Michael Luckman

Helping clients to...

Create and structure technology, design and brand contacts that deliver on their business objectives.

Michael is practice leader in the Commercial & Projects Group and sits on the Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co board.


  • 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.

Michael's CV

Professional experience

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
2010 - 2014
Wragge & Co, group leader
2000 - 2010
Wragge & Co, partner
1996 - 1999
Edge Ellison, partner
1989 - 1995
Slaughter and May
1983 - 1988
Simmons & Simmons


Harvard Business School - Professional Services Course
UWE - College of Law Finals
1979 - 1982
University of Exeter LLB (Hons)
1970 - 1978
St Brendan's College, Bristol



More about Michael

My day job is running the Commercial & Projects Group and being an executive member of the Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co board. This is a real privilege that constantly brings me into contact with talented, bright people and interesting and challenging issues.

My aim is always to provide sound and fair judgment to the issues we face, applying the emotional intelligence that's needed to find answers that really work.

I value the opportunity to deepen my understanding of modern legal practice in an increasingly complex and international market. It's a genuine pleasure to work with the fantastic team of partners, lawyers and support staff we have.

My other job is in IP law, where I advise on commercial transactions with an IP element, mainly in the areas of life sciences, technology and brands. I've found that the strategic outlook I've developed through sitting as a board member provides an insight into the negotiation of transactions and the identification of key issues.


  • Advising the government on the IP aspects of electricity privatisation: setting and creating IP policy that became the benchmark for the overall approach on IP.
  • Advising MoD on all IP aspects of the CVF carrier force project: working to create a dynamic contractual structure that encouraged effective team work.
  • Advising a consortium bidder for decommissioning nuclear sites in the UK: challenging an established structure to create a more balanced arrangement that drives innovation.


Life science, technology, brand led and businesses, franchises, food, retail and automotive.

Outside work...

I enjoy fishing, reading, and skiing.

"My aim is always to provide sound and fair judgment to the issues we face, applying the emotional intelligence that's needed to find answers that really work."