We help entrepreneurs develop, grow and scale their business through crowdfunding
Our team of expert corporate solicitors can help you decide whether crowdfunding is right for you and support you through the crowdfunding process. As part of our legal services for early-stage ventures, we can:
- Be a sounding board to support your business plan, potential pitch and funding goals, providing feedback to help you meet any regulatory or investor requirements. This can also include liaising with a corporate finance advisor if you have one.
- Help you prepare your company with the necessary due diligence for a crowdfunding campaign and deal with issues raised by the crowdfunding platform such as question marks around ownership of intellectual property, the status of employees and any existing contracts
- Give you legal advice on the contract you’ll be entering into between the platform, your business and investors, making sure the deal is clear and unambiguous before you move forward with funding
- Help you understand how this fundraise my impact previous or future investment, for example, assessing whether there are any restrictions and what impact the investment will have on shareholdings
- Advise on your intellectual property rights ensuring you have a clear roadmap and understanding of potential and current registrations. This should be addressed before you start your campaign as you will want potential investors to understand the value in your IPR strategy
- Resolve any outstanding issues between you and your business partners and existing shareholders/investors. These relationships will have to be disclosed in your pitch and any problems sorted out, pre-pitch. For example, having clearly identified roles for existing founders, shareholders agreements and the formalisation of any existing loans or service agreements
- Create or update your crowdfunding documents including Articles of Association and shareholders agreements
- Liaising with the crowdfunding platform and individual investors for example, issuing EIS certificates
We understand what it takes to run a successful campaign
Our expert crowdfunding lawyers understand what it takes to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, and will help you tailor your business so it’s an attractive proposition for investors
You may be new to raising funds via crowdfunding, but we’ve been there before. We’ll make sure your offering is legally watertight so you’re free to concentrate on the commercial angle. Here are some of the most common questions our crowdfunding clients ask us:
- I’d like to launch a pitch on a popular platform. But the terms and conditions are long-winded and full of jargon. How can I be sure this is the right route for me, and that I won’t expose my business to risk?
- Will I have to offer shares in my company as part of a crowdfunding campaign?
- How can I protect my business idea if I launch a public campaign? What’s involved in getting a patent or trademark and do I need one?
- What will I need to prove to potential investors so that they know I’m a good bet?
- How will any crowdfunding investors sit alongside existing shareholders or founders, and how can we protect our position?
Why work with specialist crowd-funding lawyers?
We’ll make sure you’re not offering more than you can deliver as part of your crowdfunding pitch
We know it can be tempting to offer juicy rewards in return for funding. But you need to make sure you can deliver what you promise. Despite its informal nature, you’ll be entering into a contract with your investors, so you need to be cautious when developing your offering. We can craft your campaign so you’ll be legally watertight when you close the funding.
We’ll vet your offer for legal glitches
Whether it’s questions over IPR ownership, or uncertainty around the status of workers, these will have to be sorted out when you pitch for crowdfunding. We make sure these are ironed out pre-campaign so that you can focus on selling your idea and raising finance.
Know where you stand, tax wise
Don’t be caught off-guard by any tax issues relating to the funding raised. We’ll liaise with your tax advisors so you understand your tax position and advise how the finance should be dealt with.
We’ll help you set up an appropriate legal infrastructure to receive the funds
While anyone can buy a company ‘off-the-shelf’, you’ll need to tailor your business so it’s in an appropriate format for investment. We’ll make sure you’re in good shape to receive investment and divide up your capital between the founders and any new investors. This could involve creating or updating a capitalisation table so you can see the impact of investment on shareholdings.
We help founders and entrepreneurs
We specialise in helping start-ups raise finance to grow and scale. With our transparent pricing model, you can access expert City-grade legal advice from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. We understand that during the early stages of growing your business you need to protect your interests as best you can, without impacting your cash flow. Our rates are designed to help with that.
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Why choose our crowdfunding Solicitors?
Wherever you are in your start-up fundraising campaign, we’ve got a member of our specialist team who’s been there before. We can offer expert advice, hands-on support, and access to our network of contacts. Our team of corporate solicitors has extensive experience and we’ve provided legal advice in numerous, high-profile transactions. Find out more about the team here:
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
Jas is a corporate partner at Harper James Solicitors, advising on corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & investments.View profile
Matthew is a highly experienced corporate partner at Harper James. With expertise in all aspects of corporate law and finance, Matthew’s tenacity and eye for detail helps get client deals and agreements across the line with the minimum of fuss.View profile
Corporate Solicitor & CEO
Toby Harper is the CEO & Founder of Harper James Solicitors, as well as a corporate & commercial solicitor. He specialises in venture capital and the tech sector.View profile
Shubhu specialises in early-stage fund raisings, shareholder arrangements and M&A. Prior to joining Harper James she worked at Mills & Reeve and before that at Addleshaw Goddard and Slaughter and May.View profile
Callum is a corporate associate at Harper James, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and investments, as well as other corporate/commercial matters.View profile
Abby Watson is a corporate solicitor, specialising in private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, EMI share schemes, corporate finance and governance and more.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
When we were in the process of raising funds for our business venture, we were fortunate enough to have the support of Harper James. Their advice and guidance were extremely beneficial to us, and we’ve been impressed by their responsive service.
TJ Herbert, CEO and Founder
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson, CEO
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards, CEO
Quick, concise and best of all reasonably priced
Tim Pedley, Company Secretary
Our longstanding relationship has enabled us to get deals over the line quickly and efficiently, with minimum fuss or kickback from opposing lawyers representing the companies we’re investing in. I find the legal team at Harper James efficient, smart and personable. Speed is of the essence for early stage investing and Harper James recognises this and acts accordingly.
Kieran Hill, COO
Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.
Jean de Fougerolles, CEO
I've enjoyed working with Harper James Solicitors and we are in good shape thanks to their help.
Steve Dunlop, CEO
A Million Ads
We often need legal advice quickly, especially during sales with new customers, and Rob is very responsive and always available for meetings. When I was looking for a law firm, I wanted that full range of services, as I knew we’d need advice outside of the tech remit. The flexibility has been really positive.
Ivan Harding, CEO and Co-Founder
…very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Adam Fraser-Harris, Finance Director
The lawyers and their support team at Harper James are so accessible, down to earth and easy to deal with. They provide practical advice in a user-friendly format and we have the comfort of knowing there isn't a stopwatch ticking in the background racking up a huge bill.
Joanne Crichton, Finance Manager
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore, CEO and Co-Founder
Coffee & TV
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton, Chief of Compliance
Harper James have been incredibly professional and responsive. They immediately understood the challenges we have. Not only those of any small business, but those relating to building a piece of complex tech, and they have been able to help us navigate that from a legal perspective.
Alastair MacGregor, Founder
Our solicitor Sarah has been fantastic, as have Stephen and Adam.
Mark Grenside, Co-Founder
The value for money and the service is 1st class and professional.
Jason Cannon , CEO and Co-Founder
Figures UK Accountancy
Friendly, competent lawyers
Deron Beal, Executive Director
As usual, Harper James Solicitors provided us with excellent quality work in an extremely timely manner. We continue to be impressed by the service that Harper James provides, the value for money they offer and how easy it is to work with you. Not only have we recommend you to friends and acquaintances, but we've also told our accountants that they need to up their game to reflect the level of service we get from you!
Kate Hofman, CEO and Co-Founder
GrowUp Urban Farms
Really easy to engage your services, timely responses, nice to get advice from specialists within their field.
Will Coleman, Artistic Director
Golden Tree Productions
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards, Co-Founder
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang, Head of Operations
Kite Global Advisors
Our solicitor has been very helpful. Quick and efficient.
Vincent Sitwell, Director
Getting access to the right skills when I really need them for exactly what I need
Daniel Lawrence, MD & Co-Founder
Lawrence & Wedlock
It's very cost efficient and fast. I have enjoyed talking to everyone in the company as they are not only knowledgeable but can also relate to the situations that I need assistance with. Very happy!
Kerem Sozugecer, Founder & CEO
I have found Harper James to be very efficient even from getting in touch from the on boarding staff to the directors the solicitors that I have been dealing with have been very knowledgeable and extremely I would highly recommend. I hope to have a long working relationship with Harper James
David Lee, Director
London Gas Training Centre
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason, CEO
It was difficult to find suitable support for my IP problem and such a relief to find Harper James Solicitors. Lindsay was fantastic at guiding me through the process and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Mariani Robinson, Founder
Excellent communication and all correspondence answered very quickly. Very attentive to detail, gave sound advice and secured a good deal in a short time frame.
Dr Karen Wilson, Director
I certainly appreciate the response form Ian Carson, always picks the phone up and prompt fast service. I would recommend to all friends and family and already have.
Mukesh Kanabar, CEO and Founder
Richard Myson ,
Factual, quick responses every time I emailed.
Louise Stevens, Competence Development Manager
Harper James removes the stress for us. I know that we can get advice quickly, without some sort of golden clock being turned on when you pick up the phone. This means we can focus on running the business.
Tom Davenport, Co-Founder
Harper James has provided us with a highly responsive and pragmatic dispute resolution service which has been efficient and very cost effective in resolving recent disputes.
Alex Sloley, CFO
When you’re a start-up, you have to find creative ways to do everything you need to do. And you need to find people who can help you. Harper James can advise us on contracts just as well as a blue-chip London or New York law firm, but at a much lower hourly rate.
Jeff Kofman, CEO and Founder
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr, CEO
As soon as I contacted them, and explained the support I required, they were responsive, on the case and quickly got a grasp of what I required.
John Heard, Founder
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle, Head of legal