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I qualified as a commercial solicitor in 2004 and worked as a corporate solicitor in traditional business law firms: Sherrards Solicitors in St Albans (7 years) and Pictons Solicitors in Luton (4 years). In 2011, I set up my own firm, Canopy Law, which ran for 7 years until merging with Perrin Myddelton Solicitors in 2018. My potted history can be found on LinkedIn.
I am a business lawyer. But I try hard not to be a typical one. Or at least, to be a modern one. I know how difficult it can be to find great legal help with the right balance of old-fashioned personal service and at a reasonable fixed price. I have written a book on shareholder agreements and some legal guides, click here.
My overall objective is always to keep things simple and straightforward. I have advised plenty of sole traders and owner managers, as well as the Board of the London Aquarium in their sale to Merlin Entertainments. I have also advised the owners of Luton Airport and Altium UK.
My particular specialism is:
1. Shareholder Agreements – Managing the business relationship between joint partners in a company – this is done via a shareholder agreement – which is sometimes referred to as a ‘living will’ for company owners.
2. Buying and selling shares in a company – Helping company owners through the process of buying or selling a business via shares, including the SPA, disclosure letter, due diligence, stock transfer forms and directors resignations.
3. Share Re-organisations – creating A & B shares, altering voting rights, sub-dividing shares,giving shares to employees.