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 businesses. Benefit from our experience to expedite your investment transaction and tap into our specialist understanding of the venture capital ecosystem. 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, 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

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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:

City

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.

Enterprise

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.

On-Demand

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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