Understanding what is important to you in the structuring of your business.

Business Structures & Joint Ventures

It is necessary to choose the right business structure so that you know what your legal obligations for that business are. Our specialist commercial and corporate solicitors will take the time to get to know you and to understand what is important to you in structuring the business.

Our solicitors will advise you on the implications of various business structures including: associations, group structures, international partnerships, joint venture companies, limited companies, limited liability partnerships, not for profit organisations, partnerships, residents’ companies, sole traders or specialist purpose vehicles.

As well as selecting the business structure you will also need the correct documentation in place, we can advise and draft articles of association, joint venture agreements, LLP agreements, shareholder agreements and partnership agreements.

In addition we work closely with a number of consultants, accountants and tax advisors who we recommend to clients so they can receive the complete range of skill sets required to ensure the business structure reflects the intended direction of the business venture set by the clients.

For advice on business structures and joint ventures from a specialist commercial and corporate solicitor, call or email us today.


who to contact

James Lamont

Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate

Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate

James Lamont

Nigel specialises in mergers and acquisitions including MBOs and MBIs, buying and selling businesses, commercial agreements, franchise agreements, insolvency, company restructuring and advice on contracts.

His clients describe him as “friendly and helpful” “giving sensible and well thought through advice”, “which helped us at a time when we needed some outside input to help us move forward”.

"James has specialised in corporate and company commercial law for over 15 years advising on new business ventures, legal structures, sales & 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 & advertising, branding & web design, engineering & manufacturing, retail, property investment and sports & 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 Crosby

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

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”.

And outside work:

1. What was your first car?

Mini Metro – I did not drive it much as it was always on the back of a tow truck.

2. Where is your favourite travel destination?

San Francisco because it has a relaxed atmosphere.

3. What advice would you give to a trainee solicitor starting their career now?

Be certain of the choices that you make.

Natalie De-Merist

Paralegal, Commercial and Corporate

Paralegal, Commercial and Corporate

Natalie De-Merist

Natalie is a Paralegal in the commercial and 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 a leading firm in Guildford.

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys going to the gym, attending live sporting events and reading thrillers.

Nigel Maud

Partner, Commercial and Corporate

Partner, Commercial and Corporate

Nigel Maud

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."

Here are Nigel’s answers to a brief interview about his interests and achievements.

What do you count in your interests?
Music, working as a DJ on the radio, playing keyboards, cycling and hiking.

Favourite travel destination?
South Africa

What would you have become if you had not become a lawyer?
A psychologist.

Sheralle Fisher

Solicitor, Commercial and Corporate

Solicitor, Commercial and Corporate

Sheralle Fisher

Sheralle is a solicitor in the commercial and 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.

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