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Company Advice and Governance
At Hart Brown we understand that it is difficult to keep up to date with company and commercial legislation and how it will affect your business. Our commercial and corporate solicitors regularly provide guidance on new legislation advising businesses on the processes and procedures from an operational, management and equitable perspective.
As part of that process we have particular expertise in advising on good governance of businesses. In unlisted enterprises this is not about the relationship between the board and external shareholders but more about establishing a framework of processes and attitudes that add value to the business, help build its reputation and ensure its long term continuity and success.
We seek to provide each business with an effective governance framework which defines roles, responsibilities and an agreed distribution of power between the shareholders, the board, management and stakeholders. The intention is to provide a framework for owners, partners, founders and investors as they plan the development of their business over the corporate life cycle.
We regularly provide advice on:
Articles of Association
Classes of shares and rights
Directors’ duties and appointment
Directors’ conflicts of interest
Resolutions and Meetings
Share purchase out of profits or capital (Share Buy Back)
Share option schemes
For advice on governance from a specialist commercial and corporate solicitor contact us today.
James has specialised in corporate and company commercial law for over 15 years advising on new business ventures, legal structures, sales and acquisitions, mergers, buy-outs, corporate investments and a wide range of commercial contracts.
He represents a wide variety of clients across various sectors including in media and advertising, branding and web design, engineering and manufacturing, retail, property investment and sports and entertainment. He is known for his commitment to his clients, sound business sense and calm legal authority.
Recent transactions include: acquisition of food and beverage business, sale of e-commerce solutions provider, joint venture in London transport and advertising business, restructuring and investment into event management company, investment into energy technology business, restructuring of property investment portfolio and sale of bespoke textiles company.
Here is some of the feedback James had received:
“Thank you very much for your hard work and getting this done in the tight timeline required” Michael Clarke, PSF Web.
“Many thanks for your guidance on this transaction and please pass on our appreciation to the team at Hart Brown” Andrew Beasley, Ball Capital Investment
“Thank you very much for your support, it was a pleasure working with you” Mario Rosas, Fuse IM / Mathesys
“Once again I thank you for bringing another deal to a close. I must say I enjoy working with you and it is great to have you and your team on our side.” Asher Moses, Sherbet London
“On behalf of us all a big thank you for making all of this happen, you have been an absolute star.” Mike Laflin, Sportcal
James was educated at Eton College and Bristol University. He then trained at the College of Law before qualifying with Cumberland Ellis LLP an established London firm and joining their commercial department in 2000, becoming a partner there in 2006. James joined the partnership at Hart Brown in October 2010 and now heads up the Commercial & Corporate Department.
Other business positions include (i) chairman of the Business Leaders Forum (Guildford) (ii) committee member of ABC (an exclusive entrepreneurs business club) (iii) contributor to NXD / People Growth Finance and (iv) involvement in Euro Juris and related international legal networks. He is also a trustee of the Brain & Spine Foundation with close connections to the Richard Burns Foundation, the Back up Trust and Regain.
Past times and hobbies include a fair amount of sport, particularly football, tennis and cricket and sailing or hiking whenever the chance arises. More sedate interests include reading (preferably historical novels), the occasional game of chess or poker and, with a young family, trips to the beaches of the South Coast and the hills of Scotland.
Jane specialises in commercial litigation and employment law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has also over recent years carved out something of a niche in the field of mobile homes legislation acting for an owner with a number of sites.
Having studied geography at University College London Jane worked for a number of years in the aviation industry which has given her a real insight into the challenges faced by most businesses. Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 before joining Hart Brown in 2011 and becoming a Partner in July 2018. Not only is Jane our specialist in employment law but she is also a prolific blogger within Hart Brown. You can find many of her articles on the 'News' section of the website.
Jane often receives praise from her clients:
“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.
“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.
“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.
Natalie is a Paralegal in the Commercial & Corporate department.
She assists on commercial contracts, sales & acquisitions, mergers, shareholder agreements and corporate restructures across a range of industry sectors.
Natalie studied her undergraduate law degree at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She then went on to study at the University of Law in Guildford and, prior to joining Hart Brown, worked in the Commercial Property department of another leading firm in Guildford.
Nigel read Psychology and Politics in South Africa. He went on to qualify as a solicitor in 1995 and initially practiced as a prosecutor before moving into private practice where he specialised in commercial work. He then moved into the business recovery and restructuring department at Pricewaterhouse Coopers broadening his understanding further of the problems and challenges a business faces.
Relocating to England in 1999 Nigel joined Hart Brown in 2002 and became a partner in 2004.
Nigel often received praise from his clients, these are just a few of the comments:
"Very efficient, cost effective service."
"This marks the end of a very long (15 years) and successful relationship with Hart Brown on the liquidation of the company. We thank the partners and staff at Hart Brown for all the advice and wise counsel they have given us over the years."
"You have an excellent team of people who make sure they understand the needs of the client."
Sheralle is a solicitor in the Commercial & Corporate team at Hart Brown. She advises on corporate and commercial contracts. Her focus is on mergers and acquisitions, advising on corporate legal structures and a wide range of commercial agreements. She joined Hart Brown in February 2018 having worked for over 4 years with a US firm based in London.