Firms To Watch: Commercial contracts

Laytons LLP, under the leadership of Johnathan Rees, has seen its international reach considerably enhanced since its integration into ETL Global in 2021.

Commercial contracts in London

Addleshaw Goddard

Boasting a client portfolio featuring both high-street banks and major multinational manufacturing conglomerates, Addleshaw Goddard is able to provide an ‘excellent breadth’ of legal counsel due to its near-unrivalled depth of bench. The firm is active in drafting complex commercial contracts for joint ventures in a range of industries, including the automotive and financial sectors, and constructing bespoke arrangements for household retail names, such as its work creating ASDA’s first ever customer loyalty scheme. Furthermore, the firm has been involved in formulating a multitude of sponsorship, outsourcing and supply agreements, alongside acting on IT management services and payment systems. Team head Michael Lowry remains a key advisor to banks and retailers for their IT and data needs, while Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is praised for his ‘impressive ability to find solutions for clients’, with considerable experience instructing financial actors on operational and service agreements. Jonathan Davey continues to take the lead on matters in the retail and consumer sector, advising on business-critical supply arrangements and facility restructurings, and is regularly supported by the ‘standout’  managing associate Harriet Powell who has also been active in real estate contractual work. Claire Edwards joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2022, furthering strengthening the firm’s data protection and security offering.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta; Jonathan Davey; Harriet Powell; Claire Edwards


‘Very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible.’

‘Great people to work with. Professional and approachable.’

‘They take the time to create strong individual relationships. They respond well to feedback and input.’

‘Excellent all round team with good commercial awareness balancing legal expertise in the tech/commercial area. Good customer care and awareness of the need to keep to budgets and deliver work that adds real value.’

‘The team were highly capable, personable and dealt with at times fairly intemperately-toned challenges with grace and diplomacy. They did a first class job.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta was excellent. He had a detailed understanding of the complicated brief that straddled many legal areas e.g. finance and regulatory, commercial, competition, corporate and employment. He and his corporate colleagues worked very hard over many months, keeping on top of the twists and turns of the high profile project.’

‘There is an excellent breadth and depth in the team. I am always able to catch up with someone, as required, who can help with a particular query or issue. We worked with the team on a matter which required considerable bespoke drafting to set out a completely new set of obligations which work alongside the existing contractual framework used by the industry.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta has an impressive ability to imagine, think through and find solutions for multiple scenarios for his clients.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Barclays Bank UK plc

SBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Nationwide Building Society

NatWest Group

Northern Bank Limited

Santander UK plc

TSB Bank plc

Virgin Money

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Siemens plc

MedAccess Guarantee Limited

ASDA Stores Limited

J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

Monument Bank Limited

Kynetec UK Limited

Alderley Park Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Volkswagen (VW) on its global joint venture with Ford Motor Company (Ford). We are the main legal advisers to Volkswagen in relation to the alliance. VW and Ford are collaborating in relation to the development, manufacture, and supply of a range of commercial vans, pickup trucks and other vehicles.
  • Advised ASDA on the creation, launch and roll out of its first customer loyalty rewards scheme.
  • Advised Siemens on an outsourcing agreement for managed learning services, including the procurement of training, development of bespoke training as required, and use of Siemens’ internal booking system to book training and the management of all of those activities.

Baker & McKenzie

Offering a pan-European and global service to a range of international clients, Baker McKenzie demonstrates a high level of expertise acting on complex, long-term cross border commercial contracts, including bespoke collaboration agreements, joint ventures in the tech sector, and business critical Transitional Services Agreements. The firm has established strength in the telecoms, healthcare, financial services and retail sector, leveraging its full-service capabilities to act on e-commerce, cyber-security and data privacy issues entrenched in its clients’ commercial agreements. Furthermore, the team are able to help companies draft framework agreements and launch platforms regarding novel asset classes, such as NFTs. Duncan Reid-Thomas fronts the commercial group, advising on a wide-range of contractual mandates with a particular focus on the healthcare sector, whilst Helen Brown is a go-to for consumer brands in the retail fashion sphere, regularly joined by Julia Hemmings, a consumer marketing and e-commerce expert. Sue McLean specialises in helping financial services and fintech clients construct outsourcing, distribution and strategic ancillary agreements. Associate Maulik Mittal utilises his experience seconded to both Google and Three’s commercial legal teams to advise on matters pertaining to the tech and telecoms industry, as well as complex outsourcing deals.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Reid-Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Helen Brown; Julia Hemmings; Sue McLean; Maulik Mittal


‘Good knowledge of competition law which they applied to the matters that we were dealing with.’

Key clients

Ahli United Bank (AUB)

Alfa Laval







Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised AUB on a deal which involved advising on a range of critical agreements for the effective transfer and transition of the business to AUB – a Transitional Services Agreement, Trademark Licence Agreement and Information Sharing Agreement.
  • Advising Alfa Laval’s global indirect procurement department across the full range of the categories they cover: commercial, IT, travel, marketing and flexible workforce services.

Bird & Bird LLP

Frequently lauded for its position at the leading edge of technology and innovation, Bird & Bird LLP exercises a strong regulatory and digital offering to advise clients on commercial agreements and navigating business risk. With an extensive UK and global reach, the firm is able to act on a broad range of manufacturing, marketing, supply chain, and joint venture agreements, with a large presence in the sport, energy and infrastructure, and retail sectors. The firm offers considerable specialisation within its bench, with particular expertise pertaining to data, gambling and telecoms, further emphasised by department head Simon Shooter‘s proficiency in cybersecurity matters. Follow co-head Ian Edwards leads on a number of the team’s largest mandates, while Graeme Payne is the key contact for the group’s retail and consumer clients. Andy Danson is a first-choice expert for gambling-related commercial issues, whereas Robert Turner is chiefly noted for his sport-centric practice. Recently made partner Nick Green has been active on IP, trademark, logistic and supply chain agreements. Stuart Cairns is a significant driver for the firm’s global projects offering, with strong procurement capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Ian Edwards; Simon Shooter

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Payne; Andy Danson; Robert Turner; Nick Green; Stuart Cairns


‘A thorough understanding of their craft and the environment/context in which their client operates sets Bird & Bird apart. As a new enterprise we have had the opportunity to shop around and engage with a variety of legal entities and Bird & Bird are unquestionably head and shoulders above any party I have dealt with.’

‘Industry knowledge and great to work with.’

‘Really good team players, an extension of the in-house team.’

‘Sheer expanse of contacts and the ability to build team’

‘Stuart Cairns is a most learned and pragmatic lawyer. He is one of the best project lead lawyers we have ever dealt with.’

Key clients



Marks & Spencer

British & Irish Lions

Six Nations Rugby

United Rugby Championship




University of Limerick

Canadian Solar

Padero Solar

Railpen Direct Infrastructure II Limited

Costa Coffee

Work highlights

  • Advised Allwyn on their application process for the next UK National Lottery licence and continue to support it with a hugely complex transition process in order to prepare for the migration from Camelot to Allwyn in February 2024.
  • Provide strategic commercial advice to Costa Coffee on a range of issues in relation to, for e.g., supply chain arrangements/franchising, partnerships and collaborations.
  • Acted for Six Nations Rugby on a landmark deal appointing TikTok as the first ever title sponsor for the women’s Six Nations Championship. We also advised Six Nations Rugby on its deal appointing Sage as official insights partner and Breitling as official timing partner across the Autumn Nations Series, Guinness Six Nations and TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championships.


Steered by the highly experienced TMT specialist Henrietta Baker, Dentons‘ multi-skilled commercial practice continues to pull in a large volume of both public and private sector work, with a strong portfolio of cross-border mandates. Recent work includes advising on distribution, partnering and logistic agreements, with a notable increase in supply chain arrangements. Recent additions to its client roster, such as the multinational consumer group AM Fresh, bolster a client list already featuring numerous leading retail, sporting and courier organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, FIFA, and Royal Mail. Singled out for his multi-sector approach, the ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ Martin Fanning has been primarily active advising on partnership and outsourcing agreements within the media and entertainment, automotive and telecommunications space, whilst Scott Singer takes the lead on the group’s big ticket retail mandates. Sarah Lima is a leading player in the firm’s cross-departmental team supporting large public sector projects, whereas senior associate Rachael Morris leverages her technological and manufacturing expertise to advise on long-term service agreements and bespoke delivery models.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker

Other key lawyers:

Martin Fanning; Scott Singer; Sarah Lima; Rachael Morris


‘Down to earth, practical lawyers who understand our business and the commercial context in which we operate.’

‘The firm did a great job of distilling a complex area into practical advice and good commercial drafting during a contract negotiation.’

‘Good ability to advise on contracts in the context of broader deals/projects and see the bigger picture. Good awareness of the key issues and experience with finding solutions in tricky negotiations.’

Key clients

AM Fresh Group

Avis Budget Group


Daily Mail Group



John Lewis Partnership


Royal Mail Group


Work highlights

  • Advising JLP in relation to the exit from its partnering agreement with HSBC under which it provides a branded credit card product to over 1,000,000 customers.
  • Advising DMG Events (DMGE) on its global events arrangements, including in relation to sanctions compliance matters, advice for contracts with suppliers, terms for virtual and hybrid events and its events platform product for the digital events industry.
  • Advising EDF on the review and negotiation of an agreement for payment processor services.

DLA Piper

Known for its global capabilities, DLA Piper possesses a list of high-profile domestic and international clients who turn to the team for holistic commercial assistance, including regulatory, ESG and data protection advice, as well as counsel on novel business aspects such as AI, blockchain and cryptocurrency. Familiar with constructing commercial arrangements spanning multiple jurisdictions, the group has been active on supply chain restructuring issues, drafting procurement templates and facilities management agreements alongside collaboration, outsourcing and distribution mandates. Furthermore, the firm stands out for its ability to provide bespoke in-house training to sector-leading clients such as Burberry, as well as handle complex public-private sector contractual work, evidenced by its counsel to Tokyo Electron Europe Limited. A pre-eminent name in this practice area, team head Mark Dewar has been active on mandates spanning the EU, US and Asia, and is considered a leading expert on ESG issues in this space. Both Anthony Day and Sophie Lessar are frequent ports-of-call for clients engaged in the financial and technological sectors, with the former recently focusing on outsourcing, restructuring and capability expansion mandates and the latter on implementing payment processing methods and solutions, regularly supported by senior associate Chris Rennie. Senior associate Christian Keogh is a sought-after practitioner due to his strong understanding of the telecommunications industry. Chloe Forster is also a key name.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dewar

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Day; Chloe Forster; Sophie Lessar; Christian Keogh; Chris Rennie

Key clients


Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Genesis Cancer Care Limited

Burberry Limited

Paladone Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tokyo Electron Europe Limited (TEL) on their participation in the EU‘s Horizon Project 14 ACMOS lead by The Key Digital Technologies Joint Undertaking (“KDT JU”).
  • Supported Burberry on their key strategic services agreements with third party vendors as part of an ongoing virtual secondment arrangement. This has included advising on the roll-out of Burberry’s sustainability technology programme, various supply agreements, and on the migration of their creative data assets to the cloud.
  • Advising Genesis Cancer Care on a range of matters on regulatory compliance, data privacy, procurement and standard clinical trial agreements, as Genesis increases its investment in this sector.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has invested heavily in its dedicated, global commercial practice, which includes a strong regulatory offering which has particular strength in the technology, life sciences and biochemical sectors. Beyond a significant list of pharma players in its client roster, the group are frequently engaged by leading sporting, automotive, transport, financial services and food and drink entities, advising on sponsorship and partnership agreements, trademark licensing and supply agreements, as well as outsourcing and distribution arrangements. The firm are enjoying continued work with the British Paralympics, a relationship that started on a pro bono basis, and has led team head Richard Welfare to act on the sponsorship, logistics, hotel and hub site agreements in preparation for the Paris Games in 2024. An experienced practitioner well-versed in advising high profile events, campaigns and individuals, Welfare leads the group alongside the ‘brilliant’ Penny Powell who has been the key player in the group’s ever expanding pharmaceutical and life sciences mandates. John Salmon spearheads the firm’s IT and tech offering, with far-reaching expertise that encompasses blockchain initiatives and NFTs, whilst counsel Oliver Wilson has a strong, established relationship with Sport England, as well as being at the forefront of the group’s content platform work. Counsel Louise Crawford is a go-to for regulatory and data advice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Welfare; Penny Powell

Other key lawyers:

John Salmon; Oliver Wilson; Louise Crawford


‘Extremely deep industry knowledge of the team and ability to really translate the client’s needs.’

‘Penny Powell is brilliant, one of the best life science and commercial contracts lawyers I have come across. Her ability to get to the essence of any situation or negotiation is unparalleled. Brilliant negotiator, and she often knows better than the client what they actually need.’

Key clients

British Paralympic Association

Harmony Biosciences, LLC

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Limited

Mars Petcare UK

Crown Pet Foods

Mars Food UK

Novartis AG

Sandoz AG

Paramount Global

Asahi Europe & International BV

Sport England


Work highlights

  • Provided ongoing support to Mars in relation to its contractual arrangements relating to the UK and its continued expansion into new markets.
  • Advise Paramount on a joint venture to launch a new subscription video on demand streaming service, SkyShowtime, in partnership with Comcast.
  • Advised Asahi Europe & International Limited on a number of high profile partnership/sponsorship arrangements including; sponsorship of the City Football Group, the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome and a multi-year sponsorship of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Working with a range of public and private bodies, Pinsent Masons LLP demonstrates notable strength in retail and robotics, in addition to an already expansive list of sector activity which includes energy, technology and sport. Full service capabilities including an integrated cybersecurity team, and international expertise owed to a large global footprint, are notable market differentiators for the firm, with key work highlights including advising Centrica on its partnership supply agreements. Global commercial head Samantha Livesey is especially well regarded for her aptitude in IP and tech matters, acting on ERP procurements, licensing agreements, and developing online sales platforms. Clare Francis, a Birmingham-based practitioner who sits on the firm’s Advanced Delivery Team, is noted for her acumen in counselling clients on transformative and solution-oriented initiatives to expand business growth, including developing framework arrangements and updating operational agreements. Laura Ayre covers a broad range of logistics, outsourcing and supply chain projects, regularly cross border, and is particularly active in the construction and automotive sectors. Simon Colvin and Gayle Ditchburn handle public sector and higher education client relationships respectively, whilst Danielle Clifford, who is responsible for driving the group’s increased presence in the real estate sector, was promoted to partner in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:

Clare Francis; Laura Ayre; Simon Colvin; Gayle Ditchburn; Danielle Clifford


‘We have used the team for a number of commercial contract. They have strong expertise in the sporting sector. We’ve found them to be responsive, pragmatic and cost effective.’

‘When working with Pinsent Masons, what stood out was the time spent on building understanding and relationships with the organisation and team. This enabled honest conversations through a complex process and strong outcomes.’

‘The team is exceptionally strong, comprising partners, associates, solicitors and trainees, so there is experience for every level of every transaction. It is a leader in its field and is comprised of individuals recognised for their expertise and experience.’

Key clients

The Ministry of Justice

News UK

Tesco plc

Rolls-Royce Plc

Honda Motor Europe

Fulham Football Club


World Athletics



Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica on its partnership supply arrangement with German manufacturer 2G Energy AG to provide Centrica customers with 100% hydrogen ready Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems.
  • Advised Briggs Equipment UK on its procurement from IFS UK Limited of its cloud-based ERP technology solution together with systems integration services and ongoing support and maintenance services.
  • Advised Northern Gritstone Limited, a vehicle established to raise funds to invest in university spin-outs in Northern England on its incorporation, structuring and framework agreement with the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester Innovation Factory.


RPC offers pragmatic advice rooted in strong sector experience, with notable expertise in matters pertaining to tech and media, sport, and insurance. The firm has been engaged with substantial commercial projects over the past twelve months, including reviewing and updating company policies, counselling on master services agreements, and acting on sector-first partnerships, such as their advisory role for Saracens Rugby Club partnership with Socios that looks to bring tailored crypto-assets to fans. Furthermore, the team continues to establish itself as a leading player in the hospitality retail industry, adding the landmark brewing and distribution deal between Shepherd Neame and Boon Rawd to its matter portfolio. Department head Tom Purton‘s expertise ensures the group are sought out by established logistic corporates, and is known as a go-to for outsourcing arrangements. Paul Joukador is chiefly recognised for his supply chain arrangements, particularly in the retail sector, whilst Oliver Bray‘s broad practice attracts the interest of global tech giants – with regular support from Ciara Cullen. Charles Buckworth is highlighted for his excellence on financial services-related mandates, including finalising master services and framework agreements. Senior associate Eleanor Harley has also been active on a wide range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Purton

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Bray; Paul Joukador; Ciara Cullen; Charles Buckworth; Eleanor Harley


‘The team are very commercial and pragmatic, they understand real world challenges rather than theoretical legal issues.’

‘Olly Bray is always very enthusiastic and up to speed with the latest developments challenging the commercial business, and finds pragmatic solutions for every issue.’

‘Tom Purton is exceptional, and we trust his advice.’

‘Subject-matter experts.’

Key clients

Shepherd Neame


Office Space in Town Limited

McArthurGlen UK Limited

Zensar Technologies UK Ltd



BOC Limited

ClubHouse Group


We Buy Any Car Limited

HP Enterprise Services






Dialog Semiconductor



Avert IT

Habanero Systems

News UK

The Financial Times

Associated Newspapers

Mirror Group Newspapers

Bloomberg News

The Spectator


Dow Jones

Fever Tree


Coca-Cola Enterprise Partners

Sports Direct


New Look

Linde plc



Four Marketing



Innocent drinks





The Corporation of Lloyd’s

The Lloyd’s Market Association

Chaucer Syndicates

Canopius Managing Agents

AIG Europe

Markel International Insurance

Direct Line Group

Arch Insurance


Travel Ledger


Work highlights

  • Advised Shepherd Neame on the re-negotiation of its warehousing and distribution agreement with GXO under which all its beer products are transported to its pub and hotel estate, the free trade and off trade.
  • Advised LINK on a highly complex and much publicised project on its role as “Co-Ordinating Body.”
  • Advising Meta on a vast range of commercial agreements (often business critical and high value) as well as ground-breaking projects in crypto, AI and the Metaverse.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP continues to draw praise from clients, with a commercial offering that spans a variety of sectors and is increasingly active in the international space. Significant recent work includes advising new client Volta Trucsk on outsourced manufacturing arrangements with an Austrian supplier, as well as guiding NewsUK through its TalkSport licensing deals with a number of international broadcasters. A strong regulatory offering remains the cornerstone of the practice, working with utility, energy and financial clients on environmental clauses and ESG concerns. Dan Reavill fronts the group, with the ‘commercially pragmatic and balanced’ Richard Brown taking the lead on a number of complex mandates, including a strong focus on partnership agreements. Ben Chivers‘ practice concentrates on UK-based contractual matters, working with clients such as Oxford University and Nuffield Health, as well as Shinfield Studios on the large-scale film studio development at Thames Valley Park, while senior counsel Michael Cuthbertson lends strong energy and infrastructure expertise to advise on electric and green energy business operations. Both Senior counsel Michael Ross and Senior associate Richard Offord‘s broad capabilities ensure they are continually sought-out by colleagues to support a variety of matters in multiple sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:

Richard Brown; Ben Chivers; Michael Cuthbertson; Michael Ross; Richard Offord


‘Travers Smith does a fantastic job representing our interests in the UK. TS is very skilled and knowledgeable about the intricacies of inbound UK investment. They are very practical and effective.’

‘The practice continues to provide top quality lawyers and an excellent service with full knowledge of our industry.’

‘We value the work of Richard Brown who provides a key client management role combined with quality advice. Richard is supported by an excellent team including Rich Offord who offers reliable and valued advice.’

‘Richard Brown is extremely personable and provides quality advice which is commercially pragmatic and balanced.’

‘Strong partner-led teams with real subject-matter expertise and capabilities, and excellent negotiating skills. Pragmatic approach to billing.’

‘Ben Chivers was excellent from start to finish dealing with sometimes difficult negotiations and regularly changing goalposts. He highlighted our best legal position and any risks to us if we were contemplating deviating from that position/taking a pragmatic approach. Unflappable, with strong subject-matter expertise and experience, and with a good solid team to support. Deadlines were always met.’

‘The team is very commercially minded and always come up with new innovative ways to get the best results.’

‘Ben Chivers is very professional and thinks the four steps ahead that is vital in complex joint venture agreements and setups. He makes sure we are covered for the unforeseeable situations we did not even think about ourselves.’

Key clients

Volta Trucks

Shinfield Studios


News UK

BUUK Infrastructure

Smart Meter Assets

British Standards Institute (BSI)




Oxford University

Target Group

Northleaf Capital

Castel Group

Oxford Photovoltaics Limited

AJ Capital Partners


K2 Corporate Mobility

Castle Water

Xoserve Limited

Shell EV Charging


Foresight Group

Boatfolk Marinas

ES Pipelines

Bell Rock

Vescor No


Channel 4

Moto Hospitality

Dennis Publishing

Benchmark Holdings

Gong Cha

Power On Connections

The BOC Group

OVO Energy

London Resort Company Holdings

Sage North Sea Limited

THE World Universities Insights

Brewin Dolphin

Caffè Nero

AJ Capital

Ambassador Theatre Group

Burger King


Benson Elliot

Hikma Pharmaceuticals plc


Linde plc


Premier Rugby Limited


Pepkor Europe


The Gap Partnership

Cheque and Credit Clearing Company

Pension Protection Fund

Association of British Insurers

BACS Payment Schemes

Bannatyne Fitness

TES Global

ETF Securities

Oy Aga

Medco Regis

Essentra plc


Work highlights

  • Advised Porsche on its proposed partnership with Red Bull Racing to develop a new power unit for the team’s Formula One racing cars
  • Advising new client Volta Trucks on key, business-critical commercial contracts related to the launch of the Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built 16-tonne electric truck
  • Advising new client Shinfield Studios, owned by Commonwealth Asset Management and Silver Lake, on key contractual arrangements for a new state-of-the-art film studio complex at Thames Valley Science Park, near Reading.


Sitting within the wider digital economy practice, Ashurst‘s commercial contracts team advises across a host of practice areas, spanning energy, automotive manufacturing, tech, telecoms, and financial services, among other focus areas. The practice is led by Christopher Bates and Nick Elverston, while other key figures include David Futter, Rhiannon Webster, and Sunny Kumar – who joined the team from K&L Gates LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bates; Nick Elverston

Other key lawyers:

David Futter; Sunny Kumar; Rhiannon Webster

Key clients

General Nuclear International

Babcock International Group

Shawbrook Bank

Gordon-Murray Automotive

Work highlights

  • Acting for supercar designer Gordon Murray on the exclusive multi-phase design and development of two models of fully electric premium SUVs, including industrialisation support for their mass production.
  • Continued to act for Shawbrook Bank as exclusive legal adviser in respect of the bank’s entire portfolio of commercial contracts.
  • Advised General Nuclear International Limited (GNI) in relation to the withdrawal of its involvement in Sizewell C nuclear plant.

Bristows LLP

Known for its life sciences, pharma and engineering expertise, the team at Bristows LLP is praised by clients for its depth of commercial knowledge and ‘impeccable service‘. Wielding specialist proficiency in regulatory issues such as intellectual property rights, competition and tax law, and data protection, the group are able to handle the full range of commercial issues – regularly cross border – for an expanding range of sectors, including sport, media and entertainment, food and beverage, and luxury fashion. Leveraging his medical background to advise on mandates such as SynaptixBio’s licence agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Francis Crick Institute’s partnership Adendra Therapeutics, the highly-experienced Matthew Warren heads the team and has a wide portfolio of multi-jurisdictional commercial matters. Claire Smith is a go-to for supply and distribution agreements and also possesses strong a strong knowledge of the life science and pharmaceutical industries along with Richard Dickinson, who has a biochemistry background. Paul Jordan is recommended for marketing and brand protection mandates, while Ellen Lambrix, who was promoted to partner this year, has a broad practice that encompasses trade mark licensing, clinical trial agreements, and manufacturing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren

Other key lawyers:

Claire Smith; Richard Dickinson; Paul Jordan; Ellen Lambrix


‘One of the UK’s leading life sciences practices. Across the firm, there is tremendous strength in depth. Great understanding of the market through acting for a wide range of clients.’

‘Matthew Warren leads the team. Matthew has played a role in almost all the knottier legal issues we have faced over almost a decade and has a wealth of knowledge both of life sciences and IP, but also the environment in which we operate. Matthew knows his stuff and is happy to think creatively.’

‘They always provide very personal advice.’

Key clients

Two Daughters Entertainment


LVMH (Louis Vuitton)

Carrick Therapeutics


Kraft Heinz

Guardian News and Media

Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT)

Work highlights

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With ever-expanding global capabilities, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts on a range of commercial issues, with continued excellence in the retail, tech, and fintech sphere. A key feature of the practice’s offering is helping big businesses’ strategic goal of improving customer reach, exemplified by Farfetch and Outlier Venture’s collaboration to launch a Web3 programme, and developing Estee Lauder’s loyalty programme in Israel. Richard Shaw and Marcus Pearl co-head the department, with the former primarily active on a litany of commercial agreements in the retail sector, and the latter concentrating on big-ticket telecommunications, tech and media matters, working with clients such as BT Group and Lumen. Carol Osborne‘s wide-ranging expertise has seen her advise on distribution agreements in the agricultural industry, global licence arrangements for retail giants, as well as transitional services agreements, while senior associate Kate Jeffery continues to provide valuable insight to a wide breadth of practice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Richard Shaw; Marcus Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Carol Osborne; Kate Jeffrey


‘They are an invaluable and trusted resource for us.’

‘Richard Shaw heads up the team we work with and is a delight to deal with. He is always super responsive, has sound advice and always delivers this in such a concise, logical and calm way.’

Key clients

Carrefour International Partnerships


Lumen Technology Inc.

Ocado Group


Worldwide Technology Inc.


Marketcast LLC

Hardinge Inc.

Dr. Koniver

Driscolls Inc.

Driscoll’s International Holdings BV

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour International Partnerships in relation to its long-term franchise arrangement with Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitan, which currently operates over 150 supermarkets in Israel.
  • Advising Farfetch on its equity investment in Outlier Capital LLP and related co-investment/commercial arrangements.
  • Advising Lumen Technology, Inc. on the proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business, to London-headquartered Colt Technology Services (Colt) for $1.8 billion.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

A ‘responsive, practical and thorough’ practice, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continues to work for sector-leading clients on an array of commercial arrangements, demonstrating activity in the retail, telecommunications and tech, transport and financial services industries. Over the last twelve months the firm has been particularly concentrated on the sports sector, acting for both sporting organisations such as the ITF and British Swimming on sponsorship, influencer and IP matters, in addition to clients engaging with bodies within the sector, such as software technology entity Sage on its various deals with Six Nations Rugby, Major League Baseball and The Hundred. The department is spearheaded by three highly-experienced practitioners; Mark Bailey, who handles tech and infrastructure related matters, whilst possessing notable expertise in IT and data centre issues; Jason Saiban, who exercises a strong advertising, marketing and sponsorship offering, working closely with key clients such as Nike and Samaritans; and Megan Paul, whose focus is on supply chain management and distribution agreements. Senior associate Caroline Young, who has been a main driver behind the for the firm’s growing life sciences activity, continues to garner praise from clients for the ‘sterling support’ she provides to business operations, fielding a broad practice that covers multiple sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bailey; Jason Saiban; Megan Paul

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Young


‘Responsive to the client’s needs, practical and commercial approach to issues and challenges. Provide good technical advice.’

‘Very easy to work with. Responsive, practical and thorough.’

‘They truly operate as an extension of our in-house team, and they are so incredibly nimble.’

‘Caroline Young gives us sterling support. She goes above and beyond and nothing is too much trouble. She really takes problems and makes them go away.’

Key clients



Robert Kime Limited

British Swimming

Caffe Nero Group Limited

Bowers & Wilkins


International Tennis Federation

Brasserie Bar Co Ltd

The Royal Horticultural Society

Fika Community

Gulf Air


Lowe Rental Group


Perfect Moment

David Lloyd

Ascot Racecourse

Cote Brasserie

Work highlights

  • Advising Nike on all of their marketing work in the UK, including their marketing campaign around the Women’s Euros, updating Nike’s template “boot deal” used with numerous leading male and female footballers, and advising on their data privacy playbooks.
  • Advising British Swimming on commercial sponsorship matters, including advising on and negotiating a six year deal with global swimwear brand Speedo to provide swimwear and specialist equipment to all aquatic disciplines across both junior and senior teams for two Olympic cycles.
  • Providing a strategic review of Gulf Air’s contract templates across a range of supplier and customer-facing functions, which included a comprehensive review of existing templates as well as a complete restructure of contracting approach.


Possessing a regulatory outfit to match its global network, CMS’ deep bench of practitioners have the ability to act on the complex cybersecurity, data protection, IP, antitrust and ESG components of the commercial mandates they undertake from their diverse roster of clients. Beyond its work in the tech, energy and life sciences sphere, the firm has a notable track record on sport-related matters, including sponsorship and marketing contracts, as well as large-scale logistic and manufacturing arrangements for leading FTSE 100 retail conglomerates. Group head John Enser‘s strong reputation continues to generate a considerable amount of work for the practice, while Matthew Bennett has been particularly active on hospitality and e-commerce related issues, advising on licensing, logistic and supply-chain issues. Fielding strong expertise in IT outsourcings and procurement, Dominic Dryden focuses on energy and financial services work, whereas Ian Stevens is a key contact to the firm’s insurance and telecommunications clients. Laurence Kalman is a key lead advisor to some of the firm’s largest retail, media and telecommunications clients, acting on the full range of commercial matters, and of counsel Suparna Bhattacharjee continues to be an active presence in the team. John Cloke and of counsel Olly Kitchenside joined from DLA Piper in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Enser

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bennett; Dominic Dryden; Ian Stevens; Laurence Kalman; Suparna Bhattacharjee


‘The team provides strong commercially focused advice, is very responsive, protects risk whilst being pragmatic and seeking mutually beneficial outcomes and demonstrates a keen willingness to get into the operational side of the business.’

‘They have incredible strength in depth, an understanding of the challenges facing the market, and provide sensible, pragmatic and efficient solutions.’

‘Our lead commercial partner, Dominic Dryden, has a deep understanding of our business and requirements, and is pragmatic, collaborative and accessible. He ensures his team are always on hand to support us and that our needs are prioritised. They are a true extension of our team, and a valued business partner.’

Key clients


Marks & Spencer

New Balance


Delaware North Companies

The Carbon Trust

University College London

University of Glasgow



MS Amlin

Atomos Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Delaware North on its agreement with SDI retail for the licensing and operation of multiple hospitality activities at Coventry Arena and the related detailed revenue shares.
  • Advising University College London on large scale contract support service for their Research Contracts team, as well as advice on complex projects such as large-scale international clinical trials.
  • Partnering with FTSE100 energy group in providing commercial support on their business scale-up.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

‘A well led, experienced team with a very commercial approach’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a wide offering owing to its depth and breath of practitioners located in and beyond London, and is experienced in acting on major templated transformation projects, joint venture agreements, facilities management and goods and services contracts. Beyond established sector presence in aerospace, transport and real estate, the group has seen a notable increase in sport, media and entertainment, and automotive related matters, acting for a range of blue-chip clients on complex and regularly cross-border issues, the latter of which is an area of particular strength for team head Peter McCormack. Working closely with the real estate and property department, Kelly Holmes acts on a broad range of property management and facilities management contractual work for a number of FTSE100 companies and public bodies, while Tom Bridgford is the key contact to AstraZeneca. Both Agnes Koko and principal associate Edward Tompkin have broad practices, with the former’s largely concentrated on transport-related issues and the latter on large-scale international outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Holmes; Tom Bridgford; Agnes Koko; Edward Tompkin; Richard Prowse


‘A well led, experienced team with a very commercial approach.’

Key clients


AstraZeneca, plc

Compass Group

Croda International plc

Severn Trent

Department for Transport

Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH


Transport for London/Greater London Authority

Mitchells & Butlers plc

Boparan Restaurant Group

University of Manchester


Johnson Matthey plc

Work highlights

Gowling WLG

Known for its commercial awareness and deep understanding of business-risk, Gowling WLG is trusted by clients for the full range of business-critical contractual work, including a litany of outsourcing agreements, distribution and logistic arrangements, and joint ventures. Veterans in the retail, food and drink and automotive sectors, the team has an expanding breadth of work with big-ticket mandates regarding the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where the team is still engaged with a number of legacy issues, and a number of transport, construction and real estate work. Leading the department is David Lowe, whose diverse commercial focus ensures he is sought-out for legal advice, particularly regarding supply chain concerns and the procurement of goods. Birmingham-based Sarah Riding has acted for Toyota in its procurement of innovative technological services, as well as in a wide range of commercial work for Weetabix as part of its purchase of Lacka Food. Jocelyn Paulley has supported a number of the department’s key mandates.

Practice head(s):

David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Riding; Jocelyn Paulley


‘The breadth of knowledge and commercial awareness is excellent. The team are always able to assist regardless of the nature of the query.’

‘David Lowe is not only a joy to work with, but has outstanding knowledge of our business which enables him to advise us quickly and efficiently, whilst appreciating our risk profile and the needs of the business.’

‘This is a team I can truly rely on to take a project and work with my commercial team and business partner them, giving them not just good legal advice but good commercial insights too.’

‘David Lowe and his team are all exceptional. He has managed to grow a team of like-minded and very able associates and juniors, which means it is a team to be relied upon to do tasks well and in a timely fashion.’

‘So far our relationship with Gowling is very positive, supportive, responsive.’

‘Sarah Riding is my key contact. She always makes herself available and give clear advice.’

Key clients

All Saints Retail Limited


Aston Martin

Azumi Restaurants Limited

Baylis & Harding

Bentley Motors Limited

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Bloor Homes Limited

British Red Cross

Cadent Gas




Cherry Park Residential

Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

Church & Dwight


Divide Buy



Gordon Murray Automotive

Hermes (Parcels)

Hill & Smith Holdings plc


Hyde Housing Association

Hydrafacial UK Limited

Jaguar Land Rover

Mazda Motors UK Limited

Medicine Discovery Catapult

Midcounties Co-operative

Molson Coors

NCP Limited

NFU Mutual


Norton Motorcycles



Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

Premier Foods



Saint Gobain

Spirit AeroSystems


St Modwen

St Peter’s Spirits


Taylor Wimpey

The Office Group

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Transport for London

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

United Biscuits



Weston Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as official legal advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, advising on commercial matters for the delivery of the 2022 Games.
  • Advised Transport for London (TfL) on outsourcing of car parking operations relating to 79 car parks and 10,500 parking bays to Saba Parking and Pay by Phone.
  • Advised Weetabix across a range of contracts and categories of procurement, including the purchase of Lacka Foods and the National facilities management outsourcing to CBRE GWS.

Lewis Silkin

With strength in the retail, media and entertainment industries, the team at Lewis Silkin provides ‘expert advice and support on a number of different contractual and legal issues’, with a notable track record on strategic brand partnerships and sponsorships, route to market issues, and IP heavy deals. Jo Farmer and James Gill co-head the practice. Media buying contracts and content creator and influencer related mandates are the cornerstone of Farmer’s practice, while Gill has key strength in data, AI, and adtech issues, particularly surrounding the manufacturing, tech and retail sectors. Alan Hunt is highlighted for his diverse commercial outlook, and has recently been active on business-critical logistics requirements and supply contracts, producer, agency and introducer agreements, as well as complex outsourcing projects. Managing associate Alex Meloy is noted for his advertising, marketing and intellectual property acumen.

Practice head(s):

Jo Farmer; James Gill

Other key lawyers:

Alan Hunt; Alex Meloy


‘The LS team has broad legal knowledge and experience and are able to help out on a number of different contractual and legal issues. They are always knowledgeable, helpful and professional. I always feel reassured by their input and support. They have a fantastic breadth of media law knowledge, which provides a high level of security and insight.’

‘They are always diligent and professional, and able to give expert advice and support on a number of different contractual and legal issues – including copyright, standard commercial or supplier terms, and IP.’

‘They have a fantastic breadth of media knowledge that means we get great insight and perspective on a number of issues. I always feel they have understood the issue we are dealing with.’

‘Alan Hunt is a first-class lawyer. He’s exactly who you want on your side going into any contractual negotiation.’

‘The team have true understanding of the client’s needs. They take a very commercial approach and don’t overcomplicate their advice. It’s no-nonsense and cost-effective advice.’

Key clients



Harvey Nichols


Howdens Joinery Group plc

Free Now

London Fashion Week




Work highlights

  • Advise Howdens Joinery Group plc on its wide array of commercial, supply chain, advertising & marketing and technology requirements.
  • Advised Suzuki on a range of commercial contracts, including sponsorship, advertising contracts and media buying contracts.
  • Advised the British Fashion Council on its partnership with various sponsors including Diet Coke, plus advising on key talent deals (for performers and presenters) and producer, agency and introducer agreements.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP leverages its substantial global footprint to advise on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional commercial issues, including negotiating collaboration agreements between BHP Billiton Group, a leading mineral resource company, and I-Pulse, as well as the cross-supply agreements for one of the largest consumer section transactions over 2022 involving Perfetti Van Melle. The firm demonstrates notable strength counselling on transformational commercial partnerships and procurements. Supply chain specialist Marly Didizian heads the team, and utilises her healthcare credentials to act on complex practice mandates such as implementing Gavi’s global COVAX Facility, alongside constructing Advance Purchase Agreements with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturers. Richard Cumbley has been active in the retail and transport sectors, acting on a number of regulatory issues and internal restructurings, while Greg Palmer continues to advise on outsourcing and supply arrangements. Energy and technology-related issues have formed the crux of Georgina Kon‘s practice, with technical know-how regarding IT contracts, cyber and data privacy concerns. Rich Jones has a broad commercial offering. Paul Joseph joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marly Didizian

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cumbley; Georgina Kon; Greg Palmer; Rich Jones; Paul Joseph


‘The team works extremely well as an integrated team. They have substantive knowledge that they are able to apply practically to help support a complicated transaction.’

‘Richard Cumbley and Greg Palmer were our core team. While each serving different roles, they were also able to cover for one another seamlessly. Richard brings significant practical experience as someone who has “been there before”, wherever there may be. Solid team, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong understanding of business needs when looking at contracting challenges and pragmatic approach to guiding clients through the risks.’

‘Marly Didizian has the ability to remain on top of issues in the same contractual relationships over a couple of years and to adjust advice as the business context has evolved.’

‘This practice is excellent as it provides a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who are able to deal with all relevant fields of law.’

‘The individuals in the team allocated to us are all of exceptional quality. They are experts in their field and most knowledgeable on the subject matter, but also practical, firm and solution orientated. The turnaround time was excellent, and they are prepared to meet and exceed all deadlines.

Key clients

Audi AG


Perfetti Van Melle

BHP Billiton Group


Ola UK Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AUDI AG on the arrangements it needs to enter Formula 1 in 2026, in context of rapidly increasing sustainability for the series.
  • Supporting Teneo, administrators of Bulb Energy Ltd, on the first every Energy Transfer Scheme, under which Bulb was acquired by Octopus energy.
  • Advising Gavi on its arrangements with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturers in relation to the development of COVID vaccines.

Slaughter and May

The commercial team at Slaughter and May advises on key contractual work, which underpins the high-level transactional mandates that flow from the London office. Beyond this scope of work, the group also demonstrates strong proficiency acting on stand-alone commercial contractual work, including advising on Marks & Spencer’s international distribution and franchise framework, as well as Richemont’s integration onto Farfetch’s e-commerce platform. Team head Duncan Blaikie has fronted some of the firm’s most significant deals, including Vodafone’s merger with Three, and General Electric Company of America’s sale of its nuclear steam turbine and generator business to Électricité de France – which fellow co-head Oly Moir also advised on. David Ives is a key contact to financial services and manufacturing clients, acting on a number of cross border commercial issues such as proof of concept, new services, and partnership agreements, while Rob Sumroy has a strong focus on sourcing and distribution work, especially if technology related. Associate Ian Ranson continues to garner a reputation for competently handling an impressive volume of commercial mandates.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Blaikie; Oly Moir

Other key lawyers:

David Ives; Rob Sumroy; Ian Ranson


‘Very responsive team – with clear and commercial advice.’

‘Deep commercial experience in complex outsourcing agreements, innovative approach to problem-solving, able to see through the complexity and track multiple work streams.’

‘Rob Sumroy is impressive and a formidable lawyer in a negotiation. One to have in your camp rather than opposite you.’

‘Slaughter and May are an exceptional law firm. What sets them apart is their commercial approach and the seamless service they provide on large, complex corporate transactions that touch a number of specialist areas and require numerous ancillary contracts.’

‘Duncan Blaikie is excellent. He’s very commercially minded, whilst also being in the detail of the issues and the drafting. He’s a pleasure to deal with, and he’s effective with our counterparties in negotiations.’

Key clients

Afreximbank SAE






Essentra plc

FNZ Group Services Limited

General Electric Company of America

Legal & General Investment Management

Marks and Spencer


Reckitt Benckiser

Richemont International S.A.


Standard Chartered



Vodafone Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Reckitt in relation to the implementation and ongoing management of multiple high-value manufacturing, supply and services agreements in place between Reckitt’s global infant nutrition business and its Chinese infant nutrition business.
  • Advised General Electric in relation to the separation and sale of its nuclear steam turbine and generator business to Électricité de France (EDF).
  • Advising on the overhaul of M&S’s international franchise agreements, including advising on the impact of the new EU Vertical Agreements Block Exemption.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP continues to be a strong player in the tech advisory and M&A sphere, with a track record on asset management outsourcing and advising on the commercial aspects that underpin large, complex tower deals. Telefonica’s O2 UK mobile merger with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, and Cellnex Telecom’s acquisition of the tower assets of CK Hutchinson are among the firm-led deals which the commercial team have been engaged with, alongside impressive standalone matters which include advising an overseas government on its long term transformational e-invoicing programme, and counselling an international bank on its outsourcing of highly regulated financial services business processes. Leading the team is André Duminy, who is a prominent name for complex technology projects and outsourcing arrangements, and has been active on telecommunication matters. IP specialist Stephen Reese is a go-to for healthcare and life sciences clients, while Zayed Al Jamil, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2022, has an established reputation advising on emerging technologies and data licensing issues. Associate Jenni Polson is particularly knowledgeable on outsourcing mandates.

Practice head(s):

André Duminy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Reese; Zayed Al Jamil; Jenni Polson


‘Excellent lawyers with great industry knowledge. Well-trained and knowledgeable associates with excellent collaboration skills. Hard-working and willing to step up to get deals done.’

‘André Duminy has been great to work with. His knowledge of market standards for our industry, as well as his willingness to learn what is unique about our business, was outstanding. His team of knowledgeable, highly skilled and hard-working associates was invaluable in helping us get our transactions completed.’

‘Pragmatic, flexible, and engaging. A real can do approach.’

Key clients



Nielson Holdings plc

Informa plc


Cellnex UK Limited

Brookfield Infrastructure

Network Rail

Public Investment Fund

Knight Frank


Baker Hughes Energy Services, LLC

State Street Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising FIS on its mega outsourcing transaction (initial 10-year term) with Franklin Resources, Inc (Franklin Templeton), the global transfer agent services provider.
  • Advising senior leadership of a global e-gaming business on strategic, policy and compliance rules on platform rules under the EU/UK platform to business regulation.
  • Advising Pfizer Inc. in connection with the proposed demerger of Haleon plc (“Haleon”) from GSK plc (“GSK”) and Haleon’s listings of its ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange and American depositary shares representing ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ‘demonstrates a very strong knowledge of commercial contracts in the IT service and central government spheres’, and is well regarded for its deep bench of collaborative practitioners. Recent work highlights include drafting new partnership agreements for Uber, structuring e-commerce template agreements and models for major British multinationals, and acting as an extension of the in-house legal teams for clients such as FTI Consulting and PZ Cussons. Tech and digital expert Nick Pantlin heads the team, with strong proficiencies in outsourcing and logistic arrangements, in addition to possessing a strong regulatory offering. Co-head Stephen Rayfield has been active in the transport sector, working closely with his infrastructure colleagues on PFI Project agreements and long term services subcontractor appointments, while third co-head Hayley Brady has an impressive international practice which has seen her advise clients in the Middle East and Asia, most notably on large global template agreements. Senior associate James Balfour is also noted, especially for mandates linked to ESG endeavours.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pantlin; Stephen Rayfield; Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

James Balfour


‘A cross-practice team of appropriate partners and associates is formed according to the need for each brief, and they work extremely well together, all contributing to open dialogue with us the client as together we define the problem and explore potential solutions.’

‘Genuine interest in our unique issues and commitment to finding practical solutions, via a collaborative approach.’

‘The HSF Team demonstrates a very strong knowledge of commercial contracts in the IT service and central government spheres. Whilst demonstrating their knowledge, they also listen to the client and work collaboratively to achieve the client’s aim. Working with HSF felt like one team.’

‘Our HSF colleagues leave their egos at home and truly focused on working collaboratively with the client staff to achieve the client’s aims. Their approach is about achieving the desired outcome.’

‘They are diligent and really try to go over and above.’

Key clients



Ministry of Defence


Pod Point




Transport for London



bp / bp pulse

The Ardonagh Group Limited






British American Tobacco

bp Pulse

Shaw Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber with drafting and negotiating a new partnership agreement between Uber and Hopper to allow Uber to retail domestic and international flights through an Uber-branded white-labelled travel portal within the Uber app.
  • Advised FTI Consulting with a technology augment managed legal service, supporting the in-house legal team of a global consultancy with operations spanning the UK, EMEA and APAC regions.
  • Assisted bp pulse with a full service, multi-disciplinary BAU support service, acting as an extension of the client’s legal team.

K&L Gates LLP

Luxury fashion and beauty work forms the cornerstone of the practice at K&L Gates LLP, with clients such as Coty and Gucci regularly instructing the firm on high-profile, landmark advertising, marketing and supply chain agreements. Beyond this sphere of work, the team combines strong regulatory and multi-jurisdictional capabilities to advise on distribution arrangements and compliance issues for leading tech, manufacturing and automotive names, as well as particularly prominent contractual work in the entertainment and life sciences sector – an area which Richard Dollimore is well-versed in. Practice head Catherine Adam is routinely sought out in the wake of growing e-commerce related mandates, and is well-positioned to handle the full range of commercial issues whilst acting as the key-contact to retail, fashion and beauty clients. Jennifer Marsh is singled out for her distribution, agency and reseller contractual expertise, while Arthur Artinian leverages strong IP knowledge to advise on licence reviews and disputes, global advertising campaigns, and consumer sales terms and privacy policies. Gabriela Da Costa has worked closely with Maytronics to guide them through updating their distribution and reseller commercial terms, and was recently promoted to partner. Other individuals to note are associate Georgina Rigg, who has been very active supporting the full wealth of practice mandates, and senior associate Noirin McFadden, who has a strong background in technology and data protection matters. Associate Anna Sikora joined from an in-house position at Vodafone in 2022 to further bolster the group’s expertise.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Adam

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Marsh; Richard Dollimore; Arthur Artinian; Gabriela da Costa; Noirin McFadden; Georgina Rigg


‘Straightforward, honest and easy to deal with. Make clients feel extremely comfortable when discussing legal terminology which they may not normally be subject to or fully understand. Very supportive business in all aspects of their work. Would highly recommend.’

‘Jennifer Marsh – Outstanding in regard to work carried out. Delivery of information in a format that is relevant and clear. Supportive with all aspects of the work, easily contactable and always available and sometimes at short notice. Information delivered in a manner that is easy to digest.’

Key clients

Kinship Partners Inc.

Coty Inc.

SharkNinja Europe Limited


Cummins Inc.



Design Museum

Work highlights

Osborne Clarke LLP

Possessing a ‘high quality team’ acting in an ‘excellent commercial practice’, Osborne Clarke LLP acts on a host of varying domestic and cross border mandates, including complex leasing and maintenance agreements, distribution arrangements, and joint venture endeavours. John Buyers and Will Robertson both lead the group. Robertson is well-regarded for his IT, data analytics and privacy work in the retail sector. Lara Burch has largely concentrated on energy and utilities related issues, as well as life science and retail projects, while Edward Barratt is singled out for his substantial involvement in a wide portfolio of manufacturing and transport-related matters.

Practice head(s):

John Buyers; Will Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Lara Burch; Edward Barratt


‘OC are an excellent commercial practice. They take time to understand our business, and then tailor their advice to our reality. They are commercial and pragmatic, and also bring ideas to the table in how we may work through a particular situation. They are also responsive and able to turn work around quickly when required.’

‘OC have a high quality team.’

Key clients

Stericycle Inc

Department for Transport

Ultra Electronics Limited


MWI Animal Health

Barratt Homes

Bristol Airport


ATOC Limited

Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI)

Work highlights

Stephenson Harwood

An already well-established presence in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sphere, Stephenson Harwood is consolidating its position through wider sector activity, including sponsorship, publishing and service agreements for Qatar Museums, luxury hotel and Michelin-star partnership agreements, and guiding City Sightseeing Limited through its franchise agreements with foreign jurisdictions. The team is under the leadership of Dan Holland, who is the key contact to pharmaceutical clients such as Oxford Biomedica – whom he advised on its new three-year Master Services & Development Agreement with AstraZeneca –  as well as energy and transport companies. Hospitality and leisure businesses seek Naomi Leach‘s assistance on distribution and supply agreements, while Katie Hewson has been in demand by multinational corporates for cross-border service arrangements. Managing associate Chloe Haywood has built up a wealth of expertise and experience supporting a broad range of the practice’s pharmaceutical matters alongside associate Bobbie Bickerton, who is also noted for her data protection proficiency.

Practice head(s):

Dan Holland

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Leach; Katie Hewson; Chloe Haywood; Bobbie Bickerton


‘Great team. Highly collaborative and responsive to client needs.’

‘Dan Holland is great to work with, highly experienced and able to provide pragmatic commercial advice as well as sound legal advice.

‘Chloe Haywood is a very experienced lawyer, she is very responsive and collaborative.’

‘They provide a personalised service. They become very familiar with your business and know what you need. They provide a great billing arrangement whereby if the retainer hours are not used they will roll those over to the next month. They have a good mix of young associates to gain experience.’

‘Dan Holland- exceptional. So responsive and nothing is a problem. Bobbie Bickerton- up-and-coming associate – work is in a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Oxford Biomedica

Qatar Museums

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Limited

Fiorucci Holdings Limited

Inspired Finco Holdings Limited

CLS Group

Butterfly Hospitality UK Limited

Kroll Associates UK Ltd

Acacia Pharma Group

Caledonia Group Services Ltd.

City Sightseeing Limited

Bergner Europe


Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Biomedica on key strategic agreements including a new three year Master Services & Development Agreement with AstraZeneca for potential future manufacturing opportunities for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Advising Mandarin Oriental’s London hotel on its partnership with a two Michelin star restaurant and advising on contractual terms for their collaboration with a British fashion designer.
  • Providing legal support to the Inspired global network of schools on strategically important commercial agreements, including drafting a master services agreement for educational SaaS products.


TLT attracts instructions from a variety of clients across the public sector, retail, food and drink, and financial services on the full range of business-critical agreements. Beyond a clear proficiency in supplier and distribution-based arrangements, the team also act on creating bespoke global payment and services agreements, alongside framework and strategic partnership agreements. Perran Jervis leads the group, and has a practice centred on retail & consumer good, acting as the key contact for Sainsbury’s, WH Smith and Superdry in recent years. Pauline Cowie is well-versed in the key issues surrounding outsourcing, particularly when regarding warehousing and distribution services with third-party logistic providers, whereas Alex Williamson leverages a wealth of secondment experience to competently advise on a wide range of agreements, with a notable proficiency in payment services mandates. Stuart Campbell is a regular port-of-call for financial services clients, with recent work involving creating new global template agreements and developing e-commerce capabilities. Recently promoted partner Eleanor McClelland has been highly active on complex multi-jurisdictional logistic arrangements and international brand licensing agreements, while senior associate Matt Atkinson‘s acumen is critical to the firm’s payments and fintech offering.

Practice head(s):

Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Cowie; Alex Williamson; Stuart Campbell; Eleanor McClelland; Matt Atkinson


‘TLT takes the time to get to know our business and risk tolerance levels, which forms a solid foundation when they advise us. TLT’s advice is commercially pragmatic and incorporates usual market practice of businesses similar to ours. The team is also very responsive and available to support us quickly no matter type of query. We can count on TLT.’

‘TLT have always provided prompt and professional commercial legal advice, they provide an excellent service and work collaboratively with the business in all aspects.’

‘TLT are very responsive, always giving timelines for each task. They provide specialist data sharing advice for complex contracts.’

‘They are very good at quickly understanding the ask and taking on work and running with it without needing constant supervision. Proactive work ethic, excellent cost management, and quick to turn around work makes them a delight to work with.’

‘TLT provides us with great expertise and experience when it comes to advising on commercial contracts. They have always been able to provide a flexible and responsive offering, which draws on their deep knowledge of our industry to enable them to provide tailored solutions to our commercial challenges.’

‘We greatly value the expertise and experience of the team at TLT, together with their willingness to engage with the business directly in order to translate commercial jargon into user-friendly agreements that can be used effectively by both our sales teams and those of our customers.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Department of Health and Social Care

Government Legal Department

Superdry plc

WH Smith PLC

Boohoo Group PLC

Department for Business, Energy

Metropolitan Police

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Services

Imperial Brands PLC

Greene King Limited

Police ICT

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

UK Finance

G&J Clark International Ltd


Pets at Home

Merlin Entertainment

Ministry of Justice


Tim Hortons


Work highlights

  • Supporting Superdry in the renegotiation of their FE Origin Logistics operations in the far east.
  • Advising Bart on its business-critical key supplier and category management agreements with Waitrose and Lidl.

Browne Jacobson LLP

A trusted advisor to a litany of clients in the manufacturing, retail, automotive, consumer goods and Infratech sectors, Browne Jacobson LLP excels at a wide array of commercial contractual work, acting in both standalone supply chain, distribution and logistical matters as well as collaborative and joint venture endeavours. The team is led by Declan Cushley, who is a go-to for the leading cosmetic and luxury beauty brands in the firm’s roster, and is regularly supported by Faye McConnell, who brings valuable insight to brand strategy and enforcement. Richard Nicholas leverages significant tech expertise to act on outsourcing, data protection and e-commerce issues, while Cat Driscoll is principally noted for her work on supply chain, manufacturing and outsourcing arrangements, as well as facilities management. Emma Roake, who joined from Fox Williams LLP in 2022, has bolstered the team’s competence regarding agency, distribution, franchising and marketplace mandates.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Nicholas; Cat Driscoll; Emma Roake; Faye McConnell

Key clients

The First Milk Cheese Company Limited

First Milk

Long Clawson Dairy

King’s College London

The National Trust

Iconic London (Holdings) Limited

First Milk Limited

National Car Parks

DPD Group UK Ltd

John Smedley Ltd

Clean Power Hydrogen

Ocean Technologies Group

Marstons PLC

QMS Holdings Ltd t/a QMS Medicosmetics

Burges Salmon LLP

Known for its aptitude in rail, public sector, energy and financial services matters, Burges Salmon LLP has made further strides into sectors such as music, film and entertainment, food and drink, and sport, including long-term logistic contracts, CRM and loyalty scheme arrangements, and catering contracts. Helen Scott-Lawler has been active across the full breadth of practice matters, collaborating with her projects and construction colleagues for large transport and nuclear matters, and being the key representative to clients such as John Lewis Partnership and The Racecourse Association. Director Richard Hugo has a notable portfolio of commercial mandates, including multiple cross-border instructions involving the United States, while senior associate Neil Connor-McLaren is steadily gaining a reputation for his proficiency in licensing, marketing and sponsorship arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hugo; Neil Connor-McLaren

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Central Government

Phillips 6


Bath & Body Works

University of Bristol

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Yeo Valley

Scottish Professional Football League

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Waitrose on the renewal of its partnership arrangements with Welcome Break for Waitrose stores at motorway service areas.
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence in respect of Skynet: the UK government’s biggest current space project.
  • Advised Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative: a “first of a kind” in the U.K, aimed at bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion programme of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities.

Deloitte Legal

Benefitting from a global reach of 85 territories and over 400,000 employees, Deloitte Legal acts on a range of multi-jurisdictional matters generated by a client list of numerous leading names. Equipped with regulatory and technological expertise – including blockchain, AI and platform-based business models – the team have been active on advertising, sponsorship and marketing partnerships, outsourcing and distribution arrangements, and customer agreements with logistics providers. Andrew Joint leads the team and focuses on the tech contracting and advisory work, whilst also spearheading Deloitte’s artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and cloud technologies work. Fellow co-head Calum Murray has a similar tech background, but is also singled out for his extensive activity in the retail and consumer sector, alongside a substantial range of media and entertainment mandates. Craig Conte also comes recommended, alongside Peggie Pauwels, who joined the group from a leading role at Visa in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Joint; Calum Murray

Other key lawyers:

Craig Conte; Peggie Pauwels

Key clients

QVC International Limited



Work highlights

  • Advised Astellas on the transformation of its supplier procurement contracting processes and resources globally.
  • Advised leading cloud powered, retail delivery fulfilment logistics platform on the full suite of its contractual arrangements with downstream retail customers and distributors and upstream technology partners globally.
  • Supported a global leader in alcohol beverages on the end to end delivery of the global automation of its contract management processes.

Ernst & Young LLP

Ernst & Young LLP is making strides in the legal market with a number of significant practitioner arrivals over the course of 2022, including the former head of fintech at Addleshaw Goddard Fiona Ghosh, and ex-Gateley Legal commercial partner Sarah Reynolds. Together, they join an already deep bench of advisors acting on a variety of commercial matters in the retail, healthcare, and media spaces, as well as the financial services matters in which the group showcases particularly strong capabilities. Group head Colette Withey is singled out for her far-reaching expertise, guiding businesses through a range of logistics and warehousing, procurement, manufacturing and supply chain issues. Fellow-co head Rowan Armstrong acts as the key contact to the group’s financial services and insurance clients. Director Ian Williamson leverages strong data and regulatory knowledge to advise on tech and IT related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Colette Withey; Rowan Armstrong; Anup Kollanethu

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Ghosh; Sarah Reynolds


‘Reliable, pragmatic and proportionate’

‘Sarah Reynolds has incredible attention to detail and commercial mindset. She has a helpful approach in networking and introductions’

‘Collaborative approach, proactively trying to understand the dynamics of the business at hand to put forward relevant proposals.’

Key clients

Croda International Plc

Cash Action Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

H. B. Leisure Ltd.

LumiraDx GmbH

Corteva, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Croda International Plc on the commercial contracts and separation aspects associated with the $775m global carve-out of the majority of Croda’s Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals business to Cargill Velocity Holdings Limited.
  • Advised the Cash Action Group, established by UK Finance Limited, representing the UK banking industry, on the set up of a commercial joint venture to maintain access to cash to customers and SMEs in the UK.
  • Advised H.B. Leisure – a provider of outsourced pay-to-play games at theme parks around the world – on two global contracts with theme park operators Merlin Entertainments and Six Flags.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is an established advisor to high-profile UK bodies and businesses, with notable matters such as constructing the sustainability partnership agreements between National Parks Partnership and BMW, with the aim of developing electric charging infrastructure. Beyond its reputable sport related work, the firm also acts on a number of mandates relating to art and culture, media and publishing, education and technology, with team head Paul Jones overseeing joint ventures, supply and distribution arrangements in all these areas. Whilst possessing broad expertise, David Copping has primarily been active in pharmaceutical, care and hospitality matters. Associates Antonia Lyne and David Morgan also come recommended, supporting a range of practice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Copping; Antonia Lyne; David Morgan


‘Excellent commitment to pull all the necessary resources together to work and produce the required results on a complex project against a challenging timetable. Also, a delight to work with.’

‘The practice strengths are their breadth of knowledge and response times. For our project, we required a variety of legal support to deliver our projects. This included advising on government contracts, setting up public frameworks and also building contract advice.’

‘The teams’ knowledge for each unique project was fantastic, and also they were able to respond at very short notice. The advice that they provided was also delivered efficiently and accurately so that it could be actioned very quickly.’

The company have been a joy to work with and were a valuable member of our team to enable the delivery of projects.’

‘They are lawyers of the highest calibre in terms of both their technical expertise but also their ability to see the bigger picture and really get under the skin of their clients. It feels like a genuine collaboration between law firm and client.’

‘Paul Jones is an excellent technician, especially regarding procurement contracts. No level of detail is too much for him. David Copping is very strong on both contracts and IP advice.’

‘Dealing with the commercial team at Farrer & Co feels like you have your own niche legal team that understands you and is exclusively available to you, while having the broad knowledge and resources of a larger firm.’

‘Antonia Lyne is a real star of the team. A pleasure to deal with, she is reassuring that whatever legal issue we are faced with is perfectly manageable, while making her support feel effortless, although the work and the result demonstrated otherwise.’

Key clients

PGA European Tour


Kenya Power and Lighting Company


National Gallery

British Library

Lawn Tennis Association


National Parks Partnership

Japan House

Work highlights

  • Advised PGA European Tour on its entry into a 13-year operational joint venture agreement with PGA TOUR, as part of an extension of the existing strategic alliance between the two Tours.
  • Advised Stablepharma, the “fridge-free vaccine company” on a business-critical contract with European vaccine manufacturer BB-NCIPD (Bul Bio) for the exclusive bulk supply and commercialisation of the Tetanus diphtheria vaccine.
  • Advised BOXT Limited on all aspects of the negotiation and signing of its sponsorship agreement with Everton Football Club.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP handles a range of domestic work, acting for household UK names in the hospitality, retail and sport sectors – amongst others. The firm demonstrates proficiency in conducting complex outsourcing agreements, and leverages competition law and regulatory expertise to provide a full, end to end service to client’s business needs. Tim Wright, Jan Hoppe and Alex Haffner front the team, with expertise in sport, IT and supply chain issues, and technology and telecoms respectively. All three individuals are widely active on matters, and regularly work alongside James Earl, a sport-focused practitioner who has been key to a number of cross border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jan Hoppe; Alex Haffner; Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:

James Earl


‘It is reassuring to have Alex Haffner on your corner when the going gets tough. And at all other times!’

Key clients


Black Sheep Coffee

E-technologies Group

Ace Urban re Formula E staging arrangements

Jota Developments Ltd.

Stapleford Ventures Limited

Round Room Live

Egger UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tymit in connection with a major commercial agreement to provide branded store cards and accompanying technology for Frasers Group plc.


Supply-chain and logistics issues form the cornerstone of the practice at HFW, which is highly active on behalf of retailers and commodity traders, with particular expertise in shipping. Outside this work, the team also demonstrates proficiency in constructing sponsorship arrangements between companies and celebrities, partnership agreements in the aerospace sphere, and in providing bespoke, global training programmes for in-house contract managers. Matthew Gore and Catherine Emsellem-Rope co-head the group, with the former singled out for his focus on international port and terminal contracts, and the latter on complex, long term supply agreements. Judith Prior is a seasoned practitioner who is well-versed in oil and sugar trading terms. Matthew Wilmshurst also comes recommended, acting on mandates in the transport, retail, defence and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gore; Catherine Emsellem-Rope

Other key lawyers:

Judith Prior; Matthew Wilmshurst


‘Unique logistics and shipping industry knowledge’

‘Catherine Emsellem-Rope is the most experienced logistics commercial contracts lawyer in private practice. Matthew Gore knows more about long term container shipping and terminal agreements than anyone else in private practice. Matthew Wilmshurst is the pre-eminent lawyer for advice on liability provisions in commercial contracts.’

‘The team at HFW brings a lot of experience to the table, particularly to a niche industry i.e. sugar. Judith has strong expertise plus her professionalism, definitely made a huge difference to negotiations.’

‘Ms. Judith Prior was easy to work with and quick to respond to our requests. Very organised and great attention to detail.’

‘The team at HFW are very proficient and knowledgeable in the field of transport and logistics. It is a clear strength. Any request for help has always been met with a selection of lawyers with obvious skill and experience relevant to the issue at hand. Whether that be Matt Gore, Catherine Emsellem-Rope or Matthew Wilmshurst.’

‘The individuals I have worked with – Matt Gore, Catherine Emsellem-Rope and Matthew Wilmshurst – have always been professional in their approach, but their delivery is in a tone which is both knowledgeable but also personable. Their views, opinions and insight are always delivered with clear justification.’

Key clients

Solent Stevedores

Constellation Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational logistics company in relation to the provision of vaccine consumables as part of the World Bank COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, including reviewing and amending the agreement between the client and the purchasing countries, which was prepared by the World Bank.
  • Advising one of the UK’s largest operators of passenger and freight ferry services between the UK and Europe on multiple key issues relating to its core commercial relationships.
  • Providing strategic board level advice to a leading supplier of technology and resources to the education sector in relation to its international supply chain operations and contractual relationships with ocean carriers and freight forwarders.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP fields a commercial team headed by Robert Lands – who excels in brand licensing and endorsement deals – that has added further strength to its offering through the arrival of four junior practitioners over the course of 2022, including Amy Cunliffe-Rowe, formerly of 3CS Corporate Solicitors, who has quickly engaged with a number of differing mandates and has increased the group’s data protection capabilities. The team show skill in supply, agency and distribution agreements, particularly in the food and drink, hospitality and entertainment sectors, and have overseen some notable matters regarding advertising and influence level agreements, regularly fronted by Alex Watt, for marketing and retail companies.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Alex Watt; Amy Cunliffe-Rowe

Key clients




Billion Dollar Boy

Wicked Foods

The Restaurant Group

Lio London

Cox London

Factory 42



Work highlights

  • Advising high-end sportswear brand Rapha on third-party licensing agreements.
  • Acting for Wicked Foods Inc, the business behind the WICKED vegan brand on the renewal of their TESCO agreement and agreements with Waitrose and other retailers.
  • Advised Lio London on a license contract franchising the club Toy Room by means of the club Pascha.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Beyond the department’s strength in the manufacturing sector, Mishcon de Reya LLP have been under instruction from a wide range of large sector players regarding contractual work, with big-ticket mandates including PR services, influencer, and supply chain arrangements, as well as large scale commercialisation agreements pertaining to the use of retail park space. Group head Lewis Cohen has a wide-reaching practice, with particular acumen in manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, whereas Adam Rose is noted for his ability to cover a range of real estate contractual issues. Simon Leaf is also recommended for his experience working with asset managers and investment funds, while the merger at the start of the year with Taylor Vinters has seen the arrival of a number of associates which have bolstered the team’s bench.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rose; Simon Leaf


‘Mishcon can be relied on to always deliver precise and high-quality advice, even on very aggressive timelines.’

‘Simon Leaf is by far the best lawyer I have worked with to date. He is highly knowledgable in our sector (tech), and knows our business model and risk appetite as well as anyone else in our executive team. He is very effective and is a skilled negotiator.

‘The high calibre of advice that we receive from this team is coupled with a deep understanding of the commercial drivers, nuances and uniqueness of each situation. Compared to other firms, MdR commercial team aim to build a long term relationship with their clients built on trust, understanding and high expectations of success for their clients.’

‘Having worked with MdR and other legal firms for over 25 years, we know the importance of aligning with the correct individuals in an organisation to get the best output. The current teams we work with are all deeply respectful of our business and our values and provide us with brilliantly pragmatic advice as well as fiercely defend our position where required.’

Key clients

Shaftesbury Capital PLC

Quinyx AB

Simon Kucher & Partners (SKP)

Brookfield Asset Management

Global Radio Services Limited

Global Media and Entertainment Limited

LWPO Limited

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Shaftesbury Capital PLC on a range of complex commercial agreements, including relating to the provision of Wi-Fi across the Covent Garden estate.
  • Advised Simon Kucher & Partners on some of their most important commercial and procurement-related contracts – including its engagement documents for their new private equity consultancy service.
  • Advising a well-known haircare and salon brand on their supply agreements with key suppliers and drafting template agreements.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has engaged with a body of commercial work over the past twelve months, capitalising on its strong automotive reputation to act on issues such as logistics, warehousing services and cross-border framework, supply, licence agreements. In addition to this, the group highlights its wide reach with notable sponsorship and media arrangements in the sports industry, power purchase agreements for household UK retail clients, as well as warehouse and distribution operations in the food and beverage sector. Robin Webb is a standout name for his close work with an extensive list of automotive manufacturing giants, while Michelle Craven-Faulkner is praised by the market for her ‘good knowledge’ of industries and ‘trustful cooperation’. Simon McArdle is a key figure for his proficiencies in critical logistics outsourcings, as well as AI. Fiona Teague is recommended for her ‘excellent advice’.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Simon McArdle; Fiona Teague


‘A good quality practice that has recruited and retained very capable individuals who are very easy to work with.’

‘We have worked a lot with Fiona Teague a lot over the last year. She has provided excellent advice and has an amazing retention of detail associated with the contract customer or supplier.’

‘Desire to understand clients and their businesses.’

‘Highly recommended and always available. Practical and pragmatic solutions are sought even for complex issues’

‘Michelle Craven- Faulkner has very good knowledge of the industry. With her we have long-standing trustful cooperation. The wider team are flexible and adjust quickly to new situations’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz



Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc



Morrisons Supermarkets

Frasers Group

World Duty Free

GXO Logistics

Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd

Bramble Foods Group Limited



Jaguar Land Rover

Spamhaus Technology Ltd

INIT Innovations in Transport

Civica UK Limited

Saint-Gobain Weber Limited

Elite KL Limited

Sperry Rail (International) Limited

W H Davis Limited

Tecforce Limited

Legacy Rail Limited

The QSS Group Limited

Richard Whitehead Foundation

ITM Power

Iceland Foods

Iron Mountain

Total Energies

Molson Coors



Asahi UK Limited

RooFoods Ltd (Deliveroo)

Hilton Grand Vacations

Briggs & Riley Limited

VMO2 (Virgin Media Ltd)

Henkel Limited





Estee Lauder



Mountain Warehouse


Work highlights

  • Advised and supported a transport solutions business in relation to its tender for a significant contract award with Transport for London.
  • Supporting The White Company on a major outsourcing initiative relating to its fulfilment services
  • Working with a Formula E team in relation to its supply agreements, arrangements with FIA and others, driver agreements and all other commercial matters

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s commercial offering is split between three teams; commercial contracts and outsourcing, digital, and IP. Practitioners in all three groups collaborate on supply chain and logistic contracts, complex framework and franchise arrangements, as well as domestic and international distribution agreements. Paula Bartlett spearheads the group and is active across the firm’s core sectors; retail, transport and tech. Peter Snaith leverages previous industry experience to act on manufacturing mandates, especially logistics issues, while Lucy Pringle’s practice has a notable concentration on international trade contracts. Stephen Anderson is highlighted for his work pertaining to government contracts, as well as supply chain agreements for international retailers. Sarah Daun, who made partner in 2022, is noted.

Practice head(s):

Paula Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

Peter Snaith; Stephen Anderson; Sarah Daun


‘The team at WBD are always quick to respond to queries and provide the relevant advice we have asked for.’

‘They provide regular updates on work to be invoiced, so we are always prepared before the invoice arrives, and they keep us up to date regarding work in progress which really helps to review expenditure against the budgets we have in place.’

‘Everyone at WBD is always approachable, and we have built up good relationships with a number of employees.’

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments

Sterling Pharma Solutions




Ann Summers

PD Ports


Thorn Lighting

Alpek Polyester

The Southern Co-operative Limited


Quilter plc

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=)

Brittany Ferries


South Tees Development Corporation

South Tees Site Company


Historic England

Park Cakes

Dorrington plc

Places for People

Channel Seaways

Majestic Wines

Northumbria University


SeAH Wind


National Trust

INEOS Acetyls


Market Operator Services Limited

London Theatre Company

Work highlights

  • Advising international retailer on various business critical supply chain and logistics contracts during 2022 and 2023 to support the rapid growth of their online and store offering.
  • Acted for Venator Materials, a major global chemicals manufacturer, with the drafting and negotiation of a complex framework agreement with a global supply chain company for the provision of business-critical customs and freight-forwarding services across Europe, against a post-Brexit landscape.
  • Advising SeAH Wind on its contract to supply monopiles (turbine foundations) to Orsted for the Hornsea 3 wind farm.