Peter Rawlinson – Commercial Contract Law Expert

Specialist in Commercial Contracts Intellectual Property and IT Telecoms & Digital

Peter qualified as a solicitor with DLA in 1996 and enjoyed three further years post qualification in DLA’s company and commercial property departments in Leeds and Sheffield, before being headhunted to Gordons in Leeds to build their IT/IP and e-commerce department.

Peter continued to develop the client base and his reputation in this sector and was headhunted to join Wake Smith’s corporate team in 2000 to help develop their IT/IP department and was made Partner in 2007.

Recognised by the Legal 500 for the Yorkshire and Humber region as a specialist in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector “The highly regarded Peter Rawlinson ‘know[s] how to match legal requirements with business practicality”’.

With the rise of e-commerce, Peter has also advised a number of national companies on their strategies in brand development, risk management and contract development. Work tends to revolve around terms and conditions, software contracts, web and hosting development agreements, IP licensing, trade marks, e-learning projects, data protection management advice and e-commerce regulations.

In addition, Peter advises in relation to general business law issues and assists executive teams and owner managers to determine their legal requirements and help manage their risk management strategies. Peter provides in-house seminars and workshops to help clients manage their purchasing and sales departments in managing contracts and avoid risk.

Peter continues to develop his client base and is always available for an initial free consultation to explore matters in hand and the likely costs involved.


Not only has Peter built his reputation in the IT and media sector but also regularly advises clients in connection with commercial contracts in manufacturing, health, insurance and outsourcing.

Peter has worked with a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies through to leading UK games developers, web and
social media application service providers. Clients have also included a leading UK health cash plan provider (10 years advice) dealing with insurance contracts, consumer credit and financial regulatory issues.




When not advising clients, Peter is a real ale enthusiast and co-owns The Sheffield Brewery Company (always available for corporate and social party bookings!), enjoys a bit of golf, light entertainment as a Mighty Miller, the odd crash course in mountain biking and keeps busy with his family.

Contact Details Peter Rawlinson
  • Email [email protected]
  • Office 0845 257 9449
  • Mobile 07899 906476
  • Skype
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