Addleshaw Goddard has one of the largest and most experienced teams of commercial lawyers in the country incorporating expertise in intellectual property (IP), sport, defamation, IT and business process outsourcing, commercial contracts, brands and designs, data and information and competition and procurement.

We pride ourselves on the fact that many of our commercial lawyers have worked in house or on secondment in a variety of private and public sector organisations and include lawyers with experience of working for the European Commission and the UK government.

We have considerable specialist expertise in acting for customers and suppliers in relation to technology outsourcing and procurement. Our lawyers specialise in insourcing, outsourcing and managed services projects, both in technology and business process outsourcing (BPO). We have experience of transfers from one supplier to another, exit management, termination and hand-back procedures and all other issues relevant to both outsourcing and insourcing.

On the competition side, we have extensive experience with cartels and handling dawn raids, as well as advising on the EU commission competition policy including block exemption regulations and enforcement.

Our commercial contracts team is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, advising on commercial contracts ranging from major outsourcings and IT transactions to lower-value discrete commercial contracts.

The quality of advice we offer is demonstrated by our top-tier rankings in the independent legal market directories in information technology, e-commerce, corporate and commercial and media/entertainment. In addition, in June this year, the group won the 2006 Lawyer Award for Competition Team of the Year. The judges singled out Addleshaw Goddard for its role in ensuring the Competition Commission cleared unconditionally the British Salt-New Cheshire Salt Works merger in 2005. Addleshaw Goddard broke new ground by becoming the first team to persuade the Competition Commission to reverse a provisional decision against a merger due to competition issues.

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