Setting up a Business

Expert business solicitors

Expert business solicitors

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.

Setting up a business

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

Our business legal services

Our expertise include:

Goughs services

Our clients rate us excellent

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Jonathan Carter-Lewis

Senior Associate

Jonathan joined Goughs in April 2022 as a Senior Associate. He enjoys problem solving and finding ways to make his clients' lives easier.

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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