Declan is a Partner in the Commercial & Technology team. He’s highly experienced in advising national and global organisations regarding commercial contracts and regulatory compliance, as well as fast growth early-stage companies. He also supports clients with intellectual property transactions, data protection and competition law.

Clients praise Declan for defusing tense negotiations and focusing on what’s important.

Declan originally trained as a competition lawyer and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in EC Competition Law from King’s College London. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2010, he then focussed on a career as a commercial IP/IT solicitor.


  • Commercial contracts including sale and purchase agreements, agency, distribution and franchising
  • Software and Technology contracts
  • Commercialisation of intellectual property
  • Data protection
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Negotiating a perpetual software licence for a UK software developer with a US customer.
  • Negotiating the terms of an energy meter hardware supply agreements and accompanying SaaS contracts with national utility companies.
  • Delivering training to a global car manufacturer’s legal team and advising on standard terms for vehicle subscriptions.
  • Providing complex data protection advice to a medical device company relating to anonymising personal health data.
  • Advising a large Middle Eastern telecommunications company regarding GDPR compliance.
  • Acting for a Qatari serial franchisee operating in excess of one hundred food and beverage franchises in London and the Middle East.
  • Providing commercial and intellectual property advice for the purpose of the formation of a South East Asia Joint Venture company in the marketing industry.
  • Providing a general counsel type service to a UK premium spirit brand, including advising on international distribution agreements.


  • The Commercial Team is ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500.

  • Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year
    Wales Legal Awards 2020

Words from our clients

  • “The whole team at Acuity is solutions-focused and extremely collaborative. They provide sound, pragmatic advice that relates to our business. They always go the extra mile and are fast and responsive.”

    Chambers Rankings
  • “They are very thorough, stay within budget, simplify things and are very committed.”

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