Company Formation

The structure of the company can be integral to the future efficiency and performance of a business so it’s essential to make the best decisions from the start. Our legal team can provide expert help from the start to help you determine the right type of formation that offers maximum tax efficiency while offering protection against liability. There are a number of solutions available in commercial law which may be useful, such as trusts, which we can provide advice on. We can also offer supplementary company secretarial services which include providing an address for a registered office and monitoring ongoing responsibilities and obligations.

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More information about Company Formation

Do you need guidance and advice on company formation? We have all the details on incorporation and whether it could be right for your business. 

If you are ready to start your own business, one of the first things you’ll need to get organised is the formation of your company. This is a larger job than it sounds as you’ll have to consider the different types of structure available. Each of these has its own pros and cons which may alter the liability and profitability.

The primary structures for company formation are:

  • Sole trader – a single person running their own business on a self-employed basis
  • Partnership – two or more people who manage the business together and split the profits
  • Limited Company – a legal structure which removes personal liability from the owner/s of the business
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – a hybrid structure which combines a partnership and limited company, removing personal liability but treating income as personal.

 The size of your business and its specific needs will help to determine which structure would be the most beneficial.      

    Setting up a Limited Company

    If you choose to set your business up as a limited company, this is often referred to as company incorporation or company formation. This type of legal structure offers the business owners protection, as the liability is transferred onto the business itself. The liability of a company owner is limited to the value of their contribution. This is one of the most significant advantages of a limited company.

    Incorporating a company requires considerable work as it involves the formation of a separate entity recognised by law. The formation of the company will include:

    • A company name which must be unique
    • A registered address
    • A minimum of at least one director
    • Governance documents (memorandum and articles of association)
    • A maximum of four Standard Industrial Classification codes to represent the type of business carried out
    • Details on the Company’s Register of Persons of Significant Control
    • At least one issued share

    For more information about how to incorporate a company and the steps to take, contact our team.


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    Consultant Solicitor, Corporate Commercial

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    Legal Associate

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    Solicitor, Corporate Commercial

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    Trainee Solicitor

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    Senior Paralegal

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    Senior Paralegal Commercial

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