Comprehensive, enforceable, bespoke terms of business
Our team of experienced commercial solicitors can support you with:
- Advice on specific terms of business for your venture.
- Amending or varying standardised terms of business for specific transactions or projects.
- Compliance with any applicable generic or industry-specific legislation or regulations.
- Dispute resolution in the event of disagreement with a third party.
- Drafting standardised terms of business for use with third parties.
- Enforceability of your terms of business.
- Fairness of terms to reduce the risk of future disputes.
- Harmonisation between terms of business and other commercial contracts, such as supply or distribution agreements.
- Interpretation of terms of business for compliance purposes.
- Negotiating specific amendments or variations required for particular transactions or projects.
- Preventing substitution of third parties’ terms of business.
- Reviewing terms of business provided by third parties and summarising key terms and obligations.
- Suggesting relevant updates to your terms of business as your business evolves.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The value for money and the service is 1st class and professional.
Jason Cannon , CEO and Co-Founder
Figures UK Accountancy
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
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
Sarah was incredibly responsive to my e-mails and was accurate with rough timelines for completion. She was also very approachable and down to earth on an agreement that contains a lot of jargon and isn't that user friendly for people from a non legal background. She also took the time to get to know the purpose the document will be used for to make it accurate and legally binding.
Steph Darrah, Business Development Manager
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
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
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
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 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
We were very happy with the service provided and knowing we can also access other specialised areas of legal services support, as and when we need them, is very reassuring.
Liz Jenkinson, CEO
Ensure your terms of business work specifically for you
Having the correct terms of business in place is critical and investing in them at an early stage can save you time, money, and stress in the future. Standardising your terms of business and ensuring that they work for your specific venture creates certainty both for you and the third parties with who you are contracting. It also limits your liability, preserves cashflow and increases your business’ efficiency.
Businesses which recycle other organisations’ terms of business rather than creating their own, run the risk of entering into contracts which don’t adequately reflect their way of dealing, fail to provide proper protection or aren’t legally enforceable. Taking legal advice will eradicate these risks and result in terms of business which work for you and your venture.
Terms of business require careful consideration and may throw up unexpected questions or issues. Factors include:
- Product or service description
- Logistics and practicalities
- Boilerplate clauses
- Payment terms
- Termination events
- Liability limitations
- Guarantees, warranties and indemnities
- Intellectual property protections
- Confidentiality terms
- Implications of Brexit
What are the benefits of putting terms of business in place?
Protect your business
Future-proof your business from disputes and legal claims by including enforceable protections and limiting your liability in your terms of business.
Standardising your contracting terms
Ensure certainty across all your third-party contractual relationships by creating standard terms of business.
Increase business efficiencies
By having standard terms of business in place, your business can create streamlined and efficient processes which reflect those terms and minimises the risk of staff error.
A clear payment process in your terms of business can assist with your cashflow. It will ensure that third parties do not take advantage of relaxed payment terms and reduce the risk of you having to expend cash, for example on materials, before payment.
Save time and money
Reduce management time and costs spent on collecting debts and dealing with future disputes by putting comprehensive written terms with third parties in place.
Build your reputation
Contracting on fair, reasonable, and professional terms of business will increase your reputation with third parties, a particularly important consideration for start-ups and new business relationships.
Clarity as to which terms of business apply
Uncertainty can arise as to which organisation’s terms of business apply and substitution by one party of their terms of business is possible. By understanding these risks and what you can do about them, your business is less likely to face unexpected liabilities and costs.
Ability to vary specific terms
On occasion, it may be beneficial to amend or vary specific terms for particular projects or in relation to certain third-party relationships. If done correctly, this can be a fairly simply process where standard terms of business are already in effect.
Who we help: Ambitious, high growth businesses
Harper James Solicitors is purpose-built to support ambitious businesses from start-up to scale up. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand that getting legal support is vital at each stage in your growth. But at the start when the purse strings are tight, it’s not always that easy. Our aim is to make is simple. By offering you a legal subscription plan, you can get the legal advice you need at a more affordable cost than traditional law firms and a continued relationship with our solicitors, so you have experts to hand as and when you need them.
Examples of our work
Helping secure Neutrino Global’s legal foundations and a major contract
2 July 2021
Few business sectors have struggled more during the pandemic than the live events industry. Covid-19 has led to a virtual shutdown of conferences, award ceremonies, gigs …
Supporting Growth Engineering’s journey from Brexit to B Corp and beyond
5 March 2021
Growth Engineering are, by their own admission, waging a war on dull online learning in a competitive global sector. Founded by trailblazing entrepreneur Juliette Denny …
Supporting SonicJobs’ launch of game-changing new job search tool
11 December 2020
Harper James Solicitors has supported HR tech disruptors SonicJobs with the launch of their game-changing new mobile app. SonicJobs has created job search 2.0: the …
Meet the client: Jeff Kofman, CEO and Founder, Trint
26 November 2020
Our popular Meet the client series reveals the inside story on the companies we support with legal services. This time, we speak to Emmy Award-winning …
Getting Yyoma legally ready to launch a new streaming service
3 November 2020
An innovative new video streaming platform from tech start-up Yyoma will provide educational and entertaining content for kids from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities. Aimed …
Gorilla in our midst: helping Cauldron Science to scale their experiment builder
28 October 2020
Like many UK tech start-ups, Cambridge-based Cauldron Science have done battle against 2020’s hostile forces and come out on top. Coronavirus may have prevented many …
Giving Applaud the confidence to grow
20 October 2020
The co-founder of a leading digital HR scale-up says the legal services support provided by Harper James Solicitors has given his business the confidence it …
Enabling digital marketing experts Croud to stand out
15 October 2020
With full-time teams working from offices in London, Shrewsbury, New York and Sydney, digital marketing agency Croud boasts a global network of over 2,000 experts. Together, …
Assisting Reposit to transform tenancy deposits for good
17 September 2020
Reposit is on a mission to make renting more affordable and accessible for the 4.5 million UK households who rent their homes. Originally founded by …
Meet the client: Ivan Harding, Co-Founder and CEO, Applaud
24 August 2020
Our popular Meet the client series reveals the inside story on the companies we support with legal services. We caught up with Ivan Harding, co-founder …
Zoom Abroad secures new deal to develop course finder for international students
11 August 2020
Each year more than 500,000 international students apply for a place at a UK university. And nobody understands the importance of getting this life-changing decision …
Hopin grow sixfold and show no signs of stopping
5 August 2020
Hopin is one of the fastest growing start-ups around. Their game-changing service lets users watch and interact with events virtually, broadcasts live events for up …
SonicJobs gain pre-Series A funding to develop their recruitment app
22 July 2020
A mobile app revolutionising how candidates search and apply for jobs has achieved a major investment boost which will dramatically help accelerate its growth. SonicJobs secured …
The sky’s the limit for Oxford Space Systems
16 July 2020
AS their name suggests, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) work at the heart of some of the most cutting-edge technology imaginable. They even use origami as …
Skillcast collaboration helps employees log on and learn about returning to work
16 June 2020
Harper James Solicitors and digital learning and compliance consultancy Skillcast are helping ensure thousands of employees can safely return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. From …
Performance marketing agency transforms service offering
8 June 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped innovative start-up Bidonomics to transform the way its marketing services are delivered. Bidonomics wanted to move away from the standard marketing …
From pirouette to pivot: Educational charity Arts Insight takes its performing arts classes online
16 April 2020
Harper James are delighted to be helping one West Midlands entrepreneur pivot her national performing arts charity into an online learning community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
As a law firm for entrepreneurial businesses, we understand that each business is unique and that the risks it faces depends on its size, structure, industry, and objectives. Our commercial solicitors have the technical knowledge and business insight to understand your business and advise accordingly.
We can support you at all stages of your business’ lifecycle, from start-up to established national company, advising on the optimum terms of business for your venture and minimising the risks that your business may face. And because we understand that the legal support you require will not just end at producing terms of business, we can also provide you with integrated business legal services. Whether you require specialist intellectual property advice, corporate governance support, data protection audits or employment law guidance, we can help.
Plus, many of the team here at Harper James Solicitors has worked in-house at major international businesses or at partner level in top 100 firms, and you get to access their wealth of experience starting from just £125 per hour. Discover more about the commercial team here:
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
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 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
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
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.