Our people

600 professionals at Knights service 10,000 clients across the full spectrum of legal & professional services.

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Andrew Pilkington

Office Leader
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Andrew Pilkington

Office Leader

A commercial contracts partner and office leader in Derby and Leicester.

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 Derby and 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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Karen Delamore

Partner
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Karen Delamore

Partner

A corporate and commercial partner specialising in transportation, logistics and equipment leasing.

Karen prepares, negotiates and advises on a range of commercial contracts, including leasing and rental agreements, terms and conditions of trading, warranties, guarantees, security documents, framework agreements, letters of intent, asset and share purchase agreements and confidentiality agreements.  She also handles corporate transactions, including business acquisitions and disposals, restructuring (particularly among group companies), joint ventures, due diligence and financing agreements.

Karen acts for UK and international corporates, including multinationals.  Her expertise lies in advising businesses who lease commercial equipment, including trailers, tankers commercial vehicles, modular units, aircraft, shipping, rolling stock and agricultural equipment.  She also advises the customers and suppliers of leasing companies.

Karen was senior legal counsel for GE Equipment Services for 12 years and held the same post with the HNA Group for four years following their acquisition of TIP Trailer Services from GE Capital.

Recent examples of how Karen has helped clients include:

• acquiring multiple trailer, tanker and maintenance and repair businesses to help a client diversify their transportation fleet and increase the geographic reach of their UK network;

• negotiating customer contracts for the provision of company car services throughout Europe on behalf of the owner of a car fleet business;

• working on the corporate restructure of an enterprise with operations in several jurisdictions to streamline the business and make it more tax efficient; and

• acquiring part of a national transportation company under terms which locked the seller into a favourable five-year lease-back and maintenance arrangement.

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Becky Harper

Partner
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Becky Harper

Partner

A commercial lawyer.

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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Karen Harrison

Partner
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Karen Harrison

Partner

A commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property, IT, franchising and data protection.

Drawing on in-house experience with an international venture capitalist and a University IP team, Karen acts for IT vendors and purchasers in education, retail and e-commerce sectors.

Karen advises clients on all aspects of their commercial contracting arrangements and projects including supply, distribution, agency, licensing, manufacturing, R & D, collaboration, franchising, outsourcing, joint venture and bespoke contracts of all types.  She acts for vendors and purchasers of IT products and services including systems acquisition, outsourcing, ASP, software as a service (SaaS), cloud service provision, software development, licensing and support, VAR, e-commerce and web hosting agreements.

Karen drafts and negotiates IP-related contracts relating to materials transfer, clinical trials, licensing and marketing agreements.  She has extensive experience of advising clients on data protection compliance and data breaches.

Recent examples of how Karen has helped clients include:

• acquiring a critical enterprise resource planning system for a global aerospace company from a supplier in the US;

• achieving successful business outcomes for a retail space design consultancy; and

• ensuring a motor retailer did not pay fines, compensation or costs of fraud-checking, following a data breach resulting from the theft of a contractor's laptop.

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Ian Thomson

Partner
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Ian Thomson

Partner

A lawyer specialising in commercial agreements and business law.

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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Claire Tonks

Partner
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Claire Tonks

Partner

A commercial lawyer with experience in-house.

Claire creates contracts to support a range of business activities in the private and public sector. She is particularly experienced in drafting terms and conditions of trading, outsourcing agreements, software licenses, contracts for consultancy services, IT agreements, procurement project documentation and agreements for funding.

Claire has extensive knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues, specifically around data protection.  She carries out regulatory and compliance audits and helps with the creation of bespoke policies and procedures.

Claire acts for private businesses, local authorities, public sector companies, financial organisations and educational establishments.  She has experience in a number of sectors, including the automotive industry, retail and logistics.

Having undertaken a long term secondment for Office Depot, Claire appreciates the need to create legal documents that are pragmatic from a commercial perspective.

Recent examples of how Claire has helped clients include:

• advising a further education college on the tendering process for the construction of a new college building to ensure fair selection of a preferred bidder;

• advising a building society on the outsourcing of their IT requirements to ensure contractual arrangements were in place to guarantee compliance with data protection regulations and which maintained confidentiality;

• supporting the introduction of an online booking system for the repair and servicing of cars at quality-assured garages, by creating multiple contracts with the software developer, garages within the scheme and an automotive parts provider; and

• assisting a school federation to make the contractual arrangements necessary to facilitate the pooling of resources and the sharing of skills across the 10 school members.

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Simon Weinberg

Partner
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Simon Weinberg

Partner

Specialising in commercial and intellectual property law, with a particular focus on IT and e-commerce, Simon’s clients come from across the commercial spectrum, including retail, healthcare, digital marketing, technology and engineering.

Many of his clients are start-up, early stage and high growth businesses, with whom he works closely to reduce risk and allow business owners to concentrate on developing their products, services and scale.

Simon advises his clients on a variety of commercial issues, including hardware, software, outsourcing, data protection, franchising, distribution, agency, marketing, business planning and business trading (whether B2B or B2C) and intellectual property exploitation and licensing.

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Katherine Douse

Senior Associate
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Katherine Douse

Senior Associate

A commercial lawyer specialising in commercial contracts and data protection.

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

A commercial lawyer with experience of finance, retail and technology sectors.

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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Owain John

Senior Associate
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Owain John

Senior Associate

A senior associate in the commercial team, specialising in data, software and technology.

Owain advises on the negotiation and renewal of commercial contracts with customers, consultants, suppliers and distributors, including confidentiality agreements, the supply and development of software apps, software as a service (SAAS), cloud computing and the legal issues around new technologies. His work also includes reviewing contractual obligations for public and private sector tenders.

Having worked inhouse for nearly three years in a data intelligence company, Owain is intimately familiar with GDPR and issues relating to database IP rights, data processing and licensing, data protection and privacy requirements. He also brings a commercial approach, combining project management skills and a drive towards continuous improvement.

Owain has worked for a number of banks, including a digital challenger bank, reviewing a range of commercial and software contracts to ensure compliance with financial services regulations and to mitigate risks.

Owain provides training on commercial contracts and has also delivered courses on equality and diversity.

Recent examples of how Owain has helped clients include:

  • drafting a suite of GDPR-compliant data contracts for multiple products and services on behalf of a global plc;
  • successfully renegotiated improved licensing arrangements with a companies key suppliers, including BT;
  • contribution towards improving legal processes, following a compliance and risk management audit which required the amendment to approximately 20,000 customer agreements; and
  • negotiated the terms for multi-million-pound agreements with blue chip clients and government agencies to meet a business’s ambitious financial targets.
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Charles Gordon-Creed

Associate
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Charles Gordon-Creed

Associate

Charles is an associate in the commercial team.

Charles advises on a wide variety of documents and contracts for businesses. From terms and conditions, supply agreements and agency/distribution agreements to software licences, intellectual property licences and all other commercial contracts.

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Sally Noon

Associate
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Sally Noon

Associate

A company and commercial lawyer with expertise in franchising.

Sally advises on, drafts and negotiates commercial contracts at all stages of the business lifecycle including standard terms and conditions, supply or purchase agreements, agency or distribution agreements and confidentiality agreements.  She also advises on terms and conditions and e-commerce obligations for companies who trade online.

Sally also drafts franchise agreements for businesses who are launching a new franchise concept and she advises prospective franchisees when taking on a franchise, buying or selling a franchise business, preparing the sale documentation and advising throughout the transaction.

Sally’s clients include businesses of all sizes from an online fashion start-up to one of the leading engineering brands in the world.  She also acts for franchisees and franchisors, from new franchise concepts to some of the largest franchise brands in the UK.

Recent examples of how Sally has helped clients include:

• helping a start-up business to launch an online fashion portal by drafting all relevant e-commerce terms and conditions;

• helping a logistics business to extend its market reach via the development of a new service by providing all supporting online and commercial documentation; and

• creating a consultancy agreement for an international franchise consultant who advises brand owners.

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Sheena Subherwal Patel

Associate
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Sheena Subherwal Patel

Associate

Sheena is an Associate in the Commercial team.

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Morgan Lewis

Solicitor
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Morgan Lewis

Solicitor

Morgan is a solicitor in the Commercial team.

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Cara Ward

Solicitor
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Cara Ward

Solicitor

Cara is a solicitor in the commercial team.