Richard Parkinson > JMW Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP
M3 3HG

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Richard is a partner and head of the firm’s commercial contracts team. He joined JMW from national law firm Pinsent Masons in August 2014 having spent 12 years there. Richard has experience of advising clients on a wide range of commercial matters including key long term supply agreements and outsourcing agreements assisting clients to maximise value from key relationships. He has advised clients on a variety of methods to get product and services to market including the establishment of strategic partnerships, the appointment of agents and distributors and the establishment of franchise networks. Richard also advises clients on the associated consumer issues including sales promotions and consumer protection legislation. Richard regularly advises clients in relation to IT contracts including the procurement of hardware and development of software. He also advises clients in relation to the commercialisation and protection of their intellectual property. Recent experience includes:

advising a leading retailer on the procurement of a multi channel IT platform, advising a newly formed group of accountancy practices in relation to a suite of documents governing their relationship with the member firms, advising a professional services consolidator in relation to their agreements to enable a small business advice offering and advising a sports governing body on a long term partnering and sponsorship agreement.


Trained Edge Ellison; qualified 2000; assistant solicitor Anderson Legal Garretts 2000-2002; Pinsent Masons 2002-2014(appointed associate in 2005, senior associate in 2009 and legal director in 2012); JMW Partner 2014 to date.


Bury Grammar School (Boys); University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1997 LLB (Hons)); College of Law (1998 LPC).


Watching sports (Manchester United FC) and spending time with family.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Whilst the primary focus of JMW Solicitors LLP is on complex M&A mandates, the team also regularly advises on all manner of transactional issues, including financing, members’ agreements and structuring; Mike Blood takes the lead on these areas. Mark Heppell also stands out for his corporate expertise. On the commercial side, Richard Parkinson is the key contact. Recently, the firm has seen a transformation in its core client base, and is now increasingly receiving instructions from buyers and investors, rather than sellers and owner managers.