If you are thinking of selling your business, you should at the onset ensure you have a legal person in your corner.
When selling a business there are a number of legal and taxes implications you need to take into account thus having an expert in your corner will not only follow the legal process but you also adhere to your responsibilities as an employer.
At the appropriate time there are several things to be done such as inform Companies House of the changes, you might want or need to appoint a new director for the business, notify your shareholders of what is happening and last but definitely not least notify your staff.
You have a responsibility to do all the above once you are ready to sell your company.
The appointed solicitor will give you a good indication of the process and timelines. He will assist you step by step and handle the paperwork necessary to hand over the business to the buyer
When appointing an expert in this field it is always advisable to find a solicitor that has experience in this sort of work.
For me this is not done necessarily by size, location, cost or reputation but rather by experience. If a broker has assisted you in this transaction ask him to recommend someone to assist you
The cost will depend on the size of the business and the amount of work the solicitor has to do and will vary from one solicitor to another.