Russell-Cooke has helped a large number of software, technology and internet-based start-ups. We can provide specialist commercial legal advice tailored to your business, based on a deep knowledge of the sector.

Technology and web-based businesses bring their own legal challenges (data protection, intellectual property, international jurisdictions etc.) as well as more traditional legal issues like dealing with employees and partnership agreements.

Russell-Cooke offers a package of fixed price, specialist advice, documents and registrations, designed for cost conscious start-up and growing technology businesses.

When starting or growing a 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.

Legal pack for technology start-ups

Russell-Cooke's technology start-up legal pack 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 telephone consultation please call Guy Wilmot - +44 (0)20 8394 6531.

Russell-Cooke's technology start-up legal 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.

Example product modules

  • Company formation
  • Website terms of use and terms and conditions for e-commerce
  • Privacy policy and data protection policies
  • Data processing and data hosting agreements
  • Standard software licence terms
  • "software as a service" subscription agreements
  • Domain name and trade mark advice and registrations
  • Shareholders or partnership agreements
  • Self-employed consultant contract
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee handbook
  • Articles of association/constitution
  • Loan agreement
  • Security document (debenture or legal charge)

View our corporate and commercial services brochure.

For further information please contact Guy Wilmot on +44 (0)20 8394 6531 or at Guy.Wilmot@russell-cooke.co.uk, or any other member of the team whose details appear below.

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.

www.gov.uk/entrepreneursrelief

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 Businesslink.gov.uk and Directgov.uk (www.gov.uk)

www.businesslink.gov.uk

Entrepreneur Country

Entrepreneur Country is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media who believe that entrepreneurship and independent business growth are vital to the future of the UK and Europe. The community meets twice a year and gathers online for information and inspiration and connections.

www.entrepreneurcountry.net

Fresh business thinking

www.freshbusinessthinking.com is an on-line resource for business owners, directors and entrepreneurs. It is where information hungry and time-poor business decision makers can source information and advice to help them run their businesses more effectively and efficiently

www.freshbusinessthinking.com