Who are we?
The Small Business Law Unit (SBLU) is a project currently in its pilot stage that provides legal services to small businesses in Glasgow and the surrounding areas that cannot afford the services of a solicitor.
By providing this service, we hope to help rejuvenate the local community and empower the individuals behind these businesses to realise their business aspirations, make their businesses a success, and encourage good business practices. We thus seek to help not only the individual, but also their employees, customers and the local community.
In doing so, we will be working closely with other organisations currently providing business support across the city and the University in order to provide a holistic network of support to the small business community.
Becoming a SBLU Client
We are able to offer free bespoke legal services to a limited number of clients on a range of areas of commercial and business law, such as:
- General commercial legal advice;
- Writing letters;
- Reviewing contracts and commercial leases;
- Assisting with drafting of contracts and agreements;
- Help with establishing your business and choosing a legal structure;
- Help with protecting non-contentious Intellectual Property;
- Information on your legal responsibilities across a range of areas of law;
- Help with completing Companies House forms.
Although these services will be provided for free, you will still need to pay your own legal expenses, such as the cost making an application to Companies House or registration fees.
We can help if you are:
- Looking to start up a new business;
- An existing small business;
- A social enterprise;
- A charity.
We will not help if:
- You or your business can afford the services of a solicitor or other relevant advisor; or
- Another better qualified agency can help you, in which case we can help with referring you onto them.
- Your enquiry is outwith the capabilities of our student advisors, or the expertise of our supervising solicitors, in which case we can help with referring you on to a qualified solicitor specialising in the area of law you require.
You will need to provide us with information about you and your business, including financial information, when completing our enquiry form.
In addition, we are committed to responsible and ethical business practice and will not help a business whose actions we consider contravene our code of ethical conduct.
Businesses we help in this initial period will be asked to provide us with feedback on our services and provide us with testimonials.
What will happen at the appointment?
If we are able to offer you an appointment, you will be interviewed by student advisors (or in some cases by a student alongside a solicitor volunteer). You will be required to bring all relevant documents to this interview. All communications between you and your advisors will be in the strictest confidence, and your file kept in a secure place.
In order to ensure the best possible service, no advice will be given to you at the first meeting. Instead, the students will research your case and check advice and any suggested actions with relevant staff members and experienced solicitors.
If you would like to become a SBLU client, please contact us. We will then send you an enquiry form to complete as fully as possible. You should then return this to us by email.
Although our services are currently very limited, we hope that our capacity will increase in the coming months and so for those enquirers who we are unable to help, we will, with your permission, retain your contact details and keep you updated with details of our services as they become available.
Pilot services made possible with the kind support of DLA Piper LLP.