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Commercial agreements lie at the heart of successful business growth and are essential for securing best value, maximising opportunities, and managing risk.

Our partner-led team of commercial lawyers combine expert technical advice with industry experience to deliver clear, pragmatic, and creative solutions that get results.

Our experienced commercial solicitors build close working relationships with high-profile clients across the UK and beyond, from large international groups and listed businesses, through to ambitious fast-growth SMEs and in-house legal teams.

As your trusted partner, our contract lawyers work alongside your teams to navigate you through a wide range of legal agreements. Whether you’re seeking to complete on a major commercial contract or require specialist advice on a niche area of law, our contract law solicitors are here to help.

Expertise on international issues, such as cross border trade, is also on hand thanks to our global network of partners due to our Geneva Group International (GGI) membership.

Our services
  • Advertising and marketing agreements
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Bribery Act and Modern Slavery Act compliance and contractual provisions
  • BYOD terms
  • Collaboration and joint venture agreements
  • Commercial due diligence
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Consumer contracts
  • Contract law training
  • Data protection agreements
  • e-commerce agreements
  • Framework agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Guarantee and indemnities
  • Hire agreements
  • International and cross-border contracts
  • Licensing agreements
  • Logistics agreements
  • Managed Services agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Online trading terms
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Privacy and cookie notices/policies
  • Purchasing agreements
  • Remote access agreements
  • Reseller agreements
  • Sale of Goods and Services Agreements
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Software Agreements (including subscription terms, cloud product terms, EULAs, support and maintenance Agreements)
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Standard Terms and Conditions
  • Subcontracts
  • Transitional Services Agreements
  • Website design and development Agreements
  • Website hosting and maintenance Agreements
  • Website terms of use

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Damien Charlton

Partner | Head of Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3410

+44 (0)770 253 7432

Email Damien Charlton

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Phil Tompkins

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3415

+44 (0)7980 769 630

Email Phil Tompkins

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What people say

  • Principal partners I have worked with are Mark Whitehead and Matt Cormack. Both Matt and Mark are involved in all aspects of our relationship and transactions, and are extremely hands on. Having this level of senior involvement really helps progress the matters at hand. Both Matt and Mark are adept at focusing in on the key issues and providing diligent advice in a manner that benefits both their clients, but also the progress of the particular transaction as a whole.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • They are sensible, grounded, approachable, friendly, intelligent. Steven Roper’s knowledge of a few of our client contracts (and the behaviour of these clients) is excellent. The advice we receive takes into consideration the whole picture and any possible implications we may need to be aware of. We also engage Judy Baker regularly in relation to data privacy advice and she is extremely professional and has a wealth of knowledge.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The commercial team at Ward Hadaway has a broad range of expertise, providing a one-stop-shop for large corporate clients, for everything from GDPR queries, pensions issues to consumer matters. Their responsiveness is what sets them apart. Ward Hadaway are always keen and willing to help.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The quality of advice is very high. On top of that, they are very responsive and propose approaches that provide the best value for Inflo.

    Finance and Compliance Director, Software Company
  • We were a new introduction to the firm after acquisition of a UK based subsidiary. The team have made us feel extremely welcome and have facilitated various pieces of work for us. I would be very happy to recommend Ward Hadaway to my contacts for all legal work.

    Finance Director, EMEA, Global sport retail business
  • We are extremely pleased with the quality of the advice, support and work that Ward Hadaway have carried out for us. They always support us to hit any deadlines we have to achieve.

    Commercial Officer, Global manufacturer
  • The quality of work and ability to meet tight, often unreasonable, deadlines is very impressive.

    Head of Legal, World leading telecommunications business
  • We find Ward Hadaway to be clear, efficient and timely across the board. Even during the difficult times in 2020, we were able to complete services seamlessly and quickly.

    CEO, Global civil engineering company
  • We very much enjoy having Ward Hadaway as our legal partners. They are extremely competent, but are also able to deliver their advice in a practical and down-to earth manner.

    Managing Director, Retail wholesaler

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