Commercial

Whether you run a private business or work in a busy public sector organisation, we offer fresh insights into the legal and commercial issues that affect you. We act as business advisers, helping you to create and maintain effective relationships with your customers and suppliers.

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Commercial lawyers helping you to grow your business

You will be well aware of the daily pressures of managing relationships with customers and suppliers; recruiting and motivating an effective workforce; dealing with late payments; and understanding and complying with the ever increasing burden of regulation. The real challenge is meeting all of these demands while delivering business growth, improving efficiency and developing innovative products and services.

We want the best for your business – and we have the resources and expertise to help you achieve it. Whether you are in the public or private sector, we can help you to address the confusing array of regulations and manage the demands on your time to allow you to achieve your goals.

Our expert team of commercial lawyers provides simple but extremely effective solutions, offering real innovation and thinking that will help you move your business forward. We are experts across a wide range of specialist legal disciplines and always look at the wider picture, so you will get precisely the advice and support you need to suit your individual requirements.


Our commercial lawyers  

We have a team of 12 partners and 31 other commercial lawyers available to work on your behalf. 

We can advise you on all areas of law including tax, real estate, intellectual property, public procurement, competition and employment, so you get a complete and genuinely joined up service.

Our experience 

  • Virgin Care: This transaction, which involved the outsourcing of Surrey Community Health Services by Surrey Primary Care Trust to Virgin Care, was thought to be impossibly complicated, and is widely recognised as the most complex and high profile project between the NHS and the independent health sector in the UK in the last year. The deal included a transfer to Virgin Care of a large and complex series of outsourced services, including community hospitals, community nursing, and mental health, which involved around 3,000 employees working in over 60 different properties. The deal brought together our outsourcing and health sector experts with our corporate lawyers, who advised on the business transfer agreement and due diligence. 
  • The British Council: We are delighted to be the British Council’s full service law firm and enjoy working with them on a wide range of commercial projects, including outsourcing arrangements, agreements for the development of websites and apps, media production and publishing agreements, sponsorship and affiliation agreements for major international arts festivals and agreements for online payment processing services. 
  • The Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the Financial Services Authority): We have a longstanding relationship advising the Financial Services Authority on commercial contracts, public procurement and IT and business process outsourcing. Most recently we have been advising the FCA on the appointment of firms to provide “skilled person” reports and a variety of projects related to financial services regulatory reform, which took effect on 1 April 2013 (including arrangements between the FCA, the Bank of England and its subsidiary, the Prudential Regulation Authority). 
  • The British Museum Company: An iconic and highly regarded visitor attraction, we helped the British Museum during the bidding process for an external company to provide catering and hospitality services at the Museum. The Museum’s global renown attracted bids from some very high profile restaurants and catering companies. We worked with the British Museum Company to negotiate the agreement with the new supplier and helped them with a successful transition. 
  • Ministry of Defence: We provided support and advised on the defence business services management contract, a hybrid management and outsourcing contract. We advised on all areas of the contract, including the complex “payment by results” mechanism.

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    Our clients

    • Archant 
    • Aviva plc 
    • Bounty (UK) Limited 
    • Department of Energy and Climate Change 
    • Ministry of Defence 
    • Solicitors Regulation Authority 
    • The British Council 
    • The British Museum Company 
    • The Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the Financial Services Authority) 
    • Virgin Care

    What our clients and others say about us

    • “The team deliver ‘rigorous analysis of the issues, impeccable attention to detail and a solution-focused approach’.” Legal 500 
    • “Greg Gibson ‘takes time to understand clients’ requirements, and is flexible and creative in finding solutions’.” Legal 500

    Legal resources you may find useful

    • Procurement Portal: our procurement blog provides news and updates on issues related to purchasing goods and services on behalf of public bodies in England and Wales.
    • HR Law Live: our employment law blog, written by our team of specialist employment lawyers, with regular commentary on the latest legal and policy updates in the human resources sector.
    • Our publications and updates on commercial law

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