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Corporate and commercial

Our experience advising universities on corporate, commercial and governance matters gives us a unique insight into the issues facing the higher education sector, such as charity law issues, regulatory matters (state aid and competition), funder requirements, QAA, UKBA and not-for-profit issues.

We advise on the full range of financing options, such as bond issues and income generation through alternative sources, including facilities, services and consultancy arrangements.

Our successful track record includes bringing enforcement actions against errant sponsors in relation to non-payment and IP infringement, as well as defending claims before the High Court for breach of public contracts regulations, and advising on compliant procurement processes and documentation.

With our vast experience in competition law (including state aid), clients regularly benefit from our insights and advice on OFT investigations and Competition Commission inquiries.

Our lawyers are specialists in every aspect of intellectual property (IP), advising clients on the supply, procurement and protection of IP, including software and website development, domain name disputes, licensing, spin out (including investments and corporate transactions) and data processing. We also provide training and support to help clients better commercialise their IP.