In the commercial world, interactions and relationships with other businesses or organisations are the life-blood of a successful venture - whether you’re selling to or buying from each other, creating and developing new ideas together or being regulated by an external body. All of these relationships need managing in a practical and solutions-driven way to ensure your business achieves the right outcomes from them. Shulmans can work alongside you to realise those aims.

The Commercial team at Shulmans consists of lawyers who are all experienced in covering the broad range of commercial contracts which are the backbone of the ongoing development and viability of most organisations. After all, it is the detail of what gets documented in the commercial contract between parties that can ultimately support a business in its expansion, evidence its valuation as an asset base, enable its pursuit of assertive growth strategies or the defence of its intellectual property rights. So the importance of lawyers who understand the need to take a pragmatic, but risk-managed approach to the level of appropriate detail and balance of negotiation when drafting and agreeing commercial contracts can’t be underestimated.

We know how important it is for our clients to stay ahead of the game in the legal advice they receive. With this in mind our Commercial team have prepared a booklet highlighting some of the key topics for organisations to look out for in 2019. 

For specialist insight please find a copy of the team’s latest booklet here.                  

Commercial Contracts

The team is very experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide variety of commercial agreements, ranging from standard trading terms and conditions to high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional contracts.

The law on consumer rights requires a very specific approach if you sell any of your goods or services or make digital content available to consumers, and it can be easy to trip up on a technicality in this area. Our team can provide the appropriate style of consumer-friendly drafting as well as guide you through the steps necessary to make your contract process compliant with these consumer laws.

Whether you are contracting with consumers or other businesses, we can also provide ongoing support and bespoke guidance and training to you and your employees. This will enable you to manage your key business relationships (with both suppliers and customers) in the most efficient way.

Data Protection & Privacy 

Data is a key asset of the majority of businesses, particularly in the service sector, so management of risk and compliance is a business-critical function. In this ever-changing area of compliance, we can conduct audits, provide training and ensure that your documents and processes reflect the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

We also have the necessary experience to deal with global data transfers, the outsourcing of information handling services and the impact of data protection on client or customer-facing documentation.


The team has in-depth experience in project managing the legal input required on IT projects including outsourcing engagements, development collaborations and e-commerce trading.

We also have specific expertise in relation to systems security, managing cyber risks and disaster recovery management from an IT perspective, which includes providing hands-on training and compliance input to re-engineer processes and procedures to both protect the provider business and reassure the end-user customer.

Intellectual Property

IP is vital to a business, and we work with our clients to help them identify, secure, protect, and commercially exploit their rights, both in the UK and internationally. Helping businesses to manage their IP rights is often about managing risk, so we advise our clients on how to minimise their exposure as well as maximising their revenue from IP.

Our Clients and Sectors

Our team advises all types of commercial organisations (from SMEs to listed companies and organisations with a global presence). The team's work spans a myriad of commercial, operational and strategic issues for all sorts of different types of organisations across a range of sectors including:

  • Chemicals, manufacturing and waste;
  • IT and technology developers and service providers;
  • Creative and digital media;
  • Independent and specialist schools;
  • Food and drink;
  • Health and social care;
  • Recruitment; and
  • Transport, distribution and logistics.

Our commercial and corporate practice has been recognised as "excellent and upstanding" in the Legal 500 directory.

Our team

Emma Roe


Head of Commercial

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2817

Helen Goldthorpe


Commercial & IT

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2829

Sarah Briscall



Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3954

Joe Gosling



Direct Line +44(0)113 288 2837