Venture Capital Legal Services

Rely on our venture capital lawyers to help you unpick the legal implications of the funding process so your business is an attractive proposition for VC funders, and you can access the capital you need to scale and grow.

We’ve been in the venture capital business for many years, advising both start-ups and VC investors looking to fund ambitious companies. Benefit from our experience to expedite your investment transaction and tap into our specialist understanding of the venture capital ecosystem with the help of a venture capital lawyer. We’ll guide you through each step of the investment process to make sure your business interests are protected.

Helping entrepreneurs scale up with confidence

Our team of corporate solicitors can provide you with the necessary expertise and support to move your business forward. As part of our venture capital legal services, our team of lawyers will:

  • Help you learn and understand what VCs expect from a deal and what the legal implications are for your company.
  • Advise you on how venture capital funding will impact your business in the future, including helping you prepare a cap table in advance of funding, so you’ll know where your company stands post-investment.
  • Put together a letter of intent during the initial stages of the investment cycle so that key terms are agreed early on between the investee and investor.
  • Guide you through the due diligence process and make sure your books show a clear picture of your company for VC investors.
  • Prepare and advise on the necessary formalities and documents required in a VC funding transaction from the investment agreement itself to shareholders’ agreements, new or amended Articles of Association, and service contracts.
  • Help you leverage your offering so that you qualify as a target for investors in tax-advantaged schemes including the Enterprise Investment Schemes and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes.
  • Advise you on how a VC’s legal requirements could affect your company and impact your decision-making, such as an LLP or restrictive covenants that might give an investor rights to make more operational decisions at the company giving you limited control.
  • Unpick employment and service contract issues so you can achieve a good balance between keeping your VC investors happy and your key players free to practice what they’re best at.
  • Help you with ongoing compliance with your obligations under your VC deal documents and tax-advantaged schemes.

Venture capital legal advice that comes from first-hand experience

Supporting start-ups with raising venture capital is a major focus for us here at Harper James Solicitors. If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to unlock the growth potential that VC funding can bring, we can help. Benefit from the combined experience and market knowledge of our venture capital lawyers, including our thorough due diligence practices to protect your business interests.

Why work with a specialist venture capital lawyer?

If you’ve got a VC investor on board, you’ll want to get the legal formalities over as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don’t waste time with tricky legal negotiations and avoid exposing your company to unnecessary transaction risks by using our experienced team to protect your interests. Our venture capital lawyers will work with you to get the deal over as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Finance is crucial to growth – we get that. But you need to make sure that your hands aren’t tied in the future, either in terms of expanding your company or seeking future funding. Our venture capital lawyers will help you achieve the perfect balance by making sure the legal agreements, covenants, and warranties you negotiate with your investors still enable you to work the way you want to.

These investment schemes are highly beneficial for both entrepreneurs and investors. We can show you how these schemes can be used to unlock key benefits so that you have more cash available to fund your operations and ventures.

Our aim is to assist you efficiently through the investment process with your long-term goals in mind to drive negotiations and help move your company forward. As specialists in supporting start-ups in the early phases of their growth, and through a series of funding rounds, joint ventures, and bolt-on acquisitions right through to exit, we will always have the bigger picture in mind for your business.

Who we help: Founders, entrepreneurs, and VC investors

We aim to help start-ups across the country level up at a critical time in their business’ growth, and investors to carefully manage their venture capital portfolio. Whether it’s your first seed funding round or a large series B raise, we’ve supported companies across many sectors along their journey to becoming established scale-ups.

With our transparent pricing model, you can access expert City-grade legal advice and knowledge from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Because we understand that during the early stages of growing your business you need to protect your interests as best you can, without breaking the bank. And you need a legal team you can rely on to be as passionate as you are about your company.

Examples of our work

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Wherever you are in your venture, we’ve got a member of our specialist team of venture capital solicitors who’s been there before. We can offer expert advice, hands-on support, and access to our network of contacts. Our team of corporate solicitors has extensive experience with VC funding, and we’ve provided legal advice in numerous, high-profile transactions. Several of our lawyers have worked as in-house counsel for venture capital firms, so they know the landscape well. 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 £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.

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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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