Our BScale team is drawn from across our business and includes senior lawyers from each of our core practice areas with a particular focus on supporting high growth businesses in the technology sector.

Our BScale platform:

  • supports high-growth businesses through the sharing of knowledge and, through the BScale Document Generator, the provision of required legal documentation free of charge;
  • provides high-quality legal advice at a price point that is realistic for early stage businesses; and
  • ultimately, enables us to build lasting and strategic relationships with the most exciting and innovative technology companies and their investors.

Our team has the capability, experience, strategic insight and commerciality to grow with you from inception to exit. We have the depth of knowledge and flexibility to work with you through mission critical funding rounds, the inevitable regulatory, tax, employment and commercial challenges that come with scaling your technology business and the expertise that you will need to protect the value that you have created when the time comes to exit.

BScale clients will also have the benefit of our extensive contacts and deep relationships with the key players and institutional investors operating within our core sectors.

Areas of focus

Our experienced BScale team has the following expertise:

  • Early stage, venture capital, growth capital, development capital and venture debt transactions
  • Tax structuring (including EIS and SEIS advice)
  • Incentive arrangements (including EMI options)
  • Shareholder and constitutional arrangements
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer arrangements (including new and emerging technologies)
  • Data protection and cyber security 
  • Employment
  • Private wealth

These technologies are coming together to deliver innovative and flexible models which are revolutionising the way technology is delivered and consumed.

Our on-demand webinar 'Tech Growth UK - Planning to launch a tech company in the UK?' with the Department for International Trade, Rochester PR and JMB Partnership includes practical advice to support your UK market entry from a range of experts, company founders and venture capital firms. Alex Lloyd, a partner in our Corporate team, explains the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating a UK subsidiary vs establishing a branch of your overseas parent company. If you need legal advice to support your UK market entry please contact our UK Investment Launchpad team.


Ecosystem support

Preferred legal partner for Virgin StartUp.

Advised Innovate UK on the establishment and corporate governance of Innovate UK Loans Limited.

Advising Bristol and Bath Regional Capital on the establishment of a social investment fund for regional investment in Bristol.

Involved with multiple accelerators and ecosystems participants including, Carbon13, University of Bristol, Novartis-backed Health Hub in London, the Wayra AI & Blockchain Accelerator Programme, Set Squared, Alt Labs and Farm 491.


Advised the UKs fastest growing digital retirement platform, Embark Group throughout its growth including multiple acquisitions, key strategic partnerships and joint ventures and fundraisings (most recently the raising of circa £90m of capital from significant institutional investors including Blackrock, Legg Mason, Merian Chrysalis and Franklin Templeton) and in relation to the recently announced exit to Lloyds Banking Group for c. £390m.

Advised UK defence tech business on equity fundraisings, incentive arrangements and commercial matters and ultimately its c. £200m exit to a major international corporate.

Advising Fern Trading Limited (advised by Octopus) in relation to the acquisition of multiple fibre to the premises installation companies, including the provision of up over £700m of further funding and a significant two-stage restructuring of the group.

Advised waste to jet fuel business Firefly on its growth capital investment from Wizz Air Plc and significant associated offtake arrangements.

Advised clean ammonia business We Are Nium on its equity investment led by US venture capital funds AgFunder and DCVC.

Advised battery technology business LIND on equity investment secured from Green Angel Ventures, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

Advised clean-tech business Hesti on its equity funding round led by SFC Capital.

Advised OpenHydro in an equity funding round led by Sustainable Ventures.

Advised Circularity Capital on its investment in ACS.

Advised Danu Robotics on an equity funding round led by Sustainable Ventures.

Advised Calcivis on its funding round led by the Scottish National Investment Bank and Maven.

Advised Cytomos on its latest funding round led by Old College Capital, Scottish Enterprise and the British Business Bank.

Advised Cumulus Oncology on its £9m funding package secured from the Scottish National Investment Bank and Eos Advisory.

Advised Albert Health on an equity funding round led by Sabanci Ventures.

Advised venture backed health tech business PlaqueTec Limited in relation to multiple fundraisings and corporate governance matters.

Advised fintech business Prosper in relation to its equity funding round from investors including leading fintech figures, including Monzo's co-founder Tom Blomfield, ComplyAdvantage executive chair Charles Delingpole, and Capital One's co-founder and former Octopus and Tandem chair Matt Cooper.

Advised provider of alternative credit solutions to venture capital, growth and private equity, Balance Strategic Capital on multiple equity financing rounds.

Advised fintech start-up Join Communion Limited on its investment round led by funds managed by leading international technology investment firm Target Global.

Advised India-focused financial serviced business Reevoy Capital on multiple equity funding rounds.

Advising payment services start-up Ordo (Smart Request Company Limited) in relation to an investment to NBS Ventures Limited (the venture arm of Nationwide Building Society).

Advised VR business Gemba on its $18m Series A fundraising from international VC investor Parkway Venture Capital.

Advised SaaS business Operati on its equity fundraising from the Development Bank of Wales and Waterspring Ventures.

Advised Panoramic Capital on multiple investments across multiple sectors.

Advised Callens Lenz on its growth financing investment from Foresight.

Advised BGF in relation to multiple investments across multiple sectors.

Advised Oxford University spin-out and AI and deep learning driven 3D body modelling business Aistetic in relation to its equity investment by Oxford Sciences Innovation.

Advised legal tech business Legatics on multiple equity fundraisings lead by Gresham and FINTOP Capital.

Advised Engie NV on its investment in clean-tech waste-to-energy business WASE alongside Hitachi Ventures, WEPA Ventures and Elbow Beach Capital.

Advised pan Latin American lipids business Alianza in relation to its UK corporate venturing and collaboration activities including in relation to University of Bath spin-out Clean Foods Group.

Advised major corporate Equans on its corporate ‘clean-tech’ venturing activities including multiple Investments as part of the Clean Growth Innovation Fund alongside Innovate UK.

Advising German-listed corporate Infineon on its series D investment in XMOS Limited, a leading supplier of voice & audio solutions.

Meet the team

Alex Lloyd Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
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David Varney Partner

  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Technology and Communications
  • Outsourcing
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare
Danny Lee

Danny Lee Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
Malcolm Donald Web Profile

Malcolm Donald Partner

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Energy and Utilities
Headshot of Justin Barrow

Justin Barrow Senior Associate

  • Technology
  • Data Protection
  • Space and Satellites

What others say...

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What others say...

"We are grateful to the Burges Salmon Team for the support they provided throughout this significant transaction. They were really responsive and pragmatic, helping us navigate through the complexities of a major investment round. Gemba is an impactful solution to the biggest challenge faced by transformational leaders and this milestone funding is vital in order to propel the company forwards."

Nathan Robinson, CEO of Gemba


"This fundraising marks another significant milestone in the Nium journey and we are very grateful to Alex, Niall and the Burges Salmon team for their expert advice and support which has enabled us to continue to grow and will make a big difference to helping us accomplish our mission."

Lewis Jenkins, CEO and Co-Founder at Nium


"We have worked closely with Burges Salmon for several years and they have proven themselves as a valuable business partner to us during this period of rapid growth. They have helped us navigate new investment sectors as well as providing support, firepower and expertise in more established areas of our business."

Ed Fellows, Investment Director at Octopus


"The Burges Salmon team's commercial and pragmatic advice, along with the firm’s dedicated and innovative offering in the form of the BScale platform, has been key in Reevoy's growth during 2021 and we look forward to working with them again."

Ankur Khetan, co-founder and Director of Reevoy


"We feel thoroughly supported and appreciative that such high-quality legal advice has been provided at such a realistic cost for an early stage business like ours, allowing us to pass a significant juncture in our growth."

Thom Groot, Co-Founder & CEO of The Electric Car Scheme


"Burges Salmon’s approach to advising start-ups and scale-ups as part of its BScale platform is very impressive and it’s great that it has been able to provide legal services for young businesses like ours and support fast-growth in the technology sector."

Duncan McKay, CEO & Founder of Aistetic


"Working with Burges Salmon and its BScale team in particular meant that we have received expert support to work through a mission-critical funding round and the inevitable commercial challenges that come with scaling a business."

Recai Serdar Gemici, co-founder and CEO of Albert Health

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