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, we will:
- Help you understand what VCs expect from a deal and what the legal implications are for your business.
- 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 you stand post-investment.
- Put together a letter of intent during the initial stages of the investment process 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 business 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 such as the Enterprise Investment Schemes, and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes.
- Advise you on how a VC’s legal requirements could affect your business and impact your decision-making, for example, restrictive covenants that might give an investor rights to make more operational decisions at the company.
- Unpick employment and service contract issues so you can achieve a good balance between keeping your VC happy and your key players free to do what they’re best at.
- Help you with ongoing compliance with your obligations under your VC deal documents and tax-advantaged schemes.
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.
Reliable but straightforward legal advice and support. Delivered at a very cost effective price point.
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, along with our thorough due diligence practices to protect your business interests.
Why work with a specialist venture capital lawyer?
Swift negotiations that protect your interests.
If you’ve got a VC funder on board, you’ll want to get the legal formalities over as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don’t waste time with tricky negotiations and avoid exposing your business to unnecessary risk by using our experienced team to protect your interests. We’ll get the deal over as quickly and smoothly as possible.
We’ll help you avoid giving away too much in your rush to finance your operations.
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 business or seeking future funding. We’ll help you achieve the perfect balance by making sure the legal agreements, covenants and warranties you negotiate still enable you to do business the way you want to.
We’re experts in corporate tax and the SEIS and EIS schemes.
These investment schemes are highly beneficial for both entrepreneurs and investors. We can show you how to unlock the benefits of these schemes so that you have more cash available to fund your operations.
Lean on our expertise as your business develops.
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 business 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 portfolio. Whether it’s your first seed funding round or a large series B raise, we’ve supported businesses across many sectors along their journey to becoming established scale-ups.
With our transparent pricing model, you can access expert City-grade legal advice 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 business.
Examples of our work
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 …
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 …
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 of 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 know the landscape well. Find out more about the team 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.