What kinds of venture capital legal work can we help you with?
Venture capital is an essential source of finance for startups and high-growth potential companies and can be extremely beneficial for both the business owners looking to raise significant funds and the investors they attract.
It is also a major focus for our firm and you can benefit from the combined experience and market knowledge of our venture capital lawyers, along with our expansive network of contacts within the venture capital industry.
Whether you’re a business owner, an investor or VC firm, our venture capital lawyers can advise you on all aspects of venture capital and associated corporate work, including:
- Due diligence
- Employee share schemes and incentives e.g. EMI schemes
- EIS and SEIS relief
- Investment agreements
- Shareholders’ agreements
- Share buybacks
Who can we help with venture capital legal advice?
Our venture capital solicitors help both investors and business owners with venture capital deals. We represent many high growth companies, spin-outs and startups who are raising venture capital funding, ranging from Seed to Series B.
We also regularly act for a wide range of institutional investors making investments in high growth, industry-disruptive businesses. These include:
- Angel investors
- Crowd-funding platforms
- High net worth individuals
Watch Jas explaining how we help support start ups with legal advice, especially when dealing with venture capital investors:
Find out about our latest venture capital work here:
Read our useful advice and blog posts on venture capital and investment here:
Examples of our work
Future Fund grant enables Do IT to do more
6 October 2020
A fast-growing start-up which helps people find ‘good things to do’ in their community has secured a Future Fund grant, with the legal support of …
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 …
Specialist skincare start-up gets funding boost
3 September 2020
Harper James Solicitors has supported a cosmetics and skincare company to secure major new investment, which will help it expand internationally. Our team worked with Jennifer …
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 …
Our venture capital experience
Our CEO Toby Harper, and Commercial Solicitor Jas Bhogal, have both worked in-house as legal counsel for venture capital firm Midven. Our corporate team all have extensive experience working at a senior or partner level on private equity investment and venture capital. You can find our more about each of our solicitors and their venture capital experience here:
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
Jas is a corporate solicitor 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
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.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Harper James provide a cost effective, responsive and versatile service and provide us with access to legal teams that are experienced, commercially focused and well-resourced. Most importantly they are extremely familiar with the SME market and know the venture capital sector well.
We use Harper James because they understand the venture capital sector we operate in, know our business inside out and are always on hand to assist us in any way we need.
Our longstanding relationship has enabled us to get deals over the line quickly and efficiently, with minimum fuss or kickback from opposing lawyers representing the companies we’re investing in. I find the legal team at Harper James efficient, smart and personable. Speed is of the essence for early stage investing and Harper James recognises this and acts accordingly.
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
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.
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.
Our scale of growth would not have happened without the support of Harper James.
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.
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.
Great customer service with experienced staff. Mark and the HJS team worked well with us and took the stress out of a situation . Advised us proactively to achieve the the best outcome for our situation.