Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Small Business Start-Ups

Congratulations to you!

Starting up a new business is both exciting and frightening.  I know the legal side may be boring and the last thing in a very long list, but get it wrong and you are off to a false start. However, get the legals right at the beginning will keep you in good stead giving your business the stable base it needs from which to grow.

Some of the initial and more basic questions I often hear from budding Alan Sugar and Richard Branson are; sole proprietor or sole shareholder in a company?  Spouse and /or other business partner? Tax/profit share pitfalls and advantages?  What if there is a dispute in the future? How can I keep my cash flowing?

Your initial budgets form an important part of your business plan. We aim to help. That's why I am are pleased to launch our fixed fee Small Business Start-Up Package.  For £895 +vat (£550 +vat sole traders) plus any necessary 3rd party fees I shall:

  • Review and advise on the legal structure of your business.
  • Prepare any necessary basic shareholder or partnership agreement.
  • Recommend terms of business with your customers/suppliers.
  • Advise on the general aspects of owning and running a business. 
  • Provide you with a 30 minute consultation with one of our commercial property team of solicitors, Lorraine Stratton-Webb, Shefali Talukdar,
  • Provide you with an Employment Rights Pack and 30 minute consultation with our employment specialist  Amy Ross-Sercombe .
  • Provide you with a skeleton letter of demand and 30 minute consultation (if required) with our credit control / debt recovery specialist Joanne Singleton.
  • Introduce you as our guest at the Bury Business Curry Club, which we are pleased to co-sponsor and which featured in the Financial Times!

Now you don't have to tailor your budget around your lawyers.

Here at Clough & Willis' small business unit we can help ensure your empire grows on firm foundations. The legal side isn't boring to us! Most importantly we can help ensure you are clear as to your options and the potential consequences of each. The Small business team are here to make it as clear, undaunting and seamless as possible. We aim to leave you to get on with what you do best.


We have been using Clough & Willis for ten years and found them to be very efficient in all aspects of their work. What I like about their firm is that they cover a wide variety of legal services and are very quick to respond to our needs.

Nigel Compsty, Managing Director
H Compsty & Son Ltd

The contact for my name change and divorce was Marie Whittaker who again was completely professional and gave me complete confidence from out first meeting. My divorce proceeded smoothly, quickly and efficiently. I was updated regularly by letters and phone calls.

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"Level of service seems just right. The friendly, helpful staff explained procedures well and made everything clear."

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"The team are a pleasure to work with, friendly but always professional in their dealings. Following the successful sale of my business to Veolia Environmental Services plc, I continue to play a key role in the business. I would recommend Clough & Willis to business owners."

Chris Wright Recycling
H Chris Wright

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, personally, and on behalf of the Directors of SRS for all the time and work you put into the successful MBO. Professional at all times, your advice was client focused and to the point, and we were particularly impressed at your ability to work to a tight schedule, ensuring we completed on our deadline date."

Alex Docherty,
Director Sound Reduction Systems

Throughout the whole process, Clough & Willis kept me well informed and my stress levels to non-existent. I felt completely looked after with the team taking care of my best interests, I felt they had complete control and it was very reassuring.

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From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.

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I was very impressed with your firm at the outset when I first called in November 2009 after my uncles death. All staff from the receptionist and secretary through to the Partners were professional, friendly and helpful and provided the best response out of the 3 Bury firms I called.

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Clough & Willis are very understanding and made me feel valued, they showed me respect knowing I was albeit apprehensive of dealings within the legal profession and their workings

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Besides being professional Clough & Willis are also friendly and kind, making one feel relaxed able to communicate easily about the business in hand which they see to efficiently keeping in contact continually. Thank you for all you did.

Krystyna Bzdega

From reception through secretarial to solicitor the approach and attention to detail in handling my case was professional and gave me confidence that the matter would be handled to my satisfaction.

Mr M Booth

I have dealt with Clough & Willis for years since we moved to the area from Manchester and both my husband and I always appreciated your helpfulness and professionalism. Thank you

Theresa Moreen Woolley

Lorraine, I would just like to say "thank you very much" for all your hard work and assistance in the letting of the above property. The negotiations were somewhat protracted, due to a breakdown on my client's side, and I feel that your persistence and hard work led to the eventual lease completion. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Kind regards, Neil Higson, for and on behalf of Nolan Redshaw Ltd

Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors

We have been impressed with the friendly professionalism of all staff, Rebecca Green has been wonderfully helpful, thorough, patient, kind and supportive. Her reassuring guidance has made some very sad and difficult times easier to bear. We hope Rebecca receives recognition for her excellent service.

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