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As commercial as they come

Supply and sale of goods and services, outsourcing, projects, cross-border, property management, facilities management, franchising, logistics, procurement - commercial covers an enormous variety of agreements.

Such diversity requires a large team, sector focus and the ability to bring equal attention and creativity to deals large and small. With a substantial team in London and Birmingham, plus strong experience in the travel, IT, food & drink, life sciences, real estate, retail, aviation and automotive industries, this six-partner team is as commercial as they come. It's why the firm was crowned 'Commercial Team of the Year' in the 2010 British Legal Awards.

Wragge & Co is ranked 5th in the list of commercial advisers to the FTSE 250.

The team's commitment for delivering stand-out client service was recognised in the 2013 International Law Office Client Choice Awards. Team leader David Lowe was crowned winner of the UK Projects and Procurement category, based entirely on client feedback.

Commercial work and clients come in all sizes and from a variety of sectors. The team helped BP Oil UK sign a multi-site fuel agreement with Moto Hospitality, the UK's largest operator of motorway service stations. For smaller, straightforward matters, it offers a fixed-fee contract review service. This gives the client confidence that its agreement is in the hands of experienced lawyers, as well as cost certainty.

Pose a question and the team will find the answer. This might be because its 30 experts have done it hundreds of times before. It might be by adapting ideas that work in one industry and applying them to another, or starting with a blank sheet of paper. Willingness to embrace the unusual saw the team advise on matters as varied as the Host City contract for the 2012 Olympics and the implications of being appointed by the Crown. There are no precedents for this type of work so partner David Lowe invented some.

This team has a habit of seeing things differently. It's this innovative approach which came to the fore when helping secure Birds Eye's frozen food business in Europe.

When the Department of Health was looking at the structure of its £5 billion Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme, the traditional view was to use a PFI approach. David Hamlett's team looked at the situation and said, 'This is really a series of services contracts, so let's apply outsourcing thinking'. They did and have since completed agreements involving more than 150 NHS trusts.

A wide range of instructions sees the team work closely with experts from other parts of the firm. Sometimes the team is supporting real estate or corporate lawyers on property management or joint venture agreements. At others, it is employment or insurance specialists assisting with outsourcing or procurement arrangements. Public procurement experts are also on hand to provide valuable insight into public bodies' approaches to contracting with the private sector.

Clients include Birds Eye, CB Richard Ellis, GlaxoSmithKline, Teva, Cookson Group, SMMT and British Airways.

For more about commercial, contact David Lowe (david_lowe@wragge.com).