Services for Business

Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally.

...with you every step of the way!

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.

testimonials

”Thanks for all your efforts. You are really helping give me confidence regarding taking on new work and a strong hand when negotiating too."

A Client

"Deborah and her team at Eaton Smith handled the recent sale of our family business exemplary showing 100% commitment to the lengthy transaction without faltering on their support both legally and personally. The attention to detail in what was a complicated business deal meant that I felt in safe hands and the understanding and guidance offered throughout made it easier for me to comprehend the complexity of the legalities which were completely out of my comfort zone. I had complete trust in Deborah and the team and the dedication shown throughout meant I never felt alone or vulnerable in what was a stressful and emotional time. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Deborah Melluish and the team at Eaton Smith."

D Storer

“I have to say this is a work of art, reads exactly as I wanted. Thank you very much for your work on this, it’s been a joy in a way I thought legal stuff could never be."

A Client

“We were selling our 173 year old family business to a private equity backed buyer.  Eaton Smith had been our company and family solicitors for many years and so we trusted them to act for us on the sale of our company. 

Alison and the team she put together had the right skill set and experience for the size and type of our transaction and the team perfectly matched my approach to the deal.  She empathised with the legal and also emotional attachment the family had with our business which I do not think you would get with a larger firm and we appreciated Eaton Smith’s understanding and patience.  

Quite quickly into the process we realised that we were facing a huge international law firm including multiple lawyers in each of its corporate, property, due diligence and other teams, two international accountancy firms dealing with the acquisition, and taxation aspects, the Buyer’s in-house legal team and also their in-house financial, legal, retail, property and employment due diligence teams and I was impressed by how Alison and her due diligence, property and employment teams were not fazed by this opposition.

We were very impressed with Alison and her teams commitment and dedication and their ability to identify the fundamental issues to fight over, amongst the multitude of points raised by the Buyer and the speed with which they did this against huge corporate, due diligence and property teams.

We were also impressed by the communication between the Eaton Smith Teams and ourselves and also our accountant and how they worked tirelessly for four months and did not miss a single deadline.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Alison, her Corporate and Commercial Team and Andrew Pedley.

To sum up we would say that Eaton Smith are big enough to cope and small enough to care.”

 

W. Armitage

“Thank you also for your excellent comments in the email. I appreciate your taking the time to educate me along the way and not just provide a final document. You're a joy to work with, thanks!”

A Client

"Andrew has been key to the achievement of the sale and has without doubt offered excellent advice and timely intervention in what was at points a complicated negotiation, made more difficult by the buyer's Solicitor. His expertise has also been noted by the buyer's Director of Land, who informs us he has recommended Andrew to a third party with whom his Company is seeking to undertake a transaction. We take this opportunity to re-iterate how pleased we have been with the service received from your Practice over a number of years." 

O. Thomas

"We have been using Kate Booth at Eaton-Smith for the last few years for employment advice and have always found her assistance useful. This year she has helped us greatly with an employment case. Her attention to detail and advice with the issues affecting our business have been invaluable and allowed us to successfully deal with some complex employment problems. It is clear she has an excellent grasp of the law and its implications within employment. In addition her calm reassuring nature and prompt replies to our concerns have allowed us to proceed through the situation with a confidence that we have been in expert hands. I would recommend Kate and her team to any business looking for employment advice and indeed have done so in the past."

A Client

news

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Company Voluntary Agreements – how businesses are using them to fight landlord agreements

Jane Gregory

In recent months, there has been a growing interest in the way businesses are using a particular type of insolvency prevention procedure – known as a Company Voluntary Agreement – to reduce the amount they’re paying to landlords. Here, we explore the issue and look at the way retailers in particular are... Read More


25/07/2018

Landlords must check they hit the spot with deposits

Jane Gregory

Claims for incorrectly handled property rental deposits are soaring and landlords should be alert to the danger and ensure they or their agents are complying with the legal requirements, if they want to avoid high penalties.  

According to figures from insurers, the number of claims relating to deposits... Read More


24/07/2018

Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd win Business of the Month Award

Philip Clarke

Smith Brothers (Contracting) Ltd is the latest winner of Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award. The Huddersfield-based family business was established in 1999 to provide a range of turnkey power engineering services. Smith Brothers has established a specialist reputation in its market and works with many large... Read More


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