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Beverley Whittaker

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Commercial, outsourcing and IT.


Partner handling commercial contracts and advice. Principal contract areas are IT; outsourcing; manufacturing; agency and distribution; promotion/marketing. Principal advisory areas are data protection and advertising regulation. Also involved in client training programmes.


Trained Ladbroke Group Plc; qualified 1985; assistant solicitor Lovells 1985-94 and 1996-99; solicitor at Mercury Communications Ltd 1995-96; Stevens & Bolton LLP 2000; partner 2000.


Society for Computers and Law; Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply


Cheadle Grammar School; Manchester University (1982 LLB); Chester College of Law.


Walking, films, family.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Stevens & Bolton LLP's practice head Beverley Whittaker, who has more than 25 years of commercial contracts experience, assists clients with procurement, marketing agreements and supply of services, among other matters. Beverley Flynn is another seasoned commercial lawyer, who also leads the firm's data protection work. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the firm's franchising practice, while Gary Parnell is the technology and media head. Another key figure is Gustaf Duhs, who is knowledgeable about the interplay between commercial contracts and regulatory issues in sectors such as fintech, life sciences and telecommunications. Managing associate Charles Maurice and senior associate Oliver Kidd are also recommended. Whittaker and others advise Anheuser-Busch InBev's centralised procurement hub (which is based in Switzerland) on various issues, including large-scale global procurements of goods and services. KIA Motors, Accolade Wines and Kuoni Travel are among other clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The Guildford-based team at Stevens & Bolton LLP attracts praise for its ‘sound, pragmatic and cost effective advice’. Headed up by Beverley Whittaker, the department handles a range of commercial IT issues, with clients including Data Technology, SecurMed UK, Belron International. It also acted for Brightstarr on two global deals for the provision of intranet services.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team is ‘excellent' for corporate M&A and commercial services work. It serves clients ranging from local startups, especially in the technology sectors, to international corporate clients including US investors. It advised the shareholders of e-Travel, which is based in Athens and has an office in Ireland, on its merger with Etraveli, a global online travel platform based in Sweden. James Waddell leads a team that can ‘focus on the key issues’ even during tight time frames and Nick Atkins  ‘is pro-active, responsive,  easy to speak to and commercial in his approach to understanding the client’s needs’. Joe Bedford and Ken Woffenden are highlighted for ‘their great understanding’ of clients' commercial needs. Other core names include Jenny Robertson, highly experienced duo Richard Baxter and Keith Syson, and head of commercial Beverley Whittaker. Senior associates James Floyd and Oscar Horwich  are also noted.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Stevens & Bolton LLP is recommended for ‘providing the same professional and high quality of service as the major international firms, for more reasonable fees and with some extra friendliness thrown in’. The insurance, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals industry sectors are important for the practice, as indeed is IT itself. Beverley Whittaker heads the firm’s commercial and IT team and has expertise in a broad range of IT work covering outsourced services. In the past year Whittaker and Gary Parnell completed two global deals for the provision of cloud intranet services by client BrightStarr. ‘Highly competent and responsive’ partner Beverley Flynn and senior associate Charles Maurice have been advising SecurMed on a complex matter relating to the establishment of a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Maurice and fellow senior associate Oliver Kidd are noted as up-and-coming stars in the practice.

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