What we do: Commercial contracts practice areas
We have experienced commercial solicitors available to help you with your contract agreements and have expertise in providing legal advice on:
- Agency and distribution agreements
- Collaboration agreements
- Consumer contracts
- Drafting employment/contractor contracts
- E-commerce agreements
- Franchise agreements
- Joint ventures
- Resolving commercial contract disputes
- Outsourcing arrangements
Whatever stage you’re at, we can help your business draft, review and negotiate compliant contracts to avoid disputes and litigation, and provide you with the very best representation if you do need to go to court.
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Who we help
We support all types of businesses with legal work on their commercial contracts. Whether you’re a new start-up with high growth potential, or a larger established company, we can provide value for money legal advice about your commercial contracts that’s commercially focused – allowing you to focus on achieving your business objectives without worrying about the legal side.
We know that different-sized businesses often have very different financial models and capabilities too. That’s why we offer several service plans to suit the needs of your business.
Why choose our commercial contracts lawyers
We recognise that commercial contracts can be detailed and complex – each one is as unique as the business it involves.
However, our commercial contract lawyers each have a great deal of technical knowledge and experience and can help you in drafting, reviewing and negotiating different types of contracts and trading arrangements, while keeping the best interests of your business in mind.
All of our commercial contracts lawyers have worked at partner level in top 100 law firms, or in-house at large international corporations. Find out more about each of our commercial contracts solicitors here:
Abby Watson is a corporate solicitor, specialising in private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, EMI share schemes, corporate finance and governance and more.View profile
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Commercial and Corporate Solicitor
Kate is a commercial and corporate lawyer, advising businesses from start-ups up to global companies on everything from investment and franchising to sale and purchase transactions, exits and much more.View profile
Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer, with a career including time at DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity work.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
Data Protection & Privacy Solicitor
Becky is a highly knowledgeable commercial lawyer, specialising in Data Protection and Privacy Law. She can add value to a business by drawing on nearly 20 years of in-house experience.View profile
Karen Mason has over 30 years’ experience practising business law. She has been a senior lawyer and partner in private practice as well as in-house counsel to some of the UK’s most highly regarded broadcast, media and internet companies.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
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.
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
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
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
We value the flat hourly fees, the response times, and the knowledge of the lawyers that are available. Michelle has been great to work with! She is very responsive, thorough, and can think far beyond just the legal implications that we need to consider in our contracts. It has been a pleasure working with her!
Alex Wyatt, Global Project Manager
Borderfree Trade Ltd
Quick, concise and best of all reasonably priced
Tim Pedley, Company Secretary
We are always impressed with both the speed of response and understanding of the situation.
Jon Mason, Sales Director
Call Assist Ltd
Speed of turnaround and clear advice
Ian Rose, Head of Networks
AllStar Business Solutions
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
Karis Walker , Project Managing Officer
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore, CEO and Co-Founder
Coffee & TV
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
…very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Adam Fraser-Harris, Finance Director
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang, Head of Operations
Kite Global Advisors
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
9/10 Great communication and speed
Graham Payne , Head of Aircraft Maintenance Group
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja, CEO
Our scale of growth would not have happened without the support of Harper James.
Lameece Nagib, Head of Operations
Well thought and thorough review [of agreement] with strong commercial contribution.
Chris Starling, MD
Holt Energy Advisors
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
It's been a breath of fresh air to work with Harper James Solicitors. It's like having my own in-house counsel, but at a fraction of the cost. It's an invaluable service for any small business.
Jo Evershed, CEO
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
This is a key stage of ANB Sensors’ growth as an SME, because it saw us transferring from a research and development company to a commercial entity. It’s a major milestone for us. Having Harper James by our side is reassuring, as they’ve helped us ensure all our documentation and sales terms are both fair and reasonable and led us through the sales process.
Dr Nathan Lawrence, CEO and Co-Founder
Harper James has been invaluable. They drafted the relevant agreements and gave us sound legal advice in an area that we did not have prior experience in. As a start-up, having advice and feedback from an organisation that specialises in early-stage enterprises was instrumental in us having the confidence to push forward with our product
Dean Bryan, Co-Founder
10/10 Reactive and willing to listen. Ready to adapt to our needs.
Andrea Pisoni, CEO
Getting access to the right skills when I really need them for exactly what I need
Daniel Lawrence, MD & Co-Founder
Lawrence & Wedlock
Stephen was very helpful, pragmatic and where appropriate, entertaining. We were grateful for the way Stephen advised us in layman’s terms, showing patience to ensure we understood the transaction and were able to move to completion. I value the relationship we have developed with Harper James over the last few years and would recommend them to others.
Jon Arcos, Founder & CEO
Axis Spine Technologies
Rana liaised with our clients solicitors in America and made sure all the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed. But it was more than that. It was important to have someone fighting our corner. I honestly don’t think we would have been taken as seriously had we not had the support we did.
Adam Taylor, Director
The two contracts Harper James has been advising on were both major pieces of work worth tens of millions of pounds in potential business. The procurement process was therefore substantial, complicated and often onerous. Karen provided first-class support at all times. As a business, to move forward, we require a level of legal services which demonstrate an expert understanding, and Harper James delivers on that and more.
Keith Howes, MD
Harper James has been the ideal law firm for Paragraf because of the flexibility that’s built into the on-demand subscription package. With HJ, I have all the legal expertise and answers I need at the end of an email. We have ambitious plans to fulfil, pushing our product lines overseas and bringing graphene electronics to the masses. There’s no better partner to help us get there than Harper James.
Cathy Cranton, Financial Director