Tom Purton is Head of the Commercial, IP and Technology Department at Travers Smith and ranked as one of the leading commercial lawyers in the UK by the legal directories. He has a broad-based commercial practice with particular emphasis on strategic alliances (including joint ventures) and commercial contracts (in particular, outsourcing and other supply agreements, franchise, brewing, agency, sponsorship and distribution agreements).
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What has been the single most significant development to impact your profession or area of business during your career, and why?
Technology – it has affected every aspect of the profession both in terms of how we work (communication, production of documents, research, speed of response) and in terms of what we, as lawyers, are no longer required to do. One small example – when I started as a trainee at Freshfields in 1988, my first job was to mark up a 120-page...