At Mercantile Barristers we have an in-depth knowledge and experience of commerce and industry. Although our clients range from sole traders to limited liability companies (“LTD”), the core of our instructions come from small business and medium sized businesses (collectively referred to as SME’s). Our barristers are available to provide SME legal advice and support, as we recognise that small business is the lifeblood of the UK and many countries abroad.


Our Direct Access Barristers specialise in Business Law, Company Law and Commercial Law that affect small businesses and are available to advise small enterprises on a broad range of business, corporate and commercial matters including company formation; mergers and acquisitions; franchising; asset, project and corporate finance; personal insolvency; company insolvency; and shareholder agreements and shareholder disputes.


To discuss your legal enquiry, please call our clerks on +44 20 3034 0077 (London) or send your details or email


We also provide SME legal advice to clients so they have efficient legal frameworks for profitable commercial transactions and relationships as well as sound corporate governance. Our barristers have particular expertise in assisting SME clients and their professional advisers such as accountants and financial advisers with the rectification or removal of financial statements and validation statements lodged with statutory bodies such as Companies House or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) which may otherwise have an adverse impact on their enterprise.


Additionally, legal advice from our barristers extends to entrepreneurs and business angels investing in start-ups, SME’s, large corporations, private investors and venture capitalists.


Disputes may arise when one party considers their position is being prejudiced or that the other party is taking undue advantage of their privileged position; and are often an unavoidable part of small business and commercial relationships and transactions. This may be internally amongst small business partners, leading to small business shareholder disputes; and small business director disputes. In such cases, the small business legal advice team at Mercantile Barristers has skilled and experienced lawyers to provide advice for small business disputes in order to give tactical and strategic advice.


The is enables our barristers to either give pre-emptive or retrospective legal advice in order to protect, or recover, our clients’ position – a change in dynamics compared to solicitor or traditional commercial law firm. Small Business and commercial disputes also arise externally when there is a breach of contract by one party against the other, a retort of negligence is committed in the course of a professional relationship, or where a party has breached a statutory duty. Whether you are a claimant, defendant or interested party, our barristers are able to give practical expert legal advice and assist by way of a negotiated settlement, mediation, adjudication, arbitration or litigation.


In commercial dispute resolution, our barristers appear in the full range of Commercial and Chancery courts and tribunals in England and Wales as well as internationally where necessary and we regularly act for incorporated as well as un-incorporated corporations and regulatory institutions.


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The first step to get a direct-access barrister to instruct on your behalf, is to provide us with some background information to your case – no solicitor required. Our clerks are massively experienced and can help point you in the right direction.

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