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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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Iain Stansfield
Iain Stansfield
Part­ner
Practice Group Leader, Technology, Media, Intellectual Property and Competition
United Kingdom, London
Iain Stansfield has over 20 years' experience providing strategic advice to clients involved in the development, protection and exploitation of intellectual property. This includes brands, content...
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Sarah Hanson
Part­ner
Co-Chair Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector
United Kingdom, London
Sarah Hanson is a Partner in the Technology team and is the UK representative for the management committee of the CMS Commercial Group. She works across a number of sectors but has a particular...
Laurence Kalman
Laurence Kalman
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Laurence is a partner in the Commercial / Technology team. Laurence works on a wide range of commercial and technology-related transactions, including outsourcing deals, licensing / franchising...
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Judith Aldersey - Williams
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Judith Aldersey-Williams has 25 years' experience as a commercial lawyer in London and Aberdeen.  She advises energy industry clients in the UK and internationally on commercial contracts, including j...
Sarah Wright
Sarah Wright
Part­ner
Head of Intellectual Property
Poland, Warsaw
United Kingdom, London
Sarah has built her leading IP practice advising companies on how to protect, monetise and enforce their brands and designs. Sarah advises clients in the Technology, Media and Communications, Life...
Joel Vertes
Joel Vertes
Part­ner
Poland, Warsaw
United Kingdom, London
Joel is a trusted IP advisor to market-leading businesses, including in the Technology, Hotels & Leisure, Retail, Media, Franchising, Energy, Manufacturing and Construction sectors. He is equally...
Loretta Pugh
Loretta Pugh
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Loretta advises on data protection, cyber security, technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions. She is a specialist in data protection and cyber security and advises across a wide range of...
Suparma Bhattacharjee
Suparna Bhattacharjee
Of Coun­sel
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, London
Suparna is an Of Counsel in the Technology and Media team.
Rebekah Hayes
Rebekah Hayes
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Rebekah is of counsel in our Commercial Team and has a breadth of experience in the film and television sector. Rebekah regularly advises producers and financiers on a range of issues, including...
Susann Altkemper
Susann Altkemper
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Susann is Of Counsel in the Financial Services team.  She has over 8 years private practice experience, advising financial institutions and corporates on a range of regulatory and commercial ...