Buying or Selling a Business

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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.

Our expertise

Business & Share Sales
& Acquisitions

Our working relationship with you always begins with a kick off meeting and our premises at Greenways is perfect for this. We will talk through how we can help, ensure we have a full understanding of what you are looking to achieve and agree a plan as to how we reach the outcome with clear stages of the transaction.

Our expertise include:

  • Advising and negotiating on heads of terms and exclusivity agreements

  • Legal Due Diligence, data room management and disclosure

  • Asset Purchase Agreements – particular experience in the manufacturing, hospitality and professional services

  • Share Purchase Agreements – particular experience in professional services, house building industrial and hospitality

  • Deferred consideration terms and security over shares

  • Corporate finance and re-financing

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Corporate lawyers

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

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.

Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.


Margaret Wilson

Clear concise advice

Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!


Mr Ian Liddle

Excellent service

Excellent service as usual.



Superb once again.

Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!


Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.



Matt Saunders

Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!

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.




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.


Your commercial 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.

Specialist lawyers for
all your corporate and
commercial needs


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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