Selling a company or business

When you have made the decision to sell your business and want to achieve a smooth sale and handover, while continuing to manage the business, keep your employees motivated and avoid any upset to your clients, you need a business lawyer that will give you careful attention.

Birkett Long’s team of commercial specialists understands what you need, and supports you from preparing your business for sale, through to final negotiations and eventual sale of shares. Our commercial experience enables us to be aware of the processes and give practical and relevant legal help and advice in selling a company or business.

Birkett Long’s solicitors handle transactions of all sizes. One of our key strengths is our ability to tailor the process to the deal size – ensuring value for money and a commercial approach. Our deals have ranged from £20k to £90million.

We will:

  • assist with negotiations and terms of sale
  • carry out the sale of shares
  • liaise closely with your accountants to ensure the tax liabilities resulting from the transaction are minimised wherever possible, and deliver the solution that best meets your needs
  • advise you on the TUPE regulatory requirements that protect your employees and help ensure all relevant documentation is in place, which a buyer will expect you to have

Birkett Long brings together a multidisciplinary team comprising business lawyers with skill sets specific to your needs. We are always happy to have an initial no obligation conversation to help you understand the process.

If you want help selling a company or business contact our solicitors in Basildon, Colchester or Chelmsford to find out more about how we can assist you.


Our portfolio includes a very wide range of clients, from UK businesses of major multinationals, to locally headquartered listed Plcs, to SMEs and sole traders. We handle all types of commercial and corporate finance work, advising on all aspects of businesses including business structures and exit strategies.

Birkett Long’s business experts have City and international experience. We are panel members for several banks and advise them on a wide variety of matters.

What our clients say

  • Tracey was thorough and professional as well as persistent on our behalf in achieving the best outcome for the partnership moving into the corporate business environment, and guided us with clarity through the complexities of due diligence and contracts to the ultimate completion of the merger and then sale.
  • The Birkett Long LLP Team heard my client instructions first time: full support, preserve the value of my many years work, protect my position completely, and remove as much of the pressure as possible, please. I had only one opportunity to sell the company, so it had to be right first time. Birkett Long LLP were, without exception, lovely people to deal with, highly professional, proficient and most importantly, commercially formidable. My complete trust was well founded.
  • Their advice and attention to detail were invaluable. First class at all times. We would have no hesitation in recommending Birkett Long for their highly efficient and professional service
    Jeremy Goddard
  • I always felt Melanie and Tracey had my best interests in mind both in terms of the sale of my late husband's business and of the impact of any additional costs to me. They kept me informed every step of the way and I felt I could approach them at any time, thus making a very difficult and stressful time for me much more bearable
    Jayne Kennedy, Snappy Snaps Franchise - Ipswich

Staff re-order for selling a business

  • Tracey Dickens
  • David Wisbey​
  • Martin Hopkins