Specialist commercial advice

Commercial law is central to how we do business, that's why we have a large team of commercial lawyers. The team's size and breadth of expertise is what sets us apart from our competitors. It means our commercial lawyers can provide specialist support and understand the bigger picture.  

The legal and regulatory landscape is increasingly complex, and navigating it successfully is vital in protecting and unlocking value. Contracts are often multi-layered - their power is in the detail – and getting them right protects your business and provides a solid foundation for growth. Getting the right advisory support is necessary to ensure your business operates compliantly and to deliver your strategic goals.  

Whether working with you on strategic objectives or providing day-to-day support, we always tailor our advice. We are well-positioned to advise you in a risk-aware and commercial way. Our guidance will consider the issues that are important to the success of your business, as well as those issues likely to attract the interest of regulators. 

OC are an excellent commercial practice. They take time to understand our business, and then tailor their advice to our reality. They are commercial and pragmatic, and also bring ideas to the table in how we may work through a particular situation. They are also responsive and able to turn work around quickly when required.

Commercial Contracts Client, Legal 500

How we can help you

Commercial advisory

Commercial advisory support is about making sure that your business is on the right side of the law in both strategic projects and your day-to-day operations. 

The work we can help you with includes:

  • conducting advertising reviews, compliance reviews and international regulatory reviews
  • influencing, planning for and dealing with the implementation of future legislation
  • designing and launching new products and services, including customer journey
  • drafting standard terms and conditions 

We can advise on the application of competition law and how to mitigate associated risks. For example, entering new markets or launching new product lines.

Commercial transactions

Commercial transactions involve two or more parties. The long-term success of a commercial transaction depends on having the right contracts and agreements in place. Whatever project or deal you are working on, we'll make sure that all aspects of your transaction are aligned you’re your strategy and support your long-term objectives. We'll help you manage risk, set up processes and effectively engage with the other party to get the best result for your business.

The scope of our commercial expertise

Advertising, media and broadcasting

We have a dedicated team who work exclusively on advertising, marketing and strategic communications, adtech, media and broadcasting matters. Our commitment to excellence ensures that we are always ready to provide the innovative solutions that you need.

Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of these fast-paced industries and their evolving issues, including native advertising, agency incentives, ad-blocking, social media influencers and programmatic buying. It means we can understand challenges quickly and help you engage with other parties and regulators in a meaningful and productive way.


We can help your business make the most of its data, particularly when it comes to commercialising it compliantly. Whether you are working on a large project or on everyday compliance such as data analytics, protection and privacy, our lawyers will help you keep up with fast-evolving changes in data regulations.


With increased digitalisation, it pays to have advisers who understand the issues and opportunities of technology. We will advise you on what to prioritise and how to implement systems and policies in practice, rather than just identify problems.

Our specialists advise on a wide range of technology-related matters, including SaaS, PaaS and IaaS cloud deployment models. This includes integration, outsourcing and implementation, distribution agreements and white labelling. We can also help you establish strategies that safeguard intellectual property (IP) and advise on IP issues such as brand-portfolio management, exploitation and licensing.

Complex contracting and general commercial 

We can provide specialist advice and support across all elements of your complex contracting requirements, including manufacture and supply, services agreements, equipment leasing and supply chain contracts.

We regularly act on multi-party strategic projects, with the team including market leading practitioners in telecoms, mobility and infrastructure (including rail), defence, energy and utilities, retail and consumer, and life sciences. We act for private and public sector counterparties on regulated and non-regulated procurements, and regularly advise on managed services, transitional services and outsourcing projects.

The types of agreements we advise on:

We draft and negotiate the full range of agreements your business needs, including:

  • IT and online services including software development, cloud computing, IT outsourcing and platform agreements
  • facilities management agreements
  • manufacturing and supply agreements
  • services and equipment leasing contracts
  • procurement and supply chain contracts
  • subscription agreements
  • confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • standard terms & conditions

Osborne Clarke has a wide knowledge and network, making them a great partner.

Commercial Contracts Client, Chambers and Partners

Our international commercial lawyers

We have commercial teams in all our European locations - they work seamlessly across offices and with clients. Our large team ensures that we can always draw on the correct expertise for your matter.

Many of our clients are international companies and our lawyers often collaborate across jurisdictions. We have considerable experience advising FTSE 100 clients and global corporations on multijurisdictional agreements. We also regularly advise on contracts related to inbound European and US-led investment. 

We act for clients across a range of sectors, including energy and utilities, technology, media and communications, life sciences and healthcare, mobility and infrastructure, and retail.


Devonport Royal Dockyard

Advised on the proposed building of an EfW plant at HM Naval Base Devonport and arrangements for the supply of energy.


Handled all UK intellectual property due diligence of the client's £240m acquisition of "Simple" soap brand owners Simple Health & Beauty.

Dynamo Games

Advised on development contracts and other legal matters.

Davies Group

Advised on the contract drafting and negotiation with Celeton Limited for the provision of a fully managed and serviced data capture solution TalkTalk Telecom Group plc into a retail group and a telco respectively.

Brokat Technologies

Advised on its agreement with Vodafone Global Services to provide the first mobile payment platform.

Axon Solutions

Advised on a Build Operate Transfer project to build a SAP SI resource in India.

Arvel UK

Advised in relation to strategic Framework Agreement with DSSL.


Drafted and negotiated a broadcast
sponsorship agreement for
Tresemme's sponsorship of the
"Make Me A Supermodel" series.

Blink TV

Advised on a YouTube channel management agreement and content licensing agreements.

Adam Phones

Advised on its negotiations with a leading international insurance company for the provision of in-bound call services and related network planning.

Devonport Royal Dockyard

Advised on a £250m state of the art energy from waste contract which resulted in economically efficient site operations and also lowered the region’s carbon footprint.


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