Elisabeth Bell Legal Director

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“Liz was very helpful indeed. She grasped our approach quickly and gave practical, sensible and helpful advice. She was also very responsive.”

Senior Legal Counsel, Regus

“Legal Director Elisabeth Bell advises Utilita Energy on a range of commercial projects relating to the provision of utility services to consumers.”

Legal 500 2019
Elisabeth is a Legal Director in our Reading office, specialising in the fields of IT, data protection and commercial contracts.

Main areas of practice

Elisabeth is a versatile commercial lawyer, having extensive practical experience drafting, negotiation and advising on legal issues arising in connection with a wide range of commercial projects for private, public and third sectors. 

She has particular experience advising on IT and data protection issues, as well as extensive commercial experience in the health sectors.  Drawing on secondments to a number of international companies, and the Commercial Directorate at the Department of Health, she has advised on significant outsourcing and procurement projects as well as a wide range of commercial business as usual contracts including software licensing; supply arrangements for goods and services; distribution and agency arrangements and public sector procurement projects. advises on IP issues for a range of public and private sector organisations.


Elisabeth has worked with clients in the public, private and third sectors on a wide range of commercial legal issues and contractual arrangements.

Significant experience 


  • Drafting commercialisation agreements to support the spin-out of technology identified and developed in universities, including in the fields of health-tech, automated vehicles, machine learning and big data.
  • Drafting and negotiation arrangements for the developing and licensing of AI technologies in the motor industry.
  • Drafting and advising on commercial arrangements for licensing of online platforms and portals for use in the recruitment, construction, motor and retail industries.

Health and Social Care

  • Elisabeth was involved in a number of programme-wide issues relating to the implementation of the ISCT Programme, including a 2 year secondment to the Contract Management Unit implementing awarded contracts, and advised on pilot schemes including Commuter Walk-in Centres, Mobile MRI and PET CT screening and Pharmacy Chlamydia screening services.
  • Elisabeth has advised on commercial, IT and data implications arising in the context of major health service reorganisations, including a role advising the Trust Special Administrator on the dissolution of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and separation of community and primary care services in NHS Surrey.
  • Advising two leading NHS Foundation Trusts on business critical projects to outsource pharmacy support services through competitive dialogue tenders, with an estimated value of £20m over 5 years. Our role included advising on the procurement documentation and issues, supporting the dialogue discussions with each of the bidders and developing the contracting model and terms with the client and through the dialogue process with bidders.
  • Negotiating software licensing and hosting arrangements for IT systems deployed into hospitals on behalf of private sector organisations.


  • Advising clients on data protection issues in relation to the collection and sharing of personal data including advising on terms and conditions for commercial agreements to manage and share risks when processing personal data as well as advising on data protection implications and solutions in connection with substantial commercial projects and transactions, including outsourcing, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.


  • FE College – negotiating a contract for the purchase, instalment and ongoing support for a WIFI upgrade across 6 campus locations valued at £7m over 3 years.
  • Advising a private school on contracts for the design and development of an online pupil data management system for the secure management of educational and welfare related pupil information.
  • Swansea University – advising on commercial agreements for the procurement and relocation of the “Blue Dragon” supercomputer to support the development of the innovation hub at the University. Including negotiating with IBM and other suppliers for the relocation and reinstallation of the computer from its then location.

Commercial Contracts

  • Negotiating the early termination and settlement of claims in connection with a £50m services agreement for material breach of contract, including drafting press releases and financial settlements.
  • Elisabeth has significant secondment experience working in-house at BP Legal, Xerox Europe, and the Department of Health’s Commercial Directorate (Contract Management Unit) advising on a diverse range of commercial arrangements, supporting both sales and procurement teams and advising management on various commercial legal matters.

“She always meets any deadlines set, even if they are tight, and makes herself available for calls and meetings. She is also good at explaining technical matters in simple language that anyone can follow. Her experience in the field of IT law was evident and it really helped us to get the best deal from the suppliers.”

Sarah Appleyard Commercial and Property Counsel; Group Legal Department, Rank Group PLC


Elisabeth’s Blog

GDPR, what next?

After the frenzy, the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 apply from today, but as Blake Morgan explains, those in charge of compliance won't be breathing a sigh of relief just yet…

Internet-enabled sex toy maker falls foul of data privacy laws to the tune of $10,000 per customer

A $3.75m fine has been handed down to Canadian parent company, Standard Innovation, for secretly gathering personal information from users of the We-Vibe smart vibrator.

Procurement goes digital

Embedding the use of technology within the procurement process is one of the significant policy changes introduced in the new Directive on Public Procurement.

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Latest research on customer's rights and online retailing


Whether your entire retail business operates online, or the internet is part of a multi-channel strategy, you need to ensure that you are complying with the Distance Selling Regulations to keep customers happy.

Who's IP is it anyway...?


The case of Coward v Phaestos Ltd and others highlights the risks that organisations run by failing to clearly establish ownership of both original and subsequent developments of intellectual property rights.

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