Buying or Selling a Business

Expert business solicitors

Expert business solicitors

Advice on buying or selling businesses

Succession Planning remains the buzz word of the corporate world but in fact it vital to the growth and success of your business. Whether your plans for succession and success results in growth and acquiring a business, or winding down and selling up, the corporate team can assist.

The transaction can take many forms but often falls into either an asset sale and purchase or a share sale and purchase. Subject to your desired outcomes, there are pros and cons to both. With an experienced corporate team, we can talk you through the whole journey which may start even before you agree a deal.

We have strong working relationships with fellow professionals including accountants and tax advisers and business agents to ensure you receive the full service required at any point during the transaction. Our employment team are always on hand to assist with any employee related matters and work proactively and commercially to ensure you get the right deal and any exposures to risk are minimised.

Advice on buying or selling businesses​

Recent highlights

  • Advising on a client’s retirement plans resulting in a successful tyre business sale to the major competitor in the market coupled with related business property sales and lease assignment

  • Successfully completed on a multi-million-pound share sale of a design, print and fulfilment business advising on complex earn-out provisions and employee share schemes

  • Acting for a successful IFA business in a further IFA acquisition as part of their growth strategy

Business, Share Sales & Acquisitions

Our expertise include:

Business, Share Sales & Acquisitions​

Our clients rate us excellent

We have just completed some legal paperwork with Mrs Isabel Figueiredo and as ever she provided a brilliant service. She explained everything and made sure that my wife and I understood before proceeding. I cannot recommend her enough and thank you again.
Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Matt Saunders

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Mike Blunsdon

Ellie genuinely cared and was invested in her work which added that personal touch of understanding and empathy that is needed when it comes to sensitive family matters. Her dedication and hard work secured my family and I the best possible outcome we could have hoped for.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Jennifer Jay
Luchia was extremely professional yet relaxed in her approach. Her experience and knowledge were obvious and she was tactful to the extreme in some of our unconventional bequests and wishes during a Will making appointment.
Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

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


Hollie started her training contract in September 2019 and for the majority of her training contract and since qualifying in September 2021, has been working closely with Gemma Sumsion in the Corporate and Commercial Team. 

Specialist Corporate & Commercial lawyers


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.

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