Our focus is you

We understand that you, whether in the public or private sector, need to deliver efficiencies and savings in order to preserve services or maintain margins. Outsourcing may often provide a solution.

Others of you, through insourcing, may wish to “bolt-on” new divisions so as to expand your offering or bring previously outsourced services back “in house”.

The depth of our service lines means we can help with both.

Our commercial lawyers take the lead on outsourcing arrangements. We will guide you (whether “employer” or “contractor”) through the outsourcing contract so as to manage your risk.

We advise on issues surrounding the quality of services, service levels and service credits, processes for improving or changing the services, pricing, liability issues, data protection matters, and arrangements as to what happens when the contract comes to an end.

When it comes to insourcing services, our commercial lawyers will often work with colleagues in the firm’s corporate, employment and, where appropriate, real estate teams. Much, of course, will depend on the nature of the insourcing deal.

If acquiring or disposing a business division, our commercial lawyers will be involved in diligence matters, consideration of the warranties, and integration issues – it is not uncommon in this type of a transaction for the acquiring party to require the disposing party to provide transitional services during the integration process. We will look to reduce your exposure to risk throughout the project.

Together with our Employment team we will, whatever the insourcing or outsourcing arrangement, strive to find pragmatic solutions to the employee transfer issues.

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Recent work

Long-term commercial, IP, IT and data protection advice

We have worked with our client for over 16 years acting as an outsourced in-house legal function for all business and day to day legal matters, supporting on all commercial, employment issues and property matters. Our ongoing legal support helps to minimise risks across the business.

Commercial IT, IP and data protection advice

We are retained by the in-house legal team who are often at capacity in terms of work volumes and we assist with overflow of business contract reviews and advice. We act as a sounding board for the business generally in connection with all legal matters.

Commercial, consumer and data protection advice

We are retained by a retailer with nearly 200 stores across the country as well as a significant online presence to provide consumer law, commercial law and data protection advice on an ongoing basis. Recent work includes reviewing and updating data protection policies and procedures, advising in relation to the application of consumer legislation (particularly in relation to customer refunds) and dealing with data subject access requests.

Creation of bespoke arts loan agreement

As part of our long term, strategic advice to one of the UK’s leading performing arts companies we created a bespoke loan agreement enabling the company to leverage its assets value by lending its unique production materials and other property to an international company.

Commercial software agreement

Our client is specialist in eco-grading food products, production of labelling systems and development of sustainable products. We advised and helped develop a new SaaS agreement (Software as a Service) agreement enabling the client to introduce a sophisticated modelling project geared to enabling all major UK supermarket retailers and other household name brand owners to analyse their product ranges.

Contracts and data protection

Our client is a PLC in the manufacturing sector. We work closely on contractual and data protection issues to minimise risk and clarify each party’s obligations and liabilities in inter-group and third-party contractual arrangements. We have advised various companies in the wider group of companies in relation to their contracts, including terms and conditions of sale of products, warranties and larger customer contracts requiring review and negotiation with customers. We have also advised on a collaboration agreement for the purposes of a potential combined commercial offering to customers.

IT services contract

Negotiating and finalising an IT managed services contract for a charitable body, including advice on data protection issues.

Royalty payments

Advising a charitable trust on intellectual property ownership and royalty payments, for the purposes of distribution of royalty income to nominated charities from the trust.

Collaboration agreement

Advising a large regional charity on a collaboration agreement with a number of other charities with the aim of improving the delivery of end of life services in the region.

Commercial contracts

We have worked with a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering products for over 15 years, advising in relation to all of its commercial contract needs

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