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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals

Browne Jacobson LLP provides an ‘excellent, friendly and knowledgeable service’ to clients such as arvato Systems S4M, Exel Computer Systems and the Crown Prosecution Service. Highlights included advising Cromwell Group on its £310m sale, which involved ownership issues relating to software and systems and issues arising from the use of open source software and proprietary software products. Mark Snelgrove and commercial specialist Paula Dumbill are recommended.

Eversheds LLP assisted with the drafting of a suite of SourceIT model contracts for Network Rail in relation to its future procurements. Practice head Nick Blane is noted for his expertise in the field of public sector IT and outsourcing.

Stewart Vandermark and Jim Carter’s team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited routinely acts for digital content suppliers and software developers such as Allum and Hamilton. The practice has experienced a particular increase in data protection breach and compliance issues. Data protection expert Karen Harrison is also recommended.

Gateley Plc’s ‘practical and commercial’ team is headed by Jill Tomasin, who is well regarded for her expertise in complex licensing agreements, technology related acquisitions and sales, and data management.

Geldards LLP’s service is ‘always prompt, full of industry knowledge and great value for money’. Michelle Craven-Faulkner is the name to note. *Ian Thomson joined Spearing Waite LLP in May 2016.

Howes Percival LLP’s clients include ATM Automation, Getronics Services UK, the University of Leicester and Retail Assist, for which it continues to provide legal assistance on IT agreements, transactions and software licensing issues. Matthew Talbot comes highly recommended.

Clients rate Shakespeare Martineau LLPextremely highly in terms of technical expertise and overall customer-friendliness’. Software and data protection expert Martin Noble and Ed Wright, who focuses on non-contentious IT and e-commerce matters, are recommended. Clients include Vodafone, Azzurri Communications, and Blue Chip.

BHW Solicitors’ ‘excellent’ team is led by Matt Worsnop, who is valued for his sector knowledge and his background as an electronic systems engineer.

Dominic Hopkins and Kevin Fletcher are the key contacts at Hewitsons’ ‘exceptional’ practice, which stands out for its experience in contentious IT matters. Clients include Microsoft and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals

Browne Jacobson LLP’s Mark Snelgrove recently advised Connolly Retail on trade mark registrations in connection with the clients proposed re-launch of its London-based luxury goods shop. IP litigator Richard Roberts and Paula Dumbill, who specialises in brand protection and exploitation strategies, are also recommended.

Eversheds LLP is noted for its ‘in-depth understanding’ of the education sector, where it routinely acts for institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Loughborough University. The practice acts on a wide range of IP matters, including the licensing of developed technologies and the settlement of patent disputes. James Fry and Selina Hinchliffe are the names to note.

In 2015, Howes Percival LLP was appointed the sole UK legal adviser for the Business Software Alliance, which represents several blue-chip software companies. Matthew Talbot heads the ‘effective and responsive’ department.

Gateley Plc is especially active in the retail, media and food and drink sectors, where the team routinely advises clients including Muller and Pulse Films on a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Jill Tomasin is the key contact.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited successfully represented Stretchline Intellectual Properties in a widely publicised dispute against retailer H&M. Stewart Vandermark and Jim Carter head the ‘excellent’ department.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP work. The team is particularly experienced in the education sector and routinely acts for clients such as Aston University, University of Warwick, and University of Nottingham. Martin Noble and Ed Wright are the key contacts.

Spearing Waite LLP recently advised the University of East Anglia on copyright issues in connection with the deposit of archived film materials to the client’s East Anglian film archive. John Buckby is ‘outstanding’.

At Geldards LLP, Michelle Craven-Faulkner and her ‘excellent’ team are well versed in the high-tech engineering and creative sectors, with a particular focus on cross-border licensing arrangements.


Browne Jacobson LLP continues to act for sporting bodies such as Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board, Crawley Town FC and the England and Wales Cricket Board. Sarah Parkinson, corporate and commercial expert Peter Jones, and employment specialist Nigel Blackwell are the key figures.

A recent highlight saw Shakespeare Martineau LLP act for Football and Fitness Limited on the redrafting of template franchise agreements. Standout figures include commercial IP expert Ed Wright and employment specialist Chris Kisby.

Bridge McFarland’s sports team leverages the firm’s regional presence to act for a range of Leicester and Hull-based sporting institutions. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Richard Parnell stands out for his ‘in-depth understanding of sports law’.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited recently acted for Derbyshire County Cricket Club in connection with the client’s acquisition of the freehold of Gateway Elite Performance Centre. Duncan Taylor is the key contact.

Smith Partnership routinely acts for sports clubs and athletes on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including employment, IP, media contracts and licensing agreements. James Johnson and Fraser Cunningham are recommended.

Spearing Waite LLP routinely acts for regional sports clubs and organisations such as Leicester City Football Club, the Leicester Tigers and the City of Leicester Swimming Club. Andrew Rowell and Jonathan Wheeler come highly recommended.

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