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Gannons Commercial Law Limited

Gannons is a boutique London commercial legal firm of solicitors focused on solving business problems commercially. The firm works primarily with private companies and partnerships along with their shareholders, investors, partners and directors.  Private individuals are also represented across areas including but not limited to matters related to work and employment related shareholdings.

The firm: Gannon’s philosophy is to offer specialist services at competitive rates in a format clients can understand. Careful attention is paid to management of overheads so that prices are competitive. The firm’s fee-earners are specialist in their practice areas and most have wide-ranging experience. There are several dimensions to the firm. On the corporate side there is a focus on private companies and transactions such as buying or selling,  reorganisations and de-mergers.  The firm handles transactions of varying sizes and degrees of complexity by offering a scalable team. On the private individual side there is a focus on partners, directors, investors and high net worth individuals. On the commercial side the specialism is in meeting challenges created by the digital age and new business models. On the creative side the firm supports artists, galleries, studios and collectors across the art, media and design industries in meeting their commercial goals.

Gannons continues to contribute regular editorial content for various publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, Accountancy, Financial Adviser, HR Magazine and online platforms, webinars and business blogs. The firm also hosts a number of free events for entrepreneurs through Project Cub including monthly meet up sessions.

Types of work undertaken
Company: Gannons works with start-ups, investors and entrepreneurs along with established trading companies many of whom have grown with the firm. The team handles work ranging from funding, development, and investment transactions. As the businesses develop the firm deals with acquisitions or sales of a business, including any commercial property that comprises part of the company’s asset portfolio. The team offers a full service to its corporate clients, covering niche areas of company law such as SEIS and EIS clearances from HMRC for investment opportunities. The team also routinely advises on EMI options, HMRC approved plans, unapproved options, growth schemes and the award of shares, including restricted shares as well as corporate restructures and re-organisations.

Commercial: Gannons’ commercial team advises  a variety of SMEs, with particular specialism in negotiating agreements for the hospitality, technology, media and gig platform industries. Core work includes software licensing, intellectual property rights ownership, collaborations, joint ventures, partnership and LLP agreements, shareholder agreements, public contracts and procurement processes,  and data protection compliance.

Employment: Gannons’ employment team includes specialists in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The firm is on a number of panels as an independent adviser for settlement agreements. The non-contentious team frequently works with the company law team and share incentives specialists to provide a full service, often handling employee share plans, worker rights and TUPE regulations, as part of larger transactions or re-organisations with corporate, intellectual property and tax implications. The contentious team has vast experience appearing at employment tribunals on behalf of both employers and employees, as well as commencing matters in higher courts such as obtaining injunctive relief for high profile cases.

Dispute resolution and litigation: With qualified and experienced litigators and mediators, the approach is to settle commercial disputes wherever possible. The team is prepared to litigate if necessary to achieve commercial cost effective results. With a background in corporate and commercial law, the team has specialist experience in shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, directors’ duties, and the insolvency law implications that often  arise when dealing with them, debt recovery and winding up proceedings, infringement of intellectual property rights, technology agreement disputes, cyber attacks including hacking, theft of confidential information and data breaches.

Tax: There is a strong background in transactional tax and taxation of shares and options awarded to employees and investors. The team has a specialist skill in the design and implementation of re-organisations, de-mergers, spin offs and transactions involving the movement of assets or shareholders.

Project Cub
What is Project Cub?
With its origins as a start up Gannons understands the difficulties and uphill struggle that some entrepreneurs face starting out and the team is always trying to support start ups and SMEs with the help they need to grow.

Project Cub seeks to do just that: grow business cubs into lions. Project Cub aims to support individual entrepreneurs and start ups by providing them with the legal foundations they need to grow their business and get off the ground.

Often start ups only want a quick opinion made with the judgement that comes with the benefit of experience. Project Cub is designed to deliver to need via a combination of talks, free commercial meet up sessions and our business mentoring scheme.  The mentoring scheme is particularly exciting as it is the only offering specifically focused on artists and designers.

Project Cub events are a chance for the team to get to know you and start to build those all important relationships. Our team will look at topics that are often not considered until it is too late, such as how to protect intellectual property, dealing with cyber security issues, how to structure and balance investors and when to move to the next step. These informal expert and peer-to-peer discussions and networking events are a chance to stay ahead of the curve and boost business.

Look out for our next event coming soon!

Get involved and be part of the discussion
If you are an individual entrepreneur or start up trying to get off the ground or an incubator that we could work with we would love to hear from you – please get in contact through our website or social media:

Twitter @Gannons_law

LinkedIn Gannons

For more information or to organise an event with us, please email

Managing partner Catherine Gannon
Commercial Agreements and Intellectual Property John Deane
Corporate Helen Curtis
Dispute Resolution Alex Kleanthous
Tax Catherine Gannon
Helen Curtis photo Helen CurtisPartner
Catherine Gannon photo Catherine GannonManaging Partner
Number of UK directors : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12


TESTIMONIAL: Helen is always a pleasure to work with. We have worked with her team on a number of occasions as our business has developed. We first came to Gannons for them to handle our investment rounds. It was clear from the outset that Helen is an expert in her field and we are always confident that the advice we receive takes our business into account. The team have since set up our employee share schemes, including obtaining HMRC approval with ease, even within our ambitious timescales. Helen and the team provided our business with the solid foundations we needed to grow. The team are always our ‘go-to’ for any company queries.

CLIENT: Jamie Waller

TESTIMONIAL: Catherine has supported my business through some if its most difficult setbacks. I know I can get hold of Catherine and her team at almost any time to help me when the chips are down. She understands business and addresses any problem quickly and puts a halt to nasty situations. I have full confidence in her plan of action and know I can count on her to negotiate beyond the short-term issues to consider the impact on my business as a whole.