Partner & Head of Department

Caroline Carretta

Caroline Carretta HK Law

Caroline is a Partner and is Head of our Corporate & Commercial Law team, based in our Dorchester office.

Having previously worked in the corporate finance team of a large City of London firm, I am well aware of the importance of working with highly competent, dependable lawyers, building strong, lasting relationships with clients, and ensuring that we are readily available to our clients whenever they need us. Our Corporate & Commercial Law team prides itself on these values.

I specialise in the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, equity investment (including EIS and SEIS investments), equity issues and other forms of corporate finance.

Exit and succession planning for businesses forms a large part of my practice area. This includes putting in place shareholders’ agreements and bespoke articles of association, share options and other employee incentive arrangements, and dealing with management buy-outs (and buy-ins).

As well as companies, I deal with partnerships and LLPs and have advised many businesses on the transition from one type of business vehicle to another.

In the education sector, I advise schools on their conversion to academy status and have extensive experience in establishing and advising multi-academy trusts, as well as advising governing bodies and independent schools.

With over 35 years of legal experience, I also advise on a wide variety of commercial contracts, including agency, distribution, franchising, manufacturing, and co-operation agreements.


  • Sale and purchase of companies and businesses
  • Equity investment (including EIS and SEIS investment)
  • Alternative forms of corporate finance
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Business succession planning
  • Financing issues
  • Share option and other employee incentive schemes
  • Management buy-outs (and buy-ins)
  • Joint ventures

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Where Caroline Carretta works

HK Law Blandford office


The newest of the HK Law offices and proud to service the people and businesses of Blandford and the surrounding area.

HK Law Bournemouth office


Our Bournemouth Solicitors, based at our office in Southbourne, are here to support you with all the personal and business legal needs.

Somerset Solicitors


HK Law’s history in Crewkerne dates back to 1749, making it the longest standing solicitors firm in the country.

HK Law Blandford office


With offices at 40 High West Street and 1 Colliton Walk, our expert team provides a comprehensive range of legal services to the people of Dorchester and surrounding areas.

HK Law Parkstone office


Our Parkstone solicitors, based in the heart of Ashley Cross, are here to offer you expert local legal advice.

Poole Solicitors


Our HK Law team in Poole assist local clients with their legal requirements.  Local to you, we are always on-hand to meet up whenever it suits you.

HK Law Swanage office


HK Law have held a strong presence in Swanage for generations. When it comes to client care, we pride ourselves on a modern approach backed up by traditional values.

HK Law Wareham office


Wareham is the office from which HK evolved. Today our Wareham office prides itself on offering the town a full range of legal services whilst keeping things simple and personal.

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