Key commercial law services
- Supply and manufacturing agreements
- Terms and conditions for the sale of goods and services, including selling online
- Distribution and agency
- Services agreements
- Outsourcing agreements
- Software licensing, hardware procurement and software as a service
- Software development agreements
- Franchising and licensing
- Technology transfer (assignments of trademarks, patents, copyright, designs and confidential information)
- Consumer law, competition law, e-commerce regulations and data protection
How we work with you
Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:
- Over the telephone
- Via video conferencing
- In face to face meetings
We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.
How we’ve helped our clients
“Paris Smith have supported us with various commercial contracts and are our trusted advisors when we require legal support. Fantastic leadership team who are heavily active in the Southampton business community. We felt we received a very high standard of consultancy, precision and attention to detail. All future legal work requirements will be with PS. Thank you team for your help on our matters.”
Josh Mitchell, Managing Director
Mitchell & Stones Ltd
“Outstanding…brilliant service, exceeded my already high expectations.”
John Hawkins, Owner
Beach Events & Solutions
“The team at Paris Smith are true experts; thorough and detailed, whilst maintaining balance on risk and commerciality. They approach each assignment holistically and pragmatically in driving towards the optimum result for their client.”
Ed Thomas, Director – Mazars UK
“One source mentions the great strength in depth across the corporate team;” while another says “The people at Paris Smith have consistently demonstrated a real awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing my business, and a willingness to design and deliver solutions that fit my needs, rather than a narrow focus on “legal work”.” A further source states “‘The real strength of the team at Paris Smith is the willingness to invest time in understanding a client’s needs and the business challenges they face. Another source says “The culture at Paris Smith is to provide a quality, high end service without any attempt to intimidate or be pretentious. Paris Smith very much have their feet on the ground whilst retaining the reliable professionalism that you would expect.” There is “‘Great bandwidth across the various elements of commercial and corporate law and strength in depth.”
Legal 500 2023 – Referee Comments
“We were kept well informed and all the instructions we received were very clear and timely. Where we were required to provide additional data or to make decisions, Ryan provided meaningful recommendations whilst leaving it for us to decide. Whilst most correspondence was by email it was easy to reach Ryan by phone when needed and he was pro-active in forewarning us if he was going to be away at any time (e.g. leave). Our overall experience was of a high standard of professionalism, of a personalised service, and no surprises or shocks (e.g. on fees)”
Southampton Mental Health Network CIO
“Quick to respond, quick to make changes and priced well for the service”
A commercial client
“Always a pleasant interaction with Paris Smith. Quick responses and clear pricing”
A Commercial Client
“Kept in touch and the Brief we were given was comprehensive. It answered our questions and went on to suggest a way forward. ”
Roger Peplow, Vice-Chair of Governors
St George Catholic VA School, Southampton
Chambers Legal Directory 2024 – Band 1
What the team is known for
Paris Smith is a well-reputed firm capable of advising clients on the full range of complex M&A transactions and other corporate matters. The team acts for owner-managed businesses and larger corporates based both locally and overseas. It operates alongside other departments within the firm to provide a rounded service to clients, including prominent retail and property development companies.
“Paris Smith provide a premium service with a real focus on quality.”
“The team are accessible and provide strongly commercial advice.”
“They are very knowledgeable and handled difficult queries very well. They always kept us up to date and ensured a smooth process.”
Jonathon Roy has deep experience in corporate and commercial finance matters. He advises clients from owner-managed businesses to large multinationals on a range of transactions.
Richard Atcherley is commended for his strong corporate law practice. His broad offering covers M&A transactions, management buyouts and a range of other general corporate matters.
Amanda Brockwell is knowledgeable across a wide scope of corporate and commercial work. She acts for a broad clientele of corporates, private equity funds and venture capital investors.
Legal 500 – 2024 Edition
Boasting private equity funds and SMEs amongst its client list, the Paris Smith LLP group consistently advises on M&A and restructurings across industries ranging from life sciences to construction. Michael Moore leads on the corporate side, while Crispin Dick focuses on commercial matters from the Southampton office, specialising in software licensing and technology transfers. Amanda Brockwell operates out of the Winchester office, assisting buyers, sellers and investors with management buy-outs. Southampton-based Jonathan Roy assists with private equity matters.
What our clients say
‘The Paris Smith team has stood out for their ability to respond in a consistently timely and professional manner at all times across a broad range of legal advice areas.’
‘The Paris Smith team acts as a genuine partner and are there where and when you need them, consistently and professionally – I couldn’t ask any more of them.’
‘Jonathon Roy has acted with clear advice and guidance, always seeking the outcome we needed but not wasting time and money on areas that aren’t necessary. His open guiding manner is very easy to work with and follow. He has a team around him who turn documents and responses around very quickly and efficiently. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
‘We have worked with Ryan Mitchell on commercial contracting and Ryan has produced and advised on a wide range of commercial contracts in a very timely and professional manner.’
‘Clear and quality legal advice, hardworking legal counsel.’
‘Dedicated to the service they provide.’
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