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Roger Gough

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

IPT – commercial contracts and distribution.


Roger leads the IPT department in Sheffield which supports national and international clients on their commercial, outsourcing and IT contracts as well as IP and data privacy issues. Roger has over 25 years’ experience of advising on a wide range of commercial contracting arrangements including international trade, distribution and agency, manufacturing agreements and off-take contracts, with particular expertise in collaborations and joint ventures, leading on key mandates this year for Mothercare, Go Outdoors, Reckitt Benckiser, Fellowes and Tata Steel.


Qualified 1985; partner DLA Piper 1995 to date.


Law Society.


Kings College, London (Law LLB (Hons)).

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Roger Gough - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

According to one client, what sets DLA Piper UK LLP‚Äôs Sheffield team apart is ‚Äėits ability to see the bigger commercial picture and set its legal advice in that real-world context‚Äô thanks to ‚Äėan exceptionally strong team of highly responsive and skilled individuals‚Äô. Richard May¬†and Roger Gough¬†lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively; May handles national and international M&A and Gough focuses on IT contract work. Clients also single out capital markets and M&A specialist Rob McKie, who is ‚Äėunflappable, helpful and commercial in every possible way‚Äô; Catherine Simister, who has notable strength in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors; and recently promoted partners David Beech¬†and Amanda Pilkington, who specialise in cross-border work and outsourcing issues respectively. Recent highlights include advising Newell Brands on the UK aspects of the $2bn sale of its tool business to Stanley Black & Decker, assisting JustGiving with its sale to Blackbaud, and acting for Axalta Coating Systems on its cross-border acquisition of the Plascoat group of companies including operating sites in the UK and Netherlands and subsidiaries in the US. Yu Group, Maintel Holdings and Playtech are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

The 'always helpful and knowledgeable' education practice at DLA Piper UK LLP is comprised of specialists based in both the Sheffield and Leeds offices, who 'understand the business and provide pragmatic solutions'. The Leeds-based Andrew Clarke heads the team alongside Richard Taylor, who splits his time between the Sheffield and Birmingham offices. The practice is adept at advising clients across further and higher education in addition to acting for the Department for Education and the London Grid for Learning. The team advised Aston University on reviewing and drafting standard terms for the licensing of its IP. The 'very experienced' Roger Gough has particular expertise advising higher education clients on corporate and commercial transactions.

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Local government

Within: Local government

DLA Piper UK LLP has expertise handling major projects relating to transport, regeneration, housing and waste for its local government clients, and private sector companies partnering with public sector bodies, on projects. The team spans across the firm's two Yorkshire offices and is jointly led by Sheffield-based property law expert Nigel Howard and the head of the projects group in Leeds, Robert Smith. The practice is advising Transport of Greater Manchester on a proposed bus franchise scheme including on procurement documents, regulatory issues and is dealing with the drafting of template franchise agreements. The team is also adept at handling contentious issues, and litigation partner Paul Stone and projects specialist Allison Page are instructed by Birmingham City Council in relation to a dispute, now before the Court of Appeal, relating to a £2bn 25 year PFI contract. Roger Gough is key name to note in Sheffield, particularly for grant funding and procurement issues.

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

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Key names in DLA Piper UK LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėtechnically brilliant‚Äô practice include Mark Vipan, who heads the Leeds intellectual property and technology group; Roger Gough, who leads the Sheffield non-contentious team; Simon Kenyon, who is head of the technology disputes practice; and Sheffield-based litigation and regulatory head Richard Norman. In a recent highlight, Vipan advised Haven Power on a major IT transformation including drafting and negotiating supplier contracts; he also assisted Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with software licensing agreements, the procurement of a service desk provision and handled its proposed IT services collaboration with Leeds City Council. Andrew Dyson¬†is head of the cyber and data privacy practice while recently promoted partner Amanda Pilkington¬†is the key name for outsourcing work; Dyson recently advised Aviva on its GDPR programme and Pilkington acted for the Department for Work and Pensions on the supply contracts for its IT, telephone and network service infrastructure. Senior associate James Watson¬†is also a key contact.

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