Corporate Law

Service overview: Corporate solicitors

  • Corporate lawyers advise on company law, which means the legal matters concerning the ‘corporate entity’ itself and its formation, maintenance and dissolution.
  • Our corporate solicitors specialise in EMI share option schemes, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate venture capital for start ups and high-growth businesses, restructuring, and buying and selling companies or their assets.
  • Corporate law is different from, but related to, commercial law. Your business might need assistance across both areas.
  • Your business might also need advice about banking and finance law (like regulation, the Consumer Credit Act, due diligence, finance, debt and lending), which we can also provide.
  • Our corporate solicitors have all worked in top 100 firms or in-house at international practices.

What we do: Corporate law practice areas

Regardless of transaction size, our corporate solicitors can provide you with effective and pragmatic corporate law advice within your budget and timeframe.

We offer a full range of corporate law services for businesses, including:

We focus on evaluating the issues that matter to you and use these to drive your corporate transactions.

Our corporate lawyers can also advise you on:

You can read our corporate law advice blogposts here:

Who we help

We act for a wide variety of individuals and organisations, ranging from high-growth companies and start-ups, to investors, entrepreneurs and medium-sized enterprises.

Corporate Law FAQs

Is corporate law different to, or the same as, business law?
Neither – one is part of the other. In the UK, corporate law is a branch of business law. Corporate law concerns the formation, governance and maintenance of businesses as legal entities.

What’s the difference between corporate law and commercial law?
Corporate law concerns the lifecycle of a company, from formation to dissolution, and its people, such as shareholders, boards and employees. It can concern transactions in the company’s lifecycle, such as the forming of a new company through a sale, merger or acquisition, or attracting investors. Commercial law, however, is more concerned with how a business transacts with a third party, and as such deals mainly with contract laws and tort laws during the commercial cycle.

What experience do our corporate lawyers have?
All of our corporate lawyers are experienced in the field of corporate law, having spent many years specialising in their field, and honing their craft at top 100 law firms. You can find out more about our current corporate team here.

Do I really need a specialist corporate solicitor or can I use a normal solicitor?
It depends on what your business needs legal help with. Business law is fast-moving and very complex, and solicitors are obviously expensive – so it’s more cost-effective to instruct a specialist corporate lawyer who can get the job done correctly, quickly and effectively.

Why choose our corporate lawyers?

Above all else, we can provide you with clear and practical advice for all of your corporate transactions. Our corporate lawyers have worked at some of the top law firms in the UK, as well as provided in-house counsel for large, international firms.

This experience means that our corporate lawyers can spot the signs when there is potential for negotiation and can offer expert advice for when there isn’t. This comes from having acted on different sides of corporate transactions for multiple clients.

Examples of our work

Pricing plans

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.

What next?

Get expert legal advice from our team of corporate specialists. Call us on 0800 689 1700, email us at, or fill out the short form below with your enquiry. Youinitial consultation is free of charge and we aim to respond to all messages received within 24 hours.

  • Your data will only be used by Harper James Solicitors. We will never sell your data and promise to keep it secure. You can find further information in our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

Floor 2, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP