The Commercial Group is one of the largest commercial law teams outside London. We offer a formidable legal resource blending the technical and commercial skills necessary to deal with complex, innovative and practical legal and commercial issues, whether as one off transactions or as part of ongoing business relationships. The specialist Commercial Contracts Unit is unique in that we all have in-house experience either from previous posts or by way of secondments. As a result, we understand and appreciate the pressures of working in a corporate environment. We have vast experience in advising businesses on their day-to-day business relationships and are often viewed as a seamless extension to our clients’ in-house team.

The Commercial Group includes not only specialist lawyers with expertise in the entire range of commercial agreements, but also IT and IP. One of the major benefits of using our Group is that a significant number of our lawyers have in-house legal experience, including at utility companies and international IT companies.

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Project managing complex transactions

We advised Arla Foods Limited on the outsourced blow moulding agreements for the manufacture and supply of milk bottles that will take place at a dedicated plant within the world’s largest fresh milk dairy being constructed in Aylesbury. Our experience in large complex outsourcings meant that we were able to act as part of a seamless team advising on all the different elements of the overall project, including construction, mechanical and electrical, energy and planning expertise.

Supporting you as a trusted adviser

Since acting for the management team on the US$176million MBO backed by Close Brothers Private Equity we have continued to be trusted adviser to Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited on all areas of its day-to-day business. We have advised on strategic technology arrangements, manufacturing and supply chain arrangements, new product development projects involving MHRA marketing authorisation applications. We advise in a common sense, pragmatic and innovative way that reflects our client’s aims and objectives.

Achieving results

We advised Starbucks on the outsourcing of the warehousing and logistics network for ambient, fresh and milk products including delivery to client owned stores, licensed stores and franchised stores. As a result of our input and experience in the logistics outsourcing field, we were able to influence the client in terms of its charging structure, which saved the client approximately 10 – 15% of the value of the contract. We also provided feedback on the tender process including the RFP in order that the client could improve the process in future.

Value creators

By having relevant in-house experience in the same industry sectors as our clients we understand the commercial and business drivers facing our clients. This enables us to work efficiently and cost effectively as an extension of their business. We understand that our clients are increasingly cost conscious and strive to provide innovative solutions such as “virtual secondments” where the client has a dedicated resource based at the office with the weight of support that this provides without the overhead cost.

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"Walker Morris have built a balanced partnership with my business based on respect and trust, providing high quality advice and added value as a matter of course. The team is incredibly responsive and customer focussed and has the essential expertise and above all practical experience in the areas that matter most."