Buying & Selling a Business.

Whether you are buying or selling a business, we can help with negotiations on non-disclosure agreements, due diligence, asset purchase agreements and more.

Buying or selling a business can be a daunting process.

You can always rely on our support.

Our aim is to make sure your transaction goes as smoothly as possible. The team have offered advice on mergers and demergers, distressed sales and purchases, acquisitions and disposals, joint financing and refinancing.

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Our expert team have been advising individuals, both regular sellers and purchasers as well as those undertaking their first transaction, for many years, across a wide range of sectors including Manufacturing, Healthcare and Retail.



Areas where we can help with the negotiations include:

Non Disclosure Agreements

Due Diligence process

Heads of Terms – including the price you’re paying, how the deal is to be structured and any relevant dates

Asset Purchase Agreements

Employment & TUPE Agreements

Commercial Property

Working with the firms specialist teams across a variety of legal disciplines, we can help you to follow the transaction process to ensure your specific needs and requirements are met. For example, our Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Team are able to offer advice on Wills & Future Planning and Powers of Attorney for Business.



The Team have offered advice on a number of areas through the years including:

Mergers and de-mergers

Distressed sales and purchases

Acquisitions and disposals

Joint ventures


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Working With Our Service Team

Our approach is innovative, uncomplicated and always transparent so you know at all times what we are undertaking on your behalf and the costs involved.

- James Sage

If you have an enquiry in relation to a Corporate matter or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Did you know we offer a free legal review to all businesses?

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many factors which need to be considered when buying / selling a business and GDPR is certainly one of them. It is important that any data which is shared as part of the purchase / sale complies with current GDPR guidelines.

When purchasing a business, in most cases you are purchasing the company as it is at the time of purchase. Therefore, all employees’ contracts of employment remain unaffected.

If the business you are selling is situated within a Leasehold property then you must inform the Landlord of your intention to sell. The Landlord will then request references for your buyer from reputable companies such as the bank before they agree to the sale.

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If you have a legal enquiry and would like to speak to one of our specialist team, please get in touch. We aim to respond within 2 hours of receiving your enquiry and look forward to hearing from you.

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Abigail Noakes

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Andy Gough


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David Preece


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James Sage


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Jaspreet Kler


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Millie Grundy


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Stuart Rea


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What Our Clients Say

Stuart Rea handled our unusual and complex matter with professionalism.  He understood what we wanted to achieve and gave us very clear guidance on our legal position - even though we did not necessarily want to hear the advice it was essential to our charity understanding our legal position and therefore making lawful decisions.  He also worked to the very tight timescales that we needed.

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Mr Soulsby


David Preece gave us timely and relevant advice on a share purchase agreement:  we needed the key risks and implications explaining to us and he did that in a clear and direct way.  The service was good quality and good value.  Would definitely use the firm again.

David Preece

Ms Henry


I used FBCMB for a business/commercial and found them to be helpful, professional and informative.  Their costs were as quoted.  I would recommend them and if I need their services in the future I would certainly use them again.

Jaspreet Kler

Ms Plant


David Preece of FBC Manby Bowdler's Corporate Team could not have offered more support and understanding in the complicated process of buying multiple businesses. I received the peace of mind, step by step updates and complete support that helped the whole process complete smoothly and on time. FBC Manby Bowdler look after our entire legal business.

The knowledge and support we receive across all departments is exemplary and gives us the space we need to concentrate on our core strategy. Knowing that we have industry leading professionals available when we need them gives us the confidence and peace of mind we need to grow our business, whether that includes acquisitions, possible litigation, commercial matters or human resourcing considerations.

FBC Manby Bowdler have the experience and the approach which can fit any size of business. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

David Preece

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