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930 professionals at Knights service 12,000 clients across the full spectrum of legal & professional services.

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Andrew Pilkington

Client Services Director
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Andrew Pilkington

Client Services Director

Andrew is a Client Services Director.

Andrew has advised on and concluded hundreds of commercial agreements at every stage of the supply chain.  He works with clients in sectors as diverse as engineering and energy, business and financial services, leisure, digital and fashion providing strategic support and specific contract advice.

Andrew advises on a wide range of trading arrangements, start-up documentation, outsourcing contracts, franchising, supply, agency or distribution agreements, and e-commerce.  Where contracts involve a formal tender process, he advises and provides training on bid strategies and general business risk management.

Andrew is also the office leader in Leicester where he is responsible for client management and growing and building the team. This includes recruiting, developing and promoting lawyers who share the positive and open culture, and providing ongoing training and coaching.

Recent examples of how Andrew has helped clients include:

  • working with an established fashion entrepreneur on the launch of a new vintage-style fashion brand and its commercial agreements; creating a new resales agreement and system for a national franchise business;
  • carrying out a fundamental review of the contracts and trading systems for Mortgage Advice Bureau plc; and
  • providing day-to-day support for the in-house legal team at a major international engineering company, including the development of a dedicated contract support service.
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Becky Harper

Office Partner
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Becky Harper

Office Partner

Becky is the Office Partner in Stoke.

Becky advises on commercially and strategically important contracts, including general terms and conditions of trading, framework agreements, supply contracts, joint ventures and collaborations, facilities management arrangements, agency and distribution agreements, supply chain contracts, outsourcing arrangements and IT agreements.  She also undertakes contract reviews and audits, either as a standalone service or as part of the due diligence process in corporate transactions.  In addition, she provides in-house training for clients who wish to ensure the terms of their commercial contracts are fully implemented and followed.

Becky acts for private and public companies, from owner-managed start-ups to established multinationals.  She is experienced in a range of sectors, including leisure and entertainment. Her specialism lies in visitor attractions.

Recent examples of how Becky has helped clients include:

  • advising a specialist fleet outsourcing company on its long-term supply arrangements with two major automobile manufacturers in contracts worth more than £18 million;
  • acting for a Premier League football club in its sponsorship arrangements, including negotiating its technical kit deals;
  • advising a world-renowned ceramics manufacturer on the outsourcing of its UK distribution operations to a specialist logistics company; and
  • advising the owner of a chain of garden centres on the terms of a multi-site license agreement with Costa Coffee.
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Fiona Boswell

Partner
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Fiona Boswell

Partner

Fiona is a Partner in the Commercial team.

Fiona advises businesses on the exploitation of their commercial intellectual property, in particular those companies that want to leverage a brand to grow through franchising and/or licensing in the UK or overseas.

Fiona’s clients include established global and national franchise brands, SMEs establishing or operating franchises and individual multi-unit and multi-brand operators across a range of sectors: food and beverage, leisure, personal services,  kids’ clubs, retail and care.

Fiona advises on all aspect of franchising from commencement to exit and drafts contracts and ancillary documents for franchising a business. She advises on franchise pilot start up arrangements, international franchising (both master franchise and area development), assignments, transfers and registration of trade marks, operational aspects of franchising, licensing arrangements, and hybrid joint venture structures. She also deals with issues around brand management and protection, such as copycat websites and domain names and is a British Franchise Association Qualified Franchise Professional.

Recent examples of how Fiona has helped clients include:

  • managing the UK roll out of an Italian street food franchise by preparing a suite of contractual documentation for each franchise, brand protection advice and vetting franchisees and contract execution to protect the brand;
  • accelerating the growth of a quick service restaurant operator from nine company-owned stores to a network of 22 franchises, advising on the development of the franchise concept, neighbourhood sites and area development including providing an overview of the franchise agreement at discovery days;
  • enabling a giftware kiosk retailer to grow in the Middle East and Australia by offering advice on sub-franchise and seasonal operation licence arrangements; and
  • facilitating the expansion of an upmarket blow-dry bar by advising on the franchisability of the pilot business, revising and updating franchise agreements in line with ethical and legal standards in the UK and undertaking roll out of documentation to potential franchisees.
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Rob Green

Partner
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Rob Green

Partner

Rob is a Partner in the Commercial team.

Rob provides strategic and transactional advice on commercial contracts, including IT and technology arrangements covering SaaS, fintech, the procurement of financial banking (open platform) services, and reseller and distribution structures and contracts, particularly in the security, print and imaging sectors.

Rob also advises on privacy, data protection, competition law and regulatory compliance, for companies operating across multiple jurisdictions including Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the US and Japan.

Rob continues to act for Canon, as well as facility services provider ISS, and open banking platform specialists 10X.

Examples of how Rob has assisted clients include:

  • implementing a multi-entity, multi-jurisdiction GDPR compliance policy for Canon covering 18,000 employees across the world;
  • implementing policies for competition law, anti-bribery and anti-corruption for Canon to achieve broad consistency while allowing for local law variations;
  • drafting contracts to facilitate and support the outsourcing of telesales by Canon to a provider in Greece; and
  • supporting 10X in their supplier procurement and management by helping to implement a contract lifecycle management system and providing onsite support for data migration and process development.
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Daniel James

Partner
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Daniel James

Partner

Daniel is a Partner in the Aviation team.

He advises on and drafts transactional and operational agreements for aircraft, including wet and dry leases, charters and sale and purchase agreements.  These include complex ownership agreements with financing and security, as well as long-term, short-term and emergency leases.

Daniel acts for numerous parts companies in the aircraft supply chain and negotiates agreements for sale, lease, exchange, repair or power-by-the-hour.

After a secondment within the aviation team of a leading logistics company and having spent many years in aviation litigation, Daniel is familiar with the aircraft industry, its risk profile and potential triggers for commercial disputes.  He understands market standards and industry norms which helps companies ensure they do not take on risk which is outside of their control or “off-market”.

Daniel acts for private owners; aircraft, engine or parts lessors and lessees; brokers, airlines, and charter companies; parts supply and repair businesses; and any business involved in aviation finance or operations.  Private clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals.  Commercial clients include Royal Aero GmbH, LHI Leasing GmbH, Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Limited, Avtrade Limited, AJW Group, Air Charter Service and Texel Air.

Recent examples of how Daniel has helped clients include:

  • conducting the purchase and finance of an AW139 helicopter for a wealthy individual, liaising with counsel in the Isle of Man in relation to ownership structure and aircraft management;
  • negotiating a contract for the bespoke design and fit-out of an Airbus private jet, in circumstances where quality, security and confidentiality were critical;
  • advising a parts supply company on a multi-million-pound airline component supply, logistics and support contract;
  • completing all stages of the purchase and transfer of ownership of the lease of a passenger aircraft and consecutive conversion agreements, before the aircraft was sent to USA for conversion to a freighter and leased to a cargo airline; and
  • advising on the consignment and teardown contract for the third A380 coming out of service and to be torn down for spares, as covered in The Irish Times.
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Ian Thomson

Partner
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Ian Thomson

Partner

Ian is a Partner in the Commercial team.

Ian advises clients on commercial arrangements of all kinds, including agreements for the sale and purchase of goods and services covering both standard terms and conditions and bespoke contracts, manufacturing agreements, franchising agreements, agency and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements. He also deals with information technology contracts including software licensing, the supply of software as a service, software support and maintenance and hardware and systems procurement, sponsorship and marketing agreements, and public procurement and funding arrangements.

Ian acts for financial services clients on consumer credit compliance and provides regulatory advice and support in the areas of data protection, advertising and sales, grocery codes of practice, financial services, competition law and gaming.

Ian advises and supports a wide variety of clients ranging from individual designers and entrepreneurs to national and multinational organisations.  Recent examples of how Ian has helped clients include:

  • advising ValueLicensing, a business specialising in the purchase and re-sale of pre-owned Microsoft products, drafting and advising on a range of contracts and navigating the relevant EU laws and authorities;
  • drafting standard service agreements and negotiating bespoke contracts in high value deals for a corporate provider of back office IT support to energy suppliers;
  • advising a member of the Freudenberg Group on a sub-contract, forming part of a high value project for the supply of materials in connection with the construction of a nuclear power station; and
  • advising a specialist provider of car insurance to young motorists on underwriting documentation produced by a major global insurer.
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Simon Weinberg

Partner
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Simon Weinberg

Partner

Simon is a Partner in the Commercial team.

Simon provides advice on commercial contracts, the exploitation and licensing of intellectual property rights, data protection requirements and legal issues around new technologies.

Simon’s primary focus is on supporting start-up businesses who require help in developing contracts with suppliers and customers, seeking out routes to market using conventional and online platforms, maximising the return on lucrative IP protected processes, procedures, designs and imagery and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Simon also works closely with high-growth businesses who need commercial input to support their expansion plans, whether through the root and branch review of contractual arrangements to ensure they remain fit for purpose, the negotiation of new domestic or international contractual agreements, the grant of franchise rights or the appointment of agents and distributors.

Simon works for clients in a broad range of sectors from retail and healthcare to engineering and digital technologies. His clients include Eagle Eye, iVendi, Mobysoft, Godel Technologies and Recipharm.

Simon is particularly experienced in supporting tech companies focused on developing software and cloud-based products such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as Service (SaaS) programmes.

Recent examples of how Simon has helped clients include:

  • concluding deals on behalf of vehicle finance platform iVendi to provide users with direct access to motor finance deals offered by major lenders;
  • negotiating deals for digital loyalty platform Eagle Eye to work with various high street retailers; and
  • guiding social housing software specialists Mobysoft on day-to-day legal requirements, including revamping contractual documentation and advising on the changes needed to their policies, procedures, privacy notices and contractual documentation to ensure compliance with UK and EU data protection laws.
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Humphrey Dawson

Consultant
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Humphrey Dawson

Consultant

Humphrey is a Consultant in the Commercial team.

He has dealt with the sale, purchase and lease of large aircraft around the globe, as well as with engines and aircraft parts, maintenance and overhaul contracts. He has also advised on general aviation matters including international route designation into the UK, immigration, fares and agreements with tour operators and travel agencies.

Humphrey has extensive experience in aviation related litigation around the world, including the seizure and release of impounded aircraft, arbitration and mediation hearings and acting for the owners of aircraft on major insurance claims including appearing before the Canadian Air Safety Board in respect of a major fatal DC8 accident.

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Katherine Douse

Senior Associate
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Katherine Douse

Senior Associate

Katherine is a Senior Associate in the Commercial and Data Protection teams.

Katherine advises on business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts, website and e-commerce contracts including distance selling, cookies and acceptable use requirements.  She also prepares software contracts, terms and conditions of trading, framework agreements and service agreements.  She advises on data protection and provides onsite audits of clients' processes and procedures to ensure compliance.

Katherine acts for start-ups and more established businesses, including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and in-house legal teams within PLCs.  She has experience across a range of sectors, including travel, technology and engineering.

Recent examples of how Katherine has helped clients include:

• providing day-to-day support for the in-house legal team at a major international engineering company;

• drafting a software as a service agreement for a client keen to manage the input of personal data by customers and to have a clear data protection compliant policy in place where they did;

• advising a travel association on the terms of its contracts with members to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and on the terms of licensing arrangements to maximise reputation and brand protection; and

• advising a manufacturer on the changes required to a distribution agreement to ensure it did not breach competition rules.

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Emma Ferguson

Senior Associate
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Emma Ferguson

Senior Associate

Emma is a Senior Associate in the Commercial team.

Emma regularly reviews contracts to identify and advise on key risks and reviews and revises standard terms and conditions to ensure they comply with the latest consumer protection legislation.  She also advises on and drafts a wide variety of commercial agreements.

Examples include outsourcing of facilities management, cleaning, catering, telecoms and IT support; IT agreements to cover software licensing, support and maintenance; website terms and conditions, privacy and cookie policies and advising on consumer rights in e-commerce.

Emma also advises companies on their import and export arrangements, whether supplying direct, or via an agency or distribution agreement.

Recent examples of how Emma has helped clients include:

• advising a manufacturing company on its supply and distribution arrangements throughout Europe and South Asia;

• preparing supply agreements for a US manufacturer supplying goods into Europe;

• drafting the website terms of use and cookie policy for an online portal in the financial services sector; and

• negotiating and drafting the terms of an outsourcing arrangement for a facilities management company supplying services to a hospital.

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Stephen Green

Senior Associate
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Stephen Green

Senior Associate

Stephen is a Senior Associate in the Commercial team.

Stephen advises on and negotiates commercial contracts, as well as drafting bespoke commercial arrangements. This extends to agreements for agency or distribution, confidentiality, consultancy, cooperation, event management, infrastructure, outsourced services, sponsorship, software or website development, equipment or venue-hire, intellectual property rights and licensing, software-as-a-service, trade mark licences and standard terms and conditions of trade, service and supply.

Stephen is experienced in contracts negotiated through a formal procurement process, including for the public sector, and has also concluded complex and high-value international and cross-border contracts.  Stephen is an experienced commercial contracts lawyer with in-house and secondment experience (including working with major international brands) and has good experience working with Russian and Swiss companies in particular.

Stephen’s clients span a wide range of sectors, from cosmetics and retail through to leisure and hospitality to education, energy, manufacturing and infrastructure.

Recent examples of how Stephen has helped clients include:

  • concluding numerous outsourcing contracts for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM and FIFA Confederations Cup Russia™ 2017 covering catering, temporary infrastructure and equipment;
  • securing agreements with port authorities to facilitate the transportation of biomass to power stations as part of a circa £200 million renewable energy project;
  • advising a Swiss company on (i) risk management, (ii) domestic and international compliance particular in relation to data protection and the Bribery Act, and (iii) a number of international contracts with various Russian customers and suppliers; and
  • lead adviser to the T20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), primarily involved drafting, advising on and negotiating various commercial agreements on behalf of CPL (including franchise agreements, sponsorship agreements, stadium agreements, advertising and competition arrangements, hotel agreements, player and coaching contracts, merchandising agreements and team managerial agreements).
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Daniel Mackelden

Senior Associate
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Daniel Mackelden

Senior Associate

Daniel is a Senior Associate in the Commercial team.

Daniel reviews, drafts and negotiates a wide variety of commercial contracts, advising on appropriate and quantifiable risk and liability issues, clear and appropriate termination rights as well other key contractual elements including boilerplate provisions and scoping of services.

He also has extensive experience of advising on contracts related to IT, the use of intellectual property rights, cloud and complex data matters, as well as outsourcing arrangements. He also works closely with the Aviation team where specific commercial and contractual analysis is required.

His clients include listed and private companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals across a range of sectors including aviation, fintech, construction, transport and hospitality.

Recent examples of how Daniel has helped clients include:

  • ensuring the smooth running of a large fintech operation by reviewing and negotiating complex, multi-jurisdictional and high-value IT and SaaS supplier contracts;
  • negotiating an international product licence distribution agreement to mitigate liabilities and potential exposure to litigation under US law;
  • facilitating refurbishment and modernisation of commercial aircraft through detailed negotiation with owners and third-party suppliers; and
  • enabling the purchase of a replacement maintenance and software package by an airline operator, reviewing contract risks and liabilities involved.