Mark Niven

Mark Niven

I qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and have worked for firms including Eversheds, Brabners and Clarke Willmott. I now provide a legal consultancy service to my clients and to several companies of which I am a director and/or adviser. I have extensive experience of all aspects of commercial property - landlord and tenant (leases), property investment, property development, planning promotion, option agreements, corporate transactional support. I also have extensive experience in relation to general corporate/ commercial work, including buying and selling of companies (shares and business sales), drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, terms and conditions, investment/ joint venture agreements, franchising agreements and arrangements. To allow me greater flexibility in becoming involved with my clients' businesses, I do not provide legal advice as a solicitor (although I am a solicitor) but on an unregulated basis. I do however have professional indemnity insurance with a limit of liability of £1 million. I would be delighted to chat through your legal requirements at your convenience.
Non-Practicing Solicitor
17 Yrs Experience


Commercial Lease Advice

The world of commercial property and leases can feel like a minefield without proper guidance but thankfully now you can get answers to your questions at a fixed and reliable price.


Terms and Conditions

Well-drafted Terms & Conditions are vital to your business. Your T&Cs are the legally binding contract between your company and its clients / customers, and they’re an important tool in protecting your business.

What happens in circumstances of non-payment or late payment? What if there’s a delay in delivery that wasn’t your fault? Your T&Cs will clearly set out the answer to these issues. They limit your liability and reduce your exposure to financial risk.

Most importantly, your T&Cs align your expectations of the contract with your client’s. Everybody is on the same page about their obligations and what happens in the event of problems that crop up from time to time in business.


Policies for Online Businesses Package

For a fixed fee you will get three different policies and pieces of legal work which will help you protect your business online.


Franchise Agreement Review

Are you going into business with a franchisor? You must ensure the obligations, expectations, and rights are set from the get-go. So get your franchise agreement reviewed by an experienced legal consultant so you feel secure in your new business journey.


Formal Letter

Are you struggling to get through to a formal body and require assistance from an experienced solicitor to establish contact on your behalf?


Commercial Lease

A commercial lease is a legally binding contract made between a landlord and a business tenant. Let me guide you through all the required areas.


Partnership Agreement

If you run a business with at least one other person, and your business is not a limited company, then you should have a partnership agreement in place. That’s the case even for family-run businesses, which tend to have more informal arrangements.

A partnership agreement sets out how the relationship between the partners and how partners interact with each other. It will clarify important issues such as:

  • How profits are distributed
  • How decisions are made in the business
  • What happens when a partner retires or leaves the partnership
  • How you’ll deal with disputes between the partners

This service is for drafting a partnership agreement, in circumstances where the key terms of business are already agreed upon between the partners. If you would like a lawyer to review a partnership agreement that has been drafted elsewhere, in order to advise you on your risks and rights, please select our reviewing documents service.

£695.00 +VAT

Franchise Agreement

Creating a franchise can be a great way to grow and expand your business. To start your franchise operations, you’ll first need an airtight franchise agreement to govern and define the legal relationship with your franchisees.

A franchise agreement will:

  • protect your reputation
  • set out your franchisee’s obligations
  • clarify your own obligations
  • define the duration of the agreement and what happens if either party wants to terminate early
  • explain how to deal with disputes

Your lawyer can draft you a franchise agreement that works for your business and is compliant with competition law and the relevant code of ethics.

This service is for franchisors who want to draft a brand new franchise agreement.

If you are a franchisee and you would like a lawyer to review your franchise agreement, please see our service for reviewing documents.

£695.00 +VAT

Asset Purchase Agreement (Buyer)

Are you looking to buy a company? It can be surprising how much paperwork is involved in legally transferring ownership, and, understandably, it may get overwhelming! But don’t let that stop you. With an experienced lawyer on your side you can feel secure in your purchase and continue your entrepreneurial journey without worry.

Our lawyers will draft your documents, negotiate with the seller and keep you up-to-date along the way. You can proceed with transaction with peace of mind that you have a legal representative acting in your best interests.

£1,500.00 +VAT

Asset Purchase Agreement (Seller)

Are you selling your company? If you’ve found a buyer and you’ve agreed on an asset sale, you’ll need the right paperwork to make it happen. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can make sure you get the best deal for you and your business.

Our lawyers will draft your documents, negotiate with the buyer and keep you up-to-date along the way. You can proceed with the transaction with peace of mind that you have a legal representative acting in your best interests.

£1,250.00 +VAT

Review Commercial Lease

You’ve found the perfect premises for your business and now you’ve received a commercial lease from your landlord. These leases can be lengthy and complicated. It can feel like a minefield to decipher what’s expected from you. You might not know which clauses are ‘industry standard’ and which ones are red flags.

Your lawyer can review the lease with your best interests in mind. They’ll highlight the onerous or unusual clauses that you may want to renegotiate. You’ll know exactly what you’re signing up to and whether you can use the premises in the way you intended. You can plan for the risks and obligations imposed on you by the lease and position your business in advance to manage the risks appropriately.

£950.00 +VAT

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legally binding document that gives your business protection when you share confidential information with a third party. It’s also known as a Confidentiality Agreement.

Third parties can potentially use leaked confidential information to give your competitors an unfair advantage, or harm your business in other ways. An NDA prevents contractors, consultants, and employees from revealing your trade secrets. The party or parties signing the NDA agree that sensitive information they may obtain will not be made available to anybody else.

This service is for business owners who need a new Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect confidential information that they provide to third parties in the course of their business dealings.

If you have received an NDA which you would like a lawyer to review before you sign, please see our service for reviewing documents.

Or if you’d like a lawyer to review your existing NDA to advise on its effectiveness, please consult the service for reviewing documents.

£295.00 +VAT

Licensing agreement

If you’re thinking about granting another party with a license to use your brand name or intellectual property, a professionally written document is the way to go. Choose one of our experienced lawyers to draft a Licensing Agreement that is compliant with the law.

When you’re expanding your business and breaking into new markets, it can be cost-effective to share your brand name, trademark, intellectual property or patented technology with another person or business.

To make this partnership work, it is highly recommended that both parties sign a licensing agreement. This contract will legally allow the licensee to use and earn revenue from your service/product or intellectual property as you see your brand and reputation protected.

If you’re a business owner trying to make more sales or have a patented technology to expand, for instance, and you’re granting a license to another party know that this is the path to follow – having a fool-proof licensing agreement drafted by an experienced lawyer.

The license agreement creates healthy boundaries between you and your licensee and clearly sets out the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of both parties, including the terms of usage.

Before hiring a lawyer for this service, please have in mind:

  • This service is only for drafting a licensing agreement.
  • If you have received a licensing agreement that you would like a lawyer to review before you sign, please see our service for reviewing documents.
  • If you’d like a lawyer to review your existing licensing agreement to advise on its effectiveness, please consult the service for reviewing documents.


Shareholders’ Agreement

A shareholders’ agreement specifies the appointment of shareholders, creates rules for appointing and terminating company officers, and sets out requirements for board and shareholder meetings, shareholder duties, entitlements and rights to information and dividends, share transfer restrictions, and exit provisions.


Review Logistics Agreement

Review of existing third party logistics agreement, making limited agreed amendments.

£750.00 +VAT

What my clients have said

Cost-effective, straightforward and practical advice

Rated 5 out of 5
22 March 2022

As an SME business owner, I value the cost-effective, straightforward and practical advice that Mark provides. Indeed, I have felt comfortable introducing him to a number of close friends and fellow business owners for whom Mark now undertakes ongoing work.

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