Brian McLelland (Business Lawyer)

Brian

Mclelland (business lawyer)

Summary

Welcome to Business Lawyers-the business lawyers who mean business.We provide legal advice to help businesses grow profitably. As specialist business lawyers we provide virtual legal solutions to businesses-we do not deal in divorce or probate for example as that is not our expertise.We also believe in plain speaking which is why we are with Speaka. Think about these issues that you may want/may affect you: Are you worried by the complexities of the law in running your own business? Are you stressed and are suffering sleepless nights over legal disputes or are losing time and money trying to manage this yourself? Do you lack the time and expertise to manage your legal risks yourself? Would you like a service that offers you a free initial no obligation consultation either face to face or by phone? Would you like something similar by email? Do you want a different relationship with your lawyer than the traditional one where you visit them at their office at a time that suits them only? Would you want a legal helpline at little cost? Are you fed up with lawyers who charge excessively and who charge for every phone call or photocopy made? Would you like budget certainty by having fixed or capped fee quotes? Would you like the flexibility to pay by credit or debit card online? Would you like an "out of hours" service with advice "on tap" evenings and weekends? Do you need a business law specialist to guide you through the legal maze? Would you like a fast turnaround of service with a business that welcomes the concept of SLA's? If you have answered positively to many if not most of the above then we may be able to assist. A few case studies should help you here see how we have helped clients in the past: Helping an IT business sue successfully a late payer Advising a business that was buying a beauty franchise-the terms were onerous so she bought a less risky business elsewhere. Advising the seller of a tyre company when dealing with a buyer. Helping a family business of 15 year standing sell up to a national player in the conferencing field on more favourable terms. Defending an IT recruitment business from a copyright breach demand-saving £1500 plus legal costs of £4000. Defending an events company in a fire claim by a "chancer" saving £1000. Helping an IT company dismiss an agent employee fairly when certain information came to light. Successfully helping a manufacturer deal with a troublesome agent so saving future custom from poaching and rejecting an unfair demand for payment for "territory". Plus lots of ecommerce start ups and online trading-clubs,tools,clothes,PR sales and services. The type of clients we work with fall into these categories: businesses worried by the "legals" and with an urgent problem to solve' businesses that understand the need to manage their legal risks in advance before it is too late; companies that have put aside sensible budgets for legal charges; organisations that want and need regular legal advice but do not wish to pay City rates; start ups that want to be properly prepared legally from D-Day as opposed to starting unplanned; concerns that appreciate the added value a good business lawyer can bring to their organisation and enterprises that do not want to pay the costs of an in-house legal department/specialist but nevertheless need expert advice. If this sounds like you then do get in touch in order to work together-we may be able to help you. What this means is this-quite a bit of toil and thought at hours that do not match the normal 9-5 Monday-Friday of traditional law firms. You may not appreciate or know but a lot of studying and experience is required to practice and qualify in law:-CPE,LSF,articles,LLM(Company Commercial Law) University Of London plus ACIS as a Chartered Company Secretary for me here.Additionally I have done past studies to qualify as Scottish Solicitor as the law-as the people-are different "North of the border". Additional to this l have to keep abreast of changes of new legislation and case law since the law is forever changing and evolving and there is a need to advise contacts and clients of the same. I do this through issue of our free newsletter -see our business website to sign up for this and for lots of free articles and legal hints. Following a stint as a specialist niche insurance litigator I converted to commercial and company law on the premise that spending all day in court-despite what some may think-is not what the law(at least for me) was about. Accordingly today I am a business lawyer-specialising in SME's and e-commerce businesses.As a new business I know all too well the considerable hurdles start ups and the like face. Feel free to contact me at Business Lawyers Limited on 0845-1306608 for a free no obligation legal advice and fixed fee quote -the advantage of such a quote I find to any small business is cost certainty and the ability to budget successfully and this may be tackled by staged payments or credit card payments spread over many months.Usually the average fee for typical advice is not considerable and is comparable to what many web designers,marketing advisers and accountants charge for essential business services so do not be put off here. Many common areas of business law problems are covered by the practice including:contract, tort,intellectual property,copyright,trademark infringement, consultancy agreements, distribution/agency agreements,acquisitions and merger advice/drafting-all sensible and necessary business "stuff" to protect your business as it grows. If you need advice on successful tendering,company law compliance,business sales and purchases and e-commerce then feel free to give me a call at no charge.I listen sympathetically to client dilemmas and have seen many common problems recurring with different cleints over the years-debt,disputes,power struggles and the like. I also give helpful and practical advice to franchisees when they are thinking of buying into a franchise business. As a specialist the company provides expert company and business law advice: at a price you can afford at a price you can budget for-fixed and capped fee quotes by lawyers who speak and write plain English and with a practice that operates as a company itself and which understands the challenges facing SME's today. Unlike other Ecademy lawyers we do not deal with divorce since we are a business law specialist nor are we merely a brokerage to provide legal services as a non-solicitor "legal consultant"(to avoid Law Society regulation and client protection and to save on insurance typically). With a qualified solicitor and legal practice regulated by The Law Society Of England & Wales you have better protection since: insurance-usually higher-is obligatory; the legal practice is audited by The Law Society-unlike legal consultancies; a solicitor needs to abide by a code of professional conduct that legal brokers do not; there has to be a satisfactory complaints procedure; your solictor may be disciplined by The Law Society and may lose his/her licence to practice; your solicitor's legal charges have to agreed in advance and you should not get "unexpected surprises" and you may legitimately challenge excessive bills. All good reasons I would have thought to use one-though as ever the choice is yours. Further unlike online/telephone services for £5 or so our advice/documents have to be up to date and such online document providers usually have disclaimers we would say negate what clients typically want-up to date accurate legal advice and services that are relevant to the business world in which we live and work.Put it another way why pay £30-50 plus VAT for telephone legal advice that may not be accurate and for which you may not have any legal redress? Therefore I am pleased to a Qualified Solicitor and specialist Chartered Secretary-member of The Law Society Of England & Wales and Associate member of The Chartered Institute Of Secretaries and Administrators and abide by both professions codes of conduct. See: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/helpyourbusiness.law http://www.icsa.org.uk/.law for more. If experience matters to you then note my 10 years of law/commercial exposure as a business lawyer/entrepreneur. Likewise past City & Top 30 firm exposure means your business need not suffer when clashing/competing with bigger players. I find business law is often challenging and demanding in terms of the "red tape" it produces for businesses to deal with and the frequent legislative changes means at Business Lawyers Limited we try to cut a way through the red tape maze/morass to help businesses cope better.We do this with our in-house service to allow businesses to focus on their key business strengths as opposed to them trying to deal with legal issues in which they have no expertise.In short we help you sort out the legal wood from the trees by first prioritising and then tackling business risks Some examples of these: getting a good settlement for a client who was being refused payment for copyright work submitted; improving a client's terms and conditions to achieve better redress and cashflow re late payments; chasing up a client's international debtor on the continent with pleasing results; complying with data protection rules to avoid fines for a client's website; registering a trademark to protect a business asset; advising a client to change business status to protect his home and family and advising a franchisee of a business purchase ot her rights so reducing the sales price significantly and many many more-written testimonials and references upon request. Now the personal bit: I live in a lovely area of the country-the Thames Valley area with the rolling Chilterns and the Thames to enjoy. As a nature lover I try to make a difference by contributing actively as a trustee to help preserve and promote our countryside for future generations. I have charity trustee appreciation-the good,bad and ugly from a perspective of past and present work as a charity trustee-CAB,wildlife charity and football club. Other things/life appreciations:my wife(of course!),Latin culture and Francophile-salsa,meringue,coconut cocktails-go easy of the rum/St Emilion/Bordeaux. Apparently I fall into this category of person:

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British wildlife is of interest to me-red kites of the Chilterns for instance and as wildlife editor of Country-Side magazine-see www.bna-naturalists.org-I am kept busy.In 2005 we had a very successful centennial conference on climate change attended by Prof David Bellamy,Bill Oddie et al.Feel free to join in to do your "bit" for the environment-as much or as little as you can.See:http://www.bna-naturalists.org/agm.htm for more. I have been a past supporter of the Citizen Advice Bureau-see http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ -where I was trustee and vice-chair Stratford,London-challenging but rewarding work.I have also been a past charity company secretary for Arthritis Care(in the news of late re Ibruprofen and Cox 2 inhibitor dangers-allegedly..).See http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/aboutarthritis/index.cfm?region=uk for more. Ask your lawyer/banker/accountant what he/she/the business does for the community and what evidence they have for saying they contribute.I believe there is more to life than the "me" egocentricity you often find in law firms/businesses and have been appalled in the past as to the mean-mindedness and selfishness displayed by some individuals in certain professions I could name.Whether we like it or not we are part of a community-Ecademy being a prime example of this.Passion is something important I feel for any business-be it a charity or a law firm and wonder is this something you share?If so take the Penny Power emotional wealth test here:http://uk.tickle.com/test/emotionalwealth/result.html Also I have done some travelling but more planned for the future: create your own visited country map or check our Venice travel guide
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
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