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Corporate Legal Services


corporate_legal_pageWellstead Business Consultancy recognises the importance of legal arrangements in ensuring successful business development and growth. Therefore, we strive to provide our customers with tailored and high quality legal support within major areas of corporate environment.
 

Wellstead offers the following range of legal services:

International Services
Banking and Finance
Commercial
Corporate Finance
E-commerce
Intellectual Property

 

International Services

Wellstead's established international network will ensure that your interests are always protected when negotiating across borders and cultures. We ensure that the international legal service you receive is of the highest quality and standard - no matter which part of the world you want to do business in.

The service we provide guarantees excellent legal advice and client service, and a commercial approach to managing your legal costs.

Our network of international experts advise clients at both group and subsidiary level, with long standing relationships with such global corporations as:
  • BASF
  • Chevron
  • DB Schenker
  • Johns Manville
  • Kellogg’s
  • Merrill Corporation
  • PRGX Global, Inc.

The expert teams we are in partnership with represent a number of clients in relation to international trade, compliance, UK and EU competition, and inward and outward foreign direct investment.

Wellstead has access to an extensive international network of PLG Law Group - established in 1988 with 28 law firms across 40 cities around the globe. This ensures we are able to satisfy needs of any client and can offer a tailored approach to each customer.

Wellstead's aim is to be more than just a business consultancy, adding value wherever possible.

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Banking and Finance

Being part of the extensive legal network in the UK, Wellstead can offer its clients pragmatic and commercially focused advice. Moreover, the Banking and Finance team’s technical and project management skills enable delivery of comprehensive, innovative and tailored solutions to a wide range of transactions.

Our network has strong relationships with major banks, lenders and finance providers across the United Kingdom. Some of the network's prestigious clients include:
  • Santander UK plc
  • Clydesdale Bank plc
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • The Co-operative Bank plc
  • HSBC Bank plc
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Investec Bank plc

By combining technical expertise, sector knowledge, commerciality and risk assessment, our network of expert banking solicitors are always able to meet clients’ objectives and can advise on the full range of corporate funding requirements including:
  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Project finance
  • Refinancings and restructurings  
  • Asset based lending and receivables finance/invoice discounting
  • Corporate banking

The Banking and Finance team advises major banks and financial institutions, specialist investors (including leading private equity houses) and corporate borrowers. Our clients benefit from a proactive service at all times on often challenging and complex lending and structured finance transactions.

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Commercial

Being part of the Linked To Law network, Wellstead can ensure that the solicitors working with you will be protecting your interests and maximising your business opportunities through practical advice, strong negotiation and expert drafting of commercial contract work.

Advising on straightforward trading agreements through to highly complex major contracts and projects both in the UK and abroad, our network's commercial solicitors work with skill, passion and technical expertise.

The wide range of commercial expertise includes:
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • Commercial contracts
  • Compliance manuals and policies
  • Consumer credit and consumer finance
  • International
  • Joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Partnerships and LLP membership agreements
  • Procurement contracts
  • Projects
  • Outsourcing
  • Supply of goods and services
  • Trading and supply agreements
  • Terms and conditions of sale and purchase
  • Public procurement advice.

The appointed solicitors will invest in understanding your business, the industries and markets in which you work and your underlying commercial objectives, gaining a clear and thorough understanding of your business.

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Corporate Finance

Whether you are a multi-national organisation looking to expand into new markets or dispose of non-core assets, or an owner manager considering your exit strategy, our networks' Corporate Finance team will make your deal happen.

We have an access to a dynamic and entrepreneurial team, who will listen to you and focus on your commercial objectives. You won't just simply get a list of options, you will be offered a solutions-based approach. The team will proactively advance your deal quickly and efficiently and get it over the line.

Wellstead can advise on the whole spectrum of business transactions including:
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital investments
  • Company disposals
  • Public markets
  • Fundraisings
  • Alternative investment vehicles
  • Re-organisations and reconstructions
  • Corporate tax
  • Partnership law
  • Shareholders' and joint venture agreements.

Our experts will help you with your growth strategy through strategic acquisitions, accessing new markets and securing funding.

Clients range from large quoted multi-national companies to owner-managed businesses across all industry sectors including transport, technology, communications, business services, media, energy and life sciences.

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E-commerce

Our network's e-commerce solicitors are at the forefront of this rapidly transforming sector and can help you develop your online business strategy and successfully navigate you through the minefield of e-commerce regulations related to trading goods and services on the web.

From helping you understand website design issues and drawing up on-line trading terms and conditions to advising on website hosting and maintenance contracts and undertaking audits, members of the advisory network will give you proactive, commercial and cost effective advice at every stage of your business lifecycle.

We understand the potential pitfalls of trading on-line and keep up-to-date with technological innovations as well as the legal aspects of e-commerce regulation compliance, e-marketing and use of personal data and can help ensure your business maximises its potential in the e-commerce arena.

The Linked To Law network has expert e-commerce solicitors, who have experience of dealing with:
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Privacy policies
  • Website user agreements
  • Website design agreements
  • Website hosting agreements
  • Website linking agreements
  • Domain name acquisitions / assignments
  • Website audits
  • Compliance with consumer protection legislation
  • Compliance with e-commerce legislation
  • Cybersquatting
  • Domain name disputes, including wipo and nominet complaints
  • Online defamation claims
  • Data protection and privacy regulations compliance
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Intellectual Property

We have access to intellectual property (IP) experts, who will help you manage risk, exploit commercial opportunities, protect your assets and market share so that you achieve maximum return on your investment.

We understand the value and potential of your brand, commercial know-how and innovations and our assigned experts will help you develop your global IP strategy from registration and protection through to exploiting and enforcing your intellectual property rights.

The specialist team will draft and negotiate patent, trade marks, copyright and design right licences.  The team will also advise you how to best commercialise your intellectual property assets into revenue streams through licensing, sponsorship, distribution agreements and royalties.

IP due diligence and audits are another area of expertise we can help you with. We can also help you to arrange execution of your intellectual property acquisition and disposal strategy.

The team's expertise spans many sectors including retail, bio-tech, textiles, manufacturing, software and fashion. The team can offer you commercial and practical advice with a flexible approach to fees and value for money service.

If you suspect your IP rights are being infringed, we can help resolve your dispute quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum risk and disruption.

We understand the pressures disputes have on a business and your commercial objectives are our main concern. Hence, our network's litigation experts will always strive to settle disputes using alternative methods and have an excellent track record in arbitration and mediation.

If it is not possible to settle your case, the team will vigorously defend your rights through the courts and will support you at every stage of the dispute to get a successful outcome for you.

These are the main areas Wellstead can assist you with. However, we evaluate each of our customer's case individually and tailor our approach to meet requirements and specific customer demands, striving to explore and find all possible solutions. Therefore, Wellstead also offers assistance to our clients in such legal areas as:
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Competition and Anti-Trust
  • Construction, Engineering and Projects
  • Corporate Recovery
  • Corporate Tax
  • Data Protection
  • Employment
  • Environment and Energy
  • Information Technology
  • Outsourcing
  • SME Business Services
  • Dispute Resolution and Regulatory
  • Debt Recovery
  • Defamation & Reputation Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory
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