Overview

We are an exceptional corporate, commercial and finance team, ranked in the legal directories. Our clients value us for the clarity of our advice, our technical expertise and our strategic guidance.

We provide sophisticated corporate advice to a wide range of clients from start-ups, to serial entrepreneurs, high net worth investors, retail and manufacturing businesses, media and tech companies and international private equity houses. We advise on all aspects of their corporate and commercial agreements, and negotiate their finance and security documents.

Our team guides our clients on establishing businesses to assisting them with their compliance, joint ventures, restructuring, EMI Share options, investment and sale and purchase, often with an international element.

  • I cannot speak highly enough of the team – they are formidable lawyers but remain very approachable.

  • Simons Muirhead Burton is a fantastic firm. There is a willingness to resolve any issue or query, however small it may be.

What We Do

  • Retail, Franchising & Licensing

    We have a unique and leading practice that helps household-name brands build and develop national and international networks. Relying on cross-departmental strength, we act for top public schools, restaurant chains, fashion brands and retailers of all types at all stages of brand development.

    We also advise companies and public bodies domiciled in Singapore, Denmark, UAE, and China, in addition to a number of market-leading organisations based in the UK on cross-border matters.

    Our team is comprised of industry experts with significant in-house experience, enabling us to give informed, pragmatic advice. Maninder Gill, head of the department, was previously Legal Director of a publishing powerhouse and a global luxury fashion store. He has niche franchising expertise in the specialist areas of publishing and education sectors, having franchised a number of leading publications and schools. Partner, Natalie Wright, has worked alongside retail clients for over ten years and is especially experienced in the beauty industry and in franchising. Associates, Anne Rose and Caroline Subedi, draw on experience with household-name fashion and department store brands.

    The team are regularly called upon to speak at retail and franchising conferences in the UK and overseas.

  • Corporate

    We provide high level and specialist corporate advice to a wide range of clients including: companies, professional partnerships, directors, founders and investors and lenders who are active both in the UK and internationally.

    We work with start-ups and established international businesses and cover all their corporate requirements, from structuring their equity and corporate governance to advising on directors’ duties and the terms of joint ventures, acquisitions and sales.

    We are ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers and have an exceptional team of specialist corporate partners and assistants.

  • Commercial Agreements

    We advise on all forms of commercial contracts, from traditional contracts for services to tech, retail and outsourcing agreements to commissioning, broadcast and distribution agreements for film and TV and publishing.

    We receive instructions from a broad range of corporate clients requiring standard terms and conditions for their web sites, to asking us to review licensing and supplier agreements or to negotiate franchising, procurement and endorsement agreements on their behalf.

    We also provide guidance on limitation of liability, data protection, and on termination provisions where our clients may be concerned about their obligations under their agreements or how to exit them.

  • Finance

    We advise on all aspects of corporate finance, traditional secured asset finance and specialist media and film finance with expertise in securing intellectual property rights.

    Our team regularly advises lenders on secured property lending, complex asset-backed structured lending arrangements, including Sharia finance, and also assists borrowers in negotiating terms with mezzanine and senior lenders.

    Our clients include banks, property developers, private equity houses, growing businesses, secured lenders, high net worth investors, media companies, and international investors.

  • Testimonials

    “They provide a first class service and assure attention to detail on the finer points of M&A transactions.”
    Legal 500, 2021

    “Peter Weiss – the partner and visionary behind a first-class team of associates and juniors. Without his inspiration, we would not have been as well looked after.”
    Legal 500, 2021 

    “The team has a very strong franchises background in different countries.”
    Legal 500, 2020

    “The firm has knowledge in the targeted country, and is cost effective and always very quick in its reactions.”
    Legal 500, 2020

    “Extremely friendly, approachable and razor-sharp.”
    Legal 500, 2020

    “The firm’s knowledge of today’s complex media market is second to none.”
    Legal 500, 2020

    “A very serious firm that delivers results.”
    Legal 500,2020

    “Provides ‘excellent support’ and leaves clients ‘exceptionally happy’.”
    Legal 500, 2018

    “Very clear communication, are quick to respond and are available when I need them.”
    Chambers & Partners, 2019