Setting up a Business

Expert business solicitors

Corporate legal services

Professional advice for businesses setting up

When looking to set up a new business, it is imperative that you receive expert legal advice. Setting aside a budget for legal fees will reap benefits in the long run.

We assist a wide variety of business sector clients in setting up limited companies, partnerships and limited liability partnerships. From initial incorporation and set up to the drafting of bespoke shareholder, partnership and member agreements, terms and conditions of business… we do it all!

Our close working relationships with banks, accountants and tax advisers give you the added benefit of building a network of professional advisers that can add real value to your business now and during its life cycle.

Our team of business solicitors has assisted many regional and national businesses as part of their start up process and are continuing to act as the businesses grow from strength to strength.

Our business legal services cover...

Incorporations and complex share structures

Shareholder, Partnership and LLP Agreements

Terms and Conditions of Business

Business startup finance

Don't risk your business: Trust the experts

Corporate lawyers since 1882

Recent highlights

  • Advising on a community business Partnership set up

  • Working closely with the Commercial Property team on a commercial property development with the introduction of a new management company and sorting out relevant appointments and bespoke articles of association

  • Advising upon initial start-up finance and best business structure models

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 business 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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