Great businesses employ great people. It may be clichéd, but a business' greatest asset is the people it employs. Creating a culture that nurtures and allows employees to develop is at the heart of the ‘Employer of the Year' category and is at the heart of Howard Kennedy's business.
As a leading London law firm, we are passionate about helping businesses and individuals and are proud to be involved with The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2016.
Based at No.1 London Bridge, our firm offers advisory, transactional and dispute-related advice to individuals and organisations on all their personal and business needs. Clients range from global organisations, SME's and owner-managed businesses through to family offices and entrepreneurs.
We have developed specialist knowledge across the following core sectors:
- Media, Entertainment and Technology
- Real Estate
- Retail and Leisure
- Financial Services
- Sports Individuals
- High Net Worth Individuals.
Within these sectors we provide tailored legal advice covering all employment, immigration, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and real estate requirements. We also advise on individuals' private affairs.
Employing your first staff - legal top tips
Providing excellent value and support to clients, we asked Carolyn Brown to share expert legal advice on employing your first staff.
HK corporate insights
Over the last year, Howard Kennedy's Corporate team have produced monthly articles on topics relevant to entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses, to appear in the publication Acquisition International. Some of these articles can be found below, or see all past articles.
Joint Ventures – For better, for worse
Gillian White, Senior Associate in the M&A team at Howard Kennedy, offers some practical advice for businesses considering a first joint venture.
A crowded funding market
Historically, a new or growing business would turn to friends, family, the bank, business angels or VCs to fund growth. Now, however, more and more businesses are turning to unconventional funding routes, and increasingly the power of the crowd. In this article, Head of Howard Kennedy’s M&A team, Michael Harris, offers his top tips on how to beat the crowd.
I’m loving Angels
Investment from Business Angels is the most common sought finance for entrepreneurs when they have exhausted their own (and friends’ and family’s) available resources.
Angels are typically high net worth individuals, or syndicates of individuals, who invest, on average, amounts of anything from £10,000 to £2 million.
The next exit
The M&A markets fell off a cliff in 2008 when the global economy stalled. As a result, many entrepreneurs will have delayed plans for a possible sale. The past two years have shown far more encouraging signs, despite occasional blips, and sale plans are now once again being dusted off.
For many entrepreneurs this will be the largest single transaction of their career, so it is important to get it right. Here are Howard Kennedy’s top exit tips to secure the best possible price.
- Ian Harvey, Chief Executive, Howard Kennedy
"The National Business Awards is the UK's pre-eminent awards programme that seeks to recognise and acknowledge the very best businesses in the UK. We are the first law firm to sponsor these awards and our ethos and approach echo that of many of those businesses that enter – innovative, fast thinking and with a commercial focus. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the very best businesses in the UK today.”
Each month, Howard Kennedy's Employment team produce an e-alert covering key topics of relevance/interest to HR teams across a variety of sectors. Some of the past e-alerts can be found below, or please click here to see the other articles.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015
The SBEE is being implemented during 2016, bringing about far-reaching changes to UK company law. To help you navigate these changes, we have outlined in the below guide: what the key changes are, when they come into effect and what action you need to take.