Commercial and procurement

The commercial team advises clients from the public sector on all aspects of commercial contracting and procurement.

We offer expert advice to support a range of transactions and clients of all sizes from local authorities and central government to utilities, higher education establishments and housing associations. Our solutions are expedient, practical and easy to understand to match our clients’ business and regulatory objectives.

Our commercial team has a strategic focus on procurement as part of its overall commercial law services.

We work closely with our property, construction, corporate, employment and dispute resolution teams to provide comprehensive advice to our clients.

Our expert team has the strength and depth needed to provide a complete legal service for all your procurement and project requirements.

 Expert legal advice:

  • public procurement strategy and documents for all works, services, suppliers and developers over and below the applicable  OJEU threshold;
  • advice on standing orders and internal audit requirements;
  • public procurement challenges;
  • standard terms and conditions for goods, services and works;
  • framework agreements for works and services;
  • outsourcing;
  • telecommunications and ICT;
  • information rights, privacy, data transfer and security;
  • exploitation and protection of IPR including disputes; and
  • joint ventures.


We offer expert legal advice to support a range of transactions with businesses from across the private sector, public sector and third sector.

Our commercial expertise includes:

  • Contract law
  • Sourcing
  • Public procurement
  • Technology law
  • Intellectual property
  • Data protection
  • Freedom of information
  • Public law
  • Charities

We offer drafting of all types of business agreements such as:

  • terms and conditions of sale/purchase of goods and services;
  • framework agreements;
  • non-disclosure agreements;
  • joint ventures;
  • distribution and agency agreements; and
  • licensing.

Technology law solutions

Understanding requirements and risk management are essential to the successful delivery of technology projects and on-going technology services arrangements.

The commercial team at Hugh James is experts in technology law. We act both for businesses providing IT services as well as businesses and organisations procuring IT.

Our expertise in technology law includes:

  • Software licensing
  • Intellectual property
  • Contract
  • TUPE/employment law
  • Corporate law
  • Data protection

Procuring IT strategy

We are well placed to help a business understand their technology requirements, how best to source technology suppliers and, just as importantly, we advise on how to manage technology suppliers.

Providing IT solutions

We can bring a commercial perspective to understanding the business drivers of your customers and enable you to understand and manage the risk appropriately.

Whether you are buying or delivering off the shelf software packages, ICT support, fully managed services, full outsourcing arrangements, developing bespoke software applications or website services, we can assist both in the pure legal aspects and the strategic aspects of the project.


Hugh James has a strong public sector focus to its IT practice, especially in the procurement field, and its key clients include Natural England, Cardiff City and County Council and the Welsh Government.
Chambers UK 

Hugh James consistently provide high quality strategic advice with ‘out of the box’ thinking.
Rod Bridgeman – Sales Director Oblicore UK Ltd

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