Corporate and Commercial

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"Their support is tailored to clients' needs and they are very transparent and fair about how they work and what it will cost."

Sarah Turner, Angel Academe

We specialise in acting for entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses (OMBs) and investors. We advise in relation to corporate transactions, banking, financing, commercial contracts and on all aspects of running and growing a business in the UK. Our lawyers combine strong technical expertise with a track record in delivering flexible and creative solutions for our clients. 

Much of our advice is for early stage companies and startups in the technology and media sectors or for those investing in such entities. We host and sponsor Angel Academe, an award-winning network of angel investors whose members are mainly women, and which primarily invests in UK businesses led by women.

We also work closely with our Real Estate team to advise those investing in or developing commercial property on all of their financing, banking and related security issues.

Startup investments

We act for startup companies, as well as for those VCs, angel syndicates and individual angels making investments. We have particular experience of acting for founders: not only in terms of guiding them through the investment process, but also in resolving problems which may have arisen in earlier rounds. Read more about how we help startups.



We have many years of experience of advising on the legal issues which arise from running a technology business. Our advice may be of a general nature, or you may wish us to draft or comment upon technology agreements. Our aim is always to protect your rights and to allow you to realise the maximum value from your technology assets. Read more about how we advise technology businesses. 


Banking and Finance

Our banking and financing advice is primarily to entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and funds on the borrower side, though we also advise a number of smaller banks. We also advise on any related security, and in relation to acquisition finance, the leveraged loan market, and development/real estate finance.  Read more about how we can advise on banking and finance.


Corporate transactions

On the corporate law side, we advise on angel/VC/private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, re-organisations, shareholder agreements and listings on junior stock markets in the UK (NEX and AIM). Much of our work relates to the technology and media sectors, although we also advise businesses operating in real estate, sport, fashion, travel, publishing and engineering. Read more about our corporate transaction services.


Commercial and contractual

We will support you with commercial  advice on all aspects of running your business and on your relationships with customers and suppliers, and we can draft all those contracts which you require. In particular, we advise on intellectual property, branding, data protection, agency and distribution arrangements, sponsorship, and franchising. Read more about how our commercial advice may assist you.


Setting Up Your Company or LLP

We will help you to take the necessary steps to establish your business in the UK, whether you wish to set up a new venture or expand an overseas operation. Our business services teams work closely with other specialists to take care of all your initial and ongoing legal and operational needs, allowing you to focus on selling your products or services. Read more about how we can help you set up your company or LLP.


Our Recent Work

  • Advising a wearable tech developer on a £1.2m follow on funding round from angels and a VC (August 2019);
  • Advising on the purchase of an international model agency, one of the largest to be based in the UK (July 2019);
  • Advising a healthtech company on a £550,000 raise from angel investors and a small VC (July 2019);
  • Advising a property investment company on its £4.3m refinance of its facilities with a high street lender, secured against a commercial office building in the City of London (July 2019);
  • Advising a lead investor on a £450,000 investment into a dairy distribution startup business (July 2019);
  • Advising on the purchase of a medical research laboratory business, based in Cambridge (July 2019);
  • Drafting bespoke terms of business and privacy documentation for an executive search agency set up by experienced recruiters (June 2019);
  • Advising the joint administrators of a company in administration on its sale of a subsidiary specialising in the maintenance and servicing of petrol station forecourts and equipment (June 2019);
  • Advising an international media group on the terms of software licence and escrow agreements with a US virtual reality platform (June 2019)
  • Advising a BVI incorporated entity controlled by a Private Family Office on a £16.5m Islamic refinancing of three high end residential apartments in Mayfair, London (May 2019);
  • Advising a family owned property investment company on its £15m revolving credit facility with a High Street lender, secured against its large portfolio of residential properties across the UK (May 2019);
  • Advising the majority shareholder of an international digital and print magazine distribution business on the terms of the company’s shareholders’ agreement (April 2019);
  • Advising the founders of a medical blockchain technology group on its proposed coin and token offerings (on-going/March 2019);
  • Advising a family owned English limited company on the £24m refinance of its portfolio of residential properties in London with a high street lender (March 2019);
  • Preparing mobile app terms of use together with a GDPR compliant privacy policy and cookie policy for an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to tackling plastic pollution through community initiatives and disruptive technology (March 2019);
  • Advising a high profile sportsman on an ongoing basis on various endorsement and sponsorship agreements, including those relating to:
    -  promotion of new products for an international telecoms operator (July 2019);
    - ambassador services for a fast food business (July 2019)


"I wanted to thank you [Andrew Solomon] and the whole team for your diligence, hard work and attentiveness which in usual Kingsley Napley style has been utterly outstanding."

Tony Moss, Director, Cumberland Place Financial Management

"Not only are James and his team highly technically able, they understand the importance of working to get a deal done.  We always know we can trust their judgement."

Janet Paterson, Charter Tax


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Information law update: Subject access requests and the dilemma for data controllers

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Information security breaches: A near certainty

Data security breaches – the consequences of concealment

The challenges in obtaining the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and staying compliant with the rules

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