Commercial Matters

Universities and colleges are increasingly focused on ensuring they get best value out of their commercial arrangements as the push for savings through efficiencies continues.

Effective procurement, good contract drafting, and proper control of risk in more complex contracts such as outsourcing are key.

The identification, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights are also a significant part of a university or college’s differentiator. Most institutions want to seek a balance between rigorously enforcing their own rights and taking a more collaborative approach to stimulate partnerships with other institutions and industry. We assist institutions in striking this balance.

At Shakespeare Martineau we advise on the full spectrum of commercial matters including

Commercialisation of research through spin-out companies or licensing;

EU purchasing and procurement;

Streamlining and improving contracting arrangements.

The identification, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights;

The implications for research of big data and open access;

UK and international partnerships, collaborations and ventures for teaching and research.

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Latest Education News

20 July 2018
The new Office for Students (OfS), legally came into force in January 2018. Under this new regulator whistleblowing in UK higher education is set to change, and quite rightly offers employees who are thinking of speaking out an extra source of support. read

18 September 2017
Google hit the headlines again last week for all the wrong reasons with a lawsuit filed on behalf of all women employed by the company in California over the last four years. read

03 July 2017
This essay collection, produced by Shakespeare Martineau and Wonkhe, untangles strands from this web of connections to help understand better how these roles manifest. read

Meet the Team

We’re passionate about providing the right solutions and driven to make a positive difference in everything we do.

"This is exactly why we like to work with people who understand the industry and can identify potential issues and create solutions."

Jon Saltinstall, Senior HealthCare Banking Consultant, Lloyds Bank