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Commercial lawyers

As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness and robustness of your relationships with third parties, whether they are your customers, suppliers or intermediaries. Contractual arrangements attuned to the sectors and markets in which you operate are key.

Whether you require advice on supply arrangements, services agreements, technology or telecommunications contracts, IP licensing, manufacturing agreements, consumer arrangements, software licensing, outsourcing or any other bespoke commercial arrangement, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you.

We are market-leading practitioners, and have shaped many of the landmark deals in the various sectors which we serve. This means that we do not simply counsel our clients on how to paper their transactions, but work with them from the start to come up with the structure which is most effective for them, and share with them our experience of the many other deals we have executed.

Our commercial lawyers also benefit from the support of colleagues expert in complementary legal areas. Tax lawyers ensure that contracts are tax-efficient and that any liability is properly allocated between the parties. Competition law specialists enable contracts to exploit rights or distribute products as effectively as possible, within the constraints of an ever-changing legal and regulatory framework.

We don't distinguish "legal points" and "commercial points". If an issue is relevant to the deal we are working on then we will understand it and help our clients to resolve it. We also understand that contracts are important for our clients, and time-pressured. Our clients don't need to explain to us that something is urgent or critical; we know already.

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Tom Scourfield
Tom Scourfield
Part­ner
Co-Head of the international IP Group and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group
Poland, Warsaw
United Kingdom, London
Tom Scourfield is Co-Head of the international IP Group at CMS and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group. He is a Solicitor Advocate (England and Wales), with an Irish solicitors...
Mark Devereux
Mark Devereux
Seni­or Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
As one of the UK's leading media lawyers for the past 30 years, Mark is known as an innovator and a key influencer in the media sector. Acting for broadcasters, TV producers, film-makers, music...
Matthew Bennett
Matthew Bennett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Matthew is a partner in the CMS Technology and Sourcing Team. He specialises in advising on outsourcing, offshoring and shared services (both BPO and ITO), procurement, logistics and other strategic o...
Richard Brown
Richard Brown
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Richard is a Partner in our Employment team. He was qualified as solicitor in 1995 and became a partner in 2005, overall having over 20 years of experience. Richard specialises in all aspects of...
Duncan Turner
Duncan Turner
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Duncan is a partner in the Technology Media and Telecommunications Team at CMS Edinburgh.  Duncan specialises in information technology, intellectual property, data protection and commercial ...
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Jan Burgess
Part­ner
Head of Health & Safety
United Kingdom, London
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Jan Burgess heads the Health and Safety team covering the whole of the UK, is a solicitor-advocate, and has practised as a litigator for over 20 years – the vast majority of that has been dedicated t...
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
On qualification in 2004, Rachel worked as a commercial litigator before later moving into the field of regulatory and professional disciplinary law. Prior to a career in law Rachel established and...
Sam De Silva
Dr Sam De Silva
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS),...
Carl Dray
Carl Dray
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Carl is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution group. Carl, and his team, defend a range of personal injury claims from high value seven figure sum catastrophic claims to smaller claims with either a...
John Enser
John Enser
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
John provides commercial, regulatory and copyright law advice to clients across the Technology, Media and Communications sector, in particular, those offering music and audio-visual content via...