Tom Purton > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner Tom Purton combines over 25 years of experience, business acumen and legal expertise in a broad-based commercial practice. His main focus is on joint ventures, outsourcing and commercial contracts (including supply, franchise, brewing, agency, sponsorship, marketing and distribution agreements).

Tom’s core expertise is advising on complex, valuable, innovative and long term commercial contracts which often underpin the client’s business and revenue. He has extensive experience across multiple sectors including retail, leisure and hospitality, real estate, financial services and business support services. He also uses his commercial expertise to support M&A and other deals on transformation and separation projects.

Tom is the author of the UK chapter on outsourcing in PLC’s Global Guide and the Chambers Global Guide and a panellist and speaker at numerous conferences and events.


Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society

Law Society

Liveryman of the Tallow Chandlers Livery Company

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

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For the ‘responsive and supportive’ team at RPC, ‘no task is too big or small’ thanks to the ‘hugely commercial’ practice, which is ‘tuned in to what in-house lawyers need’. Under the leadership of the ‘extremely professionalTom Purton, who ‘makes the taxing rigour of legal contracts more bearable’, the standalone commercial group excels in the firm’s key sectors spanning the technology and media, retail and insurance industries; key clients include Google, Meta and House of Fraser. Former group head Oliver Bray, now senior partner at the firm, is still highly active in the department across a range of sectors, Paul Joukador and Mark Crichard handle outsourcing and technology mandates, Ciara Cullan is active in the luxury goods sector, and Charles Buckworth leads the fintech practice. Sourcing specialist Tania Williams joined the team in mid-2022 from Deloitte Legal.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Technology is a core strategic focus for RPC‘s practice; the firm’s technology and outsourcing group is strong in acting for start-ups and well-established, major technology clients. The team handles technology contracts, regulatory advice, fundraising issues, and M&A mandates for clients in the financial services, retail, IT and insurance sectors. The group is also highly adept in dispute resolution, having acted in several high-profile cases, including representing Google. Mark Crichard is head of the technology and outsourcing group, advising clients on contracts and systems procurement and implementation projects. Jeremy Drew leads the TMT group and is active in contentious and non-contentious work for technology clients, and Tom Purton adds to the team’s outscoring practice, while Charles Buckworth is also notable for his work in the financial services arena, assisting clients with IT transactions and projects.