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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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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 arrangements...
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 contracts....
Ailsa Ritchie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Ailsa Ritchie is a partner with over 20 years’ experience advising on high value, large scale complex public procurement and joint ventures, infrastructure projects structured to extract added value...
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 and...
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 Employment...
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Judith Aldersey - Williams
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Judith Aldersey-Williams has over 25 years’ experience advising on competition and regulatory matters in the UK and now brings that experience to bear for her clients in the energy sector.Her current...
Ben Trust
Ben Trust
Part­ner
Co-Head of Litigation and Arbitration
United Kingdom, London
Ben Trust is a commercial disputes partner and serves as co-head of the Litigation & Arbitration team based in the Firm’s London office. With a strong international perspective, Ben resolves complex...
Anna Soilleux-Mills
Anna Soilleux-Mills
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Anna is a partner in the Commercial Department with a particular focus on the gambling, media and technology industries. Her expertise encompasses gambling, e-commerce, data protection, advertising and...
Dominic Dryden
Dominic Dryden
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dominic is an award-winning Technology and Sourcing lawyer. He has deep expertise in the structuring and negotiating of complex commercial transactions, in particular, IT and business process outsourcings...
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Rachel has since 2006 specialised in professional disciplinary and regulatory law. Rachel acts for both the regulators (prosecuting practitioners) and regulated individuals (defending practitioners) in...