Meet Rachael Piggott, Hillyer McKeown Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)
I work with a range of businesses on a variety of commercial contract, regulatory and intellectual property (IP) matters. Clients include small to medium sized and owner managed companies to international PLCs. I have developed expertise and experience across various sectors, mainly oil and gas, manufacturing, engineering, IT and technology, and travel.
I am a commercial lawyer and joined the well established corporate and commercial law teams at Hillyer McKeown in December 2018. Before joining, I trained and worked in-house for over four years for a well-known manufacturer in the oil and gas industry, and subsequently for an Emirati service provider. My experience in-house has made me understand first-hand the importance of striking the balance between managing the legal risk and getting the deal done.
My commercial law, regulatory and IP expertise
My expertise covers all forms of commercial arrangements and contracts, regulatory and IP matters, including:
- Terms and conditions of sale and purchase (consumer and B2B).
- Supply of goods and services agreements.
- Distribution, agency and franchising agreements.
- Outsourcing arrangements.
- Confidentiality agreements (NDAs – Non-disclosure Agreements).
- Software licensing, development and maintenance.
- Website terms and conditions and privacy notices.
- Novation and assignment of contracts.
- Registering trade marks.
- Licensing and assignment of intellectual property rights.
- Data protection (GDPR).
- Modern slavery and Anti-bribery and corruption.
- Advertising laws.
Outside of work
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating good food and drinking nice wine. I like to travel, especially to Italy, and I also enjoy a trip back home to South Yorkshire.
What clients say
“I met Rachael at a workshop and found her presentation style informative and professional; I chatted about reviewing our terms and conditions. We were so delighted with the excellent work we then requested a review our existing subcontract agreement.
“We cannot praise Rachael enough and will most definitely not only engage the services of Hillyer McKeown, (in particular Rachael and Lauren) in the future but would recommend their services to my network of contacts.” Paul Hughes, MD, SHEQ Health and Safety Consultants Limited
“Rachael is very good and has a rare commercial awareness, a way of explaining the liability risk whilst demonstrating an understanding of the commercial issues involved. Kaye, Steve and Nick have all commented on her delivery on a range of recent reviews of guarantees, T&Cs, Incoterms (International language of trades), and Brexit.” David Roberts, MD, Polyroof
“I worked with Rachael on a complex licensing project, where the two parties came from very different backgrounds – one corporate and one family. Add the issue of a licensing agency, a lawyer based in New York and the ‘first time’ nature of the venture and the potential for complications was always there. Rachael’s advice was sound, calm, considered and, where needed, taken for consultation with her peers to ensure that we were getting the best possible advice. Always available and both professional and friendly, it was a pleasure to work together.
“An MD of one of the businesses added: without patience and tenacity, this project would have never reached completion. It did and Rachael certainly played her part.” Phil Lynas
“Rachael and the Hillyer McKeown team have been a major asset to the business, especially in helping us secure new work instructions. The professional and proactive support given has ensured our business risk is managed whilst engaging in new contracts with industry leaders.” Robert McWilliams, Technical Manager, AF Global