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John McKinlay

John McKinlay is very client-friendly, good to deal with and a very experienced tech commercial contracts lawyer.
Chambers UK 2022

John McKinlay is a commercial lawyer who advises multinational businesses and other organisations on negotiating commercial, outsourcing and technology contracts.

John advises clients in a range of industries, and regularly works with clients on projects across multiple jurisdictions.

John specialises in advising on outsourcing and procurement contracts, technology licensing, collaborations, cross-border transactions and joint ventures.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of ScotlandSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Advised a global pharmaceutical business on supply contracts across Europe for its COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Advised a number of UK and international financial services organisations on the outsourcing of business services and the procurement of IT systems.
  • Advised a leading global entertainments organisation on a wide range of commercial contracts, including IT supply, marketing, events, sponsorship and procurement contracts.
  • Advised a major UK brewer and pub company on a range of commercial contract matters.
  • Advised a leading food product manufacturer on commercial supply and distribution deals.
  • University of Edinburgh, LLB (Hons) First Class, 1993; Diploma in Legal Practice, 1994


  • "John McKinlay is "absolutely first class" because "he takes a pragmatic approach to matters, and is very approachable and very knowledgeable on the outsourcing of IT services." (Chambers and Partners UK 2017)
  • "John McKinlay is well respected by market sources for his skilled handling of commercial IP transactions." (Chambers and Partners UK 2017)
  • "John McKinlay is ‘easy to work with, commercial, and very bright." (Legal 500, UK 2016)


"Outsourcing: A Practical Guide," Globe Law and Business, September 2015

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's Technology Law and Practice Committee