ACC Minnesota Conference – Global Supply Chains – What is the New Normal?
Friday 19 June 2020
James Crayton, Nick Lees and Claire Burrows from Walker Morris will be presenting at the ACC Minnesota Conference to discuss trends in contracting and the global supply chain as trade barriers and Covid-19 change the landscape.
With supply chains which were built in era of untrammelled globalisation now being impacted by COVID-19, US/China relations and Brexit – what does this mean for US organisations and in-house general counsel?
James leads the commercial contracts group at Walker Morris and advises on the full range of commercial law issues and for a wide range of clients on commercial arrangements across customer, supplier and partner relationships. James specialises in complex commercial transactions and his practice includes both locally based UK clients and a wide range of international businesses, and he has many years' experience of advising US corporates. James's breadth of experience encompasses the spectrum of contracting arrangements, with particular focus on supply agreements for both goods and services, logistics services contracts, framework agreements and joint ventures. James is qualified as a solicitor of courts of England and Wales. Prior to studying law at the College of Law in York, James attended Heckmondwike Grammar School in West Yorkshire, and read Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. James is currently advising clients on a range of projects including acting for an industrial manufacturing client on a long term port infrastructure development and materials import services agreement at a major UK port, and acting on a significant manufacturing outsource agreement involving the transfer of manufacturing to Romania and Thailand. James acts for clients across a range of sectors, including Pharma, where he has previously represented a major US based global pharma-co on multi-billion dollar long term clinical research arrangements. James is recommended in the Legal 500 independent guide to legal advisers in the UK.
Nick Lees is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team at Walker Morris. Nick is qualified as a solicitor of the courts of England and Wales and worked at law firms Ashurst and DLA Piper before joining Walker Morris in 2011. Nick's litigation practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial and contractual disputes, including: disputes arising from defaults by counterparties and suppliers and contentious issues arising from corporate transactions. Nick conducts litigation in the English Courts as well as practising arbitration and mediation. He has recently acted for UK businesses of Caterpillar Inc in substantial litigations in the English courts arising with former distributors and regularly advises clients in the food and sector on their contractual arrangements. Nick attended Leeds Grammar School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts at Durham University before moving on to the University of Law in London to study law and legal practice.
Director Regulatory & Compliance, Walker Morris LLP
Claire is a specialist regulatory compliance lawyer at Walker Morris. She has particular expertise in health and safety, environmental, food safety, medical device regulation, Coronial Law and anti-bribery legislation. She regularly acts in complex regulatory investigations and is an experienced advocate who has appeared on numerous occasions in the Magistrates and Coroners Courts. Claire is endorsed by Legal 500 for health and safety and is highly regarded by her clients. She is acknowledged as a crisis management expert who offers practical, on-site support alongside legal, commercial and strategic advice following regulatory breaches. Claire’s notable instructions come from major clients in the construction, manufacturing, demolition and health care sectors. Claire regularly provides bespoke training for Boards of Directors and Senior Management Teams on regulatory topics. Claire qualified as a solicitor of the courts of England and Wales and worked at DLA Piper before joining Walker Morris in 2017. She attended Ripon Grammar School in North Yorkshire before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Newcastle University. Claire then studied law at Northumbria University and the College of Law in York.
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