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Gemma Cowap

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Gemma is a senior commercial lawyer with a number of years' experience in supporting private and public sector clients on a wide range of projects.

She practices in all aspects of commercial work including reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts, with a particular focus on structuring and deployment of models for the delivery of projects, goods and services, private and public sector strategic partnering, joint ventures and other forms of commercial collaboration and large public sector outsourcings.

Gemma is a member of DLA Piper's Government Contracting practice and has worked on a number of major, high profile regulated and non‑regulated public procurement projects.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Within: Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

The commercial team DLA Piper UK LLP is commended for its ‘good service’ across international and business-critical commercial contract matters and regularly advises on government spinouts. Peter Brook, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ advises Newell Rubbermaid on a range of commercial instructions.  The ‘experienced’ Sarah Bell continues to advise Liverpool City Council on the establishment a local housing company; and also advised Liverpool City Council on the city’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Whirlpool, Liverpool Football Club and Unilever are also clients. Legal director Gemma Cowap and senior associate Paddy Dwyer are also recommended. James Kerrigan is the location head of the corporate team where senior associate Michael Hudson is also recommended.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Next generation lawyers

Gemma Cowap - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Local government

Sarah Bell  and Liam Cowell  are recommended at DLA Piper UK LLP . The team has been busy advising on various matters such as on large scale procurements for a range of goods and services and on projects for the development of property and associated complex planning issues. Bell led on the appointment to advise Liverpool City Council on its high pressure, time critical bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The timetable for bidding for the Games was incredibly tight following Durban losing its appointment. It has an impressive roster of clients such as The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Cumbria County Council, Knowsley MBC and Liverpool Vision Limited. Other clients include Transport for Greater Manchester and York Central Partnership. Legal director Gemma Cowap  is also well-regarded for her support to private and public sector clients on a variety of commercial matters. Nick Helm is now at Squire Patton Boggs .

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