Specialist Legal Support for Owner Managed Business and SME’s

Owner managed businesses and SME’s need specialist but affordable legal support

Our services

We provide a range of products and services specially tailored to the needs of Owner Managed Businesses (OMBs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including:

Terms and conditions of business

We provide terms and conditions to cover both product and service-based businesses.

Commercial contracts

We review and negotiate commercial contracts with third parties, and assist with drafting standard commercial contracts for your business.

Acquisitions and disposals

Whether you are looking at growing or exiting your business, we have an expert team who can assist you with the process.

Management Buyouts

If your succession planning involves a management team, we can assist with the planning and implementation of this structure.

Tax efficient sales to Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs)

We have a leading team of experts able to advise on implementing highly tax efficient sales to EOTs.

Reorganisations and share capital

If you are looking to change the structure of your business or ownership thereof, we can assist in making proposals for new structures and their implementation.

Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association

It is important for owner managed businesses and SMEs to have a clear record of the agreement between owners; this usually takes the form of a Shareholders’ Agreement and / or Articles of Association.

Employee incentivisation

We advise on the best way to incentivise key staff, including share options, EMI Options, Growth Shares and LTIPs.

Advice on your regulatory obligations

If your business is governed by completed regulatory and / or compliance, we have a specialist regulatory team who can ensure that your business compliant with the most up to date requirements.

Employment contracts

We help with employment contracts for your staff to protect your business, e.g, by ensuring that they include critical provisions such as Restrictive Covenants. Poorly drafted contracts may risk your former employees soliciting or poaching your clients, and staff and setting up competing businesses as soon as they leave.

Data protection and GDPR compliance

We advise on handling large amounts of data and what processes to put in place to protect it. The ICO can, and have issued fines to companies that fail to operate within data protection laws.


Our Immigration team can assist you should any role be offered to someone without an existing right to work in the UK.

Dispute resolution and litigation

We can assist your business with its dispute resolution needs, where it has issues with staff or with non-paying clients.

Contact us

For further information on how we can support your OMB or SME business, please contact a member of our team or complete an enquiry form.

Liz Barton

Liz is a highly experienced lawyer advising companies and individuals on all aspects of corporate law, from advising on company constitutions and corporate governance matters, to group reorganisations and share and business disposals and acquisitions.

  • Partner & Head of Corporate
  • T: +44 (0)20 7778 7238
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Thomas Clark

Thomas is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises clients on matters including business sales and purchases, shareholder agreements and articles of association, reorganisations, preparation for sale, and employee incentives.

  • Partner
  • T: +44 (0)20 7778 7243
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Elena Perri

Elena is an Associate based in the firm’s City office, specialising in corporate and commercial law, advising both businesses and individuals.

  • Associate
  • T: +44 (0)20 7778 7248
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Leah Caprani

Leah is a newly qualified solicitor, specialising in corporate law, assisting with a range of corporate matters including corporate finance, employee incentives, employee ownership trusts and M&A transactions.

  • Solicitor
  • T: +44 (0)20 7778 7228
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