Specialist business lawyers

We work exclusively within the field of business law, leading transactions, and offering expert advice and guidance to small medium and large businesses and corporate clients on a wide range of specialist company law, commercial law and finance law related matters across Birmingham, London, Cambridge, Oakham and Leicester, throughout the UK and overseas.

Our business law client sectors

Clients of Altmore Business Law come from a diverse range of sectors and industries including accelerator finance, agribusiness, banking biotechnology, care, communications, construction, digital marketing, e-commerce, electronics, employment, engineering, environment, events management, financial services, food production, food/ restaurants, health technology, IT, management buy-out, manufacturing, music, professions private equity, personnel, property development, recycling, refinancing, retail, science and technology, security, sports development, SMEs, social media, shareholder relations, start-ups, transport, and doubtless many others.

Because of our track record in wide ranging company legal work, contextual and intrinsic complexity is expected and understood.

Our small group of solicitors act for:

  • Shareholders,  finance directors and owner managers
  • Companies - small, medium, large, listed, international and overseas
  • Entrepreneurs, intermediaries, brokers and “deal makers”
  • Accountants and other solicitors requiring our company law, commercial law or finance law specialist expertise

Complexity or time frame is just never a problem. Whatever the job, we relish the opportunity to deploy our knowledge, experience, energy and utmost effort to deliver results serving your best interests on time and on budget.

Our approach: Why Altmore Business Law?

Once you consider what your business legal needs are (and we may be able to assist you to clarify these) you will be wondering whether Altmore Business Law is the law firm best placed to meet those needs.

Altmore’s approach combines seven key service qualities:

  • Close attention to clarification of client needs
  • Application of technical law to achieve commercial ends
  • Retention of up-to-date legal knowledge
  • Deployment of experience and leadership in awkward or difficult commercial situations
  • Engagement with tried and tested associates in the East Midlands and London (legal and other)
  • Provision of ongoing support to clients and development of long term client relationships as required
  • Commitment to enhanced service quality, informed by client feedback

Altmore acts successfully for clients across the UK and internationally.

Our legal and corporate professionals

Our lawyers and associated specialists work together on a recurring basis. We represent a small highly accessible group of independent experts providing a hybrid service where needed. We are particularly well placed to assist with company sale/exit transactions providing hands on preparation, valuation, marketing and legal completion. We have worked in some of the most prestigious law and accountancy firms and top FTSE corporations and continue to work nationally and on a cross-border basis. Just call us on 0845 094 9000 and ask for the relevant person:

Chris Muris – Corporate

Paul Giles – Corporate Finance Tax

Paul is a solicitor and a chartered tax adviser (CIOT) of many years standing, so has accumulated considerable specialist experience in advising on a range of tax issues relevant to UK groups, companies and businesses. Paul regularly advises on: drafting and negotiating tax warranties and the tax covenant, dealing with disclosures against warranties, advising on structuring, reorganisations, share options, VAT and SDLT; from deal structuring to dealing with last minute issues. After Oxford university Paul spent a number of years in the largest of City law firms and in Nottingham to partner level.

Carol Lee – Real Estate

Carol, a solicitor, specialises in commercial property and regularly provides swift, straightforward and practical legal advice to clients on the disposal of business assets. With over 35 years of experience in commercial property work, Carol has exceptional experience with all types of businesses, from small start-ups to established companies.

Sarah Bunker – Employment Law

Sarah is a highly experienced employment solicitor offering practical advice and solutions on all aspects of employment law while trading and when undergoing considerable change as with a merger or sale. In business transitions, Sarah understands how critically sensitive some of the issues can be and will lay out all of your options and obligations clearly and concisely, creating a strategy that is tailored to your needs.

Steve Batch – Business Valuation and Marketing

Steve, a former main board director of a national media group has a twenty-year track record in corporate M&A activity, negotiating major commercial agreements and helping clients prepare their businesses for sale.  When looking to sell a business, it is essential that our team understands the reasons behind the sale to create the right exit strategy for you. Then and since with his colleague John Southern at Ventura Business Brokers, Steve has successfully led many disposals and acquisitions on behalf of clients across a wide range of business sectors and is an expert in advising on potential value.  Ventura Business Brokers, who are not solicitors, will work with you to gain a full understanding of your market position, financial performance, assets and liabilities, to ensure that you get the best deal for the business you have worked to grow. Clients may engage Ventura directly.

Sreedhar Kamineni – Chartered Accountant and Exit Engineer

Sree is an expert in several accounting and finance disciplines who is engaged by corporates, employers and business owners to reorganise, rationalise and prepare businesses for sale. Sree, who is not a solicitor, brings client owners much experience in mapping out and implementing strategies for pre-sale packaging and leveraging value. By working with clients from the inside, Sree can help ensure the business is best positioned for sale. Clients may engage Sree directly.

Just call us on 0845 094 9000 and ask for the relevant person.

Our client shareholders were selling a private limited company (a large independent fostering agency) to a private equity backed group and selected Altmore Business Law over larger law firm companies which the client sellers considered overly bureaucratic and managed, and at risk of delegating to junior staff……

For Jane Greenhalgh, one of the sellers, the experience was excellent: We really worked together through the process: Chris Muris got to know our business, which is in a niche market, and was able to really represent our views and wishes. We were aware that our close working relationship felt different and better to that portrayed by the buyers' solicitors (a large corporate firm)….. All in all a very personal and personalised service.

Business Lawyers Birmingham, London, Cambridge, Oakham, Nottingham and Leicester – quality service, competitive fees

With Altmore Business Law you get the background experience of the largest law firms for corporate transactions and tax at a keen price. Our fees do not have to cover the large annual overheads of larger sometimes city based firms. Whether your preferred charging is an hourly rate, a fixed price, or some other variation these savings are considerable.

An hourly rate, fixed fee and overall cost will take into account your requirements and the characteristics of the assignment including:

Characteristic of assignment

Low end of fee range

High end of fee range

Monetary or strategic value to you

Routine, day to day

Significant

Involvement/ responsibility required of us

Single input, eg conversation

End to end responsibility to execution/ completion

Complexity

Routine, day to day

Sophisticated/ considerable

Quantity of work amending or negotiating

Little

Considerable

Deal change

None, straightforward

Significant structural change mid-way

Duration

Single input, eg conversation

Many months work

Number of parties impacting on time

One person in your company

Multiple parties and personnel

Please also bear in mind that these factors and client requirements do sometimes change during the assignment. This will affect estimates. A fixed fee will not accommodate a significant deal change.

The hourly rate, always for seasoned lawyers, most often falls within the range £180 - £240 per hour, plus vat and disbursements. 

We are transparent in our charging systems so we will always be clear at the outset of likely costs and the reasons for these. We always flag up any developing scenarios that require more complex or greater inputs and there are never any surprises.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Simon Hunt CEO at Close.global explains that Altmore was chosen thanks to its grasp of the contract, reputation and flexible approach to fees adding We’re always wary of lawyers as whilst their expertise is without question, their ability to escalate a fee is legendary. We will default to using Altmore going forward.