Sam Tibbetts is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group in our Birmingham office. Sam's expertise covers a wide area of commercial contracts for the procurement and supply of goods and services (including manufacture, distribution and agency), collaboration agreements and agreements relating to data handling and security. Sam also has wide experience in assisting clients with their IT requirements, including the acquisition and implementation of core IT systems and assisting them with the development of their online presence.

    Sam has developed a good understanding of the requirements and challenges facing clients having spent time on secondments to the in-house commercial legal teams at ITV, E.ON, National Grid and Iron Mountain.

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    • Advising a major utility on the implementation of a new IT system for the balancing of electricity.
    • Advising a public authority on the implementation of replacement finance, revenue and benefits systems.
    • Advising a major fleet management and leasing company on the replacement of its WAN infrastructure and the implementation of an outsourced hosted solution.
    • Advising a national retailer on the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the hosting and maintenance of all of its back-office IT systems, including key finance systems.
    • Advising a national retailer with a wide range of agreements relating to the sourcing, manufacture and supply of jewellery to consumers (including sales online and via physical stores).
    • Advising several Premier League clubs and a major national venue owner with a range of agreements, including relating to hospitality, consumer promotions and ticketing.
    • Assisting a leading German supplier of pharmaceuticals in respect if its negotiations with an Irish manufacturer of veterinary products to act as its exclusive distributor in Germany.
    • Advising a leading vehicle manufacturer in relation to the preparation of its standard form international distribution agreement and the appointment of distributors in Australia and the Middle East.
    • Advising an international chemicals company in respect if its negotiations with an Asian manufacturer of chemicals to act as its exclusive distributor in a number of European countries.
    • Advising an international weather services company in respect of the delivery of weather services and digital content, including advising in respect of its negotiations for the development and pre-installation of applications on smart technology, including phones and connected TVs.
    • Advising leading private healthcare providers on the development and operation of a number of private patient units across London and the UK, including advising on a landmark joint venture with a London hospital for the establishment and operation of new multimillion-pound cancer treatment facilities.
    • Advising a leading debt servicing company on a range of agreements with major banks for the servicing and acquisition of consumer debts.
    • Advising a major utility on the preparation of bilateral and multilateral collaborative research and development agreements for use with private companies and academic institutions.
    • Advising on a collaboration agreement to carry out research and development in connection with the development of an intelligent surgical device, including advising on the terms of the collaboration agreement, drafting a materials transfer agreement and advising on the conditions of EU grant funding.


    • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., 2005
    • University of Bristol, LL.B., 2004


    • England and Wales, 2007
    • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer for IT and telecoms, The Legal 500 UK 2017
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