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Commercial Law

Commercial Law

Business Law

Meet Chris Brightling

The Commercial Law team can guide you on the legal and commercial issues that arise at every stage of your business’s life and provide advice on the most suitable structures and arrangements for its activities.

Although, in the early stages of setting up a business, you are likely to be more concerned with the practical and operational side, it is equally important to consider the legal side. For instance, failing to consider payment terms and customer cancellation rights could result in time, focus and resources being diverted away from increasing the profitability of your business.

Our specialist lawyers have experience in drawing up terms and conditions to protect both you and your customers from potential disputes to assist in reducing the amount of time spent in dealing with such issues.

Depending on the type of business structure you decide on, a Partnership Agreement or Shareholders’ Agreement can also assist in establishing and regulating the relationship between you and your business partners so you can focus on the future success of your business. We have particular experience in advising on the use of a range of commercial contracts, drawing up agreements to ensure that your business achieves its goals whilst minimising and managing risk.

In addition to T&Cs and Commercial Agreements you should consider protecting any relevant forms of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and design rights. IP licensing should be considered to protect your valuable assets, as well as your own rights and entitlements.

Our Approach

Commercial contracts can be intricate and complex but regardless of whether your business is a multinational corporation or small start-up business, we take the time to understand our clients’ specific needs and commercial objectives. This in turn allows us to provide pragmatic, as well as creative solutions to enable you to achieve your desired commercial outcomes.

The team is ranked as a leading firm in the Legal 500.

Our Commercial Law Team often works closely with other specialist teams within Business Law, Corporate, Banking & Finance team, Employment and Commercial Property.

To find out more about how we can help you with Commercial Law issues, contact a member of our Commercial Law team.

We have offices in Ashford, Canterbury and Herne Bay.

Our Corporate, Banking & Finance and Commercial Law team are ranked in the Legal 500.

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Our Experts

Chris Brightling

Head of Department
Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

Jonathan Masucci

Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

Caroline Armitage

Consultant Solicitor
Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

Elesha Bradford

Assistant Solicitor
Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

Sarah Karam

Assistant Solicitor
Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

Jessie Cloughley

Trainee Solicitor
Corporate, Banking & Finance; Commercial Law

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Great team to work with who are very open and honest in the way they operate.
Legal 500
Chris and the team were absoutely brilliant. This is the first time I have sold a business and Chris made a complicated process simple! The process was far more complicated than it should have been and Chris worked tirelessly to drive this forwards to the agreed completion date. I could not have asked for more than what he and the team delivered for me and with very reasonable fees.
Katie Aldred
I found Girlings to be very proactive in their approach and they always responded in a timely manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services in the future.
Legal 500
Excellent service - lovely to deal with such professional and knowledgeable advisers. We felt our interests were completely and securely covered at all times - very reassuring.
Sarah Sharman-Watts
Girlings has a team of highly skilled lawyers who have a track record of delivering exceptional results for clients.
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Local, very personable, decent range of service expertise.
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We have always found Girlings to be very clear and transparent in all dealings we have had with them. They have always gone the extra mile to ensure that we are kept fully informed and up to date at all stages of transactions,
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We have built a strong relationship with many of its legal advisers during this time and formed an ongoing friendly association with them. We appreciate their reputation and welcome their prompt and professional service. We are confident that Girlings offer the proficiency to cover all our requirements.
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A well-recognised firm in the local area but able to offer advice that is appreciated by those working in London and further afield. The team is able to offer a wide range of legal services.
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Across the whole business all associates with the business provided valid and professional knowledge of the M&A process ensuring we felt protected at all times. Uncertainties were quickly dealt with giving us confidence in the whole sale process.
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In my dealings with the firm, I can state that all the people I came in contact with were polite, professional and very knowledgeable about the areas that they dealt with. this gave me the confidence to deal with all the matters that I needed quickly and to a positive outcome.
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