Share Capital

Manage your share capital to maximum benefit and get a clear understanding of how your ownership structure can attract capital to your company.

Managing and issuing shares seems simple. But as your business grows, things can get more complicated. We can smooth your dealings with shareholders and help you provide them with an appropriate package of rights in your company. Plus, we can help you unpick the complexities of tax-advantaged investment schemes and employee share plans to help you attract funding and talent.

Use share capital as a tool to grow your business

Our team of corporate solicitors can advise you on:

  • Shareholders’ rights and what remedies your shareholders may be entitled to.
  • Share transfers and new allocations and ensuring that these are registered properly.
  • Documents that regulate your relationships with shareholders such as your Articles of Association and shareholders’ agreements.
  • Share capital reduction so you can create distributable reserves or as part of a demerger for example.
  • Creating different classes of shares so that you can tailor your shareholdings to suit different types of shareholders and effectively manage the rights and restrictions of different shareholder classes.
  • Executing a share buyback process that works for your business, dealing with any pre-emption rights and drafting all necessary documentation.
  • How shares can form part of your employee incentive package so that you can attract and retain talent to your business.
  • Amending your Articles of Association to enable you to issue different classes of shares with varying rights.
  • Reviewing and maintaining statutory registers to ensure your compliance with the Companies Act.
  • The importance of ‘anti-dilution’ in protecting your rights as a founder of your business.
  • Use of a cap table and helping you to prepare one in advance of a funding round so you’ll know where you stand post-investment.
  • Shaping your offering so that you qualify as a target for investors in tax-advantaged schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Schemes, and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes.
  • Floating your company in an IPO if you want to offer shares to the public.
  • Ongoing compliance with your obligations to Companies House when managing your share capital and register of shareholders.

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Benefits of support from a specialist share capital lawyer

Stay ahead of your competition by understanding the ins-and-outs of share capital. Whether it’s declaring dividends, voting on key issues, incentivising staff, or securing a funding deal, we’ll help you use your share capital structure as an essential management tool to facilitate growth.

Issuing and allocating shares may seem simple yet giving away or selling shares can have a dramatic impact on the ownership structure and valuation of your company. We will explain to you why share ownership and share price is so important to the future of your new venture, and how to avoid losing control of your business. Avoiding mistakes at the beginning can ensure smooth sailing down the line.

Understanding what kind of shares each type of investor prefers is a must. Pick our brains and use us as a sounding board to help you structure your share capital to appeal to the right investors. We can also support you in valuing your company’s shares as part of a funding round.

These schemes are highly beneficial for both entrepreneurs and investors. We can show you how to unlock the benefits of these schemes by leveraging your share capital so that you’ve got more cash available to fund your operations.

We can help you distinguish a CSOP (or ESOP) from a SIP from SAYE and unravel the complexities of these plans to help you pick the scheme that’s right for your business and that will best attract, retain and incentivise key talent in your industry.

If your business has reached a point where it is appropriate to restructure your share capital, we’ll take care of all the necessary steps, from amending your corporate documents, liaising with employees, to obtaining consents from shareholders.

Are you ready to take your business public? Let us be your expert legal advisor partnering with you and your business at every stage of its growth, from seed funding rounds to an IPO, and beyond.

Who we help: Founders, leadership teams, and entrepreneurs

Whatever stage your business has reached, there’s a member of our specialist share capital team who can help. We offer expert advice and hands-on support for start-ups looking to scale their business. In fact, our objective is to provide legal support to start-ups that’s more accessible, affordable, and holistic in approach. We’ll get to know your business goals so that we can apply our legal knowledge and commercial experience to reach the best possible outcome specifically for you. And that’s not just in relation to share capital. With our legal subscription plans you can quickly access legal support, when you need it, across our range of integrated services.

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Our team of corporate solicitors has extensive experience of share capital, also specialising in supporting start-ups with funding rounds, accessing and managing venture capital, M&A, and equity incentive schemes. Across our corporate team, we’ve provided legal advice in numerous, high-profile transactions.

Our 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 the team here:

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 £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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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.

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