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BPE Solicitors Our flexibility sets us apart. We understand the broader business challenges you face and tailor our services and the way we work together to suit your commercial goals. The world is constantly changing and the law changes to reflect this. We share our insights to help you keep ahead of these changes and hold informal events to help break down the legalese.

We created BPE to be unlike other law firms. Which is why we started out by breaking convention, meeting clients in their lunchtimes and opening on Saturday mornings too. Innovation and flexibility still drive us today. We understand the wider implications of the challenges you face and our agile, straightforward approach and clear direction makes it quicker and easier to resolve confusing issues.

We always look at what's best for you, not us. Until technology has limits, we won't limit our legal advice. Our sector specialists have worked in-house internationally and in the UK and understand your challenges and opportunities. David Ashcroft provides an insight into Force Majeure clauses and how they should be used.

read more › Believe it or not, there was once a time when you couldn't talk to your solicitor at lunchtimes or on a Saturday morning. We thought it was time to shake things up a bit. Back in the 1960's solicitors pretty much did things on their terms. BPE was established by innovators and mould breakers to change all that and hand the power over to you, our clients. Although our leadership and people have changed over the years, our passion for innovation and our refreshing, imaginative approach remain at the core of our culture.

read more › BPE can support you through every stage of your business and with every step of your company's growth. We're not just the legal help, we're an integral part of your business team. We're really easy to work with and tailor how we work to suit you, not us. We don't sit on the fence but will give you clear advice you can act on to protect and develop your business to its full potential. BPE Solicitors' Corporate Team offers the strength and depth you'd expect from a regional, commercial law firm. Our dedicated team of corporate lawyers are experts in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and disposals involving public and private companies and other legal entities.

read more › BPE Solicitors' Corporate Team offers the strength and depth you'd expect from a regional, commercial law firm. Our dedicated team of corporate lawyers are experts in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and disposals involving public and private companies and other legal entities. BPE's Corporate team is best-placed to advise clients from cradle to grave in business ownership. From SMEs to AIM listed companies, our team advises and works with a wide range of regional, national and international businesses through every stage of their life cycle.

read more › Banking and finance can be a complex area whether you are a lender or a borrower. Our banking and finance team act for banks and other financial institutions as well as many public limited companies and large, small or medium-sized corporate clients. We have the strength and depth to meet the needs of funders, borrowers and lenders in most types of financing transaction. We advise on finance arrangement and legislative changes including financing of business acquisitions and corporate restructurings, loan and facility agreements and related security documentation, debt factoring, invoice discounting, property and development finance and refinancing.

read more › Charities and not for profit organisations need pragmatic and commercially focused advice for their senior management and trustees. Whilst charities are regulated (for charity law purposes) by the Charity Commission, they may also be subject to other regulations such as those of the Care Quality Commission. Therefore, to ensure good governance, trustees must have a good understanding of how their charity is regulated. We are experts in providing practical advice on the full range of charity law and the not for profit sector - from setting up a new charity or not for profit organisation, to advising on regulatory issues, grants, safeguarding and the terms of commercial contracts, employing staff, entering into a lease and handling complex sensitive matters.

read more › Regardless of the size of your business, good corporate governance is fundamental to your success. Having comprehensive corporate governance documents in place and an informed knowledge of corporate compliance requirements can strengthen a business' operations and help keep stakeholders engaged and aligned. Whether you need a shareholders agreement and bespoke Articles of Association for your company, or advice on directors' duties or shareholder rights, our skilled Corporate lawyers can provide you with the specialist support your require.

read more › Our equity capital markets lawyers are experts in advising clients wishing to take their company public, complete a secondary fundraising or take a public company private. We have considerable experience of complex equity capital markets work and have specialist sector knowledge. Our team co-ordinates with other specialist teams throughout our firm to provide you with focused advice on accessing equity capital markets. In addition to advising issuers, we also advise nominated advisers and other financial advisers on equity capital markets transactions.

read more › Our Corporate Team acts for both investors and investee companies on a wide range of investment structures and at various stages of the investment lifecycle, from start-up to exit. We have extensive experience of negotiating investment agreements to protect the interests of our clients, while working collaboratively with all parties to balance the long-term sustainability of an investee company with the interests of an investor. As well as support for investors we also assist investee companies with their day-to-day business, as they grow and develop, providing support alongside colleagues in our Commercial, Property, Employment and Private Wealth Teams (as required).

read more › Our Corporate law specialists have extensive experience of overseeing both management buy-outs (known as "MBOs") and management buy-ins (known as "MBIs"), acting for sellers and management teams alike. In simple terms, an MBO sees the existing management team of a business take ownership of that business, whilst an MBI involves an external management team acquiring ownership and replacing that existing management team. The process of an MBO (or an MBI) can be complex and stressful for management teams and business owners alike, requiring careful negotiation to achieve success, so enlisting specialist legal advisers like us early on can ease the burden and help guarantee success.

read more › Mergers and acquisitions - often referred to as M&A - are a great way for businesses to grow as an alternative to natural "organic" growth or the acquisition of specific new talent. We are experts in advising and guiding business owners through the M&A process, from the initial agreement of the sale terms to completion of the transaction. We work with both buyers and sellers, leading dozens of deals each year. The M&A journey can often be a complex one but we pride ourselves on removing the legal jargon and giving clear, concise and practical advice so our clients have the confidence to take important decisions about their transactions.

read more › One size does not fit all and for some businesses an incorporated model (such as a limited liability partnership or limited company) is neither required nor desired. There are several unincorporated business structures, such as a partnership, co-operative or even sole trader. Whichever model you use it is important you have the correct documentation in place in order to protect both the business and you personally. For example, if two or more of you are principals in a business together it is likely that you have a partnership, even if you have not explicitly agreed as such.

read more › Reorganisation and demergers, often referred to as R&D, are carried out by companies for a number of reasons. There may be a wish to restructure a company's share capital or ownership structure, or to prepare for additional funding being introduced to the company, or perhaps a share buyback to allow a shareholder to exit. Whichever the reason, all reorganisation and demerger processes are document intensive; requiring careful planning and specialist advice. We are experts in advising and guiding business owners through the reorganisation and demerger process.

read more › Share incentives have long been a tool for employers to incentivise and retain employees and certain tax breaks can make them attractive to employers and employees alike. With the regulatory environment becoming more complex around employee incentives its important to seek guidance on how best to use these types of incentives to reach your business's strategic objectives. Our Corporate Team can help with the full suite of share incentives you may choose to implement and operate in your company, from EMI schemes and unapproved share options though to growth share schemes and long-term incentive plans.

read more › BPE's Employment Team can help with a whole range of legal and HR issues, ranging from advice on recruitment, drafting employment contracts and supporting you through employment tribunals to trade union disputes, restructuring your organisation and redundancy. Whether you're starting a new business or run a well established company, building and preserving relationships with your employees is vital if you want your business to grow. We have an impressive track record at employment tribunals and work with complex, large corporates such as Interserve, smaller fledgling businesses as well as medium sized enterprises.

read more › Prioritising employee welfare has become more prominent in recent years, as employers have put more focus into ensuring that hard-working employees stay with their business, rather than seeking alternative employment. The key to this is effective and consistent engagement. When engaged, employees are usually happier in their jobs and productivity is much higher. If employees are happy, they tend to stay with their employer for longer and on a more effective basis. Many employers choose to incentivise staff for these reasons, which can take the form of providing more holiday leave entitlement, a flexible benefits package or performance bonuses.

read more › When issues arise at work, be they a grievance or a disciplinary, the most important part for an employer is a thorough investigation. These form the bedrock of the matter, showing what is likely to have happened and this helps an employer determine what action is appropriate, or reasonable to take in the circumstances. The procedure for disciplinaries and grievances should be outlined in your policies and procedures, setting out the process you should follow in either situation. In order to mitigate the risk of a claim, employers should be thorough, fair and even-handed in their approach to getting to the heart of the issue.

read more › Contracts of employment are paramount for employers because they set the terms of the working relationship, which both parties can rely on. Employers should be aware that the rules surrounding contracts of employment may update on a regular basis. We can provide contracts of employment which not only meet the many legal requirements, but also ensure that the contract matches the actual working relationship. Contracts of employment can also provide essential protection for businesses and should be viewed as an integral tool for the management of employees.

read more › Recruitment is one of the key areas to assist the growth of your business, however, it is also one of the most overlooked areas of risk. From legal obligations including national minimum wage and discrimination to inducing a breach of an individual's post termination restrictions, recruitment can often be a minefield for employers. Getting the initial recruitment process right is one of the biggest challenges you'll face as an employer. You want to find the right person not only for the job, but for your company as well.

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