Corporate & Commercial

...with you every step of the way!

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:

Selling, Buying or Restructuring a business:

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

Business Structures:


  • 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.

If you would like to contact our Corporate & Commercial team click here or call 01484 821300.


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Team for Business – Corporate & Commercial

T: 01484 821413
Deborah Melluish
Deborah Melluish
Senior Partner
T: 01484 821431
Alison Palmer
Alison Palmer
T: 01484 821411
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
T: 01484 821 415
Lewis Holroyd
Lewis Holroyd
T: 01484 821 414
Anna Hay
Anna Hay
T: 01484 821 321
Katie Newham
Katie Newham


”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

“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

A great down to Earth plain speaking company. I like the way Alison and her team explain things to a non-legal expert and try to simplify it. A great bunch of people to have on your side. 

M Williams

Thanks to Eaton Smith and especially to yourself for all the support and advice you have given me over the years, it’s like having a little suit of armour in the closet that you occasionally have to wear for protection. Mostly for special occasions and thankfully not too many times to do battle.

A Client

Your team was professional and thorough, and the good humour and tolerance at the stressful moments was appreciated too!

A Client

I would like to thank you and your team for the excellent work you have done over the duration of this transaction. At every stage I have felt the advice and support you have given us has been first-rate.

A Client

Let’s face it, deciding on a solicitor is a bit of a gamble, but fortunately, we found Chris.

Understanding the legal landscape is daunting, and I would not have secured our deal without him. He is a fountain of legal knowledge that goes well beyond the black and white mentality you often find. I discovered very early on that Chris is first and foremost a genuine person, who also happens to be an incredible solicitor. Chris has a unique way of getting results, by delivering practical information, combined with strategic moves and overall empathy. His style is subtle, focused and precise, which genuinely helped us carve out a deal with little to no resistance.

I can’t emphasise how important this is, as Chris never lost sight of our needs, and he always had a sense of momentum with a constant view of completion in mind. Chris is top of his game and is a rare breed of AAA solicitor who also goes that extra mile for you. It’s honestly been a pleasure, and I will continue to collaborate with Chris for all our company affairs.  

A Client