Corporate & Commercial

Your team of expert corporate and commercial lawyers 

Delivering expert corporate and commercial legal services

Our dedicated team provide a range
of specialist legal services

Headed up by Gemma Sumsion the Corporate & Commercial team provide a bespoke, professional yet pragmatic service to their business clients.

We advise across all industries, with particular expertise in the house building, professional services, agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.

Our core Corporate services

Setting up a Business

Guiding you through buying or selling a business

Buying or Selling a Business

Guiding you through buying or selling a business

Corporate Agreements

Assisting on the detailed terms of your agreements

Corporate Re-Structure & Growth

Expert legal advice on growing your business

Commercial Contracts

Advising on contract terms

Your business is in safe hands

Your local business solicitors

Who we work with

The team have a strong and established client base, some of which include:

  • The Stonewood Group

  • Princeton Homes

  • Charlcombe homes

  • Healthmatic 

  • Bath Demolition

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.


Jane Weller


Helpful, prompt and efficient


Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.


Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.


Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.


Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.




Rowena is very professional and very prompt response every time I needed something.


Paul Ealey

Gemma combines sound commercial judgement with a refreshing clarity and approach.  An excellent commercial lawyer.



Very human, understanding, trustworthy, feeling of honesty.


Mr & Mrs C

Friendly exact explanations on all legal aspects, helpful throughout and always with a smile.



I could not have wished for a more professional dedicated team, I am so grateful for all their help and support, I would highly recommend Goughs solicitors to family and friends.


Watch our Employment team videos

Employment Law for the Employee
Employment Law for the Employee
Employment Lawyers, how can we help your business?
Employment Lawyers, how can we help your business?
Meet Angela West - Head of Employment at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Angela West - Head of Employment at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner at Goughs Solicitors

Most popular business
employment questions

Well in a nutshell:

Firstly, the employee should raise the grievance in writing.

The employer should hold a meeting and investigate the complaint. At the meeting the employee is legally entitled to be accompanied by a fellow work colleague or a trade union representative if they are a member of a union.

The employee should be given sufficient time to discuss the nature of their grievance, and if appropriate the meeting should be adjourned for further investigations to take place.

After the grievance has been fully investigated a further meeting should be held to enable the employer to communicate its decision; this should also be followed up in writing. If the employee remains unhappy, they have a right of appeal.

All employees, regardless of the number of hours they work per week, are entitled to receive a written statement detailing the terms and conditions of employment from their employer, within two months of starting work.

Contracts although, go far beyond the legal necessity, they provide protection and peace of mind to all parties so everyone knows where they stand.

Redundancy pay is calculated based on the employees length of service and age. The length of service is capped at 20 years. 

The employee is entitled to:

  • 1.5 weeks pay for each full year of employment after their 41st birthday
  • a weeks pay for each full year of employment after their 22nd birthday
  • half a weeks pay for each full year of employment up to their 22nd birthday

Courts and Tribunals have long recognised the rights and needs of a business to reorganise and restructure. Such reorganisation could include a reduction in staff, changes to terms and conditions, or perhaps a change in the way an item is produced.

If an employee refuses to go along with a business reorganisation then in certain circumstances an employee can be fairly dismissed.

Find out more by visiting our frequently asked questions or get in touch with a specialist employment lawyer today. 

Your Corporate & Commercial legal team

Gemma Sumsion

Head of Real Estate & Corporate

Gemma is a Partner and Head of Real Estate & Corporate. She specialises in commercial property and corporate matters, acting for a wide range of clients.

Hollie Plumb

Trainee Solicitor

Hollie started her Training Contract with the firm in September 2019 in the Family Department, and since March 2020, she has been based in the Commercial team. Hollie has a particular interest in Corporate transactions, which includes Business Sales/Purchases and Corporate Restructuring.

Corporate & Commerical legal
experts for the South West


We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.


Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.


We deal with a wide variety of corporate clients so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

Related Pages

A definitive guide to protecting your wealth for future generations

Everything you need to know to futureproof your business

Setting up a Business

Buying or Selling a Business

Corporate Agreements

Corporate Re-Structure & Growth

Commercial Contracts