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Ownership Agreements, Employee Incentivisation & Governance

When a business has multiple owners and stakeholders, it is critical that they have appropriate ownership agreements and constitutional documents in place. Our team has vast experience in advising business owners and managers on ownership agreements of all types, including shareholders, partners, LLP members, options and growth shares. When it comes to ownership, it really is all about getting the balance right between stakeholders and their respective interests.

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Key Services

  • Shareholders agreements
  • Partnership and LLP agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Articles of association and other constitutional documents
  • EMI share schemes 
  • Unapproved share schemes and phantom arrangements
  • Growth share schemes
  • Advice to directors and shareholders
  • Governance advice and policy
  • Shareholder and partnership dispute resolution

In-House Counsel

Our team of experienced lawyers is well-equipped to support you in various ways. Whether you require advice on a specific issue, additional resources due to capacity constraints, or a second opinion, we are here to help. Explore our legal counsel page for more information and details on our schedule of seminars, specifically designed for in-house counsel.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

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How we’ve helped our clients

“They have always been extremely responsive and proactive MDL have had an excellent working relationship with Paris Smith over many years and they have always been extremely responsive and proactive to our requirements for advice on property and corporate issues relating to the sometimes complex area of marina operation and development and associated matters ”

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“One referee says “Paris Smith provide a premium service with a real focus on quality;” another adds “The team are accessible and provide strongly commercial advice;” whilst a third referee states “They are very knowledgeable and handled difficult queries very well. They always kept us up to date and ensured a smooth process.””

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“Referees say “The Paris Smith team has stood out for their ability to respond in a consistently timely and professional manner at all times across a broad range of legal advice areas”; “The Paris Smith team acts as a genuine partner and are there where and when you need them, consistently and professionally – I couldn’t ask any more of them”; “Clear and quality legal advice, hardworking legal counsel” and “Dedicated to the service they provide”.”

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