Prime Shareholder Agreements: the 30 minute guide: How to bulletproof your company with an effective shareholder agreement –

I am a company lawyer But I try hard not to be a typical one Or at least, to be a modern one I tweet, write blogs, run networking events and write books to share the legal knowledge I have picked up over the years Background I qualified and worked as a corporate solicitor in a commercial law firms around Hertfordshire I have worked with all sizes of company over the years from the very smallest family run businesses to the owners of the London Aquarium on their sale to the Madame Tussards group What I do Some years ago, I decided to leave the big commercial law firm I was working for and set up a niche company law consultancy called Canopy Law I now spend my days using my expertise to help company owners in two ways Firstly, by advising company owners on how to manage the business relationship between themselves via a Shareholder Agreement A Shareholder Agreement is sometimes referred to as a living will for a company Secondly, by assisting company owners through the process of buying or selling a business I decided when I founded Canopy Law that the legal process needed to be kept really simple and sensible for example, I don t charge by the hour Everything I do is on a fixed fee The guiding principle is that, it doesn t matter how long it takes to cook the meal, it is the final taste that defines the quality Why I decided to become an author A lot of what I do is simple, or at least, it seems simple to me The most valuable advice that I provide is not usually on the finer detail of the Companies Act but is in sharing the benefit of my years of experience of what other company owners decided to do, what the pitfalls were and how they avoided them I have found that most client meetings I attend to discuss shareholder agreements follow a familiar script The company owners ask similar questions, have common worries, want to achieve matching outcomes and, in response, I give them the same answers I realised that I could provide the benefit of my experience via an easy to digest guide that is available to all company owners, wherever they are, at any time of the day or night, for a fraction of the cost of meeting with a solicitor The result is Shareholder Agreements the 60 minute guide , which explains the typical issues that arise when company owners want to put in place a shareholder agreement and how to overcome them. Short, clear and concise summary of some key concepts related to thinking about shareholder agreements Very useful taster on issues involved. Most of us who run a small business never really think about a shareholders agreement, then something happens that changes all of that A life changing event or a major shift in the business operations suddenly make the ownership structure of the business a critical factor This is when a clear definition of who can do or say what in terms of the business becomes essential and the shareholders agreement is the go to document for this.This very short book from David Hughes and published by The Endless Bookcase Ltd provides the perfect way to gain an understanding of the various elements that a shareholders agreement should contain.Written in a pleasing, uncomplicated style, David takes you through each stage of the process, giving meaningful examples of the various types of business relationship and how to arrive at a solution that serves to protect the interests of all parties.Of course reading this book cannot make you an expert in these matters, but gives you sufficient grounding to enable you to instruct someone with the appropriate expertise to turn the idea into reality. This is a gem of a book from a very knowledgeable lawyer who is not after your money except for the cost of the e book.It s a perfectly simplified DIY guide to shareholders agreements and it makes it easy for you as a company owner or owners to sort it out yourself, or at least guide you through the process There s so much useful info that is so easy to read even I understood it Definitely a must have even if you are planning to get professional legal advice as well.