Corporate law

Sharpe Pritchard offers comprehensive corporate and company law advice to a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors, with a particular expertise in advising clients who operate at the interface between the two.

We harness our renowned public sector expertise to advise public sector bodies on the creation of innovative corporate structures for public sector service delivery, whether this is through the establishment of mutuals, joint ventures or trading subsidiaries. We can also offer advice to those private businesses looking to enter into corporate relationships with public sector bodies.

Our corporate team can offer advice at all stages of a business’ lifetime, from formation through to an eventual sale or other exit and it is our aim to become trusted advisers to the business throughout this journey. We strive to provide advice that is robust, yet sensible and unfussy and tailored to the business we have got to know. We can offer advice in relation to:  

  • company formation and constitution
  • shareholders’ agreements
  • private fundraisings and equity investments
  • board governance matters
  • share buybacks and capital reductions
  • company acquisitions and disposals
  • franchising agreements
  • joint ventures
  • corporate restructuring
  • partnerships and LLPs
  • tax issues

We can also offer a full range of company secretarial services, which offer businesses a cost-effective way to deal with their statutory filing obligations. For more information on what services we can offer, please contact us.

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; 
  • acting on the Thames Tideway Tunnel super-sewer project as an embedded part of the delivery team, including coordinating other external firms and advising at board level. This has included negotiating a specific and sui generis corporate governance model;
  • advising a central government department on state aid in relation to a very high profile scheme with a value of around £150 million including advice on the extent to which the state aid rules were engaged by the scheme, the exemptions available and how to use them;
  • advising a central government department on corporate governance issues with regard to a company where it is a minority shareholder and wishes to dispose of its minority shareholding; and
  • 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.


15 April 2019

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 Has Its Day in the Sun
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1 May 2018

Four new partners at Sharpe Pritchard
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5 July 2017

Changes in the PSC regime for companies and limited liability partnerships
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