Commercial, outsourcing and technology

We provide strategic and pragmatic advice to our clients in relation to the supply of goods, the provision of services and use of technology. From day-to-day operations to significant long-term arrangements, we can help you successfully navigate your commercial projects.

We support all businesses, from start-ups to large multi-national companies. Our experienced team invest time to understand your business and its objectives to deliver tailored, practical and innovative solutions to your most complex commercial issues. 
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We have particular expertise advising clients in the technology, life sciences, transportation and trade, financial services and leisure sectors, including:

  • technology companies
  • outsourcing solution providers
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • banks and other financial service providers
  • manufacturers
  • hotel groups

We can advise you on:

  • outsourcing solutions
  • technology supply, licensing and implementation
  • manufacturing and logistics agreements
  • distribution, agency and franchise agreements
  • supply chain arrangements and procurement arrangements
  • sponsorship, marketing and advertising
  • data protection

"The team do not overcomplicate contracts and will recommend pragmatic approaches to resolving issues."

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Oxford Biomedica

Advised Oxford Biomedica on its arrangements with AstraZeneca to manufacture the Covid-19 vaccine.

Shield Therapeutics PLC

Advised Shield Therapeutics PLC in relation to an exclusive agreement for the manufacture and supply of its iron deficiency treatment to market in Canada.

CLS Group

Advised CLS Group in relation to a number of complex commercial arrangements as well as on the commercial aspects of its sale of Future Climate Info.

Mandarin Oriental

Advised Mandarin Oriental in London on a wide range of contractual issues and commercial projects including drafting terms for a payroll SaaS subscription.

Butterfly Hospitality

Advised Butterfly Hospitality in relation to the production and negotiation of a franchising agreement for the launch of its exclusive boutique hotel in London.

Marqeta, Inc.

Advised Marqeta, Inc. on its partnership agreements with key strategic customers in the UK and Italy for the provision of payment technology and card issuing services, including on customer requirements under the European Banking Authority's Guidelines on outsourcing arrangements.

Coller Capital

Advised Coller Capital, an investment management and private equity firm based in London, in relation to a number of strategic IT procurements including for the acquisition and implementation of a new investment management platform and an AI driven analytics solution.

DeepL

Provided strategic IT contracting and procurement advice to German-based tech unicorn DeepL, a fast-growing AI-enabled translation platform.

S&P Global

Advised S&P Global on a wide variety of data protection issues, including the significant data protection impacts of its merger with financial information services provider, IHS Markit.

City Sightseeing

Advised City Sightseeing in relation to its worldwide franchise agreements, procurement and IT requirements.

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