Duncan R. Reid-Thomas

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Duncan is a partner in the IT/Commercial Department of Baker McKenzie’s London office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.

Duncan drafts, advises on and negotiates a wide range of commercial agreements including long term supply arrangements, agency and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements. His outsourcing experience includes advising on transactions for the pharmaceuticals and healthcare, financial services, FMCG and telecoms sectors. Duncan also assists clients in preparing terms of business and related documentation for new business processes and offerings. Duncan has spent extended periods of his career on secondment to clients in both the UK and continental Europe.

Duncan is ranked as a leading commercial contracts lawyer by both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising GSK on long term supply and distribution agreements.

  • Advising Servier on the EMEA distribution arrangements in connection with their purchase of a Shire oncology portfolio.

  • Advising Abbott, Shionogi, Biogen and ZimmerBiomet on a wide range of procurement and distribution matters.

  • Advising Medtronic on their accounts payable outsourcing to Accenture.

  • Advising CSL on the supply and distribution arrangements in connection with their acquisition of Novartis' influenza vaccine business.

  • Advising IQVIA on a number of technology procurement and data acquisition agreements.

  • Advising Prestige Brands on long term manufacturing and service agreements in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of OTC brands from GSK.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales - Member
  • City of London Law Society, Commercial Law Committee - Member


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1996)


  • Birmingham University (Master's Degree Social Sciences) (1991)
  • Oxford University (Hertford College) (B.A.) (1990)


  • English
Duncan regularly presents on outsourcing, distribution and agency and commercial law.