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Business Start-up Services

To give your venture the best chance of success, you will need to address all the legal and financial aspects of starting a business carefully.

At The McKinstry Company, we work with a diverse range of start-ups throughout Ayrshire and the South West of Scotland. We can help you get your business off the ground, ensuring that all legal requirements are dealt with thoroughly. Get in touch with us today.

Legal Advice for Start-Ups, Ayrshire & Dumfries and Galloway

With 35 years of experience advising businesses of all sizes and types, The McKinstry Company can provide dynamic, forward-thinking, commercially-focussed advice on all aspects of starting a new venture. We can provide guidance on matters such as:

  • Legal business formats
  • Directors’ responsibilities
  • Partnerships
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety
  • Duty of care
  • Civil and criminal liability
  • Data protection legislation
  • Intellectual property
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright

Developing a Business Plan

Having a thorough business plan is essential, providing a road map for your future and helping you secure funding from banks or investors. Your plan should include:

  • An executive summary highlighting key points that will capture people’s attention
  • Market research outlining your analysis of the market place and demonstrating the viability of your venture
  • Competitor analysis showing the strengths and weaknesses of others operating in your sector

Deciding on Your Legal Trading Status

At the outset, you will need to choose the legal trading status of your start-up. Different structures come with advantages and disadvantages – our solicitors can provide you with specialist knowledge and support, taking the time to meet with you and discuss your plans in detail. We can then advise on the most appropriate structure for you.

Sole Trader

Setting up as a sole trader offers you a higher degree of independence and simplicity when it comes to setting up and running your business. However, you should be aware that you might find yourself lacking essential support, and you will be personally liable for any debts.

Partnership

Partnerships are straightforward to set up and run and offer support from other partners with different skills and experience. However, disagreements between partners can occur, and all partners are liable for debts.

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

LLPs offer the flexibility of a partnership with reduced risk but can be more complex and costlier to operate than other structures.

Limited Liability Company

With a limited liability company, your financial risk is restricted to the amount you invest in the business and guarantee in terms of loan funding, but this brings with it a range of legal duties which include the filing of statutory documents and accounts at Companies House.

Raising Finance

We can advise on finance solutions, including:

  • Self-financing
  • Outside investment
  • Grants and government funding
  • Bank financing, including loans and overdrafts

Contact our Experienced Start-up Lawyers Ayrshire & South West Scotland

For expert advice on starting a business, contact our Business Law team on 01292 438530 or complete our online enquiry form.

Ayr Sandgate

Queen’s Court House
39 Sandgate
Ayr, Ayrshire
KA7 1BE

  • Disability access
  • Parking close by

Girvan

146-148 Dalrymple Street
Girvan, Ayrshire
KA26 9BQ

  • Disability access
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Some of our happy clients
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    Mrs D, Troon
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    Mrs F, Ayr
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    Mr M, Ayr
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    Mr H, Ayr
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    Mr F, Condorrat
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    Mrs K, Ayr
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    Mrs N, Ayr
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    Mr H, Ferniegair
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    Mr W, Sinclairston
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    Mrs I, Largs
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    Mr McN, Mauchline
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    Mr and Mrs R, Ayr
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    Mr R, Ayr
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    Mrs S, Godstone
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    Mr N, Ayr
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    Mr L, Ayr
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    Mr R, Aberdeen
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    Mrs McG, Ayr
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    Mrs S, Ayr
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    Mrs A, Ayr
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    Mr B, Ardrossan
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    Mr N, Saltcoats
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    Mr R, Ayr
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    Mr McN, Kilwinning

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We are open from 1st July by appointment. We will be restricted to executry and matrimonial clients. Social distancing measures will be in place.