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Matthew Hattersley

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Commercial and IT.


Partner and head of the commercial team, Matthew deals with non-contentious commercial matters. Matthew’s experience includes general commercial advice, supply agreements for goods and services, terms and conditions, and advice on incorporation, agency and distribution agreements, franchising, outsourcing (including to offshore providers), licensing arrangements, system procurement and systems integration agreements and facility management agreements (including cleaning and catering). Since arriving at Clarion in January 2010, Matthew has successfully been appointed to support a number of legal teams at high profile organisations.


Trained Eversheds LLP; qualified 1998; solicitor, associate, senior associate Eversheds’ commercial services team 1998-2009; partner Clarion 2010.


Bootham School, York; University of Leicester (1994 LLB Hons); College of Law (1995 LPC).


Running, football.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

At Clarion, Jonathan Simms is a key name for M&A issues and regularly acts for corporate finance clients; his recent work includes advising the shareholders of Intermarketing Group on its sale, assisting the shareholders of Walkers Transport with a private equity investment including a management buy-in, and acting on the sale of the issued share capital of Pembrokeshire Resource Centre. Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively; other noteworthy individuals include commercial partner David Cunningham, who focuses on IT outsourcing projects; and legal director Tony Berry, who is experienced in international M&A. Up Fitness Group and Card Factory are also clients; Cunningham advised the latter on a project to replace all its electronic point of sale systems.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Matthew Hattersley and Dominic Higham jointly lead Clarion’s practice and specialise in non-contentious and contentious mandates respectively. In a recent highlight, Hattersley assisted Ligentia with its negotiations with John Lewis for the use of its Ligentix software platform. Other work includes Higham representing InterSystems in a Commercial Court claim regarding alleged delivery issues relating to the implementation of a patient records system in a Saudi Arabia-based hospital, David Cunningham advising Card Factory on the replacement of its electronic point of sale systems and Cunningham acting for InterSystems on its successful bid to provide an electronic patient records management system to three Liverpool NHS Trust hospitals. Other key individuals include senior associate Fiona Marr, who focuses on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, and associate Florence Maxwell.

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Within: Sport

Recent highlights for Clarion's David Cunningham included advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on a sponsorship agreement with Emerald Group for the naming rights to Headingley Stadium. The cross-department team also includes senior corporate partner Richard Moran, whose expertise encompasses the purchase, sale and funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions and brand issues; insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore; litigators Simon Young and Dominic Higham; and commercial lawyer Matthew Hattersley.

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