Stephanie Lawrence Solicitor

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“Flawless service – response times were exceptional; total grasp of our business and the IT services provided to it; no doubt our extremely limited time frame would be met; clear / demonstrable understanding of and ability to act on our requirements.”

Client Energy sector
Stephanie is a solicitor in the Commercial Services division specialising in commercial contracts and project work.

Main area of practise

Stephanie advises on a wide variety of commercial contracts including goods, works and services, terms and conditions, agency and distribution, franchising, IT & IP, joint venture arrangements and R&D collaborations.

She also works on larger outsourcing and partnering projects for public sector clients.

Clients

Clients range from private businesses to local authorities, health sector bodies and social enterprise/third sector.

Significant experience

General Commercial

  • Reviewing and negotiating a set of fuel supply agreements for four fuel station sites.
  • Advising an energy company on IT services agreements including software licencing, maintenance and support services and SaaS.
  • Due diligence of contracts, warranties and insurances for a major bank in connection with the refinancing of multiple solar energy sites.
  • Preparation of a suite of business terms for a hotel chain, including comprehensive website policies, consumer and corporate terms and conditions and conferences/event terms.
  • Working on Academy conversions, drafting and negotiating transfer agreements, funding agreements, service level agreements and side letters.
  • Advising a large insurance company on its sponsorship agreement with a national motorsports team.
  • Reviewing and re-drafting two framework services agreements for a large water supplier.
  • Advising a technology developer on its R&D commercial collaboration with international partners.

Local Authority

  • Advising a local authority on a large scale leisure development project covering 5 centres, utilising a Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract.
  • Working with a registered housing provider on its arrangements with the Greater London Authority and two Borough Councils to deliver affordable housing for the government's Housing Zones programme. 
  • Advising a local authority on a leisure project running alongside a town centre regeneration, to include a flagship Passivhaus leisure centre, utilising a Leisure Operating contract.
  • Drafting a management agreement for a Housing Association to allow for the operation of a community centre by a local charity.

Health & Care Sector

  • Advising NHS England, CCGs and other healthcare bodies on service arrangements and ad-hoc issues, including review of NHS standard contracts for a consortium of CCGs.

Expertise

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