Business Legal Services
Our commercial solicitors do things differently from others, and we’re sure you’ll find it better!
We’ve spent our careers helping business clients to achieve their goals, maximise opportunities, and navigate pitfalls and legal risks. As experts in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements, you can rely on us to get the job done efficiently.
We demystify the law, providing you with clear and pragmatic advice, via timely communications, through our cost-effective price plans.
We do things differently
How our commercial solicitors can help
Each day, we help clients at all stages of growth, from start-ups and scale-ups to large established businesses.
Our lawyers have considerable expertise and wide-ranging experience, which are the foundation of everything we do. But providing best-in-class legal services is about more than this – it requires a deep understanding of the sectors you operate in and, most importantly, that we get to know you and your business. That’s part and parcel of how we work and what you can expect when working with us.
Explaining, so you can make informed decisions
You may need us to explain specific legal issues or points of law, and to advise you on their impact to your business or on what you are looking to achieve. We take complex legal points and make them easy to understand and digest.
Building strong commercial relationships
No matter what arrangements you are planning to enter into with customers, supplier and other parties, having the right terms or contract in place is key. They set out your and their rights and obligations, and control and allocate the risk between the parties.
Fixing terms so they're fit for purpose
You may not always be in a position to insist on using your own terms or contract. We can review and advise you on the terms or contracts that you are considering agreeing with customers, suppliers or other parties, and explain any issues and risks. We can also draft recommended amendments dealing with any concerns – either at the same time or as a follow-on exercise.
Crossing the finish line
Whether you’re using your own terms or contract, or having to use the other party’s, drafting or reviewing them is often just the starting point and they will then need to be negotiated. Our experience and expertise can support you through this, whether you want us ‘front and centre’ to lead the negotiations, working with you ‘behind the scenes’ – or anything in between. Tactics often comes into play here, and we can help you decide what approach is likely to be more successful.
We take you into account
Commercial legal advice your way
Unlike other law firms, we happily tailor our approach to meet our clients’ needs. In the same way that no two business are the same, neither is what they need from their lawyers. Whatever we are asked to do, we can adapt and deliver it in a way that works best for you.
We use our experience and expertise to assist you in the way that works best for you, and we’re always ready to adapt.
Some clients prefer traditionally-formatted agreements, whilst others are keenly aware that they add friction – either by making the agreement harder for them to complete and issue each time it is used or by making their customers feel that they need legal advice before signing. We can help reduce friction by structuring the agreement so that all of the key details that vary from one customer to another are clearly set out in a form on the first page, with the signature section beneath it. All of the terms that are required to work with those key details can then be tucked behind that – or even on your website, with just a link from the key details page.
It’s good to talk
Or email or Teams. Whatever you prefer, your communications with us can be by email, via Teams (with or without cameras on – we’re not shy, so it’s up to you) or a normal phone call. We may work remotely but we’re easy to reach and always happy for a check-in.
Have it your way
When giving our advice, we can adapt our style to what feels right for you. Prefer a formal report? No problem. Are tables your thing? Done. Do notes in the margin make it easier to relate the comment to the issue? Easy. Whatever you choose, we use our experience to make our advice digestible and easy to understand.
What our clients say
We make it possible for businesses to focus on doing rather than be bogged down in the legals. Our clients have peace of mind knowing that we’re not just here to tick a box or provide a one size fits all ‘solution’.
Experts in commercial contracts
Helping your business to run and make money
Our commercial solicitors can advise on all the contracts and agreements needed to manage your business relationships. There’s too many to list but to give you a feel for our approach and breadth of experience we have highlighted a few in detail across the following pages:
Best-in-class legal advice
Why choose our commercial solicitors?
Our team of commercial solicitors are a competitive bunch – we want to be the best at what we do; helping businesses to navigate challenges and grow. It’s this drive that has got us to where we are today – Harper James, a law firm designed to provide customer focused high-quality legal support to businesses who wouldn’t usually be able to access it.
For many of us, the journey here not only includes working for some of the most highly regarded law firms in the UK, but also working in businesses, usually as legal counsel but sometimes as senior leaders.
Let’s introduce you to our amazing team:
Legal support designed
to fit your business needs
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 £209 per month with additional support from £140 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.
Examples of our work
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