We help numerous software, tech, mobile and web start-ups get off the ground.

We provide specialist commercial advice tailored to your business, based on a deep knowledge of the sector.

We have partnered with Dreamstake, to help tech entrepreneurs get the advice they need on the legal fundamentals of operating a tech business in the UK. Regular training sessions take place at Google Campus – contact Guy Wilmot for training materials. 

Tech businesses bring their own challenges (data protection, intellectual property (IP), online trading, international jurisdictions etc.) as well as traditional legal issues like dealing with employees and shareholders agreements.

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

Many law firms are reluctant to offer a fixed price for legal work and this uncertainty means many businesses do not get legal advice at the outset, which can lead to issues later on.

We know keeping control of costs and budgets is critical when you start your business and in the early stages of growth it is important it is to get the right legal advice from the outset to avoid problems later which may affect the value of your business.

Legal pack for tech start-ups

Russell-Cooke's tech 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 deliverables. We will liaise with our specialist employment department to deal with particular employment law deliverables.

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

Russell-Cooke's tech 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 deliverables as you need at a competitive fixed price.

Deliverables

The deliverables may include the following:

  • company formation
  • terms of use and terms and conditions for e-commerce
  • privacy policy and data protection policies
  • non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
  • shareholders, co-founder or partnership agreements
  • data processing and data hosting agreements
  • software licence terms
  • 'software as a service' subscription agreements
  • domain name and trade mark advice and registrations
  • self-employed consultant contract
  • employment contracts
  • employee handbook
  • articles of association/constitution
  • loan agreements
  • security documents (debenture or legal charge)

Examples of our work include:

Entrepreneur training

Guy Wilmot, in partnership with Dreamstake, regularly gives short training sessions at Google Campus to start-up entrepreneurs to teach the legal fundamentals of operating a tech business in the UK. Please contact Guy for details of the training or a copy of training materials.

Fundraising

The team has helped numerous businesses with equity fundraising. This has included institutional rounds and raising funds from individual investors claiming SEIS and EIS relief. Businesses advised on fundraising include Bitposter and Address Intelligence and Phrasee.

Terms of use/commercial agreements

We frequently advise businesses with novel concepts on their terms of use and commercial agreements. Examples include Ruuby (a booking app for beauty treatments and therapies), JustPark (a peer to peer parking service), Surge Corp (a peer to peer short term rentals business introducing the concept of surge pricing) and Onefinestay.

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