Shareholders Agreement

This agreement is for use by two or more people who wish to have an agreement between them which sets out how the company runs - for example how decisions are made, and how their shares can be transferred. It does not cover financial investment into the company and would be suitable for, say, co-founders.

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Hannah Ives LawBrief


Hannah Ives is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who has worked in both private practice and in house. In private practice, she worked on public and private company transactions including company reorganisations, share and asset sales, refinancing, public company work/listings and private equity deals.

More recently, Hannah was Head of Legal at Nord Anglia Education, an International Schools business, where she was responsible for the group’s global legal activities. She worked on corporate matters for the group and also handled issues such as tenders, establishing schools in new jurisdictions, commercial contracts, licensing, IP, company secretarial matters and managed relationships with external law firms (a role which gave her valuable insight into a client’s objectives when purchasing legal services).

Hannah is qualified in England and Wales but has wide ranging experience of cross border transactions and has worked on legal matters in China, Russia, South Korea the UAE and various European jurisdictions. She has significant experience of preparing businesses for sale, including preparation for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Hannah has also established and successfully run two small businesses herself while taking a break from the law to have children, so has first-hand experience of some of the issues and the pressures facing new enterprises.

Throughout her career Hannah has enjoyed working with entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to help them minimise risks and optimise value by providing proactive, commercial and solutions orientated advice.

In her own words:

“I get immense satisfaction in supporting businesses of all types develop and grow by looking to foster close relationships with clients, which allows me to deliver tailored and appropriate advice”.


  • LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester (2:1)
  • LPC – Manchester Metropolitan University (distinction)


  • Preparing a private business (from a legal perspective) for listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Implementing a standard form legal review and advice process for business tenders to help provide appropriate cost effective legal support at tender stage.
  • Negotiating and completing service agreements with government bodies in the UK and overseas.
  • Negotiating and establishing joint ventures to operate new businesses both in the UK and overseas.


Hannah enjoys the great outdoors both with and without her family. She regularly goes walking and mountain biking in the Lake District and enjoys running to keep fit. She is currently training for her first triathlon!

Hannah has also trained as a counsellor and volunteers at Childline once a week to provide counselling sessions to children and young adults.


Conversational Spanish.