Commercial, brands, IP and IT

Business issues rarely fit neatly into what lawyers determine to be their chosen area of technical specialism. In recognition of this, our commercial, brands and IP lawyers are multi-skilled, and able to provide a level of continuity which results in a more efficient delivery of clear and robust advice.

We advise our clients across a broad range of commercial and operational issues including:

In addition, we are well placed to advise clients across all sectors in respect of the following specialisms which are woven throughout most commercial arrangements and business operations:

Cyber resilience:

  • policies, education and training;
  • supply chain contracts-risk allocation;
  • cyber insurance;
  • data retention and risk mitigation; and
  • breach investigation.

Information technology:

  • hardware acquisition;
  • software development, licensing and distribution;
  • open source implications;
  • Research and Development; and
  • systems development and implementation projects.

Regulatory (both in the context of commercial arrangements and to help shape client policy, in respect of):

  • ASA / BACC guidance;
  • e-commerce and distance selling;
  • commercial agency;
  • gambling, promotions and lotteries; and
  • food and drink.


What people are saying


"Substantial commercial practice with a diverse client base and sector expertise. Capable of handling an array of complex commercial matters including supply agreements, cross-border arrangements and collaboration negotiations."

Chambers UK 2017

"Macfarlanes LLP advises on a wide range of matters, for a client base drawn from a range of sectors, including food and drink, financial services and sport."

The Legal 500 UK 2016