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Commercial Contracts

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What is involved?

When it comes to contracts, you want a legal service that is responsive and helps drive your business forward. Getting the small print right will save you time, reduce costs and avoid disputes. This is where our experienced team of lawyers can help.

We are used to advising on all forms of commercial contracts in a range of sectors, from highly complex outsourcing, I.T. and logistics contracts, to drafting standard terms and conditions focused on the risks and issues key to your industry, to providing training to empower your personnel and reduce legal spend. Whatever you need, our focus is to get the best deal for you.

We have extensive experience acting for clients from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and start-up businesses and know the importance of getting it right the first time. We can help you with preparation and negotiation of all kinds of commercial agreements.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We are renowned as “business people first and lawyers second” – we understand that contracts should be there to help your business, not slow you down
  • We have a team of over 60 specialist lawyers, which ensures that we have a detailed knowledge of your sector and the commercial and regulatory pressures that shape it
  • We work with you to understand your business and ensure we can add real value and be more than just legal advisers
  • We avoid the costs of lengthy legal debates by avoiding overly drawn-out negotiations and concentrating on what is important to your business
  • Our commercial clients include Aldi, Experian, National Express, Tarmac and Travis Perkins

By coupling an in-depth knowledge of your sector with outstanding legal expertise we can help you reach your objectives quickly and efficiently while adding value to your business. We always look to tailor our advice to your needs to provide the level of service and support you require at a price that is acceptable to you.

Our friendly and responsive lawyers offer a full spectrum of specialisms across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail, leisure and financial services.

As well as commercial agreements, our team’s expertise includes advising on the law relating to partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Bribery Act 2010, the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), Information Technology/cloud licensing, supply and procurement, Data Protection and the GDPR, franchising and providing company secretarial services such as company formations and annual compliance.

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Key contacts

Iain Bowler
Partner

0345 030 5767

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Meet the team

Commercial Contracts Lawyers


Philippa Dempster

Philippa Dempster
Managing Partner

0345 050 3203

Chris Freeston

Chris Freeston
Managing Partner

0345 634 1725

Iain Bowler
Partner

0345 030 5767

Peter Crawford

Peter Crawford
Partner

0345 030 5851

Nigel Gardner

Nigel Gardner
Partner

0345 128 6969

Jackie Heeds
Partner

0345 634 2606

Nathan Holden

Nathan Holden
Partner

0345 077 9646

Deryck Houghton

Deryck Houghton
Partner

0345 070 3810

Rebecca Howlett

Rebecca Howlett
Partner

0345 166 6338

Tom Johnson
Partner

0345 128 7974

David Lane

David Lane
Partner

0345 050 3684

James Larmour

James Larmour
Partner

0345 017 1122

Rena Magdani
Partner

0345 272 5715

Martin Noble
Partner

0345 030 5699

Stephen Pearson

Stephen Pearson
Partner

0345 274 6900

Zoë Robertson
Partner

0345 404 1751

Gary Smith
Partner

0345 271 6740

Nick Sutton
Partner

0345 077 9567

Paul Thorogood

Paul Thorogood
Partner

0345 274 6820

Lisa Wallis

Lisa Wallis
Partner

0345 128 6952

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson
Partner

0345 073 8583

James Cowell

James Cowell
Director

0345 271 6751

Jude Mladek
Director

0345 166 6304

Mark Lumley
Consultant

0345 030 5723

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Edward Chapman
Managing Associate

0345 030 5876

Sajjid Kurmani
Managing Associate

0345 166 6312

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews
Managing Associate

0345 166 6261

Gary Richardson

Gary Richardson
Managing Associate

0345 128 7975

Clare Taylor
Managing Associate

0345 166 6347

Shireen Eliyas
Senior Associate

0345 073 8584

Caroline Thomas

Caroline Thomas
Senior Associate

0345 073 8554

Reece Ballett
Associate

0345 128 6980

Commercial Contracts

Andrii Bannyi
Associate

0345 030 5726

Olivia Hill
Associate

0345 272 5700

Lewis Whalley
Associate

0345 404 1716

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Testimonials

"The team were a well-oiled machine. They were incredibly organised and had great time management. They also maintain thorough and regular communication throughout the entire project. They were on top of all the key legal and commercial issues that a complex deal could face."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Team is well placed to advise on a wide range of commercial contracts. We have received good solid commercial advice in desired timescales. Thorough reporting and tailored to our specific needs. Very friendly and cooperative team with colleagues happy to pick up and cover at short notice when necessary."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"I have worked with Philippa and her team on numerous occasions covering commercial, trademark and business contracts all within the retail sector."

(Jo Newton former Managing Director of Lisa Stickley plc and owner of Newton Network)

“Nigel (Gardner) has been a most valued and trusted adviser through the growth of our business for over 15 years. We always get clear, practical assistance from Nigel whenever we need it and great overall support."

(Gino de Gol, Managing Director RoboCoaster Limited)

"Very commercially strong team, with the ability to put options on the table in the language and scenario required by business owners."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"The team provides a tailored service, and where I particular value them is their ability to understand what I am trying to achieve – they then find a way to do it. Their commerciality is a particular strong point – they come with solutions rather than problems. Their technical abilities are strong, and they understand the market incredibly well."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Freeths has a strong team with access to a broad range of skills. In the last year I have dealt with many different members of the team on a significant number of matters, and the quality of work and customer service has been consistently high. Billing has been excellent, well tracked and well presented."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"A very commercial law firm that provides clear, pragmatic advice and does not get caught up on legal debates for the sake of it."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"They invested the time into us at the early stage and we have been with them over 5 years now."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"They are like part of the team, they truly invested an amount of time into our business at the beginning and looked at the longer term relationship."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

Notable Work
  • Drafting and negotiating a suite of ten commercial agreements for the UK element of a multi-billion pound corporate divestment. This included agreements for the supply and purchase of raw materials and transitional service arrangements covering I.T., insurance and accounting services and international software licences.
  • Commercial contracts to govern media and advertising services, including internet search optimisation services and social media.
  • Advising a Building Society on a restructuring programme involving large scale redundancies and variation to terms and conditions of employment.
  • Acted for Tarmac in advising on an NEC3 contract for major highways works in London in collaboration with Transport for London. This work involved due diligence on complex construction documentation and reporting on the client’s risk profile and suggesting commercial alternative drafting.
  • Redrafting the standard terms and conditions of sale for a multi-billion pound supply company, then helping them to roll them out both to customers and to the front-line sales personnel. This included the provision of guidance notes and the completion of twelve separate training sessions around the country.
  • Advising on a wide variety of contracts including, energy, IT, outsourcing, plant and materials, hire, PR, cleaning, stationery and office supplies, PR and Marketing, print and packaging, Apps, e-commerce, franchise, warehousing and logistics, waste management, gaming equipment and bet in play TV etc.
  • Recent examples include acting on a multi-million pound haulage contract, supply agreements and agreements for the outsourcing of soft and hard services.
  • Acting for a supply chain services company on the contracts for provision of warehouse and distribution services for a major fashion retailer and a leading cosmetics brand.
  • Preparing the contract on behalf of a top six supermarket with a national parcels carrier for domestic business to consumer delivery and collection services within the UK, including support on negotiation and service level agreement issues.
  • Advising airports on concessions, tenders, and commercial arrangements including contracts specific to airport operators.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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