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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: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's sizeable pan-UK team provides full-service support on domestic and multijurisdictional agreements to clients such as FTSE 100 companies, US-based corporates, financial institutions and public sector organisations. Illustrative of the firm's strengths in cross-border matters, in 2017, Alison Brearey, and senior associates Kate Mowbray and Edward Tompkin advised Aviva on outsourcing its global real estate management portfolio to CBRE; this deal involved 20 jurisdictions worldwide. On the supplier side, Tom Bridgford, Simon Gamlin and associate Kate Moore recently acted for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in the successful negotiation of a new five-year outsourcing agreement with the Lloyds Market Association and International Underwriting Association of London to provide back-office processing of insurance premiums and claims, and related activities. Another key client is Hammerson, for whom the firm advises on the management of its retail portfolio; Kelly Holmes recently led a team, which assisted the client with the re-tender of cleaning services for its portfolio of UK shopping centres. Richard Prowse is the head of the UK team.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has been assisting clients from a variety of sectors with understanding the implications of Brexit on their operations since 2015.Ros Kellaway and principal associate Annabel Borg lead the team, which works closely with practitioners in the firm's offices across the EU, including Brussels. James Lindop , who heads up the international trade practice, covers a wide range of Brexit-related questions, such as the potential imposition of customs formalities, trading within the WTO framework and reviews of pricing mechanisms (in the light of the possible risk of the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers). Andrew Henderson is advising Aviva Investors and Legal & General Investment Management on their options for establishing subsidiaries or branches in the EU27 post-Brexit, and he is also assisting multi-manager investment firm Architas with managing various Brexit-related structuring (and associated governance) issues. Totis Kotsonis is recommended for his EU state aid and public procurement expertise. Tom Bridgford assists clients with contracting issues.

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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

The ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô and ‚Äėhardworking‚Äô 11-partner team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†regularly handles complex transactions, often with a cross-border element, across the healthcare, aerospace, defence, retail, real estate and chemicals sectors. Company and commercial team head Simon Masters¬† advised WestRock Company on its $2.28bn acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions International, and on the¬†$1bn disposal of its home, health and beauty division. Daniel Hall¬†acted for Zeus Capital on the ¬£190m IPO of Strix Group and Alistair Cree¬† advised Carlyle Group on the disposal of a Luxembourg-based company holding the freehold of the Soapworks development in Salford Quays, Manchester.¬† Partner¬†Nicola Brookes¬†¬†and senior associate Elizabeth Tindall, who ‚Äėtakes a commercial approach to issues‚Äô, are also noted. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Tom Bridgford¬† leads the commercial team and advised CSC Computer Sciences on a five-year outsourcing deal with the London insurance market.¬†Nick Stubbs, who splits his time between Leeds and Manchester, and senior associate Richard Hill¬†are also recommended for commercial matters.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†¬†specialises in major IT projects, outsourcing contracts and disruptive technology and acts for both suppliers and customers. It has a broad range of sector expertise with particular experience in the technology, consumer, automotive and public sector. Tom Bridgford¬† leads the North West technology team. Nick Stubbs¬† divides his time between Leeds and Manchester and specialises in IT and business process outsourcing agreements, financial services distribution and affinity agreements as well as IT licensing and procurement. The team advised Santander on a deal to enable it to participate in the roll-out of a new, image-based cheque clearing system. In another major matter it acted for Computer Sciences Limited (part of DXC Technology, a leading independent end‚Äďto-end IT services company) on a new five-year deal with the London insurance market to provide back-office processing of insurance premiums and claims. Other significant clients include Vodafone and AstraZeneca.

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