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Peter Brook

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Technology, sourcing and commercial.


Peter is the head of the commercial team in Liverpool. He advises on all aspects of commercial and IT contracts. He has advised on many and varied national and international supply, outsourcing, framework, logistics, franchising, partnering, distribution and agency contracts. Peter's clients include the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office, QA Limited, USS, Serco, Babcock, Metropolitan Police, JustGiving, DVLA, Liverpool Airport, Newell Rubbermaid, Quiznos. Some of his key matters include advising the NHS on the Choose and Book IT contract and advising Babcock on various contracts relating to the procurement of technology services and goods. He has also worked with the UK Government on the Model ICT Agreement which is the template contract used to procure services and advised various franchisors including Quiznos and Church's Chicken on their franchise systems and contracts. Further to this is Peter's work with the DWP on contracts relating to the Welfare to Work programme and various IT projects including the procurement of the CPS system, which is responsible for paying out the UK's social security budget. Finally Peter has advised the Metropolitan Police on the procurement of IT services and worked with the Crown Commercial Service to advise on multiple frameworks and precedents for the procurement of many and varied goods and services with a value of £10bn.


Trained Sherwin Oliver, qualified 1996, partner 2004. Member of global leadership team for commercial contracts sub group; Head of knowledge management for Intellectual Property & Technology group for EMEA, Middle East and Asia Pac; Location head for Commercial team in Liverpool. He has published many articles on commercial contracts matters.


French, Spanish.


Law Society for England and Wales.


Bluecoat School, Liverpool; Exeter University (1993 Law Degree LLB Hons ); College of Law Chester (1994 Legal Practice Course ).


Rowing, general fitness and watersports.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Brook - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

DLA Piper UK LLP has a β€˜renowned’ and β€˜technically able’ commercial team that is β€˜very commercially aware’. The commercial team, which handles complex commercial transactions and is experienced in government spinouts, is led by Peter Brook and the β€˜very reliable and responsive’ Sarah Bell. Bell acts for Liverpool Football Club on a range of matters, including licence arrangements related to its participation in the Internal Champions Cup. Bell also led advice for Knowsley Community College on the due diligence stage of its proposed merger with St Helens College. Brook acts for clients such as Newell Rubbermaid UK Services. β€˜Exceptional’ legal director Gemma Cowap and senior associate Paddy Dwyer are also recommended.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DLA Piper UK LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and dependable’ team includes Liam Cowell, who is well known for his work in infrastructure and project finance transactions, and attracts praise for his β€˜excellent, client-focused approach’. The β€˜very commercial and pragmatic’ Sarah Bell is β€˜skilled at joint venture advice’ and Peter Brook is well regarded for his work on complicated commercial and technology contracts for public sector clients. Legal director Gemma Cowap is β€˜very talented and good at structuring agreements’. The team advises local government clients on a broad range of issues such as planning, real estate and pensions. Highlights included advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on a major city regeneration project and acting for Sefton MBC in the defence of over 100 claims being made under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. Other clients include The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Liverpool Vision Limited and Knowsley MBC. At DWFJonathan Branton, Michael Mousdale and Colin Murray are recommended for their work in procurement projects. The firm is strong on diverse matters such as advising on large outsourcing of public services and on major regeneration projects. It is also skilled at advising on contentious matters. The team assisted Cornwall County Council on its procurement of an operator for 15 of its leisure centres. It also advised South Tyneside Council on its procurement of a development partner to deliver a Β£200m mixed-use development on an iconic brownfield site. Other clients include Serco, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Stockport MBC.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The β€˜very commercially aware and responsive’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides β€˜robust and practical advice’. The team includes a number of β€˜highly intelligent and dedicated individuals’, including the β€˜extremely bright’ Lee Brierley. For outsourcing matters Stephen Wright is β€˜very strong and exceptionally experienced at delivering the most complex IT projects’. The β€˜talented’ Sarah Bell advises public and private sectors clients on IT procurements and is also recommended alongside Peter Brook and senior associate Paddy Dwyer, who has been advising on multiple complex IT deals. The practice advises blue-chip domestic and international clients on various matters including cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurement, and Agile procurements. The group advised Conviviality on its procurement of an Oracle J D Edwards ERP Solution and warehouse management system. The team also continues to advise on the SEFT project, a DfT-funded programme to deliver smart ticketing infrastructure and products to the rail network surrounding London. Other major clients include Next and Biffa Group.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP has a β€˜very experienced team that is particularly adept at advising international clients’. Lee Brierley and Peter Brook are key figures at the β€˜successful practice’, which acts for key regional clients and overseas clients on a broad range of issues such as patent litigation and high-tech litigation and database rights. It acted for AO World in its challenge to a third party that sought to register a new β€˜AO’ EU trade mark. The practice is also advising the Premier League on various matters such as the enforcement of copyright in audio-visual content against pubs showing broadcasts without appropriate licences.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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