Outsourcing & Procurement

In today’s post recessionary economy, the pressure on businesses and public bodies to spend wisely is greater than ever. That pressure has brought with it a surge in both outsourcing and public procurement as businesses seek to cut costs and boost margins while public bodies grapple for control over their spending.

At Teacher Stern, we have an experienced team that can advise businesses and public bodies alike in relation to their outsourcing and procurement needs. The combined experience of our team spans a number of major industry sectors including Information Technology, Transport, Healthcare and Construction – to name a few. This wide experience enables us to provide our clients with tailored industry specific advice as well as strategic advice.

In relation to procurement our commercial lawyers regularly advise clients in the private sector on bidding for public or utility contracts as well as in relation to the submission of tenders and reviewing responses to tender. We also advise on a range of outsourcing matters including the negotiation of outsourcing agreements and drafting related service specifications.

When it comes to procurement in the construction industry, our commercial lawyers work closely with colleagues in our construction team and employment team to ensure we provide industry specific advice.

Representative Outsourcing & Procurement Work

Examples of our team’s outsourcing & procurement work include:

  • Advised a telecom company on its outsourcing of certain backroom services including IT support and human resources.
  • Advised an NHS trust on its procurement of pharmaceutical services.
  • Advised a major UK public transport provider on its tender response relating to the provision of passenger transport services to a major London airport.
  • Advised a digital services company on its response to tender relating to the provision of on-screen graphics to a major broadcasting organisation, and subsequently advised on the related services agreement.
  • Advised a technology service company on its tender response to re-fit a television network studio.
  • Advised a waste management company on its response to tender for the provision of waste collection services to a local authority.
  • Advised a media company on the outsourcing to it by a national broadcaster of certain elements of the broadcaster’s business.
  • Advised the operating entity of a UK airport in relation to the outsourcing of key IT security functions and services to a third party service provider.

Key contacts:

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Martine Nathan

Partner Corporate and Commercial
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2362


Martine acts and advises in relation to all aspects of corporate and commercial work. She heads our Technology and Communications Group and is also a certified data protection practitioner.

Martine is ranked as an expert in the Legal 500 and praised as being “acutely commercial”.

Martine specialises in non-contentious information technology / intellectual property work with an emphasis on e-commerce (especially online gaming), emerging technologies, payment and media/data platforms.  Martine has provided legal advice (both as commercial counsel and on transactional work) to very many entities within the on-line gaming services sector. A number of these clients engage Teacher Stern on a ‘retained’ basis and as such we undertake their complex commercial negotiations, acting as their “in-house” counsel.

Martine also provides data protection advice, acts on the sale and purchase of private companies, structures shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, advises on software contracts, and related services, outsourcing, shared service arrangements, data services, reorganisations and all complex commercial negotiations.

Further examples of work for Teacher Stern includes:

· acting for the founders and management on the sale of the Genius Sports Group (a global leader in sports data technology) to funds advised by Apax Partners (private equity);

· advising Brambles plc (Australian listed entity) on its acquisition of Airworld Containers Limited;

· leading (for a fully listed plc) its European legal team on its acquisition of a group of pan European companies;

· advising a sports data entity on the sale of its Asian operations;

· buying and selling telecom channel and energy resale partners and structuring resell business models;

· negotiating the transfer of a media delivery platform and business asset purchase;

· acting for Recall Limited on its acquisition of C21 Data Management Services (Scotland);

· acting for a booking platform company in raising private equity monies and documenting investment terms;

· selling a chain of health clubs;

· acting on the global procurement of financial software to international banks;

· advising the selling shareholders of the Made Simple Group (business products and services for  start ups and small companies) to Moneypenny Limited;

· acting for Corona Corporate Solutions Limited (print/copy and digital solutions) in connection with its acquisition programme including the acquisitions of Copylogic Limited, Bureautech Limited and CBE Solutions Limited;

· advising Eyecon Alderney Limited (online gaming slots software) on its  commercial negotiations with gaming operators and acting for its shareholders on their sale to Playtech plc;

· advising technology providers and licensees on all agreements ancillary to technology; evaluation agreements, maintenance and support arrangements, acceptance test procedures, integration, escrow arrangements, service level agreements (and credits for breach) and hosting; and

· providing data protection mapping, audits and GDPR compliance reviews, including training to clients.

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