Michael J Luckman Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1985 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Michael J Luckman

Michael Luckman is practice leader in the commercial, employment, pensions and projects group and he sits on the Gowling WLG UK Board.

His day job is running his group and delivering on his executive Board roles. This is a real privilege that constantly brings him into contact with talented, bright people and interesting and challenging issues. His aim is always to provide sound and fair judgment to the issues the business faces by applying the emotional intelligence that's needed to find answers that really work. He also values the opportunity to deepen his understanding of modern legal practice in an increasingly complex and international market. He genuinely loves working with the fantastic team of partners, lawyers and support staff in the firm. He believes that the lessons learnt in managing his own group and working on the Board have given him insights into his clients' outlooks and problems, helping him manage expectations and find solutions that work.

His other job is in IP law, where he advise on commercial transactions with an IP element, mainly in the life sciences, technology and brands sectors. He is frequently involved in large scale projects. He advised the UK government on the IP aspects of electricity privatisation, including setting and creating the IP policy that became the benchmark for the overall approach on IP. For the MoD, he advised on all IP aspects of the CVF carrier force project, creating a dynamic contractual structure that encouraged effective team work and balanced the interests of government and key industry participants. He has also recently advised a consortium bidder for decommissioning nuclear sites in the UK where he challenged an established structure to create a more balanced arrangement that drove innovation.


Leading negotiations over a major collaborative drug programme on behalf of a significant pharmaceutical client, involving complex issues of intellectual property, supply chain control, regulatory approval and terms of exit. The transaction was global, involving parties in Japan, Europe and the United States.

Providing strategic IP advice relating to contracts for the decommissioning of nuclear plants in the UK.

Providing strategic advice (IP and commercial) on the construction of two aircraft carriers for the MoD.

Establishing and negotiating the terms for the manufacture and supply of a new range of vehicles for a major luxury sports car brand.

Winding down a major financial services franchise network.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Head of Commercial, Employment, Pensions and Projects
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, practice leader
  • 2010

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, group leader
  • 2009

    • Education
      Harvard Business School - Professional Services Course
  • 2000

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1996

    • Career
      Edge Ellison, partner
  • 1989

    • Career
      Slaughter and May
  • 1985

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1983

    • Career
      Simmons & Simmons
    • Education
      UWE - College of Law Finals
  • 1979

    • Education
      University of Exeter LLB (Hons)
  • 1970

    • Education
      St Brendan's College, Bristol

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