Corporate & commercial

Sharpe Pritchard’s specialist legal team advises on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters for our clients. 

Our solicitors provide expert support to protect our client’s interests, including advising on all contractual requirements across the full spectrum of sectors and specialisms – from strategy and negotiating tactics to drafting, contract formation and dispute resolution.

We advise on corporate transactions in both the public and private sectors and we provide a full range of company secretarial services.

Our corporate and commercial team is both technically excellent and commercially astute and we pride ourselves on taking a pragmatic approach to the commercial pressures faced by our clients. 

In advising on corporate governance, we aim to ensure that our clients' decision-making procedures are effective, appropriate and protect their management team. 

Our clients include local authorities, central government, housing associations and charities.

Recent work

  • advising the directors of a number of local authority trading companies on their legal duties, including drafting deeds of indemnities from the company to the directors; 
  • advising many current clients on the procurement, formation and operation of a wide range of commercial contracts, including facilities management (e.g. cleaning, catering, repairs and maintenance), construction, ICT, leisure, housing management, shared services and framework arrangements. 
  • frequently advising on the structure of joint ventures, including setting up and incorporation of Special Purpose Vehicle/Entity, which lie at the heart of all our PFI and PPP work. In this context, we review the articles of association and shareholders agreements relating to the project companies, their joint venture or special purpose vehicle holding companies. 

 

What others say

"They're very thorough, consistent and clear, and they have fast turnaround times. We've been absolutely delighted" Client.

"They're exceptional - extremely knowledgeable about the waste industry and very user-friendly" Client.

Roseanne Serrelli "has the ability to make complex concepts very clear. She's always ready to offer useful suggestions on difficult issues and she's very reliable" Client.

In recognition of this expertise and our cost effective approach to delivering legal services to the public sector, our firm was awarded the Best Legal Adviser Award at the Partnerships Awards 2012.

The judging panel stated “Working closely with central government departments and agencies, Sharpe Pritchard has been instrumental in helping the public sector develop best practice within its partnerships, as well as evolving the PPP principle beyond standard PFI contracts. The team edged out a highly competitive field thanks to its exemplary approach to ensuring costs to procurers were as low as possible – something that is a vital ingredient of success in austere times. Judges welcomed the company’s cost effective approach”.  

Updates

19 November 2018

No “philosopher’s stone”- Court of Appeal confirms TCC’s decision in Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2448
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11 September 2018

Collateral warranty claim struck out in Swansea Stadium Management Company Ltd v City & County of Swansea [2018] EWHC 2192 (TCC)
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4 May 2018

Rejecting a Tender when it ‘fails’ to pass a mandatory requirement – MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence
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