Corporate Commercial

Corporate Commercial work is a core area of our practice. We work with both UK and international clients and often with one or more of a club of international firms. Our work includes, commercial contracts, corporate governance, data protection, demergers and reorganisations and joint ventures.

Commercial contracts

Using both our industry experience and international reach we advise on various forms of commercial contracts and often in novel and unusual situations and frequently working with other practice areas. We can identify and evaluate commercial risks and work with our clients to come up with appropriate solutions.

Examples of such contracts include:

  • Outsourcing
  • Supply of goods and services
  • Distribution
  • Agency
  • Franchising
  • Joint Ventures
  • Sponsorship


Our general corporate advice includes advising on:.

  • Corporate governance issues
  • Activist shareholders
  • Shareholder meetings
  • The Bribery Act 2010
  • Company formation and administration
  • Board room disputes
  • Shareholder rights
  • Share capital restructuring

Corporate Governance

We advise listed and unlisted companies on corporate governance, including investor protection guidelines, listing rules, disclosure and transparency, UK Corporate Governance Code compliance, board room best practice and codes of best practice. Our advice extends to board structure, directors remuneration, political donations, responsibilities of executive and non-executive directors, auditors independence, and corporate social responsibility.

Data Protection

We advise on data protection audits, compliance and access issues. We have advised on data processing agreements and multi-jurisdictional solutions in the context of global projects. We have advised on:

  • Global compliance strategies
  • Personal data transfer including on an international basis
  • Investigations and data protection
  • Issues around new technology including AI and the cloud
  • Security breaches and complaints
  • Litigation
  • Outsourcing and data use
  • Drafting of data policies
  • Freedom of information laws

Demergers and Reorganisations

We have advised on reconstructions of groups to improve shareholder returns and long term viability, restructurings ahead of flotations or other major events, schemes of arrangements and other in or out of court processes, redomiciliation into and out of the UK, new holdco structures and separation of groups of companies.

Joint Ventures

Often working with one or more of our club of law firms, we have often advised on joint ventures in different jurisdictions and the commercial arrangements around such structures. We have also advised the structuring of such joint ventures and the use of different types of entities.