Expert commercial contract solicitors
Blake Morgan has a team of expert commercial contract lawyers supporting its clients who operate in a range of sectors including manufacturing, technology, banking and the utilities, as well as public sector clients.
Our aim is not only to ensure that your commercial contracts are legally robust and compliant but that they clearly reflect the nature of the relationship with your customers, suppliers and partners and that they help your business control and manage its risk.
As commercial lawyers we want to understand your business and become your trusted advisor. Many of our solicitors have worked in industry and as in-house counsel so we understand the need for clear, pragmatic and commercially focused commercial advice that provides solutions not problems for your business.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our technically expert commercial solicitors advise on a range of contracts and provide advice in a pragmatic, commercially focused way, supporting clients on their strategically important commercial arrangements including:
Agency and Distribution Agreements
Our expert commercial lawyers can advise you on drafting or creating contracts that not only meet your commercial objectives in these key business arrangements with third parties but are legally robust and comply with both competition law and the rules regulating agency agreements.
Joint ventures, collaboration and partnering agreements
We advise on all types of partnering agreements from formal joint ventures to MOUs, and other types of collaborative arrangements you may wish to enter into with your partners.
Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
Confidential information is a key asset of a business and its protection in pre-agreement discussions with a potential new partner to evaluate a new business opportunity, is critical.
Terms of supply and purchase
Whether you are buying or supplying off-the-shelf or bespoke goods and services you need robust clear terms governing your business relationship. These may be one-off terms for a long-term supply arrangement, a framework and call contract, or standard terms and conditions.
Marketing and advertising
We can support you on trademark and brand licensing issues as well as advising on terms and conditions for online competitions and other social media campaigns and compliance issues relating to your advertising campaigns.
Whether you are setting up a new partnership structure such as an LLP agreement or wanting to change your arrangements or exit a partnership, we can assist.
Data protection and GDPR
Our team of lawyers is experienced in offering practical and informed advice on data protection compliance, including advising on data audits, policies and procedures, drafting privacy notices and undertaking privacy impact assessments. Our work is both for domestic and international clients.
The outsourcing of services such as catering, cleaning or facilities management often demands complex arrangements that require careful drafting and negotiation. The process can often involve a procurement and our expert commercial lawyers can support you though the procurement process to ensure you comply with all relevant regulations and enter into a commercially robust services agreement.
Our expert commercial IP lawyers can assist you in the licensing of all types of IP from copyright to patents, trademarks and designs. We work with many clients who are brand owners who license their IP under sponsorship arrangements as well as manufacturing companies who are licensing or receiving the benefit of patent licences. We also advise on all areas of copyright law and digital media and have many clients in the publishing and arts world.
If you are a business that sells to consumers, your consumer facing contracts must not only suit your commercial needs but be written in plain English and comply with the complex legal framework around contracts with consumers, particularly if sales are online. We act for many clients in the retail, utility and tech sectors in relation to such contracts and can support on the issues which you will come across, not only around the terms of your commercial contract but the related data processing and compliance issues.
We advise clients in both the private and public sectors particularly in health, education and local government. Our private sector clients range from start-ups to SMEs through to plcs. We also support in-house lawyers, providing them with specialist advice and a seamless extension to their team when additional resources are required.
"Liz was very helpful indeed. She grasped our approach quickly and gave practical, sensible and helpful advice. She was also very responsive. So a big thank you to Liz!"
- Senior In-house Lawyer
"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."
- Senior In-house Lawyer
"Throughout [that] you have all been great with clear, focused advice and brilliant turnaround of the many complex and unusual issues involved in a practical and commercial way in order to get us over the finishing line - and all with a sense of humour intact!"
- General Counsel
Supporting a fast growing entrant to the energy market on a range of commercial contracts including negotiating key supplier contracts for the provision of systems, meters and their installation, as well as their consumer facing contracts including data privacy and other related GDPR compliance matters.
Supporting a US manufacturer and distributor of mortuary products in the appointment of its global distributor by drafting and negotiating the distribution agreement (which included advising on the termination of existing distribution agreements) as well as drafting and negotiating a manufacturing agreement.
Supporting our client on the transfer of its outsourced cleaning and hard FM requirements to new providers. We were involved with drafting and negotiating the services agreement with various bidders as well as supporting our client through the procurement process with bidders.
Awards and Accolades
Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year
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