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Kevin Calder’s team at Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘well-balanced advice on complex procurement issues’. Life sciences expert Alasdair Poore, corporate partner Anthony McGurk, litigator Graeme Menzies and funding specialist Zickie Lim who advised Mercia Investments on investments totalling £48.4m, are all recommended.

Standout individuals at European technology powerhouse Taylor Wessing LLP include national head of life sciences Malcolm Bates, regulatory expert Tim Worden, and David Mardle, who acted alongside Bates for shareholders of Prosonix on a £100m equity sale.

At intellectual property boutique Marks & Clerk Solicitors, associate Simon Portman advised IOMet Pharma on negotiations with prospective licensees and investors culminating in its £400m sale to Merck.

Senior associate and IP specialist David Rainford at Taylor Vinters is highly regarded for his work for high-growth and established biotechnology companies based in Cambridge.

IT and telecoms

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Eversheds LLP fields 11 dedicated technology lawyers in Cambridge, who advise regional, national and international clients. Team head Simon Crossley advised HSBC Bank on a global market data framework deal with Thomson Reuters. Newly promoted Liz Fitzsimons is ‘one of the country’s leading privacy practitioners’. Associate Michael Loffler is one to watch.

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘the best, and very knowledgeable on technology contracts’. Team head Kevin Calderprovides clear and accessible advice’. Peter Wainman (who provides ‘measured, clear and articulate’ advice) acted for the Environment Agency on its £270m strategic IT programme. Alasdair Poore and senior associate Sophie Burton-Jones are also recommended.

At Taylor Vinters, ‘first-class lawyer’ Tom McGuire advises machine learning technology company Featurespace on day-to-day matters. Rhys Williams, senior associate Peter Lee (who is singled out for his ‘excellent understanding of practical issues’) and associate Alison Smith (who stands out for her ‘calm, assured and efficient advice and excellent understanding of the software industry’) are also recommended.

Birketts LLP’s Quentin Golder advises internet security software company BullGuard Ltd on all legal matters including OEM agreements and distribution contracts. Mark Gipson, who advised Quotatis Ltd on SaaS contracts and app-based solutions, and associate Kitty Rosser are also recommended.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s Duncan Walker advised selling shareholders on the multimillion-pound merger of destination website developers NVG and Never Mind. Corporate partner David Woods is also recommended.

Hewitsons hired Andrew Priest from Memery Crystal LLP to lead its technology team. Bill Thatcher advised a major US IT company on research and development collaborations. Simon Biggin acts in contentious IT matters.

Intellectual property

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Eversheds LLP’s ‘highly commendable’ national IP practice includes Adrian Toutoungi in Cambridge, who ‘provides sound advice with great patience’ and won at trial for the UK Intellectual Property Office in trade mark infringement and passing off-proceedings. In another highlight Toutoungi and Simon Crossley (also based in Cambridge) advised Cell Therapy Catapult on a £20m joint venture.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a ‘highly trusted’ team that provides ‘outstanding advice’. The ‘good-humoured, reliableAlasdair Poore and Peter Wainman are singled out for their ‘practicality and ability to think out of the box’. Poore defended Document Management Solutions against a £1.4m patent infringement claim. Kevin Calder, Greg Gibson and consultant Isabel Napper are also recommended.

Taylor Vinters provides ‘good industry knowledge and excellent commercial advice’. Patrick Farrant advised the British Pharmacological Society on a seven-year contract to publish two leading journals. Senior associate and brand protection specialist Louisa Dixon impresses with her ‘handling of complex issues’. Senior associate David Rainford is also recommended. Professor Stephen Hawking and Merz Pharma are clients.

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘client-oriented, eager to understand clients’ business needs and tailors its advice accordingly’. Malcolm Bates advised TxCell on terminating its collaboration, option, development and licence agreement with Trizell to re-acquire rights to its Ovasave product. Tim Worden is also recommended.

Clients are ‘very pleased with the service’ from Matthew Atkins’ team at Birketts LLP. Associate Kitty Rosser advised Port Technology Holdings on IP aspects of the exploitation of its personal data store and subsequent disputes. Technology group head Quentin Golder and trade mark attorney Katherine Shadbolt are also recommended.

Andrew Priest joined Hewitsons from Memery Crystal LLP to lead its technology department, and has in-depth knowledge of IP and know-how licensing deals. Bill Thatcher, who advises Microsoft, and litigator Mark Elmslie are also recommended.

Cambridge forms the hub of Marks & Clerk Solicitors’ commercial IP practice. Associate Simon Portman conducted an IP and chemistry review for IOMet Pharma for negotiations with licensees and investors, which led to its £400m acquisition by Merck.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has in-depth knowledge of IP in the publishing sector. David Woods advised Stephen Perse Foundation on rights management for e-books. The ‘extremely pragmatic’ Huw Wallis is recommended for contentious matters.

Mike Barlow’s team at Leathes Prior acted for an international company in a trade mark dispute. IP and franchising consultant Jonathan Chadd advises on international business expansion and trade mark protection.

Sloan Plumb Wood LLP’s Philip Sloan is an expert in trade mark and design right protection. He is advising a US healthcare multinational on a long-running dispute.

At Steeles Law, corporate partner Richard Bailey has experience in IP matters and associate Lindsey Crockett is recommended for brand protection matters.

Media and entertainment

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP provides ‘excellent, commercial advice’ to a client base that includes regional and national publishing companies. David Woods advised a publishing house on an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into its purchase of magazine titles. Alastair Gunn advises on e-commerce matters and acted in a case arising out of a client’s comments posted on a social media site.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s Greg Gibson has in-house experience in broadcast media and film production companies. He advised a French website on terms and conditions, promotions and regulatory matters. Clients include local publishing group Archant.


Leathes Prior has one of the region’s most active sports practices, which centres on the employment expertise of the ‘no-nonsense, helpful’ Dan Chapman. Former professional footballer Lee Payne leads on football agency matters and Barry Mears leads the motorsport practice. The firm advised racing driver Seb Morris and rally driver Chris Ingram on contracts and sponsorship matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘a significant player in this area and has multi-disciplinary resources to cover every angle’. Consultant Carol Couse has ‘a wealth of experience most others simply cannot match’ and advised on a discrimination claim against a Premier League football club. Senior associate Andrew MacDonald is noted for his sports-related employment law expertise and is lead adviser to Norwich City Football Club.

Steeles Law’s Nigel Lubbock advised on driver agent and sponsorship agreements for the World Rally Series, corporate and employment matters in the motorsport manufacturing sector, and technology developments for both cycling and motorsport. James Tarling joinedAshtons Legal.

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