Corporate Agreements

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Corporate Agreement specialists

Our team have been advising successful businesses in the South West on all areas of their business with particular focus on the constitutional documents which sit behind their corporate structures.

Ensuring that you structure your business in the best possible way is just the start. Reviewing your aims and objectives is paramount to enable your business to always be ahead of the game and have the right documentation at the right time. This may start from looking at what you currently have or starting from scratch with bespoke and tailored agreements to suit the needs and requirements of the parties involved.

Our team work with you and your professional team of advisers to provide the most innovative and commercially minded advice possible and to achieve your desired goals. One size does not fit all, which is why at Goughs we will spend the time getting to know you and your business, looking at all angles of a transaction to provide a truly holistic approach.

Our expertise

Corporate Agreement Services

Our expertise include:

  • Shareholder and Cross Option Agreements

  • Shareholder Investment Agreements

  • Member Agreements

  • LLP Agreements

  • Joint Ventures

  • Share Options and Share Incentive arrangements

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Recent highlights

  • Acting for a national house builder on its investment strategy for a multimillion-pound residential housing development via an SPV and creating a suite of bespoke documents including Shareholder Investment Agreement, Shareholder Loans, new Articles of Association and all associated corporate administrative filing requirement

  • Advising a £25,000,000 turnover marketing company on the introduction of a new employee share scheme resulting in the employees owning a 10% stake in the group company

  • Working closely with an architectural practice and their appointed IFA in order to create workable strategy for business succession planning involving complex shareholder agreement coupled with a share cross option agreement underpinned by various life insurance policies

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.


Corporate agreements:
Your questions answered

Get in touch today with our Corporate team!

Let us know what you are trying to achieve and we will be able to advise you on how best to structure and document it. 

Who is able to sign documents on behalf of a company depends on the type of contract that the company is entering into. Broadly speaking, there are two main types of contract: a ‘simple contract’ and a deed. 

If the company is entering into a ‘simple’ contract, then a person signing must have the company’s express, implied or apparent authority that they can sign the contract. This means that if the directors of a company have given a manager the authority to sign a contract, they are able to do so.

If the company is entering into a deed, then the signature must be by:

  • Affixing the company seal;
  • Two directors;
  • One director in the presence of an independent witness; or
  • One director and the company secretary.

On incorporation, the company will have articles of association- unless tailored articles have been drafted, the company will adopt the Model Articles. The company is governed by their articles and are published on Companies House which means they can therefore be seen by the public. 

The relationship between the shareholders can be governed by a shareholders’ agreement which does not need to be published and can therefore cover specific events such as retirement.

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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.

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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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