Commercial contracts

Our Commercial Contracts team provides a first-class service for commercial contracting from contracts for businesses through compliance, negotiation, disputes, FOIA and data protection.

Main areas of practice

Our specialist commercial contract lawyers provide the best possible advice on creating business contracts with suppliers, customers or collaborators. Blake Morgan’s expert solicitors ensure that all contracts are clear and unambiguous, suitable for the purpose, compliant with the law and water-tight to protect you from commercial risks. We make sure all contracts cover the unexpected and rarely need to be looked at again, whether it is a one-page letter with contractual effect, a complex business arrangement or a multi-million pound, high profile procurement.

Contract disputes

Blake Morgan has a substantial litigation practice, with a team of over 50 commercial litigators. We specialise in resolving commercial disputes for international, national and regional clients, and in minimising our clients' exposure to risk. We can advise on the strength of your case and, if necessary, our Dispute Resolution team can assist with the resolution.

Contract negotiation

Blake Morgan’s Commercial Contracts team provides expertise in not only writing a contract but in understanding the importance of bargaining strength, the commercial drivers of the business and the tactics to be employed. We encourage clients to involve us at an early stage so that we can help with strategic planning and provide guidance on any relevant rules and regulations.

Compliant contracts

The commercial requirements of a business may not coincide with what is allowed by law. So, when negotiating and preparing commercial contracts our lawyers can give you expert advice on the wide range of legislation that may need to be considered, for example:

  • Regulations which outlaw unfair terms between businesses and consumers
  • Laws prohibiting anti-competitive agreements
  • Requirements for contracts involving credit agreements
  • Rules on data protection and freedom of information
  • e-commerce and distance selling rules

Clients

Blake Morgan’s commercial contract specialists have clients in a wide range of sectors, please see full list below in Related expertise.

Clients we have successfully acted for or advised include:

Audatex (UK) Ltd Cardiff & Vale College
HPI Limited PHS Group Limited
InHealth Tinopolis Limited
ByBox Field Support Pure Wafer plc
Associated Timber Services Finance Wales
Oxford Pharmagenesis HSBC Bank plc
Astreal Limited Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust
The Rank Group Plc Balfour Beatty

Significant experience

Blake Morgan’s Commercial Contracts team has a wealth of experience in advising on contracts of all sizes. For example:

  • Acting for an NHS Foundation Trust on two high value procurement projects. This involved advising on a competitive dialogue to secure a provider to deliver outsourced pharmacy and related logistics services. We advised on all aspects of the procurement, including drafting services agreements, supporting procurement documentation and related procurement issues surrounding the dialogue, and conducting the legal dialogue sessions with bidders. The contract value is approximately £70m over five years, and involves staff transfer arrangements and leasing of assets and Trust premises to the service provider.
  • We are also acting for the Trust in their competitive dialogue to secure a provider to deliver an IT solution to support the development and delivery of integrated care pathways for the Coordinate My Care program. This has involved advising on all aspects of the procurement including drafting the services agreement, procurement issues surrounding the dialogue and conducting the legal dialogue sessions with bidders. This is a five year contract worth several million pounds.
  • Acting for a leading tertiary college in preparing contracts for the purchase and deployment of a replacement wireless network across multiple college campus locations, supported by a 3 year maintenance arrangement. The transaction included drafting an interim agreement for the purchase of the equipment and negotiating a detailed delivery and maintenance agreement with a market-leading network supplier. The contract is valued at £4m over four years.
  • Supporting the Rank Group in-house legal team on numerous commercial contracts, including the licensing of technology to enhance the delivery of the group’s customer experience. We also advised on a contract for the deployment of a wireless network, as well as contracts for cashier software.
  • Advising Swansea University and its in-house legal team on contract negotiations as well as student charters and constitutional documentation. We also regularly advise on a range of other issues such as staff parking on private land, penalty notices, legislation changes and drafting the documentation surrounding international student exchange programmes. In addition, we also led a large project of reviewing and subsequently consolidating the University's numerous terms and conditions of business into one universal set.
  • Advising Balfour Beatty throughout the procurement and preferred bidder stage of the Aberystwyth Penglais Farm Student Accommodation Project, including advising on the project agreement, drafting the construction agreement and facilities management contract as well as other ancillary documents and providing advice on the funding documents. The project value was £40 million.
  • Advising Cardiff and Vale College on the procurement and appointment of a developer for a new college campus. This involved drafting and concluding the Development Agreement and ancillary documentation for the deal. The project value was £33 million.

Other expertise

Through our membership of TAGLaw, the worldwide network of independent law firms, we can rapidly obtain advice on foreign legal requirements and assistance with commercial negotiations overseas.

Useful Links

Our Commercial contracts team has compiled a useful list of relevant links for you, please click for further details: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills;Competition & Markets Authority.

Related expertise

Main contacts

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Swansea University

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