Gavin trained as a barrister before becoming an in-house counsel at Provident Mutual Life Assurance Association (now part of Aviva plc). In 1996 he became the sole Legal Counsel of Dun & Bradstreet Ltd, before moving to Capgemini UK plc, where he became General Counsel in 2000. He joined Technology Law Alliance as a Director in 2003.
Gavin advises technology suppliers and users on the entire range of technology and outsourcing-related contracts and has been involved in some of the largest outsourcing projects of recent years. As a former General Counsel he has experience of leading a team of lawyers and advising at board level on key transactions.
Examples of Gavin's recent work include:
- acting for an international IT supplier on the major re-negotiation of a public sector subcontract with a Tier 1 IT and outsourcing supplier.
- advising on a multi-million pound offshore back office and technology services bid involving a leading UK energy provider. The bid required close liaison with risk management function to ensure that a competitive legal negotiation position was taken and that commercial and delivery risks were understood and managed effectively during the restricted bid process.
- advising a major motor manufacturer on the procurement of technology services from a multinational outsourcing supplier. Gavin assisted their procurement team in concluding the contract, with particular focus on challenging transition matters and service level requirements.
Gavin Wakefield has in-house counsel experience at one of the world's leading IT services suppliers, and so has experience of all sides of transactions in the area, which is hard to match. He receives excellent praise for his outsourcing practice, with one source stating that he is "accessible, easy to deal with and truly personable - a leading light within his organisation."
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