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:
- Corporate governance and compliance
- Exits and disposals
- Internal reorganisations, schemes and demergers
- Joint venture agreements
- Private equity and debt finance turnarounds
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.
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
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
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
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
Jas is a corporate partner at Harper James Solicitors, advising on corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & investments.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
Recovery and Insolvency Solicitor
Eleanor is an insolvency solicitor with over 20 years’ specialist knowledge in all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal, covering contentious and non-contentious matters.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
Examples of our work
Selling Selfridges: what every business up for sale should know
27 July 2021
It is one of the most iconic brands on the planet, with more than 25 stores worldwide including a flagship shop in London’s Oxford Street. Selfridges, …
Innovator Viscgo accesses funding for launch of life-changing dysphagia aid
6 July 2021
A medtech start-up about to launch a groundbreaking new product has praised our corporate team’s role in helping them secure funding. We worked with Viscgo …
Financial ombudsman forces Crowdcube to repay retail investor
26 May 2021
Leading crowdfunding platform Crowdcube found themselves in trouble with the Financial Ombudsman Service over a due diligence matter that led to a retail investor being …
Don’t give up: inspiring founder tales for scale-up week
18 May 2021
Harper James clients Gina Dorodvand and Hawaa Budraa recently appeared on Dragons’ Den looking for funding for their dental app uunn. The co-founders of the new …
Working with Kobus Services to distribute a fairer share
12 May 2021
Using the benefits of share allotment is becoming an increasingly attractive option for start-ups looking to enter the next stage of their development as a …
New start-up Viewture partners with influencers of the future
7 May 2021
YouTube has led to the creation of a new generation of celebrities for whom posting videos online is not just a full-time job, it is …
Looking for Dragons’ Den funding? Get your due diligence right
21 April 2021
Dragons’ Den returned to TV screens last month and millions of viewers are enjoying seeing the latest crop of aspiring entrepreneurs bid for funding to help …
Cleared for take-off: AGS Handling becomes an Employee Ownership Trust
14 April 2021
When shareholders at Aviation Ground Support made the decision to retire from their business, there was one thing above all else they wanted to try …
Funding round success springboards Axis Technologies into the US market
17 March 2021
Our corporate team advised Axis Spine Technologies during their recent investment round, where they secured £2.2m in new funding, a boost which is set to …
Supporting PV3 Technologies through rapid growth to successful exit
1 February 2021
Harper James Solicitors empowers businesses to do their best deals at whatever stage of the company lifecycle they are at. Recently, we represented the founder …
Harper James named top UK seed lawyers
28 January 2021
Last year, we told you about the new virtual pitching initiative we’re supporting, The Debut Sessions. This brainchild of a group of UK investors aims …
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 …
Top UK start-up credits Harper James for early success
27 August 2020
With many companies planning to keep working from home policies in place post-lockdown, one issue is becoming increasingly important. How do you ensure a remote workforce …
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 …
Novoville wins TechForce Covid challenge with its AI-powered civic engagement app
27 July 2020
Tech start-up Novoville says the ‘smooth and straightforward’ support from Harper James Solicitors is helping them to succeed, following their win of a major government …
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 …
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What our clients say
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Jill Shaw, CEO
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Dr Matthew Carr, CEO
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Michael Edwards, Co-Founder
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Adam Fraser-Harris, Finance Director
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For us, the support of Harper James Solicitors has been a gift. The collaboration we have had has been of tremendous importance. The service has been superb value for money.
Iraklis Bourantas, COO
Our scale of growth would not have happened without the support of Harper James.
Lameece Nagib, Head of Operations
The support, advice and guidance from Harper James was absolutely vital. Shubhu, Callum and the team there were always on hand to deal with any issues that we needed help with as the deal progressed. This is an exciting new stage in the development of the business.
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