Our interaction and relationships with other businesses or organisations are the life-blood of a successful venture - whether we’re selling to or buying from each other, creating and developing new ideas together or being regulated by an external body. All of these relationships need managing in a practical and solutions-driven way to ensure your business achieves the right outcomes from them. Shulmans can work alongside you to realise those aims.

Commercial Contracts

The team is very experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide variety of commercial agreements, ranging from standard trading terms and conditions to high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional contracts.

Significant changes to the law on consumer rights require a very specific approach if you sell any of your goods or services or make digital content available to consumers, and it can be easy to trip up on a technicality in this area. Our team can provide the appropriate style of consumer-friendly drafting as well as guide you through the steps necessary to make your contract process compliant with these consumer laws.

Whether you are contracting with consumers or other businesses, we can also provide ongoing support and bespoke guidance and training to you and your employees. This will enable you to manage your key business relationships (with both suppliers and customers) in the most efficient way.


The team has in-depth experience in project managing the legal input required on IT projects including outsourcing engagements, development collaborations and e-commerce trading.

We also have specific expertise in relation to systems security, managing cyber risks and disaster recovery management from an IT perspective, which includes providing hands-on training and compliance input to re-engineer processes and procedures to both protect the provider business and reassure the end-user customer.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Environmental legislation has developed significantly and impacts to a greater or lesser extent on all businesses.  We provide support in the event that the Environment Agency or local authority instigates investigations and can help you stay ahead in this rapidly changing landscape.  For example, we can advise on the regimes applying to the management of waste and end of life vehicles. The team can also advise on the allocation of risk for historic environmental contamination when buying or leasing properties or acquiring other businesses.

We also have extensive experience of health and safety, both in terms of advising on investigations by the Health and Safety Executive as well as on what the law requires and the meaning and status of guidance notes.

Data Protection & Privacy 

Data is a key asset of the majority of businesses, particularly in the service sector, so management of risk and compliance is a business-critical function. In this ever-changing area of compliance, we can conduct audits, provide training and ensure that your documents and processes reflect the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

We also have the necessary experience to deal with global data transfers, the outsourcing of information handling services and the impact of data protection on client or customer-facing documentation.

Intellectual Property

IP is vital to a business, and we work with our clients to help them identify, secure, protect, and commercially exploit their rights, both in the UK and internationally. Helping businesses to manage their IP rights is often about managing risk, so we advise our clients on how to minimise their exposure as well as maximising their revenue from IP.

Our Clients and Sectors

Our team advises all types of commercial organisations (from SMEs to listed companies and organisations with a global presence). We also have significant sector-focussed experience in the following areas:

  • Chemicals, manufacturing and waste;
  • IT and technology;
  • Creative and digital media;
  • Financial services;
  • Food and drink;
  • Health and social care;
  • Recruitment; and
  • Transport, distribution and logistics.

Our commercial and corporate practice has been recognised as "excellent and upstanding" in the Legal 500 directory.

Our team

Emma Roe


Head of Commercial

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2817

Mark Lumley


Commercial & IT

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7727

Rob Lucas


Intellectual Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8941

Lyn Dario


Environmental & Regulatory

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779

Helen Goldthorpe


Commercial & IT

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2829

Ryan Adams


Commercial & Sports Law

Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3921