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Commercial decisions are at the heart of business activity. You want support from commercial lawyers who can help maximise the business opportunities from these decisions and help avoid legal pitfalls.

The Charles Russell Speechlys team aim to help clients identify opportunities and strategic advantages; assess risks; exploit success; and minimise the consequences of any downside. We advise many different types of clients, suppliers and customers, from large and well-known global businesses and brands to start-ups, on a wide variety of commercial matters. Our experience comes from working in-house, as well as in private practice - most of the commercial team have undertaken a secondment with an in-house legal team to ensure they are fully aware of the practical requirements of business.

The team consists of sector specialists with a particular strength in depth working across all the firm's key sectors, including Technology, Media & Telecoms, Retail & Leisure, Financial Services, Sport, Healthcare, Charities and Energy & Natural Resources. We are recognised by our clients and independent directories as being market leaders.

The range of our work varies from large scale managed service and outsourcing agreements, IT contracts, supply chain logistics and procurement through to sponsorship, merchandising, property management and marketing and advertising. We provide tailored solutions, which may include supporting your in-house team behind the scenes, providing online reviews and reports, through to full deal structure planning, leading negotiations on your behalf and advising on implementation and operational issues.

A large proportion of our work is international, reflecting the increase in cross-border trade, the reach and promotion of brands and spread of business relationships, particularly for outsourcing, joint ventures and distribution deals. Where English law is not applicable we call on members of our international networks of associated firms who provide the local legal expertise required.