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Irwin Mitchell

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Sarah Riding

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Irwin Mitchell

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Business legal services - commercial and sourcing.


Sarah heads up the commercial and sourcing team in Birmingham. Sarah has over 15 years’ experience advising on a range of deal-driven commercial arrangements helping clients give legal effect to the commercial arrangements necessary to achieve their goals. This includes supply chain management, routes to market, strategic alliances, brand exploitation and sourcing arrangements. Sarah completes work across all sectors including manufacturing, technology, energy and sport. She has tremendous commercial acumen, having spent a large portion of her career in-house at Alstom, and has completed key secondments including Accenture, Northgate Information PLC, IMI PLC and Siemens PLC.


Trained in-house at Alstom and at Pinsent Masons; qualified 2001; legal counsel/company secretary Alston Transport Limited; senior associate 2001-2010, Pinsent Masons; head of commercial 2010-2014, Mills & Reeve LLP (Birmingham); partner 2012-present, Irwin Mitchell LLP.


University of Leicester (BA (Hons) History - 2:1).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Irwin Mitchell's recent work has included advising National Grid Plc on contracts related to its online training portal (among various other matters) and assisting Saga Plc with the procurement and customisation of a booking and reservation platform. Gatwick-based Daniel Hedley specialises in IT-related matters, such as software licensing and development, cloud services and IT outsourcing. National practice head Stuart Padgham , solicitor Michael Camps and senior associate solicitor Aurelia Butler-Ball (a specialist in the media and entertainment sector) are also located in Gatwick. Laurence Gavin in Sheffield handles a wide range of matters for clients in sectors such as education and charities, as well as the public sector. Joanne Bone, who leads the team in Leeds, complements her commercial contracts experience with knowledge about data protection issues. Birmingham-based Sarah Riding advises clients on matters such as market entry, supply chain management and sponsorship.

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Irwin Mitchell¬†‚Äėpitches the work as clients like it, because they get a single point of contact who is knowledgeable¬†about their company and the way they conduct their business‚Äô. Nick Dawson¬†advised Turkish company Anatolia AŇě on purchasing Whitworths, with which it had a four-decade relationship as a supplier. He also advised Gravity Trampoline Parks on a ¬£5m partial sale to Guinness Asset Management. Separately, he advised Reconomy (which was owned by Bregal Investments) and its management on the sale of the company to EMK Capital. Sarah Riding¬† (who is noted for her ‚Äėgood client relationship skills‚Äô) acts for the National Grid on a range of matters, including subcontracting metering service. She also advised ATS Euromaster on a technology outsourcing, and advises the British Chamber of Commerce. Other clients include Thyssenkrupp, which the team advised on the purchase of Hytrac Lifts. Robert Laugharne left the firm to become director of group legal services at Hills Numberplates.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Irwin Mitchell is led by Sarah Riding, who is an expert in technology deals. She recently advised the Canal and River Trust on an IT contract and assisted Restore Scan with its outsourcing arrangements. She is assisted by Charlotte Avery, who is an expert in IT and data protection matters.

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