A modern law firm
purpose built to support
entrepreneurial businesses

Our experienced partner-level solicitors provide expert legal advice and assistance to enable businesses to grow from start-up to scale-up and beyond.

9.4/10

Our clients rate us as excellent.

We scored 9.4/10, based on 68 reviews.

Business Life Cycle

Your legal support
from startup to scale-up and beyond

When you’ve got the big idea

When you’ve got the big idea

When you’ve got the big idea

You’re probably thinking about protecting your idea as you start to consider the structure and how to fund your business. You’re wondering who can help and how to approach them.

Common challenges
  • Protecting and sharing an idea
  • Handling and securing investment
  • Structuring a business
  • Recruiting key hires
  • Business discussions and negotiations
Time is focused on getting started

Time is focused on getting started

Time is focused on getting started

You’re likely getting contracts and policies in place to ensure the company structure is built to grow. Recruitment, director duties and shareholder agreements need locking down.

Common challenges
  • Director duties
  • Reviewing agreements and contracts
  • Recruiting international hires
  • Protecting business and employee interests
  • Handling and securing investment
  • Handling of data
Your team is getting on with it

Your team is getting on with it

Your team is getting on with it

Things are moving forwards and you’re wanting to ensure the fundamentals are in line with the way you see the business shaping. Small disputes and resolutions are likely cropping up.

Common challenges
  • Employee disagreements
  • Supplier, client or contractor disagreements
  • Growing your team
  • Dealing with data breaches
  • Software licensing
When it’s all about scaling up

When it’s all about scaling up

When it’s all about scaling up

You’ve got targets in mind and an ambitious vision for the future of the business. You’re structuring for a certain scale, internationalisation and acquisitions or mergers.

Common challenges
  • Rapidly growing your workforce
  • Joining an international marketplace
  • Acquiring a bolt-on to provide enhanced services
  • Securing additional funding
  • Launching an IPO
If you’re looking to exit

If you’re looking to exit

If you’re looking to exit

You’re exiting from your current situation which means you’re looking to sell shares, structure deals and ensure a smooth transition for both the company and your own next venture.

Common challenges
  • Preparing to exit
  • Selling to another business
  • Management or employee takeover
  • Boardroom and shareholder disputes
  • Winding up, insolvency and business recovery

Our clients

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receiving our legal services

Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
I was searching for affordable legal support, and the subscription service allowed me to access legal support when I didn’t think it would be possible. This way I didn’t have to rely on Google! And it’s really important that businesses get the right advice at the start, so they don’t fall short at a later date
Peter Morris Founder and Director, Lockabox
As soon as I contacted them, and explained the support I required, they were responsive, on the case and quickly got a grasp of what I required.
John Heard Founder, Wild Cycles
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib Head of Operations, Hopin
Harper James has been the ideal law firm for Paragraf because of the flexibility that’s built into the on-demand subscription package. With HJ, I have all the legal expertise and answers I need at the end of an email. We have ambitious plans to fulfil, pushing our product lines overseas and bringing graphene electronics to the masses. There’s no better partner to help us get there than Harper James.
Cathy Cranton Financial Director, Paragraf
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
I was searching for affordable legal support, and the subscription service allowed me to access legal support when I didn’t think it would be possible. This way I didn’t have to rely on Google! And it’s really important that businesses get the right advice at the start, so they don’t fall short at a later date
Peter Morris Founder and Director, Lockabox
As soon as I contacted them, and explained the support I required, they were responsive, on the case and quickly got a grasp of what I required.
John Heard Founder, Wild Cycles
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib Head of Operations, Hopin
Harper James has been the ideal law firm for Paragraf because of the flexibility that’s built into the on-demand subscription package. With HJ, I have all the legal expertise and answers I need at the end of an email. We have ambitious plans to fulfil, pushing our product lines overseas and bringing graphene electronics to the masses. There’s no better partner to help us get there than Harper James.
Cathy Cranton Financial Director, Paragraf

Our clients rate us as excellent.

We scored 9.4/10, based on 68 reviews.

Our offer

Legal support designed
to fit your business needs

Our popular Enterprise plan provides legal support via a subscription, allowing you to spread the cost of advice and access rates as low as £125 per hour.

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.

On-Demand

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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A national law firm

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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.

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
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