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Startup Lawyers

Our specialist startup and early stage advisory team is dedicated to providing common sense, commercial and value added legal advice and support to entrepreneurs, startups and early stage businesses, including university 'spin-outs'.

Many of our startup and early stage clients are led by entrepreneurs who have left corporate roles in industry. However, we also advise university spin-outs and other student-led enterprises.

We understand the challenges of starting up and growing a new business. Arguably, the birth of a new company is the time when specialist legal support is most urgently required. Unfortunately, this also happens to be the time when financial resources are at their most scarce.

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Fixed Fees and Time to Pay

We will give you the best possible chance of succeeding by ensuring that all of our advice is partner led, by agreeing to fee arrangements that accommodate your cash flow challenges and by using our extensive network of contacts.

We use fixed fee arrangements wherever possible, which will provide you with greater certainty over the costs. We can also be flexible in agreeing sensible and realistic time to pay arrangements.

Experienced Startup Lawyers

Unlike many professional legal advisers, we recognise the importance of using senior, more experienced startup lawyers, to support the development of our early stage clients.

Our 15-lawyer team comprises 8 Partners and 7 other senior qualified solicitors who advise startup and early stage clients on a broad range of matters, including venture capital and angel investment, IP protection, commercialisation and general legal compliance.

Working with Tech Startups

We work closely with the Bristol-based and Bath-based team at SETsquared which, according to the UBI index, is the world's leading university business incubator.

Startup Lawyers-In-Residence

Among other support, we provide a weekly, three hour, 'lawyer-in-residence' surgery to both SETsquared Bristol and SETsquared Bath (also known as the University of Bath Innovation Centre), free of charge.

Our startup lawyers are committed to helping startups and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and provide a specialist legal service tailored to the technology and early stage business sector.

High Growth Potential Technology Startup Companies

Most of our startup and early stage business clients are technology ventures, operating across a broad spectrum of sectors including:

  • micro-electronics digital media (including mobile applications)

  • environmental and 'clean' technology

  • medical devices and digital health technology

  • advanced engineering technology

The Benefits of a Full Service Commercial Law Firm

We provide a national service to startup and early stage business clients via our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.

Our startup lawyers have the benefit of support from the firm's specialist sectors and services, offering a comprehensive range of legal services to startups and early stage businesses.

For early stage business legal advice from experienced startup lawyers, please contact Nathan Guest on 0117 314 5289.


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Meet the Team

Our corporate lawyers can advise you on a broad range of corporate transactions and business legal services via our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.

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Richard Phillips - Partner at VWV

Mergers & Acquisitions
Bank Lending
Corporate Finance

Nathan Guest - Partner and Solicitor at Law Firm VWV

Mergers & Acquisitions

Priv Equity & Vent Capital


David Emanuel - Chairman at VWV

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We joined forces with Radcliffe Chambers and The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) last Thursday to host a 'mock trial' in the iconic Library of Birmingham.
22 May 2018
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We are delighted to announce that we have chosen The Prince's Trust as our Charity of the Year for the next four years.
26 Apr 2018

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