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Your Business, Our Expertise

Navigating the complexities of business law is a challenge every company faces. Whether you’re a seasoned business or just starting out, legal matters can be a maze of regulations, contracts, and potential pitfalls. At Clark Woods LLP, we’re here to simplify the process. Our Business Law Team offers a range of services tailored to businesses of all sizes, including:

  • Business structure consultation
  • Financial guidance
  • Facilitating asset and business share transactions
  • Drafting and reviewing commercial contracts and agreements
  • Effective debt recovery services
  • Expertise in resolving partnership and shareholder concerns
  • Strategizing for seamless business succession
  • Skillful handling of disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation
  • All-encompassing business advisory solutions

Explore our Business Law services to see how we can help you reach your goals, manage risks, and protect your business. With Clark Woods LLP, you’re not just getting legal advice; you’re gaining a partner dedicated to your business’s success.

Scott Johnston

Scott brings over 22 years of practical and common sense business and real estate law experience as a solicitor advising clients on corporate/commercial (incorporations, shareholders’ agreements, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, employment and contractor agreements, and corporate reorganizations and rollovers), share and asset purchase and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, franchising, commercial real estate development and subdivision, site development control covenants, leasing, conveyancing, mortgages, and secured lending matters, including acting as approved counsel on behalf of chartered banks and credit unions in respect of commercial loans to borrowers.

Guyle Clark

Guyle grew up in Burnaby, B.C. where he attended Burnaby North Secondary and later attended Simon Fraser University. Guyle attended law school at the University of British Columbia where he now teaches The Business of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Along with Josh Woods, Guyle founded Clark Woods LLP in 2016.

Financial Advice for Businesses

Businesses often require capital to manage seasonal changes, fund growth, or adjust accounting practices. There are various financing options available, each with its pros and cons. Our Business Law Team provides essential legal guidance on these options and collaborates with your other service providers, like accountants and bankers, to review and secure corporate financing while safeguarding your interests as a borrower.

Structuring Your Business

Our team evaluates your business’s practical needs, helping you choose the right business structure, and ensuring all setup requirements and compliance procedures are met. We offer guidance on:

  • Selecting the appropriate business structure
  • Assisting with company and society incorporation
  • Facilitating the creation of partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and family trusts
  • Managing the annual upkeep of minute books and corporate records in compliance with regulatory standards
  • Overseeing corporate restructuring, including capital alterations
  • Handling corporate rollovers, such as Section 85 and 86 rollovers
  • Facilitating share exchanges per Section 51 regulations
  • Advising on estate freezes
  • Navigating joint ventures
  • Drafting shareholders’ agreements, including buy-sell provisions
Succession Planning

Business owners invest significant time and effort in building their enterprises but often give little thought to an exit strategy. When the topic of transition arises, many plan to sell the business or pass it on as a legacy to a family member. However, these decisions require meticulous planning and specific business measures well ahead of any transfer.

Drafting and Managing Contracts and Agreements

Efficient business operations often rely on consistent service and product delivery, which is facilitated by well-established contracts and agreements. Developing these agreements demands skillful negotiation and precise documentation. Our Business Law Team is here to assist you in creating, documenting, and maintaining these crucial relationships through the formulation of commercial contracts and agreements that not only promote the growth of your business but also safeguard your interests and limit liability. Our Business Law Team specializes in drafting and negotiating a variety of corporate and commercial contracts, including:

  • Franchise agreements
  • Options to purchase
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Independent contractor and consulting agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Commercial and residential leases
  • Equipment leases
  • Intellectual property licensing and distribution agreements
  • Website and online services agreements, encompassing terms of use and privacy policies for online ventures
Debt Recovery

Recovering debts from individuals or entities can be a challenging and frustrating process. At Clark Woods LLP we work to actively pursue the recovery of your owed funds. Prompt action is often crucial in debt collection cases. We begin by conducting essential preliminary checks and dispatching formal demand letters, specifying a deadline for loan or account settlement. If these initial efforts do not yield the desired results, more assertive measures such as court proceedings and debt collection actions may become necessary. With years of experience in handling these matters, our firm is well-equipped to represent your interests. Whether it’s in the courtroom or through alternative dispute resolution methods, we strive to resolve your debt-related issues efficiently and effectively. Your financial well-being is our priority.

Resolving Business Disputes

At Clark Woods LLP, we’re here to help businesses manage and resolve disputes efficiently. Our team offers various options:

  • Direct Communication: We guide you in addressing issues through effective communication, either personally or with legal counsel.
  • Mediation: Opt for cost-effective and efficient business dispute resolution with our experienced mediator.
  • Arbitration: When mediation isn’t feasible, our trained arbitrator can provide a solution.
  • Court Action: If needed, our Business Law Team partners can and will represent you in court.
Partnership and Shareholder Issues

Preventing partnership or shareholder disputes begins with clear, precise definitions of rights and obligations right from the start. Our Business Law Team can help draft comprehensive Partnership and Shareholders’ Agreements, solidifying the core terms of your venture and reducing the chances of future conflicts. In cases where disputes do emerge, Clark Woods LLP is ready to provide assistance. We’re here to help you navigate and resolve these issues effectively.

Navigating Business Transactions

Buying or selling a business involves complex details, including deal structuring, due diligence, liability management, tax considerations, and regulatory compliance. Our Business Law Team excels in representing clients across diverse commercial transactions. We manage the sale and purchase of various business types, including professional service corporations (e.g., physicians, dentists, lawyers). Our services encompass Letter of Intent drafting, due diligence, and crafting Asset Purchase Agreements and Share Purchase Agreements, guiding you through each step for a successful transaction.

Comprehensive Business Guidance

Our business lawyers offer counsel and support to a wide range of businesses and industries within our community. If you don’t see your specific issue addressed on our website, we encourage you to reach out to our Business Law Team to discuss your unique situation. We are here to assist you.