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IWIC - The Legal Sessions

Wednesday, 23 January 2019,
11:30 to 13:30
Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC)

Starting and growing a new business proposition is a thrilling and potentially highly profitable journey. To be successful, every entrepreneur needs to be aware of the legal landscape and obligations they will face in starting a new enterprise.

IWIC – The Legal Sessions is a series of roundtable discussions aimed at clarifying those dry legal matters that confront all aspiring entrepreneurs and young businesses. Complying with current UK legislation simply goes with the territory.

We want you to be able to stay on the right side of the law and know your rights if you have to defend your business. The sessions will be lively and provide plenty of opportunity to get answers to your questions and network with other entrepreneurs.

Session 2

Trading Structure – legal aspects of trading as a sole trader/partnership/private limited company & Articles and Memoranda of Association.

Choosing a business name. The risks of passing off. What needs to be included on your website or literature? Do I trade as a sole trader/partnership or as a limited company? What should I consider? Why should I have a partnership or shareholders agreement? What should go in it? What are the Articles of Association of a company?



Nick Atwell

Partner, Atwells Solicitors LLP

Nick is a commercial lawyer and entrepreneur who founded and has grown a progressive and innovative business in Ipswich competing in the traditional, if not old-fashioned, market for legal services.

Originally from Felixstowe, Nick undertook a Masters in Law at Cambridge before training as a commercial lawyer at one of the largest law firms in the world. He returned to Suffolk as a partner of a local firm in 2002 before founding Attwells in 2007.

Nick understands all the challenges of starting and growing a business including: managing a recession; managing growth; taking on partners; employing staff; getting debts paid; taking their first premises; acquiring other businesses; funding and finance ; cash-flow; marketing and staff retention.

He is passionate about local business and always happy to share his experience and legal know-how with other entrepreneurs to help them take the next step on their exciting journey.


11.30am          Registration

11.45am          Welcome & Introduction by Paul Thomas, Innovation Centre Manager

12.00pm          Attwells - Open Discussion

1.15pm            Q&A

1.30pm            Close

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Parking availbale at Duke, Street, Athena Hall and Fore Street car parks.