Expert Advice

Legal issues to consider when starting a business

B2B Editor15 March 2016

Starting a new business is an exciting time. Although cash flow can be tight when starting out, this is an important time to receive professional advice, as it limits the risk of unintended issues arising later.

What are the legal issues / advice / documents you will need before you start your business? There is no such thing as “one size fits all”. Consideration needs to be given to the nature of your business, how you are structured,your size, and the industry you operate in.

Examples of the types of legal services we regularly find a start up business needs (and why) include:

  • Legal structure advice: Before starting to trade, have you considered whether you will trade as a sole trader, company,partnership, trust, or even a company as trustee of a trust? This is important to discuss with both your lawyer and accountant before starting out.
  • Founder Agreements (eg Shareholder Agreements): If you are going into business with other people, a founder’s agreement (such as a shareholders agreement, partnership agreement, unit holders agreement) is a must. This agreement should cover off issues such as what is the entry and exit process (and conditions which must be satisfied prior to entry and exit), how are decisions made (including decisions which must be unanimous), who owns any IP which is generated, and any restraints against an exiting party from
    competing with you.
  • Intellectual Property Protection: The type of IP in a new business will vary from case to case, but almost every new business will have a new name / brand. That name / brand should be protected through one or more registered trade marks. This will provide you with an ability to prevent 3rd parties from using a brand similar to yours and limits the risk of being forced to re-brand as a result of infringing the rights of a 3rd party.
  • Good and / or Services Agreements: If your business intends selling goods or providing services, there is merit in having your good or services agreement ready for use before you start to trade (or soon there after).
  • Employment and / Contractor Agreements: If engaging people to work for you, will you engage employees or contractors? Do you understand the difference between the two and the consequences of getting this wrong?
  • Policies: before you start, you may require a privacy policy, website terms etc.

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