We have a talented team of specialist lawyers at Teacher Stern who understand the detail of commercial contracts, technology, IP and data.

Teacher Stern’s commercial & technology lawyers are highly respected. The team advise large multinationals, public companies, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs across the full range of commercial matters that a business may encounter so whether you’re looking for guidance on a major strategic issue or simply a quick answer to a day-to-day matter, our commercial & technology team can provide the insight, knowledge and understanding that you need to make your deal a success.

Our team advise a wide spectrum of clients ranging from start-up companies, to financial institutions to national and international household names. We provide a full commercial contracts service to our clients and regularly advise on matters such as intellectual property, data protection and privacy, franchising, information technology, cloud, media, supply, distribution, agencies, as well as standard terms and conditions of sale and other general commercial contracts. As a result, our robust and upfront advice can help clients avoid engaging in expensive litigation down the line.

What we do

The areas covered by our commercial & technology practice include:

Our team advise on a range of commercial contracts including terms & conditions of sale or purchase, supply or distribution agreements, agency contracts, confidentiality agreements / NDAs. We take pride in providing practical and commercial orientated advice to our clients therefore helping them achieve their business objectives in an efficient and pragmatic way.

We regularly advise clients on matters including technology procurement, software development, licensing, web, e-commerce, escrow arrangements for source code, the impact of the use of open source software, systems integration, cloud deployment and migration.

We advise our clients on protecting, exploiting and enforcing their intellectual property rights. We represent and advise both public and private companies in IP licensing and exploitation transactions, many involving highly complex issues, cutting edge technologies, trademarks, brands and copyrighted works.

We regularly advise on data protection issues ranging from compliance, international data transfers, data storage, data use, online conduct and data security. Another focus is advising on the implications of Brexit on data protection law – EU GDPR vs UK GDPR – as well as handling data protection complaints, subject access requests and investigations by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Since many businesses expand via a franchising model, our clients consist of both franchisors and franchisees. Our clients are from sectors such as retail and restaurants, to leisure, entertainment and hotels. We advise on preparing or reviewing franchise agreements, rights and obligations, risks and liabilities, the ownership of intellectual property rights and data through to termination of the arrangements, and the overall sale of the franchise businesses.

We advise our media clients on a broad array of matters. Ranging from the negotiation of multi million pound sports, advertising and marketing contracts to matters such as protecting intellectual property rights and reputation protection. We also advise on matters relating to the use and development of new multimedia platforms, regulatory issues, licensing issues and much more.

As businesses outsource or procure key functions, our team advise clients on how to manage and set out the rights and obligations, as well as apportion the risks between them, including the use of service level agreements and service credits.

Meet the commercial & technology lawyers


‘The entire team were incredibly knowledgeable, experienced, commercially astute and always responsive. I believe that maintaining momentum throughout the transaction was a crucial part of the overall success and the entire Teacher Stern team always ensured we were well prepared and turned everything around in an expedient manner. The entire Teacher Stern team were superb, and I cannot recommend them enough.’

‘Frank Jennings has an in-depth knowledge of both our company and our industry and we have worked successfully with him for a number of years on a wide variety of IT related service and product contracts.’

‘Frank Jennings is extremely responsive in terms of managing the ongoing pipeline of work. Very efficient in his processing of output and billing, very transparent and articulate.’