Max Harnden

Max Harnden

Practice Areas

Business Law

I act for a wide range of business clients from large companies and professional partnerships to sole traders and small family run concerns. I advise on a wide range of business issues, including mergers and acquisitions, director and shareholder relations and commercial contracts and transactions.


I graduated from the University of Essex in 1984 and joined Gotelee in 2006

My approach is extremely commercial.  I can help you to understand the legal implications of your business strategy so you can identify and manage legal risk.  I always aim to tell you how to achieve your goals rather than tell you what you cannot do. I work hard to understand the dynamics of my clients’ businesses and to support the directors and managers in achieving their business goals.  By taking time to really understand your business I can give you the most commercial and practical advice.

I also act for railway infrastructure contractors providing advice on their contracts with Network Rail.  You may think that this is a pretty unusual specialism.  It came about because I was part of the legal team at the British Railways Board when the railways were privatised.  As part of the privatisation we established 125 companies in 3 years which was no mean feat but it was great experience and led to my career long involvement in railway infrastructure contracts.


You will find that I equally value all of my clients, no matter how big or small, I give all of my clients the same level of care and attention.

Clients have said that I am “very approachable” and “add confidence”.

I am identified as a leading individual in my field of work by The Legal 500 2017, which is an impartial view on legal service providers.

The Legal 500 (2015): Gotelee Solicitors provides ‘excellent service at a reasonable cost, and compares well with higher profile firms’. Clients praise Max Harnden’s ‘concise legal advice and friendly approach’.

The Legal 500 (2014): ‘Max Harnden is attentive and able and always provides very balanced and well-considered advice.

Other Information

Outside Gotelee, I am a motorbike enthusiast and love to get out on the open road.

I have a wealth of business law experience which I will use to drive your matter forward. I look forward to meeting you and being of service. 

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