Hi! My name is Zarek.

I’m a technology lawyer.

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (no. 599017).

Who I am

I’m an independent commercial solicitor. I specialise in advising technology companies and startups on legal and business affairs.

This is why I'm different

  • I’m technology obsessed with years of knowledge and experience with the tech industry.
  • I have over 10 years of practical experience in corporate and commercial law and I’ve been involved in all kinds of matters including business growth and investment, the exploitation of intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and the list goes on.
  • I’ll always give you practical commercial advice specific to your goals and objectives – I don’t just fill out templates.
  • I’ll explain the law to you in a clear and concise way and only bring up the stuff that’s relevant to you.
  • I’m personable and I don’t spend my life in a suit or stuck behind a desk. I’ll make a sincere effort to get to know you and your business. You always deal with me directly.
  • I’m independent and don’t have to deal with any of the bureaucracy of working in a large firm. I don’t get bogged down with billable hours and I won’t charge you to phone me.
  • I only work on fixed fees so you always know what you’re paying – no surprises.
  • I am based in London and am happy to take meetings, but I work best over the Internet. Like you!


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I’m a fully qualified solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA. You will get the same level of service and protection from me as you would from any other UK law firm.

My love for technology

I’ve watched technology change the world over the last 25 years. It’s a part of my life. I’ve dabbled in digital graphics, software development, photography and building custom IT hardware.

When I was growing up, MS-Dos 3.0 was all the rage but GUIs were the new big thing. I remember the first time I used GEM Paint and was amazed at how I could draw, erase, cut and copy. I knew this was the way that things were heading, and I knew I had to stay on top of every digital development.

Over the years I learnt how to code, first in QBasic, then pascal, then Tcl and C++. I learnt how to use Photoshop, the difference between bitmaps and vectors, how to composite images and create new worlds inside my computer. At the same time, I watched the Internet grow from a bunch of closed networks like Compuserve and AOL to the sprawling web. I strived to learn how to use newsgroups, IRC, unix systems and of course, HTML, CSS, php and javascript.

As IT systems and software started to develop, it was clear that there was no going back. I kept remembering the playground chats I used to have about Skynet taking over the world, and while I hold no fear for our robot overlords, I know that this industry is the future.

So why did I become a lawyer?

Being a lawyer allows me to deal with every kind of new technology, whether it’s online or offline, a new gadget or a new IT system. I appreciate that developments in technology are only possible with the right support networks and whether you like it or not, lawyers will always need to be involved when it comes to pioneering technology. I know that if I was developing the next big thing, I’d want an adviser who understands what I talk about.

There’s no other job in the world that puts you at the forefront of technology like this. I write the non-disclosure agreements from which new social networks are born. I help broker the deals when Internet giants acquire small startups. I negotiate the contracts when you supply IT hardware. Without lawyers like me, the tech industry would never have seen this growth.

All new technology is developed by people, and I love working with people. I love to understand their problems and come up with solutions. There’s always a solution.

But the biggest reason? I love working with people who are passionate about what they do. There’s more to life than money. I want to help change the world. Just like you do.


What my clients say

We have worked with Zarek for about a year now and are delighted with his work. Our company is a fast-growing startup breaking info unfamiliar territory requiring delicate legal safeguards. He is timely and thinks around the actual problem instead of being a cookie cutter. He also adapted well to our way of working – it often feels like we have our own legal department! We would highly recommend working with him.

Sajeev Shanmuganandarajah CEO, medify.co.uk

I approached Zarek as I wanted a lawyer who knows startups and technology and could be our first point of contact when it comes to any legal tasks that we face when building our tech startup. He has been extremely helpful and is always available to talk through our concerns and help us find a solution. He is also great to work with and he gives us fixed fees for his work which is extremely useful for any startup.

Heidi Lindvall CEO, storygami.co

We are engineers. Our customers ask us to price their jobs before giving us their custom. We ask for a clear specification, and if necessary we help our customers build one, which we then use together with our knowledge and professional judgement to give our price. We do not always get the job. Imagine my delight to find Zarek saying up front that he works in the same way. Working with him has been easy and timely. His explanations are straightforward and logical. We work from our laptops wherever we are. Low overheads, functional, effective and friendly. I like that.

Rory Carter Chairman, compotech.com

I contacted Zarek at a time when we were in a real mess with several different lawyers giving different opinions on things, but nobody just sorting out the situation. I was slightly skeptical of lawyers at the time and wondered how a startup lawyer would be any different. But Zarek was able to assess the situation, give me the right advice, and immediately execute a plan of action that got me out of the mess, and at an affordable price! I now completely see the value of having specific expertise in legal work for startups, and wish I’d found Zarek sooner.

Nathaniel Smithies CEO, plusguidance.com

Zarek has been a huge help to us in structuring our company the right way as well as being there at every step of a complete seed investment round, providing reliable and timely advice with respect to legal matters as well as general guidance with SEIS/EIS mechanics too.  He has been extremely helpful across the board – we genuinely hope to retain his services as our company grows.

Shahzad Younas CEO, muzmatch.com


What I do

How I work

1. Send me your enquiry

I’ll go through it in detail and request additional information where required. I’ll be happy to speak to you on the phone or meet you if necessary.

2. I'll provide fixed fee quotes in writing

Once I have enough details to assess your situation I’ll prepare a fixed fee quote for each piece of work you need me to carry out.

  • My fixed fee quotes are not calculated by reference to an hourly rate, which allows me to be far more competitive than other lawyers and firms.
  • Instead, I take into account how complex your enquiry is, how quickly it needs to be dealt with, whether any third parties need to be involved and if relevant, the value of the contract or deal.
  • If I need to incur other costs on your behalf in carrying out your piece of work, for example Companies House or bank transfer fees, these need to be paid in addition to my fixed fee. I always ask for your permission before incurring costs.

To confirm this all and explain the next steps, I’ll send you a letter explaining exactly what work needs to be carried out to reach your goals, with fixed fee quotes for each piece of work. My letter will explain the terms of our relationship so there are no nasty surprises for you later.

3. You pay me in full

Fixed really means fixed. You pay my full fee plus VAT up front for each piece of work you would like me to carry out, and nothing more – regardless of what is involved. You can contact me whenever you like without worrying about running up a bill, and I am certain to get paid on time. Everyone is happy!

4. I start work

I’ll start working on your matter as soon as I can.

I work alone, so I’ll be the only person you deal with. I respond to emails quickly. I don’t take on work unless I have the capacity to do it – this enables me to provide an efficient and high quality service for my clients. I’ve not had a dissatisfied client yet, and I’m going to try my best to keep it that way.

Remember, I don’t limit myself to giving legal advice: I have experience of running both tech and non-tech businesses so I will always think about the commercial impact of what you want to do, in the context of the law. It’s like having your own in-house lawyer…


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