Corporate and Small Businesses

The Addis Law team of lawyers work across a broad range of sectors, from science and technology to manufacturing.

Our work encompasses the life cycle of an organisation – from the earliest stages of a start-up to the operations carried out by companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  We also advise a significant number of small and very small businesses.

Small Businesses

Working with small and very small businesses is an important part of our practice. This includes working with people who have an idea for a business and who need help and advice on how to make it a reality.

We help small businesses to run smoothly and avoid problems.  From helping you with setting up your website and making sure you give your customers the right terms and conditions, to making sure that all your business relationships are set up in a professional way that protects you if things go wrong.

We will always tell you what our costs will be before we start any work, if it is feasible to do so.  We don’t charge for our time, we charge for the finished job.  This helps make it easier for you to pick up the phone to us when you need answers.

We have a mutual interest in making your business be the best that it can be – success for you also means success for us. No business is too small to benefit from professional help.

If you think this sounds interesting, then give us a call.  We’d love to chat to you about your business and how we can help.  We do this for free.  You can decide later if you want us to help you.

Some of our recent work includes:

  • drafting ecommerce terms and conditions for a web based trading system;
  • incorporation and advice on shareholder and partnership structures for various small trading and education businesses; and
  • succession planning for small business owners.


On the corporate side, we deal with:

  • investments and disposals;
  • private M&A;
  • loan finance;
  • university spin-outs;
  • corporate governance;
  • restructuring;
  • joint ventures and shareholder agreements;
  • listed companies;
  • market abuse; and
  • private equity and other financial investors.

Some of our recent transactions include advising:

  • an EIS investment fund as the lead investor on a spin out from the University of Oxford;
  • a more established spin out company on its second round of funding;
  • acting for the lender on a secured convertible loan;
  • Investment Property Databank Limited on its sale to MSCI Limited for £82 million;
  • a UK manufacturing business on its sale to the Chinese government for £8 million; and
  • M3 Ltd on its acquisition of RotaMaster for £9.2 million.

Corporate and Small Businesses

Contact us to find out more information about our Corporate and Small Business Services

I have found working with the Addis law team a pleasure. Very professional, helpful, fast, efficient and cost effective. I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

Louis Beaumont

Managing Director, Hive Cleaning

Risk Management and Tax

We advise our clients on a broad range of issues in risk management and regulatory compliance.


Our clients range from large listed international companies to small start-ups.

Flexible in-house lawyer resource

We can work with your company on an in-house basis as part of your internal team.