Legal solutions for start-up businesses

Legal solutions for start-up businesses

Legal packages for start-ups, founders and entrepreneurs 

We help entrepreneurs and founders launch and grow their businesses with the right legal foundations in place. 

We have been business owners ourselves in fast-growth start-ups and scale-ups, so we understand that the legal aspects can often seem onerous and costly, along with everything else. Having them in place at the outset however, is critical to ensuring you can scale with ease and avoid expensive mistakes down the line. 

We partner with your start-up to ensure you invest in the right legal advice and documents, building you a stable legal base. 

 Fixed fees for cost-certainty  

 We know you need to manage costs, so offer start-up business packages on a fixed fee basis. This includes time with one of our senior lawyers so you get “in person” legal advice and reassurance as well as your essential legal agreements and documents. 

Speak with one of our lawyers  

We offer a free 30 minute Discovery call for start-up businesses at any stage of growth with one of our expert team of lawyers. During this session, we will discuss your business and advise on the essential items you need to have in place. 

Contact one of the team who work with start-up businesses.

Founders’ agreement – £1,500 plus VAT

Great start-ups are often created by friends, partners or connections with a shared passion or interest. All too often that enthusiasm to take a new idea to market is so intense, you might miss out on one of the most fundamental legal documents to get in place: a founders’ agreement. Having an agreement up front to align on expectations and have a plan if things change is absolutely key.

We work with founders to ensure they have an agreement in place that will see the business through any changes. This package includes:

  • Consultation session with founders
  • Walkthrough to discuss all key issues including:
  • Board structure – how are decisions made
  • Shareholder rights – protections for minority shareholders
  • Vesting of shares – what happens if one founder leaves?
  • Assignment of IP – ensure everything you and your team is doing is properly owned by the company
  • Creation of a customised founders’ agreement

To enquire about a founder’s agreement for your start-up business, contact one of the team at Arbor Law.

Get Investor Ready – £2,500 plus VAT 

Raising early-stage funding is one of the most important milestones when you are growing your start-up. As well as developing a robust business model and plan, you need to sure that you have the necessary legal documents in place for investors to consider backing you.  

Our lawyers will work with you to make sure you have a suite of documents that makes you investor ready. These include: 

  • Shareholders’ Agreement 
  • Articles of Association 
  • Deed of Adherence 
  • Investor Certification 
  • Board Minutes 
  • Shareholder Resolutions 

To enquire about our Investor Ready Start-up package for your business, contact one of the team at Arbor Law. 

EMI Option Scheme – £1,500 plus VAT 

 As start-ups scale and grow, it’s important to invest in your people and retain many of those who have contributed to its success. 

 An EMI (Enterprise Management Incentives) Option Scheme provides employees the right to buy shares in the company in a very tax efficient way. 

 To enquire about an EMI Option Scheme Agreement for your start-up business, contact one of the team at Arbor Law.

Virtual General Counsel

We work as Virtual General Counsel for start-up businesses who are going through funding rounds and need ongoing support from an in-house lawyer. One of our team of senior lawyers will plug into your business to provide the support you need during this phase of growth and create your in-house legal team for the future bringing in the right people, the right technology and creating the right processes. We offer this service on a cost effective fixed monthly fee. For more information on this service, see our Packages for SMEs page.

Find out more about our Virtual General Counsel Service.