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Since 1887, we have been providing West Yorkshire with painless and affordable legal protection for personal, family, and business matters. Over the years, our established team of lawyers have seen and dealt with every circumstance imaginable, creating a truly personal service based on straightforward, practical legal advice and protection.
This is why we’re still around after nearly 150 years, and why we are today known as one of the most approachable and successful solicitor practices in Yorkshire. Our clients include a wide range of businesses and individuals, from international corporations to the elderly couple down the street, all of whom receive the same individual and economical service that our customers value. Read more...
Commercial disputes are sometimes unavoidable and they can often result in the destruction of a business and relationships.
When a dispute arises it can be impossible to take an objective view and that is where Eatons can assist. Eatons can give you an accurate assessment of your position and your rights.
With the help from a specialist team in dispute resolution, Eatons can help to manage conflicts and ensure it is amicably resolved. Whilst an early resolution without going to Court is always preferable, we will not hesitate to pursue a case through the Courts when required.
Regardless of what industry your business is in, from industry or insurance, to media or property, we always advise getting advice from us before you position becomes untenable and relationships breakdown.
One way of resolving disputes is through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as mediation, where a neutral third party is appointed to assist the parties involved. The mediators will seek details of the dispute, including any evidence and will ask both parties to sign a mediation agreement giving a framework for the settlement. Not only is this process legally binding, it is confidential, consensual, quick, relatively cheap, and more importantly helps preserve relationships.
The law is there to protect you, and so are we.
"Very customer focussed. Nothing is too much trouble, and as soon as we tell them about a problem they jump on it... they will resolve it face to face if necessary, get in their car and go out of their way. They're more like a normal business than a firm of solicitors... carer type people, professional... you can rely on them."More Testimonials +
Every business needs a place to live and flourish, and this base is fundamental to the survival of a company.
Every company needs confidence that a premise is suitable, for the long-term, affordable, accessible and available.
Here at Eatons we have a wide range of experience in acting for clients in developing and managing commercial properties. We act for clients in the sale and purchase of commercial land and property, sale and purchase of a company and acquisitions and disposals of a company.
You need advice you can rely on when negotiating a purchase, sale, lease or lease renewal, and for that, you need Eatons - a local team with expertise in commercial property law.
Eatons can assist with:
With offices in various locations, Eatons can accommodate projects throughout the Yorkshire area.
When you have to get it right first time, get Eatons.
Buying a commercial property can be a daunting experience for a business and its Directors. As in any contract, there are many legal provisions that need to be included but these must firstly be fully understood before the company signs anything and therefore reliable legal advice is a must.
Eaton's commercial property team are specialists in this area and are able to help.
Eatons are able to provide advice on all aspects of the management of your commercial property portfolio. We can assist you with all tenancy arrangements including dealing with the commencement / termination of a tenancy, any dilapidation claims, renewals of leases, licences to assign and variations to a lease. We can also assist with all tenancy disputes.
By involving Eatons in the management of your portfolio, you can rest assured that all legal matters have been attended to and that you have done all you can to avoid any costly and time consuming disputes further down the line.
A commercial lease is a complicated and very detailed document that sets out the legal agreement between the tenant and the landlord. It should contain all of the responsibilities and obligations of each party including provisions for rent, termination, property up keep etc. These obligations can vary and are usually very individual to each property and landlord. For this reason, we would always advise that a lease is drafted or amended so that it is tailored to suit both the landlords and tenant each time.
Eatons can advise on all commercial development and construction matters including pre-emption and options, land promotion agreements and section 106 agreements.
We are able to act for you on any commercial development and construction matter including housing estates, flats, care homes and office/retail units.
We can provide advice on the formalities of the transaction, the contract, any warranties and any liabilities.
Often these types of matters involve a number of professionals acting for the building or development and as such, Eatons are able to work hand-in-hand with any other professional of your choosing.
Eatons act for both landlords and tenants on a range of transactions including break notices and rent deposit deeds. We can provide advice on the rents, the terms of the lease and any ancillary documentation required under the heads of terms. We can also advise on rights, obligations and liabilities.
Eatons also offer a service of writing and preparing a standard pack of leasehold information which addresses all standard commercial property enquiries to save the landlord cost for having to prepare this every time a flat/unit changes tenants.
If planning applications are obstructing your commercial property, we can provide advice on how to deal with this matter.
Eatons can assist you if you require a licence or need advice on the requirements for a licence.
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Legal frameworks support a business expecting and preparing for changes in that company and the people who run it.
Eatons are experts in drafting agreements and documents to protect you, your partners and your shareholders from any eventuality and help to lay down procedures to avoid the damage of any possible disputes.
If you have concerns, we will be happy to review the legal 'health' of your business and suggest agreements to counteract any potential vulnerability.
Our team is experienced in dealing with many business sectors and have a wide depth of knowledge, including reviewing and drafting new Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Shareholder Agreements amongst other documents.
Our ability to detect and deal with issues at an early stage makes our assistance invaluable in managing the risks relating to documents and contracts.
Our specialist team will ensure you receive all the expertise and practical help necessary to make sure you are legally compliant and covered against any threats to your business.
Built from a firm foundation – build your business with Eatons.
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This means all businesses must ensure they are up to date with their obligations to their employees.
These obligations cover a range of areas including:
All businesses may face personnel issues resulting in legal action being taken in an Employment Tribunal. Your business can take comfort from the fact that by contacting Eatons we can assist in the preparation of all the paperwork, guiding you through the claim with concise and clear advice and arranging to represent you at the hearing.
Eatons' specialist team is always on top of this ever changing legal landscape, with advice immediately available through our employers helpline. We have the know-how to keep you away from the pitfalls.
Eatons – the safe side of Employment Law.
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For those in business, contracts are an important part of your life, both when you start the business and as it grows and develops.
Eatons legal team will ensure that any agreements or contracts you undertake are in your best interests and the interests of your business. This applies whether you are a sole trader, limited company, partnership or indeed any other type of business.
Depending on your business structure there are many varied legal issues that must be considered, especially when starting up a new company. For example, although there are no legal formalities required for a sole trader, you will be personally liable for all of the Company's debt. It is therefore essential that you consult with us so a dedicated member of our team can advise you accordingly.
We will guide you through each process step-by-step on how to run the business on a day-to-day basis, design documents, draft internal procedures and advise on how the business can be developed, improved or even ended should the need ever arise.
In addition to the above advice, Eatons will help you with the process of complying with the Companies Act legislation, which requires accounts, records and returns to be submitted to Companies House.
Let Eatons help you ensure that you and your business succeed.
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We have many long-term clients who have found it more cost effective to place their debt recovery operations with Eatons.
Getting your debtors to pay their bills can be difficult and time consuming but it is a task all businesses have to confront at some point. For many companies, outstanding invoices are their biggest assets and overdue bills continue to be expensive to collect and a distraction.
Eatons can offer you a structured debt recovery program to minimise the disruption to your business and your staff when dealing with outstanding payments. We have considerable experience in collecting debts and where possible the costs associated.
In addition to the above, we can advise on credit control measures that can be implemented to reduce the amount of bad debts a business has.
Eatons - Combining both firmness and discretion, we never forget that we represent your business.
"It is refreshing to find a company that is able to give us a realistic assessment of the chance of recovery before we part with our money. We have always received a great service and appropriate advice from Eatons. They have pursued our debt recovery cases vigorously and in the most cost effective manner."More Testimonials +
We advise both buyers and sellers on a range of transactions - local, national and international. Our specialists will provide you with all the expertise and assistance you need to ensure all stages of your commercial transactions run smoothly, in a cost effective and practical manner.
Mergers are undertaken for a variety of reasons, the main one being to increase the company's long term profitability and maximise shareholder value. Mergers may also have other benefits to those involved including cutting costs, a reduction in tax, economies of scale and gaining a greater share of the firm's overall market. A merger can be consensual, therefore agreed by all parties. If the transaction is not consensual, it is regarded as hostile, which in other words is an acquisition.
A Management Buy Out (MBO) is very similar to the acquisition of a company by other means. The difference lies in that the purchasers of the company are the managers of that company.
At Eatons we can advise on how best to undertake a Buy Out of your own company or indeed sell if you are the current owner. We will advise you on all the processes and procedures involved.
Eatons – Helping you to help your company.
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Eatons offer a wide range of Health and Safety related services to help you manage these important areas of your business through our specialist department.
It is the case that all employers with five or more employees must have written policies, procedures, arrangements and risk assessments in place to address Health and Safety in the workplace. These often form an integral part of a Risk Management Strategy. Legal Statutes place legal obligations on employers to assess such matters as General Risks, Manual Handling, Fire, Noise, COSHH, and Work at Height, Display Screens. It also requires them to put in place Safe Systems of Work and are appropriately instructed and informed.
It is a criminal offence for a company not to comply with the above, which could result in action against employees, managers and directors.
If your organisation does not have the appropriate safety policies in place, has not carried out risk assessments or has not informed and trained your workforce, then insufficient attention will have been given to the management of Health and Safety - this puts employees at risk of being harmed. In turn, the managers and organisation are then at risk of increased employers' liability premiums or health and safety prosecutions.
Let Eatons help you and your business
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A company's intellectual property and information technology can often be its most valuable asset and therefore needs protecting accordingly.
Eatons can advise you on what your rights are, how they should be protected and how they can be exploited by licensing, co-ownership and sale. We can even arrange for these assets to be valued for insurance, sale and other financial purposes.
We can work with other dedicated professionals in areas such as marketing and website design, as to how the implementation of their ideas for you can be protected so as to provide a full service solution. Clear, concise advice will be provided if your rights are infringed by another entity's advertising, marketing or use of your intellectual property in it's manufacturing, design or other processes. We resolve such disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Ancillary areas such as data protection, competition, website terms and conditions, privacy policies and advertising law are all covered by our team. Leave the technical side to us to give you peace of mind that your innovative entrepreneurial endeavours will be properly looked after by Eatons.
We are practical lawyers who give common sense advice in a highly technical area.
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"I would like to express my sincere thanks for the invaluable advice you gave me recently. Without it the outcome of my meeting would I am sure, not have been a favourable one. Your expertise and guidance saved me from a possible employment tribunal and a great deal of stress over the festive period. I would have no hesitation in recommending you and your company. Once again many thanks."READ MORE
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