We hope that the FAQs below answer any queries you may have about working with us. However, if your question isn’t answered or you would like more information, please do get in touch using the contact form.
We specialise in providing legal consultancy on corporate, commercial and employment matters for high-growth businesses.
As legal consultants, we can help you to manage and identify risks in key areas relevant to funding, scaling and exiting a high-growth business.
We work closely with our clients and we’re with you for the journey. So, whatever stage your venture is at, we can provide legal advice and support to help you grow.
For us, there are two key distinctions: legal & regulatory and client experience.
Legal & regulatory: Seven Legal is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), when we give advice. Consequently, that advice is subject to different conditions than advice from a solicitor.
Legal advice from a solicitor can be “privileged”. Privilege protects advice given to a client so that the communication is confidential; to the extent that documents and communication between a solicitor and a client can be withheld from legal proceedings. Privilege does not apply to advice from a legal consultancy, so any advice we give can be admissible in court.
As a legal consultancy, we are also subject to different regulations in areas such as insurance. As we operate as a consultancy there are fewer legal obligations and expectations on us in terms of the types and thresholds of insurance we require.
This is another factor that helps us to keep our costs lower than a conventional law firm and we pass these savings on to our clients in the form of lower fees.
We do however, carry professional indemnity coverage to the same level as required for SRA regulated firms to give our clients peace of mind.
Client experience: Businesses engaging conventional law firms can experience a high level of uncertainty around cost. It’s also unlikely that the law firm they work with will specialise in start-ups and stage-specific advice.
The experience for clients working with us is very different. We offer a fixed-fee consultancy wherever possible, meaning that you have cost certainty throughout unless otherwise agreed in advance with you.
Our clients become our partners and we’re here to offer you advice throughout your journey. We also specialise in working with high-growth ventures and understand the niche advice required.
We understand that as a start-up business, cost certainty is important. The high fees associated with the conventional model of engaging a lawyer can be a concern for start-ups and can even act as a deterrent to seeking advice. We believe that all companies should have access to quality legal advice at a rate that works for their business.
We offer fixed-fee legal advice so that you have a clear idea of what our advice will cost.
We can also work on a retainer for a set number of hours a month. This provides you with the peace of mind of having a lawyer, who understands your business, available when you need them.
We have office premises in London at Northcliffe House, Young Street, London, W8 5EH. However, our team are located across the world. We’ve staff in London and Devon in the UK, France, Switzerland and Kenya to name a few.
We were a remote working venture even before the coronavirus pandemic. Working as a fully distributed team means that we have lower operating costs and a smaller environmental footprint, with limited travel and no daily commuting. It’s also great for the people who work for us – meaning that they can live wherever they want, and we’re big believers in supporting our staff.
Regardless of location, you’ll be working with experienced lawyers who get to know your business and thrive in working in a virtual environment.
Seven Legal was founded by Bill Cogan. Bill is a dual-qualified lawyer as both a Solicitor of England & Wales and Attorney-at-law of the State of New York. Bill understands first-hand the work involved in building companies and has personal interests in several high growth ventures.
Our founder-led structure closely resembles many of our clients’ businesses operating model.
Working with Bill is a team of senior lawyers selected for their technical skills, commercial acumen and empathy with our clients’ needs. A small executive team, who handle the technical, administrative and marketing elements of the business, also supports us.
If you’d like to find out more about the people working for Seven Legal, check out our “meet the team” page where you’ll find a short biography for each of us.
Once we’ve discussed the issues you’d like help with, we’ll identify the services you require and assess the time required to advise you.
You’ll receive a follow-up email, outlining what we think is involved and the services you need. This will include a fixed-fee quote for the work, the scope of what’s involved and the timescale for delivery.
If you have any questions after receiving the quote, we’d be happy to answer these by phone, email or online meeting.
If you’d like to proceed, we’ll draw up an agreement for both parties to sign and you’ll be matched up with your legal consultant(s) who will advise your business.
Because of our fixed-fee approach to legal services, you’ll know exactly how much your bill will be in advance. You’ll receive our invoice once the agreement is signed and we take payment upfront.
When you’re assigned your legal consultant, you’ll also receive their contact details.
Your legal consultant will be in touch shortly after the agreement is signed to get started, and at that point, your legal consultant will advise how best to keep in contact. They’ll regularly update you throughout the process.
We are committed to working more sustainably at Seven Legal. Sustainability is one of our core value principles and a cause we take very seriously.
As a fully distributed business, we have a relatively small environmental footprint. We operate digitally and none of our staff commutes regularly.
1% for the Planet
We are proud members of 1% for the Planet®. This means that we donate 1% of our annual sales to environmental projects. Currently, only 3% of philanthropic giving goes to the environment.
Our planet needs more support and the 1% for the Planet network is on a mission to change that. By donating 1% of our annual sales we are helping 1% for the Planet to address the most urgent environmental issues of our time.
Since 2020 we have been working with Ecologi to environmentally offset our working practices and we’re proud to say that we are now a climate-positive business.
This means that we offset the carbon footprint of every member of our staff. This includes emissions from their home, personal travel, holidays, food and hobbies, as well as their business travel.
You can track our progress at https://ecologi.com/sevenlegal
Better Business Act
Seven Legal is also proud to support the Better Business Act, a campaign to change UK law to ensure that company directors are responsible for advancing the interests of shareholders alongside those of wider society and the environment.
We stand alongside over 750 other UK businesses which have already signed up to create a cleaner, greener, fairer future for all of us. Together, we will ask for the government’s leadership to help deliver this new contract between business and society. Join us in the campaign at www.betterbusinessact.org