CARLISLE Airport was the setting as Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ expanded 12-strong business team met to plan how they can best support companies to expand their horizons in 2020.
Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ business team now includes three corporate lawyers, six commercial property lawyers, and three in its commercial employment team, delivering advice to businesses of all sizes across Cumbria, Northumberland and beyond.
With commercial lawyers with a wealth of experience available to assist in advising clients in sectors as diverse as healthcare, investment, manufacturing, logistics, media, technology, distribution and leisure and hospitality, the team has all aspects of business covered.
Cartmell Shepherd’s experts pride themselves on understanding exactly what business clients want from a legal firm, and can advise a business at all stages of its life from start up or purchase to investment and expansion through merger opportunities and finally on to sale.
Joanne Stronach, Head of Employment Law and HR at Cartmell Shepherd, said: “Delivering cost effective, proactive, pragmatic advice on time, talking your language and working tirelessly to achieve your business objectives is what we are all about.”
The Cartmell Shepherd team project manage the legal aspects through one approachable, knowledgeable point of contact.
This approach is designed with the client in mind, as it takes away any pressure and stress and allows the business owner to concentrate on their own business, whether it be growth or succession planning.
Cartmell Shepherd takes a collaborative approach to helping companies achieve their business goals, and gives companies opportunities to learn from each other, through initiatives including The Family Business Network and the This is Cumbria food and drink group.
Peter Stafford, Managing Director of Cartmell Shepherd, said: “We actively support family businesses through our business partnership with The Family Business Network. Peer to peer insight is invaluable to a business in its journey and we help provide those opportunities to local businesses.
“We also actively invest in the local food and drink industry through the This Is Cumbria initiative and Food & Drink Means Business and want to help all those quality producers promote themselves and Cumbria through channels they would not normally have access to.”
Cartmell Shepherd’s commercial property team led by Mike Little has a breadth of experience in all issues relating to commercial property.
Joanne said: “There can be a wide range of commercial property issues when buying or selling a business.
“Sometimes an owner might want to sell the company, but retain ownership of the premises. There can be complex commercial lease arrangements to set up, transfer or terminate, depending on the deal. There may be electricity substations or mobile phone masts on the land or solar panels to consider.
“Whether you are taking over a pub, buying a multi-million pound business with employees, negotiating a joint venture or need new terms of business, we can help.
“Due diligence to ascertain exactly what it is you are buying is another important aspect. It is crucial to know what liabilities you may be inheriting.
“If you are taking over the employees, you need to be aware if there is an ongoing harassment claim, underpaid holiday pay for a number of years, national minimum wage breaches or non-compliance with health & safety requirements.
“From £40,000 to multi million pound price tags, we have come across pretty much everything before when it comes to buying or selling a business. It’s that practical experience which is a great benefit to our clients.”
Cartmell Shepherd’s commercial expertise was acknowledged recently when it was asked to join a small specialist commercial panel of legal advisors for the Cumberland Building Society.
Cartmell Shepherd is also the only legal firm in Cumbria to be a member of the innovative UK200 Group.