Our experts work with startups in all sectors, particularly in software and SAAS, life sciences and fintech. We know how startups work, understand your challenges, and provide clear and practical advice.

We offer a complete range of services, from shareholders’ agreements and funding transactions through large contracts and joint ventures to tax matters including SEIS, EIS and option schemes. Our specialist teams can advise you on data protection, privacy and security, on employment law and agreements, and on intellectual property protection and licensing.

As well as startups we advise later-stage businesses, family offices, venture funds and private equity, and we regularly work on exit transactions on the capital markets and through private acquisitions. That perspective on the corporate finance lifecycle means that we can help you do things in a way that works now, and will also prevent problems at a later stage in your startup’s life.

Our lawyers give presentations and write blogs and articles for startup audiences, giving basic tips and demystifying legal concepts. We also run drop-in advice clinics.

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Some of our experts

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.

Matthew Doughty


I am a corporate lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience specialising in mid-market M&A and capital markets transactions for private and publicly owned companies.