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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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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...
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...
Hannah Curtis
Hannah Curtis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Bristol
Hannah Curtis is a partner in the Technology & Media Team and a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Sector Group. Hannah works across a number of sectors but has a particular focus on life sciences &...
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...
Victoria Gaskell
Victoria Gaskell
Part­ner
UK Media Team Leader
United Kingdom, London
Victoria is a partner in the commercial media team with over 20 years' experience and co-heads the media practice. She focusses on commercial, regulatory and transactional work for the content and digital...
Sarah Hanson
Sarah Hanson
Part­ner
Singapore
United Kingdom, London
Sarah Hanson is a Partner in the technology team and is a representative on the management committee of the CMS Commercial Law Group as well as being an active member of the firm’s Technology, Media...
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...
Paul Silver
Paul Silver
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Paul Silver is a partner in the Technology and Outsourcing practice at CMS London.  Paul advises both publicly listed and private companies on technology, commercial law and intellectual property matters...
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...
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...