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DLA Piper UK LLP

4TH FLOOR, WALKER HOUSE, EXCHANGE FLAGS, L2 3YL, ENGLAND
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Work 02073 490 296
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Fax 0151 236 9208
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14103 LIVERPOOL
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www.dlapiper.com

Peter Brook

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Work 0151 237 4782
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Technology, sourcing and commercial.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

French, Spanish.

Member

Law Society for England and Wales.

Education

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

Leisure

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 's Liverpool corporate team acts for major UK and international corporates, as well as local clients including football clubs and government bodies, on corporate and commercial  joint ventures, international collaborations, private equity based transactions and public sector outsourcing. The firm is able to leverage its network of regional and international offices as it works on matters including M&A, management buyouts (MBOs) and group restructurings. Sarah Bell and Manchester-based James Kerrigan head the team with support from commercial expert Peter Brook. Senior associate Paddy Dwyer is also recommended.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'very dedicated and the team is quick to understand issues at hand'. It advises its local government clients across the UK on a range of matters such as corporate and commercial projects, planning, outsourcing; real estate; projects; pensions; and disputes. Peter Brook is experienced in large scale outsourcing transactions, legal director Sophie Stewart handles planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters. Legal director Gemma  Cowap handles commercial matters, while Sarah Bell and Liam Cowell , who is 'always available', jointly head the team.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP represents big-name clients on IP litigation across industries including retail, finance, manufacturing and pharma. Areas of expertise include patents, trade marks, designs, disputes and transactions. Co-head of team Lee Brierley focuses on non-contentious IP, with particular experience in relation to brand acquisitions and licensing, technology partnering arrangements and licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook, who also co-heads the team, specialises in technology IP matters. The team recently advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for trade mark infringement.

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