Whatever the size of your business, legal questions arise every day and very often require the opinion or intervention of a lawyer
- Assistance from a lawyer
- For what purpose?
1. ASSISTANCE FROM A LAWYER
Whatever the size of your business, legal questions arise every day and very often require the opinion or intervention of a lawyer.
Having a legal department within an SME is still rare, and costly.
Your lawyer can assist you, answer your questions and participate in developing your company, as if such a department actually existed, adding his legal skills and his vital specialisation in litigation.
Asking your lawyer to come into the business, on terms you can set freely with him, will enable you to arrange his intervention in accordance with your means and your actual requirements.
Traditionally, your lawyer receives you in his chambers. He can also visit you during certain times in the week, certain days in the month or on request, dealing with your letters, directly accessing files, meeting the managers and staff concerned, attending your meetings and so on.
On site, he is more accessible, more available and more effective.
2. FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
Your lawyer will assist you in every stage of your company’s life.
2.1 INCORPORATION - ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
From the birth of your company, many legal questions arise: choice of the most appropriate legal form for the company in relation to the nature of the activities to be developed and the liability shareholders wish to assume vis-à-vis others and vis-à-vis the company, the nature of the undertakings which will then be made when the company is still being incorporated …
2.2 CONTRACTS - GENERAL CONDITIONS
Your lawyer will assist you in drafting company documents, contracts of employment, supply and delivery agreements, general conditions applicable to relations between your company and its clients, conditions specific to each contract and so on.
Given the specialist nature of legal proceedings, your lawyer will assist you in: organising or reorganising your litigation department, developing the best processes for managing litigation, possibly representing your interests before the courts or tribunals and so on.
2.4 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - STRATEGY
With his skills, your lawyer can also: attend the general meeting or meetings of management bodies of your company shedding light on the legal aspects of the decisions to be taken, assisting you to define the strategy of the business more clearly, avoiding the company or its executives being held liable.
2.5 DEVELOPMENT - RESTRUCTURING
When the business develops, your lawyer will be indispensable in carrying out certain operations: restructuring, taking holdings in the capital of another company, mergers or acquisitions and so on.
2.6 CONFLICTS - OBSTACLES
Resolving problem situations in the business is another of your lawyer’s skills. Whatever causes them (staff conflicts, problems between shareholders directors, etc), your lawyer will assist you and allow your company’s activities to continue despite those difficulties.
2.7 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES - BUSINESS CONTINUITY - INSOLVENCY
Being in your business, your lawyer can warn you of the existence of situations which are worrying from a legal point of view.
When such situations endanger your business or even put it at risk of insolvency, your lawyer will assist you in the necessary negotiations with creditors and organising legal recovery proceedings, to remedy the situation more effectively.