Accelerate Law is a boutique legal services provider created the startup ecosystem.
Through our team of specialist lawyers, we advise disruptive startups and investors on their legal matters, helping them execute business strategies, close deals and avoid legal traps in a highly efficient and pragmatic way.
Everything we do is purpose-built for the startup industry. Our diverse range of clients choose us for our deep knowledge of how startups operate and how founders think, honed through years of dedicated experience in the sector.
Unlike traditional law firms, we operate a unique ‘single point of contact’ model, where every startup or investor client is assigned with their own fully flexible in-house lawyer – without the need to actually hire one and at no minimum cost.
No more stress about calling your lawyer through fear of escalating costs, or being shared around different departments of a law firm, or waiting weeks to get anything done, or not knowing where to start when legal needs arise.
With Accelerate Law, our clients work directly with their specific appointed lawyer who integrates in their team, making their experience consistently faster, clearer, and cost-effective. It makes every legal question you have easy to address with someone you know and trust, and every legal job streamlined and transparent from start to finish.
As we know, both startups and investors are typically not large corporations and budgets matter. So all fees are pre-agreed and based on a model that works best for you – whether fixed project fees, or time-based with clear boundaries - so you always know where you stand.
As a core member of your team, your Accelerate Law lawyer understands your unique profile and needs, and makes smart decisions with you. We don’t just tell you about risks. We’re at your top table, helping you get the legal part right, using it to enhance the way you do business. Plus, all of our lawyers can seamlessly tap into our Accelerate Law network to share and acquire knowledge any time.
Our unique model offers an escape from the stress caused by traditional law firms which, whilst great for their clients, typically aren’t right for ours.
Our clients span various sectors and each have their own unique set of needs. However, what they share is their passion for entrepreneurship and the will to transform the world around them.
We support startups and investors of any stage, with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and co-founding teams, to scaling startups, to family offices, VC investors, and international companies establishing in the UK. We are proud to have worked with over 500 high impact startups since Accelerate Law was established in 2018.
We also represent a mixture of VCs and family offices and have established strong long-term relationships, providing our flexible in-house lawyer service.
Hear about some of their experiences of working with Accelerate Law here.
Our team comprises leaders in startup corporate law, fintech, fundraising and M&A, intellectual property, employment law, and data and privacy, among other critical legal areas.
Like you, they are ambitious, entrepreneurial people. Each member of the team knows what it takes to set up and grow a business and the challenges that come along with it. That means that in practice, our team’s support often goes beyond legal and permeates the strategy and direction of your business.
We only work with lawyers who have a dual commercial and legal skillset and who get what it means to be a startup, rather than a large corporation. This enables us to provide services which are designed to accelerate business growth and profitability, always assessing your needs based on business stage, size and priorities. There’s no ‘one size fits all’.
Accelerate Law is owned and operated by Simon Davies (CEO) and Silvia Dal Cin (COO), both with hybrid legal and entrepreneurial backgrounds, and graduates of the Centre for Entrepreneurs NEF+ accelerator programme.
Simon trained as a solicitor with Magic Circle law firm, Linklaters, before taking in in-house roles at funded startups and later setting up Accelerate Law as a venture to drive innovation in the legal space for startups. Silvia, who originally trained as a lawyer in Italy and later worked as an M&A project manager, later joined as COO to manage business operations and client development, to maximise our potential and impact on the startup ecosystem.
“We started Accelerate Law to be on the front line of the changes happening in the way legal services are being provided, in particular for startup industry players who are changing the world around us. Accelerate Law’s aim is to provide startups of any size and stage with Magic Circle quality at a rate which growing companies can realistically afford and enjoy. We do this by providing a totally trusted, proactive and responsive in-house legal service to our founder and investor clients in a way that we know fits their dynamism and hunger to succeed. By streamlining and offering more efficient legal support to startups we want to positively impact as many businesses as we can”
What our clients say
We wanted better, more practical and cost effective legal resources and that’s exactly what we have achieved with appointing Accelerate Law. In particular, the commercial contracts are simpler, cleaner, and tighter. Since working with Accelerate Law, contract disputes or issues have significantly been reduced, saving us lots of time and effort. Simon is excellent, he understands some complex issues and relationships and is very good at responding to the specific questions asked in a clear and concise manner. I would definitely recommend Accelerate Law for all the above: commercial, efficient and effective legal advice that works for our investment business needs.
Co-Founder and Partner, ABLT Investments
The Accelerate Law team made our whole company set up and pre-seed venture round a very swift process. With their help, we were able to confidently and seamlessly close our round, kickstart our business, and onboard contractors. We worked closely with Simon, who’s fast and very approachable, and always takes the time to guide us through key terms and different options, which is invaluable to us as first-time founders. Simon is a trusted, exceptional legal partner, and we're delighted to be working together - choose Accelerate Law!
The Accelerate Law team have been BYP’s trusted advisors from the very start. From advising us on our commercial partnerships stuctures, to completing our freelance and employment agreements, to running our successful seed funding round, we get quality, attention, value for money and the guidance we need to keep growing at pace. Highly recommend.
Founder and CEO, BYP Network
We initially needed legal advice for our first funding round in 2019 and have since worked repeatedly with the Accelerate Law team across our follow-on funding, EMI Scheme, various shareholder matters and commercial contracts. The team, led by Simon, has enabled us to continue to grow with trusted legal support so we could focus on what we do best! Our expectations have been exceeded throughout. We particularly recommend Simon and co for the friendly, cost-effective and comprehensive advice with fast turnaround.
COO, Jelly Drops
Accelerate Law gave us the agile, startup style legal support that helped us level up our operations as we moved from ‘startup’ to ‘scaleup’ and targeted an exit. With more and more commercial deals, shareholders to manage, and a growing team to incentivise, Accelerate Law’s flexible in-house model worked perfectly for Arthur Online. When we were being acquired by a large multinational, Simon and the team’s advice and guidance was crucial throughout the M&A process. Right from the due diligence phase, throughout negotiating deal terms and documents to completion, the team worked intensively with us to get the deal done before the new year. A great experience and we’ll see you on our next venture!
Co-Founder, Arthur Online (exited to Aareon AG)
Founder & CEO
Ex-city Lawyer at Linklaters
Silvia Dal Cin
The General Manager
Ex M&A Project Manager
Trained as a lawyer in Italy