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Duncan Reid-Thomas

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Information technology/commercial.


Duncan is a partner in the IT/Commercial Department of Baker McKenzie's London office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1994 and became a partner in 2002. Duncan is ranked as a leading commercial contracts lawyer by both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories, with Chambers reporting that clients praise his ability to "tease out the issues in a project and make practical and commercial suggestions for their resolution. He has a non-confrontational approach which assists relationship building" (Chambers 2016). Duncan drafts, advises on and negotiates a wide range of commercial agreements including long term supply arrangements, agency and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements. His outsourcing experience includes advising on transactions for the pharmaceuticals and healthcare, financial services, FMCG and telecoms sectors. Duncan also assists clients in preparing terms of business and related documentation for new business processes and offerings. Duncan has spent extended periods of his career on secondment to clients in both the UK and continental Europe.


Joined Baker McKenzie 1994; qualified 1996; partner 2002.




Law Society of England and Wales - Member; City of London Law Society, Commercial Law Committee - Member


Oxford University (Hertford College) (B.A.) (1990); Birmingham University (Master's Degree Social Sciences) (1991)

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Reid-Thomas - Baker McKenzie

Within: Commercial contracts

Baker McKenzie's team handles a wide ambit of commercial agreements for clients active in industries such as financial services and technology (including fintech), and telecommunications. Team head Duncan Reid-Thomas has healthcare sector expertise. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings (who are particularly knowledgeable about the retail fashion and digital/new media industries) head up the firm's consumer advisory practice, which covers distribution arrangements, online and offline sales, marketing, e-commerce and privacy issues. Google, Tesco Mobile, L'Oreal and DeepMind are notable clients. Sue McLean joined in September 2017 from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Steve Holmes and associate Charlotte Harrington are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Baker McKenzie focuses on M&A, IP and regulatory work for clients such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and Novartis. Transactions expert Hiroshi Sheraton leads the team and advised Basilea on its licensing agreement with Pfizer for the rights to anti-fungal drug Cresemba. Jane Hobson also focuses on transactions and recently assisted ICU with its $900m purchase of Hospira. Product liability specialist John Leadley defended Bard against claims of allegedly faulty medical devices and procedures used to treat female pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Other noteworthy names include Joanna Ludlam, who is an expert in public procurement; commercial agreements expert Duncan Reid-Thomas; and senior associate Julia Gillert, who is an expert in regulatory and compliance issues.

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