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In an increasing challenging commercial climate your business needs to receive advice that is pragmatic, cost-effective, and tailored towards helping you achieve your business goals. Whether your business is a startup, SME, or multinational corporation, you need to know that your legal team will provide timely advice that allows you to remain focused on growing your business.

Experienced Corporate & Commercial  Solicitors

We advise some of the largest and fastest growing companies in the region. In addition we have partnered with several large national and international organisations throughout the lifecycle of their businesses and the day-to-day challenges that they face.

With over 100 years of experience in the team, Spratt Endicott have the first-hand knowledge to ensure that we deliver value to your project.

Our Core Corporate & Commercial Services

Corporate Services

Intellectual Property

Commercial Services

Insolvency & Business Recovery

Buying & Selling Private Companies

Company Secretarial Services

How we work with you

The fact that no two businesses have the same approach underpins how we support our clients. Our advice and the way that it is delivered is always tailored towards how your business operates.

Our approach is team-orientated and outcome-driven to ensure that you always receive advice that is cost-effective and focused on results.

We provide advice on a full range of corporate and commercial legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, structuring,  refinancing, due-diligence and corporate governance.

Case Studies

Sale of Building Materials Company

We acted for the seller of a building materials company into the public sector.  Our client’s corporate finance advisers, Bristol York Limited, had negotiated favourable terms for the sale of the client’s company, and the only problem which appeared to exist was that for tax reasons the transaction had to be completed within quite a…

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Sale of Ecuadorian Company

We were instructed by the shareholders of a company registered in Ecuador to a UK listed company.  There were a number of interesting issues which arose in this sale, including the following: Although the agreement for the sale itself was governed by English law, there were various matters which needed to be the subject of…

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Purchase of UK IT Company by Portuguese Clients

James acted on behalf of a Portuguese company in acquisition of a London based IT company in a multi-million pound deal. James was instructed to negotiate all aspect of the transaction including due diligence, drafting of the share purchase agreement, shareholders agreement, and amending the articles of association of the company.

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Competition Law Advice

We have advised this multinational business in the manufacturing industry for several years, including on acquisitions, commercial agreements and intellectual property issues. In particular we have advised on and drafted a complex nationwide distribution agreement which has since been adopted by several other European members of the client’s group, and which involved advising on critical…

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International Distribution Agreement

We advised the holding company of a multi-national manufacturing business on the terms of its agreement for the supply of goods to a well known “shed” retailer by a framework agreement, and numerous local country agreements.  There were detailed and important negotiations regarding limitation of our client’s liability, price adjustment over this long term contract…

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Drafting and Negotiating a High Value Long-Term Contract

We advised a well-known multi-national supplier of specialist goods and services on a long term contract with the organisers of a well-known national bi-annual event.  The challenge here was that the contract had to deal with a complex range of goods and services to be provided by our client over four events stretching over eight…

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Annual General Meeting During COVID-19

We advised on arrangements for the client’s Annual General Meeting, which in normal circumstances would have been held at a venue in London and would have been open to all shareholders. At the time the notice of the AGM was due to be circulated, the UK Government had imposed stringent restrictions on travel in the…

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Group Restructure

We advised a long-standing client on the ongoing reorganisation and restructure of its UK group of companies following the latest in a series of acquisitions. The reorganisation process began soon after completion of the acquisition. In conjunction with the client team, we carried out a comprehensive review of the assets of the target business so…

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Real Estate Joint Venture

James was instructed to set up a joint venture company, and prepare a joint venture shareholders’ agreement in respect of a land development in Wiltshire. This was a classic marriage between equity and expertise. There were several individuals making substantial financial investments and subscribing for shares in the joint venture company and the other shareholder…

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Advice to a Regional Professional Services Firm

Having drafted the articles of association, shareholders’ agreement and ancillary documents forming the constitution of a regional professional services firm, we continue to advise on various corporate matters given our familiarity and long-standing relationship with this firm. We recently advised the company on their position with a director/ shareholder who was thought to be underperforming….

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Sale of Ecuadorian Company

We were instructed by the shareholders of a company registered in Ecuador to a UK listed company.  There were a number of interesting issues which arose in this sale, including the following: Although the agreement for the sale itself was governed by English law, there were various matters which needed to be the subject of…

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Due Diligence on Cargo Aviation Company

James was instructed to carry out the due diligence by a Latin American client on the proposed purchase of a UK Cargo aviation company for US$20 million with subsidiaries in a number of jurisdictions in Asia. James carried out detailed due diligence in the UK and provided a full due diligence report to the client,…

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Purchase of UK IT Company by Portuguese Clients

James acted on behalf of a Portuguese company in acquisition of a London based IT company in a multi-million pound deal. James was instructed to negotiate all aspect of the transaction including due diligence, drafting of the share purchase agreement, shareholders agreement, and amending the articles of association of the company.

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Data Protection

We advised a substantial company on its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.  The company particularly needed guidance on the appropriate wording to be used on its credit account application documents and on the order forms enclosed with its hard copy catalogues.   This involved a careful analysis of precisely which individuals the company…

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Data Protection Update

Accountability Toolkit The General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] introduced an accountability principle so data controllers are required to handle personal data appropriately and effectively and are able to show this through their practices and procedures. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it intends to launch an accountability toolkit in 2020 to help organisations…

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Website Terms & Conditions

We acted for the owner of a review and comparison website, which allows registered users (mainly HR professionals) to upload reviews of psychometric and other talent assessment tests and suppliers of those tests to list their products on the website. We advised on and prepared the following documents: website terms of use (for all visitors…

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E-commerce

We advised a substantial company on the legal requirements for the operation of an online shop. Working closely with the client’s sales and marketing personnel, we put together website terms of sale, terms of use of the website, and a privacy policy. This involved careful analysis of the client’s obligations under the Distance Selling Regulations,…

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Standard Terms & Conditions of Business

We have extensive experience of advising businesses on standard terms of trading. This may involve the review and amendment of a business’ existing terms of sale/purchase, producing a set of terms from scratch or reviewing standard terms presented to a client by a prospective purchaser or supplier of goods/services. Standard terms will typically deal with…

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Advice to a Business in the Hospitality Industry

Our client operates a very successful business in the hospitality industry, providing facilities for weddings and social events. The business suffered from severe disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We advised on a number of issues around the effect of force majeure on its contracts with its clients, and also the effect of the Law…

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Purchase of Ferrari in Italy

We were instructed to act on behalf of a company in the purchase of a valuable Ferrari sports car, with considerable provenance, at the price of EUR €250,000.  The car was located in Italy.   We were required to prepare and negotiate a purchase agreement, which had several complications: evidence of source of funds of the…

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Recovery of Bad Debt from Administrator

Acting for a globally known and respected company, we received urgent instructions to advise on the possibility of their being able to recover a bad debt from a national retailer in administration.  The problem was that our advice to the client had to be that the Administrator was not in a position to pay the…

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Brand Protection

We have advised this multinational business in the manufacturing industry for several years, including on acquisitions, commercial agreements and intellectual property issues. We advised this client on its recourse against one of its dealers, whose shop front, business cards and website design did not comply with the intellectual property provisions set out in the dealership…

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Commercial Dispute in the Manufacturing Industry

Our client is a leading supplier and manufacturer of cleaning products. We advised on a dispute whereby the client discovered that two of its senior employees had entered into secret agreements with one of its major suppliers, receiving substantial commissions over a number of years. It also became apparent that the supplier had been over-charging…

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Acquisition of IP Rights

Acting for a major national distributor of car motor parts, we received instructions to advise on his client’s acquisition of all the intellectual property rights in a name famous in the motor industry.  The challenge here was that the Seller was a company based in the USA, and the agreement which the Seller required was…

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‘Spratt Endicott have a strength in depth through a large and experienced team with a reputation for getting things done efficiently and at a fair price.’
Legal 500 2020

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For more information on how we can help your business, please contact John Spratt at our Banbury office on 01295 204115 or email jspratt@se-law.co.uk.

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