advice to help all our clients – whether buying, selling, starting up or looking to grow their business.

Our experience in the UK and internationally enables us to provide our clients with cost-effective advice, ensuring the highest levels of client care and attention.

At Rooks Rider Solicitors we are uniquely able to combine our corporate expertise to implement all aspects of tax law, enabling us to advise our clients in the most effective manner.

Working with our Business Clients

Rooks Rider Solicitors can handle the legal requirements of all businesses at each stage of development, from initial inception and incorporation, through to flotation and beyond.

Our clients cover a broad range of industry sectors, always using their accomplishments and ambitions for the future as our starting point. We see the commercial benefits for our clients in partnering with them for the long term and we therefore work closely with them on their business and the creation of future business plans. Our early involvement helps our clients avoid many of the pitfalls which are prevalent in today’s competitive marketplace.

Coupling our legal creativity with a practical commercial approach enables us to assist our clients in creating the right environment within which their business can flourish. Wealth planning is a particular skill within the firm and we can plan efficient tax structures for businesses and their senior executives or shareholders.

Our established skills in corporate structuring, company sales and acquisitions, intellectual property, and employment, have been a valuable tool for our growing clientele in high-tech and e-commerce businesses.

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Lindsey Hemingway
Partner - Head of Corporate and COLP
Chris Cooke
Senior and Managing Partner
Prasan Modasia

Specific service categories and services within them include:

Business Creation

  • Company and business formations
  • Structuring your business interests
  • Partnership agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder arrangements
  • Initial financing
  • Hiring key employees
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Commercial Contracts for Business

  • Preparing and reviewing all types of contractual arrangements including:

- Standard terms and conditions
- Management and operation agreements
- Supply and distribution of goods and services
- Agency agreements
- Franchising agreements
- Outsourcing agreements
- Protecting and exploiting intellectual property rights
- Investment, funding and security agreements
- Employment and service contracts
- Computer contracts

  • Management of risk
  • Preparing for investment or exit
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Business Growth and Finance

  • Optimising your business structure for growth and tax-efficiency
  • Protection of major assets (intellectual property, real estate)
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Management and employee incentives
  • Share option schemes
  • Acquiring additional businesses
  • Raising finance from banks or private equity
  • Structuring debt and security
  • Investment, funding and security agreements
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Buying and Selling a Business

  • Acquisition and disposal of shares and assets
  • Mergers, demergers, take-overs
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Business sales using “pre-pack” administration procedure
  • Accessing and presenting due diligence information
  • Guiding you through the process
  • Ensuring sellers get the most out of sale proceeds
  • Assisting buyers to integrate a new business into their on-going operations
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Advising Trustees

  • Advice in relation to corporate sales and investments
  • Minimising personal risk to the trustees
  • Ring-fencing assets for the beneficiaries
  • Creating a balance between the requirements of the buyer/investor and the level of liability assumed by trustees
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Company Secretarial Services

  • Company Incorporations
    Rooks Rider Solicitors can help with the incorporation of any type of UK company. Please contact a member of the team about costs for incorporating a UK Private Limited Company – with standard memorandum and articles of association.
    We can also help with the incorporation of PLCs, Property Management Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Limited Liability Partnerships, or any other form of corporate entity. Prices for these services are available on request.
  • Registered Office Services
    Our Challoner House address can be used as the Registered Office for any UK Company. If this address is used, documents and correspondence from Companies’ House and the Inland Revenue would be sent to us. We will forward these on to you or, if you prefer and with respect to Inland Revenue documentation, to your accountants. We would keep a ‘watching brief’ on all correspondence. We can also prepare the annual return for you to check and sign. The current fee for this service is £500 per annum, plus VAT and disbursements.
  • Registered Office and Provision of Company Secretary
    We provide a Company Secretary for your Company in the form of one of its nominee companies (“RBS Nominees Limited” or “RBS Nominees No. 2 Limited”). These corporate nominees would, along with one Director, be able to execute deeds on your behalf. The current fee for the provision of a Company Secretary is £250 per annum, plus VAT and disbursements.
  • Company Services
    In addition to the above services, we can assist with any aspect of your company’s day-to-day activities (e.g. preparation of Board Minutes) or governance (e.g. information relating to the responsibilities of the company’s officers/holding of directors and shareholders’ meetings). This work will be charged for on a time-spent basis.
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  • Pre-insolvency advice
  • Liquidation
  • Administration
  • Receivership
  • Bankruptcy
  • Validity of charges
  • Tracing and protection of assets
  • Company and individual voluntary arrangements
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