Claire Tonks is a Partner in Flint Bishop’s Commercial Contracts team.
Claire’s legal experience, which covers almost 17 years, includes every type of commercial legal contract you could need. From e-business, IT and software licensing agreements to standard terms and conditions, major outsourcing and framework agreements.
The majority of Claire’s legal work is split between two separate types of organisation.
The first type is private sector SMEs. Claire has worked with some of the most exciting businesses in the Midlands and helped them develop robust commercial contracts to meet their growth plans. The majority of the time I advise directors and business owners who really appreciate Claire’s pragmatic way of working. Claire’s clients tend to see her as an extension of their business rather than an external commercial contracts solicitor.
The second type of organisation Claire helps is the public sector; in particular the education sector. Claire has advised clients in the Education sector for many years in relation to contracts, intellectual property and procurement issues. Claire is known by her clients for her solution orientated, commercial approach and her dedication to understanding the operating environment of her clients.
On top of Claire’s professional interest in academics and education, Claire is a governor of Lichfield Cathedral School. Claire is currently helping the School to understand the legal aspects of its potential collaboration with another independent trust.
How can Claire help you?
- Agency agreements
- The Bribery Act
- Commercial contracts
- Distribution, IT and school contracts
- Intellectual property
Work HighlightsExample 1:
Claire advised a Further Education college on the legal aspects of its bespoke apprenticeship programme with a number of leading car manufactures. This included drafting and negotiating the apprenticeship services agreement and advising on the funding implications under the college’s main funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency.Example 2:
Claire advised a Further Education College on its collaboration with a Chinese University in the establishment of apprenticeships for the Chinese market. The legal advice Claire gave included drafting and negotiating the collaborative agreement.Example 3
Claire has advised ten Special Schools in Derbyshire on their soft federation collaboration, the first of its kind in Derbyshire.
"We have been using the commercial team at Flints for all our commercial contracts advice for years now and the service that David and Claire deliver is excellent. They are highly responsive, clear in their advice and always take a pragmatic and practical view on issues. Working with them on a fixed cost basis gives us the equivalent of a senior in-house team for a fraction of the cost of a single junior lawyer."
Glenn R. A. Martin, Group Financial Controller
"Claire acted for the Bath Business Improvement District on our Trade Waste Project.This project was new and innovative; but with this came sensitively, legal objections and challenges about procurement law. Claire skilfully navigated us through the whole process, preparing tenders, contracts and giving verbal guidance. Claire is professional, punctual, efficient and a pleasure to work with. I would strongly recommend her. The waste and recycling project that Claire was involved in establishing went on to receive a national industry award for innovation."
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, The Bath Business Improvement District
"Claire has been working with Zibrant for over 5 years and over this time has provided a thorough, reliable and professional service to a consistent high standard. One of the key factors in Claire’s ability to deliver has been her dedication to understanding our business, culture and vision as well as her ability to build relationships with key stakeholders, which in turn enables her to add a huge amount of value. Claire has a great balance of personality and professionalism which creates a comfortable environment when engaging with the Zibrant business, this has been really important for us to make the working relationship successful."
Fay Sharpe, Managing Director, Zibrant Ltd
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