Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial Lawyers

Our Corporate and Commercial lawyers in Portsmouth can help you to address the legal issues that arise in starting and growing a company, doing business with others, through to third party investment or exit strategies.

Many small to medium-sized businesses use us as their ‘in-house’ legal team and we work for a number of larger corporations including foreign companies and their UK subsidiaries, plus PLCs listed on the AIM market.

We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ businesses and objectives and we provide straightforward, cost effective and commercial advice to help our clients achieve their business goals. Our experienced team will help add value to your business by assisting you in seizing business opportunities, managing and avoiding risk and growing your business to its full potential.

We can support you with...

  • Mergers and acquisitions
    Mergers and acquisitions can quickly transform a business, but there can be many challenges involved in getting them over the line. The experience of our team means we are well placed at managing a wide variety of types of company sales and acquisitions and we often work alongside other professional advisers such as corporate financiers and accountants to help our clients achieve their aims
  • Lending and re-financing
    If you are looking for finance to support the growth of your business, we can help with negotiation of suitable finance options and structure of lending agreements.
  • Commercial contracts
    We can advise you on the contracts provided to you by suppliers or put in place bespoke contracts with the protection of your business in mind. Our services include advising on distribution, franchising, outsourcing, manufacturing, sponsorship and e-commerce agreements as well as commercial collaborations and joint ventures and more.
  • Data protection
    Cyber security and GDPR are two of the biggest data protection challenges for business at present. We can put your mind at ease by provide a cost-effective service to ensure the internal and external policies and procedures you have in place are robust and help to manage and mitigate the legal and commercial risks to your business. We also provide on-site training to management teams and staff at every level on all aspects of data protection.
  • Company secretarial
    Company secretarial is an important aspect of legal compliance and can demonstrate good corporate governance, showing that a business is on top of its regulatory affairs. We can take the burden away from you and provide an efficient service to keep your company filings up to date, saving you time and resource.

Contact our Corporate and Commercial team today on 023 9298 1000 for further information about how we can help you and your business.

Thank you for all your work in dealing with the acquisition, your advice has been really helpful.
Seller of a healthcare business

I would just like to say a very big thank you to you for all of your amazing hard work and patience during the course of the sale. Myself and the family very much appreciate it.
Exiting shareholder of an IT company

The (Corporate and Commercial) team did Verisona Law proud. I really appreciate all your assistance throughout the transaction.
Director of a Groundworks and civil engineering business

Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done.
Trevor Birch, Managing Director, Duff and Phelps Ltd

We had an extremely complex and complicated purchase of a business, working diligently with the buyer as well as BDO and Ernst & Young. During this period, Verisona Law were always on hand to clarify any questions regarding the transaction from all parties. Everyone associated with the business was impressed with Verisona Law's work during this period.
Chief Executive of professional sports team

I would just like to say how pleased I have been with the way in which your company has handled the recent sale of my business. I would like to say how very impressed I have been with your professional quiet and calm approach.
Former owner of a Hampshire-based children’s nursery

Our team


Michael Dyer
Principal Lawyer and Head of Business Law

Michael is Head of Business Law at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.

Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett.  That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.

His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.

Michael is mentioned in Legal 500 (2017) as an ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer‘.

Client testimonials

“Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done. A key factor in the successful outcome was Mike’s intimate knowledge of the club. Having acted for the Trust and individual presidents on the original purchase in 2013 Mike not only had the necessary experience but also the required empathy in dealing with a stakeholder group that had made an emotional as much as a financial investment in the club.”

Trevor Birch
Managing Director
Duff and Phelps Ltd

This testimonial was given during the purchase of Portsmouth Football club by the Pompey Supporters Trust.


Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment & Corporate & Commercial

Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later joined forces with Gray Purdue to become Verisona Law in 2008.

In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.


Arti Vadher
Solicitor - Corporate & Commercial

Arti joined the team at Verisona Law in March 2021 as a Corporate Commercial Solicitor. She qualified in 2020, specialising in commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions and corporate documents – including shareholder agreements. Arti has a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law.

In her spare time Arti enjoys reading and cooking, also venturing outside to forage or cycle.