James Bird

James Bird

Commercial Services Partner

James has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in relation to commercial law and the sale and purchase of goods and services.

What others say about James

Clients describe James as “responsive, solutions driven and someone who likes to get the job done, with client's deadlines and objectives being met”.

Legal 500 says “on the commercial front, James Bird ‘leads by example’ on IT and IP agreements, providing a distinguished level of capability in respect of long-term supply contracts in the aerospace and engineering fields.”

Clients are from a broad spectrum of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, retail, logistics, automotive, consultancy and information technology. James typically advises in relation to the following:

  • Distribution, agency and franchising
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Data protection
  • E-commerce / trading on the Internet
  • Intellectual property
  • International supply agreements
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Outsourcing agreements and major projects
  • Procurement and supply chain issues
  • Software development, licensing and escrow agreements
  • Terms and conditions for the sale and supply of goods and services


  • Advising an engineering company in relation to the sale and supply of bespoke gearboxes in relation to a major infrastructure project.
  • Advising a logistics company in relation to a major distribution agreement with a supermarket chain.
  • Drafting standard conditions of sale and purchase for a variety of clients across various business sectors.
  • Advising an IT company on the provision of software and related services to a number of its clients.
  • Advising a telecommunications company in relation to the provision of network services to a media group.

And for something else…

James is married with a daughter and enjoys family days out, cycling, walking, watching football and when time allows, a good book.