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Corporate Law Solicitors in York

Setting up and running a successful business requires a comprehensive understanding of your legal obligations and of UK corporate law.

Rollits’ corporate law solicitors in York can offer tailored advice to help your business reach its full potential while minimising any legal risks.

With extensive experience in advising start-ups, SMEs and larger organisations across a wide variety of industries, our partner-led service will provide peace of mind and confidence for you and your fellow directors and/ or shareholders  and add value to your business.

Rollits’ corporate team will provide you with commercial and professional legal guidance, and will help you make informed decisions and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, ultimately contributing to the success and growth of your business.

Our corporate solicitors in York have expertise in the following:

  • Company formations and business start-ups
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Reorganisations
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Disposals
  • Management buy-outs
  • Venture capital advice
  • Reconstructions
  • Banking and security documentation
  • Employee share schemes
  • Corporate governance

Speak to our corporate law solicitors in York today

To discuss your legal needs today, get in touch with our solicitors in York. You can give us a call on 01904 625790 or fill in our contact form and a member of our team will get back to you shortly.

Our corporate law services in York

Company formations and business start-ups

We can assist right from the start of a company’s or a business’s journey.  There are several steps involved in company formation, including: agreement and implementation of the shareholder structure, registration with the appropriate government authorities, and fulfilment of legal requirements to make the business operational.

Our corporate law solicitors in York will be by your side during through the process, helping you to lay the foundations for your operations by advising you on all matters including:

  • Ensuring the correct legal structure for the business
  • Guidance on structuring your business and establishing the appropriate responsibilities and roles
  • Assessing investment agreements and funding options
  • Negotiating and drafting joint venture and shareholder agreements. Corporate governance responsibilities going forwards.

Shareholders’ agreements

A shareholders' agreement outlines the rights, obligations, and decision-making procedures of your business, while protecting minority shareholders and addressing key matters such as profit distribution and share transfers. A shareholders' agreement is a vital document which provides clarity as to each shareholder’s expectations of each other, and also provides agreed set of procedures and structures for dealing with any issues that may arise between the shareholders in the future.

Our York-based corporate law solicitors offer expert guidance in creating shareholders' agreements and can also review and modify existing agreements as needed.


Reorganisations can take a number of forms, it might be that you wish to streamline a group structure by removing some of the companies in it to assist with administration and costs in the future, or that you wish to prepare a company or group of companies for sale in the future.

We are here to assist you throughout the process, providing the necessary support and advice to help you make an informed decision about the possible structures available and often working closely with your accountants to agree a step plan for any reorganisation and then helping to put it in place.

Joint Venture Agreements

If you intend to collaborate with another company, it is crucial to create a joint venture agreement.

This agreement serves as a fundamental measure to establish the terms that will govern the relationship between your business and the company you plan to work alongside.

Our corporate law solicitors in York have substantial experience in handling joint venture agreements and will work with you to secure suitable terms that protect your commercial interests.

Mergers and acquisitions

A merger or acquisition involves a transaction where one company merges with another company, resulting in shared ownership and control over the combined entity, or, one company acquires another company.

The process involved for a merger or acquisition can be long and there are a number of stages in it, from agreeing heads of terms, through due diligence and finally negotiation of the legal documentation where we can work with you and your other professional advisers to ensure he desired outcome is achieved. We understand the importance of considering your options meticulously and will provide advice at each stage based on our experience and on your needs and circumstances,  helping you make decisions in the best interests of your company and its shareholders.


Disposing of your business is the process of selling or divesting your ownership or control of a company.

It involves transferring the either the shares in a company or a company transferring its assets, operations, and control of the business to a new owner . The primary purpose of disposing of a business is typically to exit the company, realise financial gains, or pursue new opportunities.

We understand that disposing of your business is not a decision that is taken lightly and we can provide all of the advice you need to guide you through the process and to assist you with taking the necessary steps to fulfil your legal requirements.

Management buy-outs

Management buy-outs (MBOs) refer to transactions in which the existing management team of a company, often in conjunction  with external investors, purchases the ownership and control of the company from its current owners in order that the management buyout team can then take the business forwards and in the directions they choose to. In an MBO, the management team becomes the new owner and assumes leadership and decision-making responsibilities.

Our corporate law solicitors in York can prepare and review various relevant documents, including:

  • Heads of Terms
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Articles of association
  • Sale and purchase agreements
  • Banking and security documentation

Venture capital

Venture capital can provide  funding, expertise, and networks to early-stage and well-developed companies, enabling them to overcome financial barriers and hopefully to accelerate their growth.

Whether you are a private investor, or business owner seeking investment, our York corporate solicitors can guide you through every stage of the investment process..

Banking and security documentation

Businesses often require advice on banking facilities and documentation, from facility agreements through to the security documentation often put in place to secure the facility being lent/ offered by the bank or financial institution. The security documentation outlines the terms and conditions under which the lender has a legal claim or lien on specific assets of the business in case of default or non-payment.

Our corporate team can provide advice on all banking documentation, and our experience in this area means we can offer advice as to what is “market” practice and what ought to be resisted. We can help you understand any banking and security documentation you are being asked to sign and explain the implications of it.

Employee share schemes

Implementing an employee share scheme can allow members of staff to have a stake in the company, offering a clear succession plan as well as various tax advantages.

This is not something which should be taken on without careful planning and a comprehensive understanding of the outcomes you may encounter which we can work with you to ensure you have.

Why choose our corporate solicitors in York?

With over 180 years of legal experience at Rollits, we have amassed a wealth of collective knowledge across a range of commercial sectors.

Working with our team of corporate law solicitors, you will receive tailored guidance and comprehensive legal advice.

Our corporate law services’ fees

Rollits’ corporate law solicitors provide competitive legal fees, reflecting the high standard of service we offer.

The fees we charge will largely depend on the level of expertise required to support your case.

To find out more about our corporate law solicitors’ fees, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Speak to our corporate law solicitors in York today

To discuss your legal needs today, get in touch with our solicitors in York. You can give us a call on 01904 625790 or fill in our contact form and a member of our team will get back to you shortly.