What we do: Corporate governance and compliance solicitors
As a corporate governance law firm, our expert solicitors have the legal skills and experience to recommend a tailored governance and compliance structure to underpin your business.
Our team of specialist corporate governance lawyers can assist with:
- Anti-bribery measures (in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010)
- Corporate governance strategy
- Compliance reviews and testing
- Board structure and composition
- Director’s duties and conflicts of interest (see below), including removal of directors
- Director’s liabilities
- Defining the duties of an independent board chair
- Drafting articles of association and other constitutional documents
- Executive pay and remuneration
- Succession planning
- Governance systems, planning, processes, and procedures
- Auditing and evaluation
- Risk assessment and mitigation – as required by the UK Corporate Governance Code
- Reputation risk management
- Governance reporting
- Company secretarial issues such as advice on meetings, resolutions and filings
- Shareholder consents and voting rights
- Share capital
In addition, we can assist with disputes regarding corporate governance, including:
- Investigations by regulatory authorities
- Breach of duties
- Conflicts within senior management
We also have a robust understanding of the latest compliance regulations, for example in relation to GDPR and cybersecurity, and we can advise and represent senior executives and board members on any corporate governance matter, regardless of complexity and scale.
Want to know more about how to comply to your obligations under GDPR? See our GDPR, data protection and privacy services.
Who we help: Executive leadership, financial institutions and investors in all types of UK businesses from start-ups and SMEs to large businesses
Our corporate solicitors work directly with boards and directors of companies, financial institutions, investors, and private equity firms to rapidly assess your needs and take action which protects your interests.
Whether you require guidance in relation to a contentious matter, auditing of your compliance or the implementation of new systems and processes, our expert lawyers can offer advice and practical support that is tailored to your needs.
Additional advice: Directors’ duties – liabilities and responsibilities
The UK Corporate Governance Code makes it clear that shareholders are responsible for the appointment of directors and auditors to ensure necessary governances structures are in place and, in turn, it is the director’s role to meet compliance obligations.
Under the Companies Act 2006, all directors must act in accordance with a set of directors’ duties, including:
- Acting in compliance with the company’s constitution
- Promoting the success of the company
- Using independent judgement
- Exercising reasonable care, skill and diligence
- Avoiding conflicts of interest
- Not accepting personal benefits
- Retaining records
Why choose our corporate governance and compliance solicitors?
We’re a modern law firm with a difference. Our innovative remote operating model means that you can access expert City-grade legal advice from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Our senior solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or large international businesses. Find out more about our corporate governance and compliance lawyers here:
Jas is a corporate partner at Harper James Solicitors, advising on corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & investments.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
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
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.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
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
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 …
AI mining disruptors IntelliSense.io strike gold in new funding round
16 September 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped industrial artificial intelligence company IntelliSense.io to secure investment which will help it expand globally. Our team – who are experts …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 £99 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.
We’ve been working with the team for over a year and since day one they've been pragmatic, diligent and above all, committed throughout. They work hard to add value and have been of great benefit to us and our investors.
Goncalo de Vasconcelos, 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
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr, CEO
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
Reliable but straightforward legal advice and support. Delivered at a very cost effective price point.
Matthew Dreaper, Director
10/10 Reactive and willing to listen. Ready to adapt to our needs.
Andrea Pisoni, CEO