From creating that first MVP to receiving your first payment, the founder journey is full of twists, turns, celebrations and hurdles. We would know, because we’ve gone through the process ourselves! Since Alice founded Stephenson Law in 2017, we’ve gone through accelerator programs, pivoted, won grant funding and trialled (with errors!) various services… all to get where we are today.
In the early days, getting the right people on board to help you grow your business can be a hard one: How much of a pay cut are they willing to take? How much risk appetite do they have? More likely than not, founders will look at various share incentives to offer their team. We can help you structure these incentives, including assisting with vesting schedules and any agreements you’d like to put in place.
Structuring a business is unique to every company. You’ll need to think about what structure suits you best and who is best suited to be on your board of directors. We can help you with bespoke articles of association and prepare the documents you need such as shareholders’ agreements.
Funding rounds can inspire dread and excitement, all at once. It’s the moment to get cash in the bank to scale your idea and bring in some fantastic investors who can help you on your growth journey. Whether you’re looking at seed funding, angel investment, venture capital or private equity, we help founders detangle the workings of funding rounds and support you on your journey.
So what’s the end game? We help you plan for your exit strategy, from structuring your business to advising on earn-outs to calling on our partners to plan for tax-efficient schemes.
Beyond the nitty-gritty and basics of setting up a business, we understand that some founders need a legal partner who they trust, who knows their business, and who can help them scale from idea all the way to exit. Our central service, the Flamingo Subscription, was built to give founders just that.
One fee that covers all of our expertise: From funding rounds and employment, to sales contracts and data protection.
Our lawyers have guided some of the largest household names through their growth journey, and we’ll be there for yours too.
Having a law firm that knows your business inside-out can flag any risks that lay ahead and make sure you grow safely and strategically.
Our subscription can be monthly, quarterly or annually, meaning you can be reassured exactly what costs lay ahead.
“In fast-paced companies having highly communicative, down-to-earth, and proficient legal counsel is a must and during my time as an entrepreneur, I’ve worked with a lot of lawyers from many firms. My experience with Stephenson Law is without doubt the best. As a CEO in the high-growth tech startup sector, my experience of legal work had been one of stress, complication, and unnecessary expense until I met the flock. If you're hesitant, don't be. They will get you where need to get to, safely and with a smile.”
We are oh-so-aware of the number of emails, LinkedIn requests, letters and introductions founders receive from lawyers. Choosing the right law firm can be a real challenge, and founders will need to weigh up cost, expertise and trust in the firm.
“They were a little bit more expensive than SeedLegals would have been, but not by much at all. For the quality and full service, it's more than worth it and one of the best decisions we've made in the run up to our raise. Our advice is look no further!”
“The overall nature of the deal was complex, time consuming and needing a lot of negotiation but it was refreshing to work with lawyers who seemed to have a new world feel about them that I think must be rare in the legal world.”
“Quickly understood my requirements, carried out a thorough review of the facts and produced a user friendly reference document tailored to my business which demonstrated a strong grasp of the commercials”
“Stephenson Law are a wonderful, professional and caring law firm.”
“Excellent firm. Professional and ideal for start-ups”