Commercial Services

The smooth operation of your business requires practical advice that will help you to get the details right, allowing you to get on with running your business.

Whether you have grown your business from the ground up or are leading a large organisation from the front, running a business successfully requires access to expert, commercially informed legal advice, both to protect your assets and ensure that your practices and operations are legal and compliant.

Our Commercial team is experienced in helping business of all sizes to successfully navigate legal and compliance issues. But more than this, we will add value to your business by combining acute legal expertise with commercial savvy to help you to identify opportunities early and mitigate risks before they become problems. We understand how business works at all levels, how individual businesses grow and the challenges they face in pursuing their goals.

Our lawyers have worked with businesses across the spectrum, from publically listed companies to partnerships, start-ups and sole traders, and across a range of sectors, including recruitment, healthcare and dental, travel, media, IT and technology and financial services. We understand the specific challenges businesses in these and other sectors face and will help you to tackle them head on. And, because we are part of a substantial, full-service legal practice, we can draw on the expertise of colleagues in other legal specialisms such as employment and property when your business needs further support.

Choosing a legal team is important. You want a team that you know you can trust and who will support you throughout the lifecycle of your business. At Morrisons we aim to develop long-term relationships where we can work as a trusted partner in your success. Recognised by both of the UK’s leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, our Commercial team sits at the heart of our local business communities in South West London and Surrey.

Products and services

Below is a quick overview of a number of the ways in which the Morrisons team is able to support you, and your business.

Contracts
  • IT software, development and licensing
  • Supply of goods and services
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • On-line trading and E-commerce, including website terms of use, privacy policies and cookies
  • Intellectual property protection and exploitation
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Protecting trademarks through registration
  • Franchising

Contracts are the foundations of successful commerce and they can be as varied and complex as business itself. So, whatever your business, it’s essential to ensure that the contracts and agreements that drive your activities and bind your relationships are robust, suited to your specific business circumstances and written to protect your interests.

At Morrisons, we will ensure that your contracts and agreements are tailored to your business, rather than off-the-shelf documents, and are designed to help you achieve your commercial goals.

Data Protection

Data protection is a fast changing and increasing high risk area for all businesses trading in the United Kingdom.  The advent of the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will tighten the nature and interpretation of the data protection regime. 

In advising on Data Protection regulations and duties we start with a discussion about your business, not what you do and how you do it, but also why and how this is likely to change.  From there our full audit service will analyse and report your current compliance, essential recommendations and best practice.  Where necessary we will draft or amend your policies and assist with changes to procedures.

We can also advise on the data protections aspects of one-off or regular events, including:

  • Data protections aspects of business, database and asset transfers
  • Data protection complaints and claims against and by you
  • Freedom of information and requests  for information from customers, clients and others
Outsourcing

Outsourcing non-core or volume-based, repeat activities can bring huge benefits to your business, allowing you to focus on what you do best and where the greatest value lies. But outsourcing is not always straightforward. We can help you to find the right provider and develop bespoke contracts and service-level agreements that are robust and support the needs of your business.

We also work with outsourcing providers, helping you establish contracts that are sustainable and profitable for you.

Share schemes and incentives

Allowing employees to share in the ownership of a business is often more than a reward for long service, a well designed share incentive plan can help recruit, retain and incentivise your key staff to meet your business’s key objectives. HMRC approved plans, in particular the Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme (EMI) also offer significant tax reliefs to increase the value of the scheme both the employer and employee.

Our corporate team, working with the employment department, have helped numerous clients to design and implement a variety of share option and similar schemes.  We work with our clients’ tax and accounting advisers, or introduce or own contacts, in order to ensure a full service from seeking tax approval to completion of the share options.

At a sale of the company or other exit our corporate lawyers will then implement the options as a key part of the sale process, ensuring that your employee’s contribution to the business is rewarded when you have achieved your own goals.

Examples of work

Outsourcing agreement 

Advises a security company on reviewing and advising on risk areas in a proposed outsourcing agreement for the provision of security services to a major nationwide banking group.

Terms and Conditions review

Advised a leading manufacturer of large diesel engines on a major review and alignment of their UK terms and conditions.

Framework service agreement

Advised a client on a framework service agreements with a major global car manufacturer.

European distribution agreements

A national food company on distribution agreements with key food suppliers within several countries in Europe, as well as a distribution collaboration agreement with a new supplier to promote the brand in the UK but also with the potential for own-branding for the large supermarket chains.