Corporate & Commercial

Whether you are a private or listed company, sole trader or partnership, club or association, our large award winning Corporate and Commercial team have the experience to be able to provide you with the full range of services you need.

In these times, you need a specialist lawyer who is forceful, who understands your business, who understands both the legal and commercial aspects of your matter and who is proactive. Eaton Smith fits the bill.

Our Corporate and Commercial team deals entirely with work for business clients. We take the trouble to understand your business so that the advice we offer is practical and appropriate.

You can trust Eaton Smith to give you the clear, expert advice you need (even when time is short) at a reasonable cost and to act in your best interests and to look at things from every angle to achieve the best result for you

The team provide advice on transactions and corporate and commercial legal issues to clients from throughout Yorkshire, across the UK and internationally.

Clients come back to us time and time again as they know we work with them as a team and that we strive to build a long term relationship with them to help enhance and further their business

Examples of some of the areas in which we can provide help and support are:


  • Management Buy Outs
  • Management Buy Ins
  • Business Asset Sales / Purchases
  • Share Sales / Purchases
  • Mergers
  • Group company restructuring
  • Corporate divorce

Business Structures:

  • Companies
  • Company Formation
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Shareholders Agreements
  • Option Agreements
  • Sole Traders
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Partnerships
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Retirement from/dissolution of Partnerships
  • International structures

Business Relationships:

  • Agency
  • Distributorship
  • Franchising
  • Joint Ventures
  • International trading

All General Commercial Documentation and issues, including:

  • Terms and Conditions
  • Contracts for different services
  • Tendering documentation
  • Outsourcing
  • Guarantees
  • Data Protection Law
  • Competition Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Sports Law

Information Technology:

  • E-Commerce
  • Contracting through the Web or other electronic means
  • IT contracts
  • Register / Transfer of Domain Names

 In connection with the video games sector:

  • Confidentiality and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Intellectual Property licences

    Development Agreements

    Distribution Agreements (online or physical products)

    Demo Licences

    End User Licence Agreements

    Rules connected with prize promotions to market and promote upcoming releases
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Intellectual Property:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Protection and licensing of intellectual property rights
  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
  • Registered design rights
  • Copyright and unregistered design rights

If you are involved in a business transaction you need expert, cost efficient advice. If there is a problem and you are unsure whether you need advice, pick up the phone and ask us anyway. We will guide you through the complexities of modern business life and support you all the way.

Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally; Eaton Smith's highly regarded Business Services Team advises on starting-out through to high profile corporate and international transactions, helping businesses with trading agreements, internet trading, business structures, reorganisations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, intellectual property, sports law, employment law, property, debt collection and disputes. One of our commercial clients has this to say about us:

"We were buying a large private company, who left us with a rather unreasonable timescale. I was therefore deeply impressed with the way you guys picked up the challenge and ran with it like the true professionals you are.

I think I heard a comment from the vendors about 'provincial solicitors' once at the beginning of the matter. I never heard it again. I can sincerely and honestly say, having had some experience of big city solicitors in the past, that I could not conceive how any other firm would have dealt with this in the same expert, expedient and insanely short timescale that you did. This is not flannel – it is a fact and I am humbled by the way you guys responded and looked after my interests and those of my company"

If you need a solicitor, you want to be confident that your interests are properly looked after. Our teams of legal professionals have an extensive range of skills and experience to offer our clients, who also enjoy the added benefit of dealing with a firm that is large enough to provide specialists in the many areas of legal issues that we cover including; family matters, employment problems, house purchases and sales, wills, crime and road traffic offences, personal injury, medical negligence and dispute resolution.