Richard practised in a central London firm for over 10 years before joining our Corporate and Commercial Department in Godalming in 2017. Richard heads up our Corporate and Commercial Department.
He advises UK and overseas corporates, start-ups, trade associations and individuals with particular expertise in the following:
- Corporate: mergers and acquisition, family investment companies, joint venture and shareholder agreements, share buy-back arrangements, franchising, LLP and partnership agreements, corporate finance arrangements, group reorganisations and share incentive schemes.
- Commercial: IP licensing, sales agreements, blockchain-based technology terms, and manufacturing, agency and distribution agreements.
His client operate in a wide variety of industry sectors including gaming, hotel and catering, transport, sports, technology, property development and logistics.
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What his client's say....
“Our client was selling to a US concern and the purchasers had a combination of US and UK advisers. We worked intensely with Downs during our busiest months (Dec/Jan) to help our client get across the line. Late evenings, due to US time zones, were not a problem as we met in virtual meeting spaces to work effectively as a cohesive team for our client. Our experience of Downs and Richard Clapham in particular was both refreshing and reassuring. We look forward to working with him again.” Sophie White, Total Tax Group (director)
“Richard has helped me with the set-up of a couple of family investment companies where the family relationships are often complicated and need to be carefully taken into account within the legal structures. Richard has also assisted with a corporate group reorganisation which again is a complex matter and he has steered a clear path through. He is a good communicator and keeps the client’s needs and concerns in mind throughout the process. I continue to recommend him to my clients.” Delia Orme, Alliotts LLP (partner)
“Richard was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. It is a very daunting prospect selling your business and he guided us through every step of the process and made it all easily comprehendible. He dealt with the other set of solicitors superbly, even though they were rather tricky, and we were very happy with the outcome that was achieved. We would definitely recommend Richard to anyone who is looking to sell their business in the future.” Jason & Linda MacNiven, Golf Principles Ltd