Corporate and Commercial Law Solicitors

Sustainable growth…


Whatever the commercial outlook for your sector, operating in a sustainable, strategic way is essential to securing growth for your business.

Every business faces decisions and sometimes expert advice is required to ensure you reach the right conclusion for your organisation. From entering into a joint venture to a commercial trading agreement, raising development capital or any other business issue, the corporate and commercial team are on hand to help.

With your livelihood and that of your staff potentially at risk, you need experts who can quickly understand the complexity of the issues surrounding your business and that can deliver practical advice based on experience.

Working in partnership with businesses of all sizes, the corporate and commercial team draws on extensive commercial experience. Our team is able to take a commercial view of clients’ issues and is adept at finding pragmatic solutions. Featuring in the Legal 500, the team is described as:

"[specialising] in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and restructurings, including multinational deconstructions and demergers. It is also building a significant client base for commercial work, mainly in the sports and technology sectors. Fraser Cunningham leads the team from the Derby office, while Dennis Thomas is the main contact in Leicester, and is noted for his expertise in matters at the intersection between corporate and commercial property work.”

Committed to excellent customer communication, the team work closely with clients, understanding the time-critical nature of the many issues that businesses face.

Working with small, local clients as well as multinational organisations, we understand that a one-size solution does not fit all, which is why the team take the time to understand every business, considering its aims and requirements. The range of services includes:

  • Business acquisitions, disposals and mergers
  • Agency, distribution and franchise arrangements
  • Licensing, manufacturing and supply arrangements
  • Sale, supply and purchase of goods and services
  • E-commerce
  • IT agreements
  • Intellectual property 
  • Management buy-outs, management buy-ins and venture capital investment
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances and shareholder relationships
  • Reorganisations and corporate restructuring
  • Exit strategies including retirement and succession planning
  • Company formation
  • General company law advice
  • Partnership agreements 

If you would like to know more about our commercial law services or would like to discuss a specific issue, contact us.

The Team


Drawing on many years of practical experience advising a diverse range of commercial organisations, Smith Partnership's team of commercial and corporate solicitors offers the legal insight you need to ensure business success. Our team includes:

  • Fraser Cunningham
    Fraser Cunningham
  • Mark Wilcock
    Mark Wilcock
  • Gemma Brown
    Gemma Brown
  • Sasha Heath
    Sasha Heath

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