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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The corporate and commercial practice at Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has many clients in the media industry, for which it handles acquisitions and disposals. It also excels in the licensing and exploitation of media assets, advice to e-commerce and digital businesses, and data protection matters. The firm also handles defamation issues and provides pre-publication advice. Corporate partners Alastair Gunn and David Woods, who has niche expertise in e-commerce, are the key contacts. The firm’s association with Australian  firm Kemp Strang, which sent Douglas Linnette to the firm's Cambridge office, sees it advise UK media clients on their activities in the Australian market. Associate Adele Whaley is also recommended for contentious matters. Highlights for the practice included assisting a magazine publisher with a multimillion-pound equity fund raising transaction.

Stobbs IP is a niche IP firm that focuses principally on brand management. Formed five years ago by highly experienced trade mark lawyer Julius Stobbs, the firm has rapidly grown in size and now has 55 fee earners. Positioned as a centre of excellence for advice on brands, the firm has a stellar client base in sectors such as publishing, internet services and television, as well as acting for a large number of celebrity entertainers. Its clients include publishing house Archant Limited, Channel 4, Cambridge University Press, Faber & Faber, Yahoo!, Grandmaster Flash and the estate of Fred Astaire. Senior solicitor Chris Sleep leads the practice, in which consultant Bruce Alexander plays a key role. The firm's work for US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash involves management of his global trade mark portfolio, negotiating and drafting performance agreements, and handling enforcement actions against unauthorised use of his trade marks.

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