Our expert team has experience of assisting businesses from start-up through to incorporation, expansion, first tier funding and ultimately to assisting in the chosen exit route. The team has seen significant growth in its client base ranging from SMEs to international clients with UK commercial interests. We aim to provide our business clients with strategic commercial advice to enable them to consider and manage their legal and commercial risks.
Before we undertake work for you, our team will aim to fully understand your business and its objectives and will go beyond providing the legal documentation. We want to assist in the successful development and growth of your business, manage risk and safeguard key components of your business. We work to meet your time-scales and provide pro-active advice to help you drive your business forward.
The team is recognised locally as being one of the leaders in the field and over the past five years has seen a significant increase in the number of transactions handled. The 2016 Chambers UK legal directory ranks the team in Band 1 in East Anglia for Corporate/M&A work for SMEs and Owner Managed businesses. Our services include:
- Buying and selling businesses including management buy outs
- Corporate restructure, reorganisations and mergers
- Venture Capital, Angel Investor, crowd-funding and other funding sources
- Banking and finance agreements
- Shareholder agreements, share buy-backs and option
- Bespoke supply agreements for products, services and digital content
- Distribution and agency agreements
- IT and software agreements
- E-Commerce and E-Marketplace terms and agreements
- Intellectual Property protection and licence agreements
- Data protection and privacy law
- Media, publishing and entertainment contracts
- Consultancy and sub-contractors agreements
- Distribution and agency agreements
- Corporate Recovery
If you have a commercial dispute, our team is able to deal with a full range of matters including commercial contracts, commercial litigation, patents, copyright and intellectual property infringement, passing off, breach of confidence, Injunction proceedings, representative and multi-party actions, construction disputes, defamation and trade libel. To dicuss a commercial dispute, contact Mike Barlow.
Working with Leathes Prior is an absolute joy. They are small enough to deliver personal service but large enough to have a team of lawyers with experience and well connected enough to help us network around the business community.
An excellent team handling a range of M&A, MBOs and other corporate matters, including advisory work concerning EIS investment matters. Offers increasing international capabilities and expertise in handling sales involving overseas companies. Very knowledgeable and they're nice to deal with.
Extremely professional and easy to deal with.
Leathes Prior’s practice has a strong reputation in Norfolk.
The Corporate Team has been recognised for its experience in a range of areas including M&A, MBOs and group reorganisations. They are commercial, practical, and they deal with things promptly. Client said "I really do feel like the team at Leathes Prior would be able to help in any situation. They understand the time pressures of companies and provide no-nonsense commercial advice."
I really do feel like the team at Leathes Prior would be able to help in any situation. They understand the time pressures of companies and provide no-nonsense commercial advice.
They are commercial, practical, and they deal with things promptly.
Clients report superb responsiveness, care, diligence, integrity and business acumen of Leathes Prior’s Paul Warman, Peter Sheppard and rising star Richard Guthrie.
Responsive and reliable.
Leathes Prior consistently impresses clients thanks to corporate partner Paul Warman.
This excellent Norwich practice is commended by clients for its pragmatic, innovative and cost-effective service. The group acts primarily for private limited companies on middle-tier M&A transactions across a range of sectors.
Straightforward, helpful and commercial in his outlook, Peter Sheppard has considerable corporate and commercial experience and has also developed particular expertise in the private healthcare, packaging and print industries.
Peter Sheppard is a leading individual for corporate finance advice.