Business life cycle

Getting on with it

Wondering how to optimise and protect your ‘business as usual’?

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Things are moving forward 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.

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Understanding your situation

Your team is getting on with it...

You have worked hard and money is coming in, and going out. Your culture has formed but there may have been some disagreements along the way, either with contractors, suppliers, clients or employees. Maybe some of your contracts or policies need changing or enforcing.

New clients or customers means more personal data. What do you need to know about data protection and the dreaded GDPR? Our lawyers remove the risk and empower you with the strategies to keep you on track… smooth sailing.

Here are some of the challenges you may encounter:

Commercial technology agreements and software licensing

Most businesses cannot operate without software. Signing up to a software licence that does not meet your business needs or exposes you to unexpected liabilities could be an expensive mistake to make. Our specialist solicitors take the time to understand your IT and business needs so that your software licence agreements meet your business requirements.

Dealing with disputes

We can help you across a broad range of commercial, financial and professional disputes varying from smaller claims to much more complex and high-value claims. Our dispute resolution solicitors have many years of experience in resolving disputes for businesses. Rest assured that you’re in safe hands.

Data protection and data breaches

When a data breach occurs, we’ll work quickly to help you minimise its financial and reputational impact. While we deal with the ICO and claimants, you can get on with the day-to-day running of your business.

Employment litigation

Liability relating to claims before, during or after an employee’s time with your business can be costly, disruptive, and stressful. We’ll take on that stress for you so you can concentrate on the bigger picture – managing your business.

Finding and hiring the right people

From templates for simple employment contracts to bespoke contracts for specialist roles or arrangements, including for workers and consultants, we can draft and review all of your employment documentation.   

People management and growing your team

We can make sure that your talent policies are in order, that you are consultative and fair and have clear and transparent processes throughout your business. We can also assist with employee incentives to attract and retain your staff whom you have worked hard to recruit and train.


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How we can help

Legal support that matches your ambition

We act as an extension of your team allowing you to focus on what’s really important

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. You’ll benefit from a legal team familiar with your business, available on call to give advice and support when you need it. You can rest assured that we are just a phone call away.

Scale up and down the support you require matching your growth and ambition

We’ll help you walk your own path with the legal fundamentals in place. We’re here to support you every step of the way whether that’s getting ready to sell or expanding out into new international markets.

We take a step back to spot the problems and opportunities saving you money and potential trouble later

We cut out the legal jargon where possible, delivering a quality service equal to that of top 100 law firms, at a fraction of the cost. We make expert business legal advice more accessible.

In-house experience giving you confidence to move forward

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we’ve been there before. Almost all of our lawyers have previously worked for a top 100 UK law firm or in-house at large international businesses. We’ll give you straightforward advice you need to move forward in your business journey.

Testimonials

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.

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
As a young and growing fintech company, there have been a number of legal matters that we have needed to manage; such as client contracts, employment contracts and fund raising from investors. We’ve used Harper James for around a year and they have provided us with very valuable support through several lenses, not least in our funding round in late 2017, where we raised £1million and Harper James managed the legal side of the transaction. We recommend them without hesitation.
Gareth Morgan Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Delio
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
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim Founder & MD, The Ready House
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr CEO, Whisk.com
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
As a young and growing fintech company, there have been a number of legal matters that we have needed to manage; such as client contracts, employment contracts and fund raising from investors. We’ve used Harper James for around a year and they have provided us with very valuable support through several lenses, not least in our funding round in late 2017, where we raised £1million and Harper James managed the legal side of the transaction. We recommend them without hesitation.
Gareth Morgan Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Delio
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
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim Founder & MD, The Ready House
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr CEO, Whisk.com

Our clients rate us as excellent.

We scored 9.4/10, based on 68 reviews.

Pricing Plans

Legal support designed
to fit your business needs

Unlike traditional law firms, we’ve designed our service plans specifically to meet the needs of businesses, providing flexibility, value and peace of mind. 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.

Many of our small to medium size clients choose to work with us via our Enterprise plan. On our Enterprise plan, you’ll receive advice from our senior solicitors on matters covering any of our services for just £125 per hour. That’s up to 75% off the rates of traditional city firms.

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

Get 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.


Meet our team

We're one phone call away

Almost all of our lawyers have previously worked for a top 100 UK law firm or in-house at large international businesses. Many having achieved partner level or beyond, with at least 10 years post qualified experience.

Simon Gilmour

Simon Gilmour

Head of Employment

Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.
Ella Bond

Ella Bond

Senior Employment Law Solicitor

Ella provides practical and commercially focused advice and assistance in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. She joins us having previously worked at top 50 law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
Ian Carson

Ian Carson

Head of Dispute Resolution

Ian joined our dispute resolution team in 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.
Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Senior Commercial Solicitor

Karen Mason has over 30 years’ experience practising business law. She has been a senior lawyer and partner in private practice as well as in-house counsel to some of the UK’s most highly regarded broadcast, media and internet companies.
Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor

Simon is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor and has worked in private litigation practice for over 25 years.
Jas Bhogal

Jas Bhogal

Corporate Partner

Jas is a corporate partner at Harper James Solicitors, advising on corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & investments.
Rob Cobley

Rob Cobley

Head of Commercial & Technology

Before joining Harper James, Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.
Becky White

Becky White

Senior Data Protection & Privacy Solicitor

Becky is a highly knowledgeable commercial lawyer, specialising in Data Protection and Privacy Law. She can add value to a business by drawing on nearly 20 years of in-house experience.
Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Senior Commercial Property Solicitor

Paul is an expert commercial property solicitor, specialising in landlord & tenant law and advising businesses on commercial real estate.


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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.

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