Best Commercial Law Firms UK (London, Bristol, Manchester, Scotland & Beyond)

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Looking for the best commercial law firm for your business in the UK? Whether you’re looking to buy or sell businesses, resolve a commercial disputes, draft or negotiate your next really important contract, or have a law firm take care of all of your legal advisory requirements, here are some of the top ones you should consider:-

Top UK Commercial Law Firms

The following are some of the best commercial law firms in the UK, based on revenue (not always the best way to rank the law firm you’re about to choose, but certainly shows how successful these firms have been, and doing a great job for their clients is always a big part of that):-

DLA Piper (Global Law Firm; “Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.”)

Clifford Chance “As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate and team-based way of working.”

Allen & Overy – “International Law Firm with Global Reach”; “Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries.”

Linklaters “Our vision is to be the leading global law firm, advising the most prominent global corporations and financial institutions on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments. ”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer “We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for help on the mandates that matter most to them, wherever in the world that may be.”

Norton Rose Fulbright “We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.”

Hogan Lovells “Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help.”

Other UK Business Law Firms to Consider

Edwin Coe LLP “We provide tailored and integrated legal services across a wide range of practice areas to both UK and international clients. ”

Rosenblatt “From the CEO of a FTSE company to an ambitious entrepreneur, each client can expect consistent access to the partners of our firm, who lead agile, responsive teams of experts, united by a shared ethos and a powerful sense of purpose.”

Keystone Law “Today, it’s not just about practising a profession, it’s about tackling real commercial challenges. We don’t just provide services that meet the legal needs of our clients. We bring their entrepreneurial vision to life through a unique combination of established expertise and intuitive understanding for our clients’ needs.”

Nabarro “Nabarro is a leading international law firm and we’re happy to discuss any of your business needs. The sectors where we have a particular specialism include Healthcare and Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Technology.”

Some of London’s Best Commercial Law Firms

Some of the best corporate and commercial law firms & lawyers in London are as follows (as per those featured in Band 1 of The UK Legal 500 2015)

Baker & McKenzie
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Bird & Bird
Hogan Lovells
Travers Smith

Best Commercial Law Firms in Manchester

The following are some of Manchester’s best commercial law firms:-

Taylors – – Commercial law firm Taylors Solicitors are dynamic and highly experienced business lawyers with offices in Manchester and Blackburn, Lancashire.

JMW – – “Solicitors for Business; We take great pride in supporting businesses in Manchester and are recognised by the Legal 500 Chambers and Partners as one of the leading law firms in the north west.”

Kuits – – “Manchester Solicitors Kuits is one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in the North West.”

Top Commercial Law Firm in Sheffield

Ironmonger Curtis – – “Ironmonger Curtis is a specialist commercial law firm based in Sheffield. Practical, commercial, legal advice from experienced business solicitors…We are also one of the UK’s leading dental transactions firms.”

Best Commercial Lawyers Bristol

Burges Salmon – – We provide the highest standards of legal and business advice to clients across the UK.

Osborne Clarke – – We provide insightful and effective legal services to meet our clients’ advisory, litigation and transactional needs

TLT – – “FT Innovative Lawyer report recognises TLT ReSource as a ‘Standout’ innovation.”

Top Business Law Firms in Scotland

If you’re needing first class legal advice for your business in Scotland, consider the following law firms (some of which advise companies solely in Scotland; others have much wider coverage):-

Young & Partners – – “We are business lawyers for business people; regarded as Scotland’s favourite law firm for owner managed and family

Lindsays – – “We act for companies and businesses of all sizes, from start ups to SMEs to substantial companies, partnerships and institutions. Our strength in education, commercialisation, technology/IT and intellectual property law is especially valuable to clients and well regarded in the marketplace.”

MacRoberts – – “We are one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms’.

Harper Macleod – – From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, our solicitors are on hand to help you maximise opportunities or deal with any challenges you face in the particular field in which you operate.

Brodies – – “Brodies is the Scottish headquartered law firm offering clients the largest specialist legal resource in Scotland”

Pinsent Masons – – “When you’re looking to save money (who isn’t?), we lead the field in cost-cutting innovation.”

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How UK commercial law firms can help your business

Owning and running a business can be challenging, and commercial law firms are there to support and advise on a wide range of matters. Here are two of the most common ways that commercial lawyers and commercial law firms can really help businesses succeed:-

1: Mergers and acquisitions

A fairly common matter, commercial law firms advise their clients on buying, selling and merging companies, the risks involved, together with protecting their client’s interests during any transaction. See also our list of law firm merger consultants and guides.

2: Dispute resolution

Frequently in business, disputes arise. Commercial law firms are there to guide clients through the process, whilst at the same time striving for the best possible outcome. See also our guide to some of the best litigation lawyers in the UK.

3. Other services

Commercial law firms offer a wide range of other services for businesses of every size and sector such as those outlined below and business owners or executives should always contact a specialist commercial lawyer to discuss their needs. Commercial legal advice can be available to you for any of the following areas:-

  • Drafting & negotiating agency agreements, distribution agreements or franchising agreements
  • Drafting terms and conditions or contracts with clients or suppliers.
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • IP legal advice to protect, assign or exploit your intellectual property rights (such as patents, trade marks, copyright etc)
  • Bank financing (inc legal advice on personal guarantees/loans)
  • Partnership / limited liability partnership (LLP) legal advice
  • Partnership dispute resolution
  • Joint venture agreement drafting and negotiation
  • Sale and purchase of businesses (inc whether asset or share sale)

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