Corporate & Commercial

We are forward thinking.

Our trusted corporate lawyers and commercial lawyers—many of whom are City trained—are experts in M&A and business law. Working with our colleagues in our other teams, we bring together a wealth of experience of helping clients in many different sectors. Quite simply, we enjoy what we do. This is why, as your trusted business advisors, you can count on us to give you the advice you need, when you need it, no matter how complex the business issue.

Running a business is tough, buying or selling one is even tougher. At Downs, our corporate and commercial lawyers recognise this. This is why we get to know your business and give you practical, no-nonsense advice, which you don’t need a legal dictionary to understand.

There are a number of complexities around any business transaction, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring, right through to emerging areas of business law. Our corporate lawyers have a depth of experience and a breadth of understanding which enables us to produce rigorously-researched solutions to the most complex business issues.

Our business lawyers have been helping our business clients protect their commercial interests for many years in the major areas of business law including:

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Working from home - where do you stand?

Under new government guidance, you should work from home if you can effectively do so. However, some employers may ask their employees to return to work whilst restrictions are in place - particularly if it is not reasonable to carry out that work at home. For those who are concerned about health problems, or juggling childcare, where do you stand in the eyes of the law?

What the new lockdown means for businesses, employees and workers

The third lockdown in England legally came into force on 6 January 2021. How long it will last is uncertain. At least until mid-February and possibly until late March. Vaccination provides a route out of the pandemic, but businesses need to survive this final and possibly longest of the lockdowns.

We are open

During these uncertain times, it is good to know you can count on us.

Even after the recent Government announcement of another national lockdown we remain open for business and are here to help you.

GDPR – A Snapshot

There are just a few days to go before the GDPR legislation will come into force, but according to a recent poll, 89% of organisations in the UK remain “confused” by GDPR. Organisations will need to act fast if they have not already made progress with the new legislation – here are a few tips from us to help you along the way.

GDPR Compliance Review - Are you ready?

With less than two months to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, are you and your business ready for the new requirements?

Persons With Significant Control Register

Author: Neil Pfister

What is the PSC Register and why has it been introduced?

From April 2016, nearly all companies and LLPs in the UK will be required to keep a ‘PSC’ or 'persons with significant control' register to ensure that the individuals who are its ultimate beneficial owners and controllers are identified, and crucially that details of their holdings in these companies and LLPs are made public.

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