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Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘among the very best; quick to respond and good value for money, the service is very good not only from the partners, but also from the associates’. Clients are quick to praise David Mardle for private equity matters and national head of life sciences Malcolm Bates, who has ‘excellent knowledge of the life sciences business and the needs of his clients’. The firm operates the Synapse online portal, a dedicated service focused on keeping life sciences sector clients updated with developments across the industry. Mardle advised drug and vaccine development company Kymab on a $100m Series C financing led by ORI Healthcare Fund. Bates advised Kymab on a collaboration and cross-finance agreement with China-based EpimAb BioTherapeutics Inc. to develop antibody technology. The Cambridge-based team also acted for publicly listed French biotech company TxCell on a licensing agreement with the European research institute at Ospedale San Raffaele to develop chimeric antigen receptor engineered regulatory T cell therapy products for the treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. IP and regulatory expert Tim Worden is also recommended. Gene and cell therapy company Oxford BioMedica and cancer genomics company Inivata are also clients.

Clients note the ‘excellent service at reasonable rates’ from the team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which provides the full range of commercial, regulatory and IP advice to the biotechnology sector. Life sciences expert and head of intellectual property Alasdair Poore leads the team. Corporate partner Stephen Hamilton advised Mercia Technologies on the AIM listing of its portfolio company Concepta Diagnostics, which develops products for the personalised mobile health market. Finance specialist Zickie Lim assisted IQ Capital with funding for its £5m investment in University of Cambridge spinout Fluid Analytics, which is active in the field of protein characterisation. Also recommended are corporate partner Anthony McGurk, litigator Graeme Menzies and Kevin Calder, who handles commercial contracts for biotechnology businesses. Isabel Napper retired. The firm’s other clients include BUPA, the University of Cambridge, Bayer Crop Science and AstraZeneca.

intellectual property boutique Marks & Clerk Solicitors has specialist knowledge of the biotechnology sector. Its diverse client base includes start-up life sciences companies, spinouts from the University of Cambridge and multinational enterprises. Managing associate and corporate team head Simon Portman advises local businesses as well as national and international companies with interests in East Anglia. He acted for IOmet Pharma, which focuses on the development of small molecules that disrupt transporters and enzymes in tumour cells, on its negotiations with licensees and investors. He also advised Psyomics on the licensing of IP for the use of diagnostics to prevent and treat neuropsychiatric disorders.

Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘particularly strong in biotech and technology, which is a real differentiator in the market’, says one client. The team is ‘punctual, responsive, committed, focused and commercial in its approach, always providing a depth of technical expertise’. ‘Professional, yet approachable’ corporate partner Ross McNaughtonprovides fantastic client service’. Senior associate Rachel Bradley is recommended for commercial IP and life sciences matters. She advised on an out-licence agreement of patented technology from a large biotech company and advised a pharmaceutical company on clinical collaboration agreements.


IT and telecoms

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a team of expert IT and corporate lawyers that acts for established and fast-growth businesses around the technology cluster of Cambridge, as well as national financial institutions and corporates such as the John Lewis Partnership. Transactional technology lawyer and team head Simon Crossley acted for a global bank on its market data licensing arrangement with Thomson Reuters. Crossley and principal associate Michael Loffler, who is part of the company commercial team and specialises in IT and outsourcing, advised National Grid on setting up a new smart meter business. They also assisted global sustainability data reporting services provider Cr360 with a major strategic customer agreement. Other highlights included advising a global bank on the procurement of networks and communications services from BT, and assisting a multinational industrial company with a US parent on procedures for secure intra-group data transfer. Liz Fitzsimons is one of the UK’s leading practitioners for data privacy matters and jointly leads the firm’s global privacy team. IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi (who ‘always seeks to maximise his client’s advantage’) is also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s IT practice is handling a growing workload for central government agencies such as Defra and the Department of Education, in addition to acting on landmark NHS technology projects. The firm also provides advice to established and fast-growth technology businesses based in Cambridge and handles strategic project work for regulatory bodies and charities. Firm-wide head of technology and life sciences, Kevin Calderhas a very strong background in procurement law and always goes the extra mile to help’. Clients also remark that IT and data protection specialist Peter Wainmanprovides excellent advice, often at short notice, on complex technology contracts’. Wainman and principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones are among the lawyers who regularly advise multinational semiconductor and software design company ARM. In one recent matter they helped the company to negotiate IT contracts with key suppliers including NetApp and SAP. Calder, Wainman and Burton-Jones advised the Department of Health (DoH) on the procurement of technologies to deliver its Future Operating Model programme. Principal associate and senior health technology lawyer Sean Earnshaw also regularly works with the DoH. Head of IP Alasdair Poore is also recommended.

Taylor Vinters has a strong focus on innovative and entrepreneurial clients, which has seen it grow an enviable client base of fast-growth and multinational technology companies based around Cambridge. IP specialist Patrick Farrant leads the firm’s multidisciplinary technology group, in which Tom McGuire is regarded as one of the region’s most experienced IT specialists. He handles technology licensing deals for multinationals such as Google and Microsoft. Senior associate and rising star Chris Keen advised high-growth technology business Featurespace on the drafting of a major licensing agreement with global payments company TSYS and a $9m fundraising initiative led by venture capital firm TTV Capital. Keen also acted for Funderbeam on its attempt to build a stock exchange for start-ups based on blockchain technology and on a $2.6m fundraising initiative led by Draper Associates, Thomson Reuters and IQ Capital. Senior associate and software licensing specialist Alison Smith is also recommended. The firm’s other clients include Audio Analytic, which develops audio detection systems, and genome-based diagnostic technology developer Congenica. Rhys Williams left for an in-house role as general counsel at Optima.

Birketts LLP’s ‘very highly rated’ practice ‘gets things done when it says they will be done’, according to clients who praise the firm’s ‘breadth of knowledge, pragmatic advice and willingness to put across its client’s points in negotiation’. The firm handles complex IT transactions for UK and international businesses ranging from start-ups to multinationals. Head of team Quentin Golder is ‘very approachable and good at explaining the consequences – he really delivers’. Golder advised internal security software provider BullGuard Limited on software development and licensing agreements, website terms and conditions, data protection and distribution contracts. He also acted for utility meter and cloud-based billing services company Ista Energy Services on customer service agreements. Associate Kitty Rosser assisted CRM system provider Time for Advice on new arrangements with customers to handle its new modular technology solution.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is ‘very responsive and has a good level of knowledge and experience, particularly in software licensing’. The team ‘actively takes the legal lead, putting forward firm professional positions that clients can use’. Duncan Walker and senior solicitor Mark Williams are ‘very knowledgeable and respond to tight deadlines’, and corporate partner David Woodsprovides good advice that is fit for purpose, as well as quick turnaround times’. Highlights included acting for the sellers of auction house software provider Pacts Auction Systems on its disposal to US company Bidpath, and acting for Green City ICT Holding Limited as the buyer of Quest Cloud Solution Limited. Woods and solicitor Ollie Flowers also advised German software company protelhotel on its strategic investment in a UK business.

Hewitsons is known for the high quality of its IT-related advice and has a client base that includes Microsoft Corporation and other household names in the technology sector. Bill Thatcher is ‘extremely diligent, cool-headed and clear thinking; his well-reasoned, considered advice is always of the highest quality’. One client notes that ‘he has the rare and uncanny ability to clarify the complex and has an impressive grasp of clients’ businesses’. Head of technology Andrew Priest is highly experienced in IT outsourcing and technology licensing deals. European Molecular Biology Laboratory and The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation are all clients of the firm. Recent highlights include advising a US-headquartered global company on research and development collaborations involving complex IT and IP issues.


Intellectual property

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘efficient and proactive, providing great quality of work that is really appreciated’. The Cambridge office plays a pivotal role in the firm’s national practice, which offers commercial and contentious IP services to UK and international companies. The team is ‘excellent; really intelligent and careful in its consideration of all procedural and substantive aspects of a case’. Adrian Toutoungi, who leads the Cambridge team is ‘an intelligent and experienced litigator who is always thinking five steps ahead at all stages of litigation’. ‘Proactive and business-oriented’ head of life sciences Simon Crossley is also recommended. Toutoungi represented the UK Intellectual Property Office in a high-profile trial concerning trade mark infringement and passing off claims that resulted in an award of £500,000 in compensation and an injunction. The firm is now pursuing enforcement actions. Toutoungi also advised Raisio Group on the drafting and negotiation of a licence under the Honey Monster brand. The firm also counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals and China National Nuclear Corporation among its clients.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s team is ‘very responsive, thorough and thoughtful, and it understands the business aspects of any legal strategy’. Clients note that ‘the fees are reasonable for the high level of experience and service the firm provides’, and rate it for its ‘superior professional yet business-savvy approach’. The ‘incredibly intelligent and diligentAlasdair Poore, who leads the IP team, is a registered trade mark and design attorney and ‘has in-depth knowledge of the law and incredible insight into patents and product design’. Principal associates Richard Plaistowe (who ‘has a deep understanding of patent law’) and Nicola Hanglin are also recommended. Poore advised Indian government organisation APEDA, which represents the interests of food exporters, on registering a restriction on the name Basmati to describe only rice that meets specific technical and geographical origin criteria. Claire O’Brien’s highlights included a High Court action for Jaguar Land Rover to prevent sale of replica wheels bearing its registered JLR trade mark. She ultimately secured a permanent injunction, delivery up, damages and costs.

Patrick Farrant at Taylor Vinters is one of the region’s leading lights in IP law and leads the firm’s multidisciplinary technology group. Newly promoted Louisa Dixon leads the firm’s brand protection practice. Senior counsel David Rainford handles the commercialisation of IP assets and the enforcement of IP rights for companies in the software, telecommunications, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Senior associate Chris Keen is a rising star and advises start-up and emerging technology companies on IP matters. Farrant, Rainford and Keen acted for Storm Therapeutics, which raised £12m from a syndicate to pursue work on the identification of small molecules that target RNA-modifying enzymes as the basis for new cancer therapies. Dixon advised tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Group on EU trade mark clearance and registration matters, and assisted Adventure Forest Limited, which operates under the Go Ape! brand, with the management of its international trade mark portfolio. The firm also counts members-only travel club Secret Escapes, Merz Pharma and Atlas Genetics among its clients.

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘extremely good, quick to respond and has very good industry knowledge’. The Cambridge team plays a key role in the firm’s international practice; key figures in Cambrodge includes IP and regulatory specialist Tim Worden, who ‘understands the need to be proactive, takes the initiative and provides high-quality output over a sustained period’, and head of life sciences Malcolm Bates. The firm advised listed French biotechnology company TxCell on a licensing agreement with research institute Ospedale San Raffaele to enable a collaboration for the development of therapy products for the treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, which involved an option for an exclusive licence under certain Ospedale San Raffaele patents. Bates advised drug and vaccine developer Kymab on a cross-licence agreement with a Chinese company. Other highlights included advising cell and gene therapy company Oxford BioMedica on a strategic alliance agreement that involves a licence for Orchard Therapeutics to use its lentiviral vector gene therapy manufacturing technology to create treatments for rare immune deficiency disorders.

Birketts LLP is ‘a very professional firm that punches well above its weight’. The firm primarily acts for regional clients, although its roster of international clients is growing, as illustrated by its handling of UK and EU trade mark matters for New Zealand winemaker Villa Maria Estate. The team, led by litigator Matthew Atkins, has standout practitioners in trade mark attorney Katherine Shadbolt (who ‘balances commercial objectives with legal requirements’) and senior associate Nellie Jackson (who ‘provides very commercial and practical advice’). The team manages the trade mark portfolio of global group Elektron Technology.

Hewitsonsprovides a very good level of service’ to both small businesses and multinationals. ‘Responses are timely, the advice is solid and reasoned, and the firm has a detailed understanding of clients’ business.’ The ‘extremely diligent, cool-headed and deep-thinkingBill Thatcher provides ‘advice of the highest quality – well reasoned and carefully considered’. Litigator Mark Elmslieprovides pragmatic advice; he is a good communicator who tells it as it is’. Head of technology Andrew Priest is also recommended. Elmslie advised the British Institute of Interior Design on branding and design registration, and assisted Invivoscribe Technologies with retrospective patent actions against infringements of its gene technology patents.

Marks & Clerk Solicitors is a highly regarded specialist IP firm with 30 dedicated specialists spread across its offices in London and Cambridge. The Cambridge office is led by managing associate Simon Portman and acts for small start-ups, prestigious universities and large multinationals across a diverse range of industry sectors. Portman advised IOmet Pharma, which develops novel treatments to combat cancer cells, on three-way IP and chemistry review agreements with potential licensees and investors. He also acted for Bactest Limited, which commercialises IP based on its CYTOMAIA technology platform, on licensing matters for the embedded software in its sludge monitoring system.

Stobbs IP is ‘excellent, always quick to respond to queries’, and provides ‘fantastic business acumen and significant knowledge of trade mark law’. Its client base includes household names such as O2 Holdings, for which it manages its global IP portfolio and handles trade mark infringement disputes, and Virgin Enterprises. The team also acts for publishing and events company Wilmington Plc, and audio equipment manufacturer Monster Inc. Julius Stobbs and his team ‘provide excellent client care and work hard to make sure the advice is as clear and comprehensive as possible’. Senior trade mark attorney Geoff Weller delivers ‘clear, practical and commercial advice’.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has particular knowledge of IP matters governing the media industry, with emphasis on the magazine and online publishing sectors, and is increasingly working for technology companies through its Cambridge office. The team comprises corporate partner David Woods, technology M&A partner Duncan Walker and litigator Huw Wallis, who are supported by a strong team of associates. Highlights included successfully representing a financial management company in a dispute concerning a registered company name, and Adele Whaley’s advice to a company alleging infringement of its trade marks by an online search engine. Jamie McConnell is recommended for contentious matters.

Leathes Prior has grown its IP practice with the hire of two junior solicitors, further strengthening its contentious and advisory capability for technology and franchising clients. Head of commercial litigation Mike Barlow leads the practice, which features head of commercial Peter Sheppard and consultant Jonathan Chadd, both of whom handle IP matters for numerous clients of the firm’s busy franchising practice. Sheppard advised Samurai International Holdings on the management of its trade mark portfolio, which included registrations in New Zealand and South Africa. The firm also acted for Atlas Mapping on the licensing of its mapping software.

Steeles Law attracts praise for its ‘sound and up-to-date advice’. Corporate partner Richard Bailey leads a team with niche expertise acting for clients in hi-tech engineering sectors such as cycling and motorsport. Nigel Lubbock and litigator Tom Bailey are also recommended. The team advised a client on exploiting innovative technology developed for a high-profile sport after its success at the last Olympic Games. Another highlight saw the dispute resolution team defend a client of the Greeting Card Association against misuse of its intellectual property rights. Lindsey Crockett took an in-house role at Gardline Shipping.


Media and entertainment

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Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s busy corporate practice handles acquisitions and disposals of companies with significant media assets. It also has expertise in e-commerce, data protection, employment, defamation law and pre-publication advice. Corporate lawyer Alastair Gunn and e-commerce expert David Woods are the key contacts; Woods advised a publishing house on the sale of a magazine title, and Gunn advised a media company on due diligence ahead of its multimillion-pound sale. Associate Adele Whaley, who is recommended for contentious matters, acted for a publishing company in a contractual dispute with a supplier. Through the firm’s ties with Australian law firm Kemp Strang, it has brought to its Cambridge office Douglas Linnette, who is advising UK clients on extending their brands into the Australian market.

Niche intellectual property practice Stobbs IPgoes above and beyond to advise clients on both simple and complex matters; no problem ever seems too difficult and the team works very hard to help’. The ‘thoughtful and proactive team is a pleasure to work with’, according to clients. Key figues include Julius Stobbs, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and senior trade mark attorney Harpreet Dhaliwal, who ‘have a meticulous eye for detail and make sure clients have the full picture; they work hard to plan strategy in advance so clients are never rushed to make a final decision close to the deadline’. Highlights included managing the global trade mark portfolios of US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and independent publishing house Faber & Faber. Sleep also handles brand management for the estate of Fred Astaire.


Sport

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The sports practice at Leathes Prior extends beyond the firm’s regional presence and offers a national service through its Full Contact online portal. The team, led by head of employment Dan Chapman, is extremely busy in both football and motorsport matters. Chapman is an FA registered intermediary and plays a key role in the football agency division of the practice, which is led by ex-professional footballer and former FIFA-licensed agent Lee Payne. Payne recently handled the transfer of Irish international Andy Boyle to Preston North End. Barry Mears is head of motorsport and advised driver Seb Morris on a contract to race in British GT and sponsorship deals with brands such as Stobart and Saxon Air. He also acted for Katie Milner in a challenge before the Motor Sports Association National Court after her disqualification in a race, which denied her the Junior Saloon Car Champion title. The disqualification was overturned and Milner was reinstated as champion. Mears also advises the McLaren GT team on commercial and sporting matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘very good lawyers at the senior end and some capable and keen juniors’. The national team, which is ‘approachable, commercial and very good on regulatory matters’, is led from Manchester but has strong input from the Cambridge office. Partner Chris Belcher advises many athletes on tax, trust and estate matters. He is part of the team that assists international footballers including Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta on commercial endorsements, image rights and tax. Principal associate Richard Plaistowe is a key part of the firm’s commercial, intellectual property and technology teams and advises athletes and sports bodies on image rights, endorsement agreements and trade mark protection. He helped the Tour of Cambridge road race to secure the affiliation necessary to ensure that winners of the event could compete at the World Finals.

Steeles Law has a strong presence in cycling, motorsport and sailing, where its in-depth knowledge of corporate and employment matters is greatly valued. Corporate partner Nigel Lubbock acted for a supplier of parts to Formula 1 and World Rally teams on the establishment of a distribution network for the sale of its products. He also led a team, which included employment partner Oliver Brabbins and litigator Tom Bailey, advising a longstanding client that supplied technology to a prominent British Olympic team on trading restraints, employment covenants, IP rights and technology development. Rising star Robert Hickford advised a client on restrictive covenants on leaving a high-profile motorsport team.


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