Russell-Cooke has helped numerous start-up and growing businesses to put their business idea on a sound legal footing. We can provide specialist commercial legal advice for any start-up or new business.

We offer a package of fixed price, specialist advice, documents and registrations, designed for cost conscious start-up and growing businesses.

When starting or growing a young business keeping control of costs and budgets is critical. We understand that legal costs are often uncertain as many law firms are reluctant to offer a fixed price for legal work.  For this reason many businesses do not obtain formal legal advice at the outset, something which they may later regret. Many problems are more expensive, time-consuming and difficult to deal with later in the life of a business and may even reduce the value of the business.

View our corporate and commercial services brochure.

Legal pack for start-up businesses

Russell-Cooke's legal pack for start-up businesses provides you with a flexible package of specialist legal advice, documents and registrations, adapted for your business, at a competitive fixed price.

We will discuss your business plan with you and advise you on the legal requirements of your business on a free, no-obligation basis. If you have a limited budget we can help to prioritise your legal requirements. We will break down your requirements into individual fixed-price product modules. Employment law modules are dealt with by our specialist employment department.

You will have the peace of mind of having obtained professional advice while controlling your costs.

To find out about the pack and to arrange a free half-hour consultation please call Simon Ewing - +44 (0)20 8394 6449

Russell-Cooke's start-up pack includes:

  • free half-hour no-obligation telephone consultation
  • advice on the legal requirements of your business (what you need to do or to get started)
  • as many (or as few) of our product modules as you need - at a competitive fixed price

Product modules:

  • company formation
  • shareholders or Partnership Agreement
  • terms and Conditions of Business
  • employment Contracts
  • employee Handbook
  • articles of Association / constitution
  • trade mark search and application, domain and business name advice
  • self-Employed Consultant Contract
  • loan Agreement
  • website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
  • security document (debenture or legal charge)

For further information please contact Simon Ewing on +44 (0)20 8394 6449 or at, or any other member of the team whose details appear below.

Panel member of Law Society Lawyers for your Business scheme

Lawyers For Your Business is a network of 1,000 solicitor firms in England and Wales offering specialist advice to small and medium-sized businesses.

Russell-Cooke offers a half-hour initial consultation free of charge with no obligation. For new businesses our start-up pack allows for as many standard documents and applications as may be required for the new business on a competitive fixed-fee basis allowing you to keep to a fixed budget for the new business.

Entrepreneur’s Relief

This is the relief from capital gains tax which in many circles will reduce the rate of tax paid by the seller of shares in a private company from 18% to 10%. The link above is to HMRC’s help sheet on the subject. For more advice please contact Russell-Cooke’s corporate tax specialist, Scott Leonard on 020 8394 6520.

Business Link

Business Link was developed in partnership with subject experts within government and relevant business-support organisations to help companies comply with regulations and improve performance.

In October 2012, a new ‘centralised’ Government website replaced both and (

HM Revenue and Customs - Tax issues when starting a business

A briefing note from HM Revenue and Customs dealing with tax issues which need to be considered when starting a new business.