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Lee Brierley

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Technology and sourcing (IPT).


Lee leads the Technology and Sourcing Team in the North West from DLA Piper's Manchester office, and has extensive experience in technology sourcing and IT and BPO outsourcings and major commercial projects and collaborations. For over 25 years, Lee has advised on some of the UK's largest and most complex procurements in both the public and private sectors. He has particular experience in the retail, food & beverage, manufacturing  and transport sectors.


Slater Heelis until qualification (1988); specialist IP boutique Philip Conn & Co (partner 1996); DLA Piper 1996 to date; partner 1999; location head of IPT team in Manchester.


Haslingden High School and sixth form college; Manchester Victoria University (1982-1985 Law (LLB) – 2:1); Chester Law College (1986 LSF).


Golf, football, cricket, running and vintage scooters.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Lee Brierley - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

The six-partner team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘speedy responses’, is commended for its ‘collaborative working style’ and benefits from its ‘good international network of offices’. The corporate team acts for local, national and international clients on high-value transactions often with a cross-border element. Corporate team head James Kerrigan and commercial team head Lee Brierley, who is ‘first class’, advised Gino D'Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on a joint venture agreement with fashion retailer Next regarding the development, operation, marketing and promotion of Italian restaurants. Conviviality, BASF, Hoist Finance, Lloyds Development Capital and The Hut Group are also clients. Among the corporate team Jonathan Watkins is ‘very commercial in his approach’, Elia Montorio is praised for her ‘responsiveness’ and Yunus Maka is ‘exceptional’. In the commercial team Stephen Wright and senior associate David Booth are also noted.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

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Lee Brierley - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper UK LLP's team acts for major domestic and international clients with diverse requirements including cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurements, systems integration and complex service transitions. It has particular experience in supporting Agile procurements. Blue-chip clients include Axis Bank, Department for Transport/DVLA, Liverpool Football Club, JD Williams Limited as well as Next. Lee Brierley is an ‘outstanding lawyer, hugely experienced, technically first-class and commercially astute’. Peter Brook  is also recommended along with Sarah Bell who advises key public and private sector clients on IT related procurements. Stephen Wright  is ‘quick to grasp the issues and genuinely has got extensive knowledge of IT projects’.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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