Business
Law

Financially literate and commercially smart legal support for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK and Canada.

Commercial contracts & negotiations

Most business deals follow a familiar pattern: “You do this, I’ll do that, this is the price, here’s the schedule, and here's what we do if something goes wrong.”

The contract? That’s just the business deal written down. Writing it in plain English instead of contorted legalese can build trust and save a lot of aggravation.

Buying or selling existing businesses

Whether you’re buying a company, or buying a business to move it into another company, we can help with negotiating detailed terms, contract drafting, due diligence, completion and payment.

Starting a new business

Get ready to start trading with customer-centred terms of business, privacy notices, and legally compliant direct-marketing processes. We can help with company formation, articles of association, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, employment contracts, data protection, and anti-spam compliance.

Employment law

We advise employers on a wide range of issues, from plain-language employment contracts and hiring processes, through to disability and the right to use medical cannabis in the workplace.

Joint venture & Shareholders' agreements

In business with family and friends? Avoid headaches down the road with a comprehensive agreement covering the key issues, such as:

  • how you'll manage the business together
  • the roles you play
  • how much each of you gets paid
  • how and when you can sell shares
  • what happens if a shareholder dies

Company secretarial

What’s got you excited today? Corporate governance and drafting board minutes? We didn’t think so.

Your company is required to keep basic records up to date. Writing them in plain English can avoid unnecessary shareholder conflicts, and gives confidence to lenders, auditors, and tax inspectors.

Need Help in Plain English?

Contact us today by sending a message, booking a 30-minute initial consultation at no charge or requesting a call back.

Our approach

First, do business. Then worry about the legals. Plain English Law gives practical, commercially smart legal advice. Then we write the documents in everyday language.

Fixed-fee and Hourly

Where possible, we prefer to quote fixed fees. That way, the price reflects the value you get instead of the time we put in. If that's not possible, we provide a cost estimate and an hourly rate.

Virtual Counsel

Perfect for larger projects, helping an existing in-house legal team, or smaller businesses that don't need full-time counsel. Our month-to-month Virtual Counsel plans are excellent value. Strike your own balance of price and flexibility:

  • Lower hourly rates, with day rates available.
  • No increases to your headcount.
  • No long-term commitment required.

Our Offices

We provide legal support to small and medium-sized businesses based in Scotland

Scotland

Based in Dundee with our offices located at 4.6.2 Flour Mill, 34 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3EJ. Plain English Law serves businesses throughout Tayside and across Scotland.

We also provide services to small and medium-sized business in the UK and Canada.

United Kingdom

Costs in Dundee are much lower than in London and the South East. Or in Manchester, Leeds, or Edinburgh, for that matter.

With qualifications in Scotland, England & Wales, Plain English Law offers great value to clients across most of the UK.

Canada

Founded in Scotland by a Canadian-trained lawyer, Plain English Law:

  • Advises clients worldwide on Canadian business and privacy law.
  • Provides a UK GDPR Representative service for clients in Canada and around the world.

Need Help in Plain English?

Contact us today by sending a message, booking a 30-minute initial consultation at no charge or requesting a call back.

Our affiliations

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