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Tom Bridgford

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Brexit Law  and the legal implications for businessesTom is a Partner and head of the Commercial group in Manchester which has won the Manchester Legal Awards “Commercial Team of the Year” for four consecutive years. Tom is ranked as a leading individual in the Northwest by Legal 500.

Tom was a pioneer of BPO outsourcing in the 1990s and has a wide ranging practice, specialising in IT procurement, outsourcing projects, high value contractual arrangements, franchising and complex supply chain issues.

He has particular expertise in the following: technology; franchising; chemicals; financial services; hotels/leisure; logistics and warehousing.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • an insurance broker on a £400m business processing outsourcing deal; 
  • a global agro-chemicals business on a number of related strategic long term and high value supply agreements in Italy, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil as part of a global disposal; 
  • a high street bank on a £150m applications maintenance and development outsourcing; 
  • an international chemical business on a £1bn of supply agreements in territories including UK, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland; 
  • a supplier on complex strategic outsourcing of client card production, embossing and personalisation and printing of statements; 
  • on a £75m logistics outsourcing deal; 
  • an airline on a £200m outsourcing project for airline services; 
  • H20 on a £100m outsourcing deal with Thames Water.

Tom has developed an international training programme for clients on managing risk and maximising value in contracts which is very popular with clients.

Legal 500 states that Tom is “brilliant”.

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Tom is one of our specialist Brexit lawyers. Contact Tom Bridgford for more information on how Brexit may affect your contracts. View our Brexit hub for our full range of Brexit resources

Listen to the Commercial contracts Brexit podcast

Listen to our podcast: Brexit –planning for uncertainty - "What if?" has become "what now?".
This is a short podcast from our Commercial team. Following the momentous vote to Brexit, we have two of our commercial experts, Tom Bridgford, one of our partners and Claire Stewart, a member of our professional support team, who are going to talk about how you can protect your business against some of the inevitable uncertainties that the UK will now be facing. We will also be hearing from Dan Roskis from our Paris office and Alex Niethammer from our Munich office about how Brexit will impact on clients in their jurisdictions.

Contractual risk analysis and Brexit proofing - Guiding businesses through Brexit

The UK’s momentous vote to leave the EU marks the dawn of an unprecedented period of uncertainty for business. Whilst the precise nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the impact this will have on business and trading arrangements is currently unknown, it is generally agreed that there are five models for the future UK/EU trade structure post Brexit. The impact each of these models would have on business differs significantly.

Contractual risk analysis and Brexit proofing for your IT and Outsourcing arrangements - Guiding businesses through Brexit

Contractual risk analysis and Brexit proofing for your IT and Outsourcing arrangements - Guiding businesses through Brexit
Using our Brexit Risk Analysis, we can help you answer your questions, understand the potential risks to your trading arrangements arising from Brexit (whether pricing, currency, regulatory, tariff, people, data or otherwise) and put measures in place to protect against those risks.


Efficiency in contract delivery - Eversheds Enhance

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Tom has recently contributed to the Eversheds Enhance guide to efficient contract delivery.

Eversheds guide to commercial contracting across Europe

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Tom has recently contributed to Eversheds guide to commercial contracts across Europe brochure.

Download the European commercial agency guide
Tom has recently contributed to Eversheds "Examining the issuues across Europe" brochure. A country by country guide to commercial agents.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Brexit group is jointly led by Ros Kellaway and Annabel Borg, who are members of the firm’s competition, EU and trade group. The team has particular expertise assisting with the Brexit elements of EU law, trade mandates and environment work and also has a designated parliamentary advisory service. The firm’s European network, which includes its Brussels office, enhances its EU law expertise, which includes advising multinational and UK clients on their goods and services in EU jurisdictions and the potential regulatory fallout of Brexit. On the trade side, the group is experienced in WTO rules, customs issues, contractual agreements, tariff changes, quotas and other trade barriers. James Lindop heads the international trade practice and has assisted clients with customs and WTO issues. Other key individuals include Manchester-based Tom Bridgford, who leads the international outsourcing group; and state aid and public procurement specialist Totis Kotsonis. Andrew Henderson is a partner in the financial institutions group. He recently advised multiple asset managers on their arrangements for providing services in the EU after Brexit.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Tom Bridgford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on M&A, sales, joint ventures, private equity and commercial matters. The firm acts for public and private sector clients and continues to advise on major regeneration and development projects across the UK. The team, headed by  Tom Bridgford ,  focuses on client sectors including healthcare, aerospace and defence, technology, retail, real estate and chemicals.  Key partners include Alistair Cree, Daniel Hall and Michael Birchall , who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Senior associate Elizabeth Tindall  and legal director Jamie Partridge are also recommended. Nicola Brookes was promoted to partner.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's key client sectors include TMT, energy, retail, utilities, financial services and industrial. Tom Bridgford heads the technology department in the North West and is the key partner for large corporate clients. Nick Stubbs splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices and handles outsourcing, licensing, procurement and commercial arrangements. Principal associate Richard Hill deals with outsourcing, software contracts, data security and data centre arrangements.

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