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 (ISDX 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 medtech startup on a Series A raise from venture capital trusts (October 2018);
  • Advising the founders of a digital marketing analytics business on its sale to a listed multinational digital marketing company (September 2018);
  • Drafting commercial agreements for a developer of mobile app platforms and advising on its compliance with the GDPR (August 2018);
  • Advising a medtech startup on a post-seed fundraise (including the conversion of a convertible loan note) (August 2018);
  • Advising a national UK accountancy firm on its engagement letter, terms of business and privacy policy (August 2018);
  • Acting for a multinational group of companies on its debt restructuring and subsequent financing of its £40m acquisition of the group’s new offices in central London (July 2018) ;
  • Advising a multi-national cosmetics manufacturer and retailer on the consumer-facing terms and conditions of its UK e-commerce website (June 2018);
  • Advising a high profile sportsman on an ongoing basis on various endorsement and sponsorship agreements, including those relating to:
    - the endorsement of a menswear clothing brand, involving the release of a series of co-branded capsule collections (May 2018);
    appointment as a global brand ambassador for a sportswear manufacturer (May 2018); and
    - promotion of a video game and his inclusion in it (April 2018).
  • Acting for a Luxembourg investment vehicle on its £18m financing of the 3 property acquisitions (April 2018);
  • Advising the founders of a chartered financial planning firm in relation to the sale of their business (April 2018);
  • Advising a property developer on its £41m development financing of a mixed-use development site in Central London (March 2018);
  • Advising the founders of a bathroom product manufacturer on a reorganisation and subsequent implementation of a share option scheme (February 2018);
  • Advising a Chinese buyer on the acquisition of a chain of childcare nurseries (January 2018);
  • Advising a company specialising in business analysis on its first funding round (January 2018);


"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


Corporate and Commercial Insights

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What is an Advanced Subscription Agreement?

GDPR Compliance for US Companies

The Default Position: Negotiating Events of Default under a loan agreement - what should a borrower be wary of?

E-signatures: is the law catching up with technology?

How will a no-deal Brexit affect cross-border mergers?

GDPR and Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement and data transfers from the EU

Convertible loan notes – top tips for founders of startups

Website development agreements – consider the content of your contract as well as the content on your site

Falling Foul of False Filings

Is a shareholder agreement important for my new startup?

GDPR: The significance of the new principle of accountability

GDPR & Brexit: Data transfers from the EU and the UK’s new status as a “third country”

Getting Personal – Key Terms of a Personal Guarantee, What is it and When Should You Sign One?

Social Media Giants vs Children – the truth behind social media contracts

An introduction to contracts between data controllers and data processors under the General Data Protection Regulation

The real impact of the GDPR… new notification obligations

The EU-US Privacy Shield – One Year On and Still Going Strong

Failure to prevent tax evasion? Responsibility shifted from HMRC onto companies

Borrower Beware – Tips for Borrowers

Companies and directors of larger companies face criminal prosecution and unlimited fines for non or misreporting of payment practices

Uber’s pilot and driverless cars: will the law need to be more hands on before driving can be hands off?

Techxit concerns Trumped – keep calm and code on

FCA Calls for Input on Equity Crowdfunding Regulation

30th June 2016: Changes to the Companies House Filing Regime

Data Protection: 5 Things SaaS Providers Should do Today

How will the Modern Slavery Act affect SMEs?

Brexit for startups: cutting red tape or cutting off life support?

Emerging from the shadows: the new regime of corporate transparency in the UK

EU Data Protection Regulation: Here at last…well, nearly!

A bitter pill: Hard lessons learnt by online pharmacy fined for selling customer data

Safe Harbor tsunami: a data transfer blockade

A welcome visa scheme for the tech community that might actually be fit for purpose

Angel Academe: a newbie’s perspective

Effective data security: The time to act is now

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

Website hacking: Ashley Madison users left wondering who they can trust

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

New Year, New Fitness App – but do you know what is being done with your data?

Top tips on data protection for growing businesses

Top tips for startups - getting to grips with legal issues

Copyright infringement – will football fans play ball?

Cybercrime - what should your business do to protect itself?

You, your data and your fridge - issues of privacy and data protection

Misuse of private information – anonymised tracking, profiling and targeting

Do Not Track – positive for privacy or the end of the internet as we know it?

Malice through the looking glass

The EU Objection to Google’s Combined Privacy Policy Explained – It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

The Data Retention Directive: Intrusive and ineffective?

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