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Browne Jacobson LLP has a solid track record of acting for clients in private and public sectors, handling large-scale technology projects, drafting outsourcing agreements and implementing new technologies. It also advises technology companies and start-ups on corporate matters such as maintaining IT infrastructure after structural changes and developing e-commerce platforms. The client base includes The National Trust, EPC United Kingdom, Exel Technology Group and Hiscox Insurance. Paula Dumbill is part of a team assisting the Crown Prosecution Service with the separation of service groups from an existing large-scale IT services contract. Mark Snelgrove is also recommended.

The ‘great’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘strong legal and industry knowledge’, and handles matters ranging from licensing and outsourcing agreements to the procurement, implementation and development of new IT projects. The firm has a solid track record in advising public bodies on outsourcing contracts with private companies. Practice head Nick Blane and principal associate Ash Woodcock assisted Sunderland City Council with the £250m competitive dialogue procurement process for the development and distribution of new information and communication technology services to the council and other public sector entities. Woodcock also advised the London Borough of Harrow on a private sector partnership for the redesign and enhancement of its social care software. Other highlights saw Blane acting for Highways Englands on the National Roadside Telecommunications Service 2 project and assisting the Standards and Testing Agency with the outsourcing agreements for the operation of National Curriculum tests and assessments in England. The Department of Health is also a client.

Stewart Vandermark and Jim Carter head the department at Nelsons Solicitors Limited, which advises private domestic and international companies on their cross-border technology projects. Data protection is another aspect of the practice, where the team handles data security breaches, provides regulatory advice and designs risk-management strategies. On the contentious side, it also represents clients in related copyright and trade mark misappropriation disputes. Work highlights included advising a software company on the licensing and data protection aspects of its product development, and assisting a client in technology sector on a major outsourcing deal and related litigation. Karen Harrison left for Knights Professional Services Limited and Nick McDonald joined Potter Clarkson LLP.

BHW Solicitors is a ‘trusted business partner’, praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and for delivering ‘consistently high-quality service and advice’. The workload includes negotiating and drafting software licensing agreements and supply contracts, handling arrangements with third-party software vendors, and designing compliance strategies and risk-management policies. Matt Worsnop advised the shareholders of Farrington Business Group on the share disposal to Townley Network Solutions, and assisted Masters Allen with alteration of its terms and conditions for the VehicleVision product for customers domestically and abroad. Other clients are Lavendon Group, Creative Software Solutions and DealTrak.

Geldards LLP’ team is led by Michelle Craven-Faulkner, who advises clients on contractual matters surrounding technology and engineering projects as well as pertaining to intellectual property. The group also assists companies with franchising agreements, data protection and licensing. E-commerce and various aspects of software and app development are another area of focus.

The ‘always responsive’ group at Howes Percival LLP combines ‘commercial pragmatism’ with a ‘breadth of knowledge and expertise’, advising large technology companies on a commercial matters. Work highlights saw the team handling IT contractual matters and software licensing for GlobalReach Technology, managing IT services supply agreements for Getronics Services UK in light of proposed acquisitions, and designing contractual framework for IT services delivered by Tellja domestically and internationally. It is also advising members of the Business Software Alliance, including Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens and Autodesk, on contractual breaches related to various software packages. Matthew Talbot heads the practice.

Martin Noble and Ed Wright jointly lead the practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, which acts for clients in the education, technology and telecoms sectors, among others, such as Vodafone, Maintel, National Grid, University of Warwick. The team is experienced in matters including acquisitions of telecoms businesses, preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and advising on licensing and outsourcing agreements. It also has a track record of drafting contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies, including corresponding risk management advice.


Intellectual property

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Browne Jacobson LLP is recommended for contentious IP matters such as patent, design right and registered design infringement claims, particularly those posing risk of reputational damage. The group also manages trade mark portfolios and provides ongoing transactional advice to its diverse client base, spanning multiple sectors and including The National Trust, OSI Systems, Lloyds Bank Group, Kennametal and Mace Group. Mark Snelgrove was part of a team acting for LVMH brand Moët Hennessy in a trade mark and passing off claim against Polistas pertaining to the use of Veuve Clicquot trade marks. Work highlights also included representing a major company in a cross-border trade mark dispute and advising a fashion retailer on preventing its competitor from distributing a counterfeit product in breach of design rights. Paula Dumbill is another name to note, as is Selina Hinchliffe, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Richard Roberts left for Potter Clarkson LLP

The level of service at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘faultless’; the ‘excellent’ team ‘responds quickly and accurately’ and combines ‘well-researched advice, informed by its fantastic industry knowledge’, with ‘worldwide reach’. The client base includes Gala Leisure, Rolls-Royce and Kidney Research UK. Practice head James Fry provides ‘excellent pragmatic support’, particularly in non-contentious work for clients in the education, life sciences, industrial and technology sectors; he is managing contractual work for Loughborough University and advised the client on its licensing agreements with international companies. In other work, the group is drafting and negotiating collaborative agreements pertaining to research and development of National Grid, and managing Mary Quant’s trade mark portfolio as well as assisting the client with ongoing IP issues globally. Aberystwyth University continues to instruct the team on IP licensing and agreements related to its research collaborations. Selina Hinchliffe recently joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

Howes Percival LLP’s team ‘punches above its weight’, assisting retailers, designers, technology companies, educational institutions and food manufacturers with contentious and non-contentious IP work. Practice head Matthew Talbot is supported by Hannah Steggles. The group is representing Universal Garmets in a case against Poundstretcher and Poundstretcher’s suppliers relating design right infringement and other IP claims, and advising Shoe Zone on various trade mark and passing off matters. It also manages Just Hype’s entire trade mark portfolio and its filing of trade mark applications worldwide. Leicester University, Asiana, AE Rodda & Son, Zatchels and Charles Martell & Sons are also clients.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s team ‘fights hard without losing sight of the client’s best interests’. Praised for its ‘acute perception of the nuances of litigation’, the contentious side of the practice includes Stewart Vandermark. The team acted for a global textile company in a copyright dispute against an international retailer and assisted a corporate client with confidential data misappropriation claim against a former employee. On the non-contentious side, Jim Carter is supported by ‘brilliant’ associate Emma Ward. Highlights included handling store licensing agreements for a global brand, managing promotional and retail agreements for a manufacturing company and advising a design consultancy firm on its contractual framework for the supply of services abroad. Karen Harrison left for Knights Professional Services Limited and Nick McDonald joined Potter Clarkson LLP.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘friendly and approachable’ team is a ‘solid’ choice for contentious and non-contentious IP work. Ed Wright is advising roadtohealth on IP agreements with RGA Atlantic Reinsurance Company, while Martin Noble is defending Darlington Building Society against claims of trade mark infringement and passing off filed by a firm of solicitors in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Noble also acted for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in obtaining an injunction against its former member preventing the defendant from using the Institute’s logo and ‘chartered’ status. In other work highlights, the group represented three individual patent holders in patent infringement proceedings brought against a competitor; the case settled before proceeding to the Court of Appeal.

The ‘proactive’ team at Spearing Waite LLP displays a ‘high level of precision, punctuality and in-depth industry knowledge’. The group provides ongoing support to Manike Music on matters ranging from publishing agreements to rights clearance issues, and assisted Menat Holdings with developing an international trade mark strategy for two of its brands, which involved filing applications and oppositions in over 30 jurisdictions. Other highlights included defending Truly Sumptuous Sweetz and Treatz in trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Gartona. The client base also includes Leicester Tigers, Media Archive for Central England, National Space Centre and Enzien Audio. The ‘brilliantJohn Buckbyidentifies and manages the risks before the opposing party notices them as opportunities’. Ian Thomson joined from Geldards LLP.


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Browne Jacobson LLP has broad expertise in sports law, ranging from to employment matters to procurement for construction of new facilities. The cross-departmental group includes construction partner Michael Sadler and commercial property lawyer Sarah Parkinson, who advise sport clubs on real estate management, ownership changes and new construction projects. Commercial specialist Peter Jones and employment expert Nigel Blackwell head the team. Peter Jones also provides employment support, including advising on commencement of employment with professional sports clubs. Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board, Donington Park Race Course and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club are clients.

The ‘excellent, insightful and timely’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is led by Ed Wright, who is assisting Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHY) with intellectual property and licensing matters as well as providing wider corporate and employment support. For example, Wright and Chris Kisby advised DKHY on the participator agreement with Postcode Lottery and corporate restructuring. The team is also managing the licensing agreement for the production and distribution of Mansfield Sand Company’s patented fibrelastic technology pitches to EuroSportsTurf. Other highlights included assisting Ultra Sport Europe with the termination of its longstanding UK and Ireland distribution agreement for water sports equipment with Bic Sport and managing bespoke franchise agreements for Football and Fitness. Commonwealth Games England is a new client.

Providing ‘in-depth knowledge and an efficient service’, the group at Nelsons Solicitors Limited assists local clubs with commercial matters, dispute resolution, restructurings, and commercial property sales and purchases. Highlights included negotiating pouring rights and sponsorship agreements for a local sports club, and assisting Derbyshire County Cricket Club with several commercial property matters such as freehold purchase registrations, license conversions and construction developments. Duncan Taylor is the name to note.

Smith Partnership’s team is strong on the commercial side, acting for sports clubs and athletes in contractual matters related to licensing, employment and partnership projects. Fraser Cunningham advised Derby County Football Club (DCFC) on its partnership agreement with the University of Derby and the contractual terms for audio and audio-visual rights packages as part of the Premier League Licence. Cunningham also assisted DCFC with its restructuring, which involved drafting new partnership agreements. Other highlights included advising Burton Albion Football Club on obtaining funding arrangements from Sport England for the development of an all-weather sports facility next to the Pirelli Stadium. James Johnson is another key contact.

Spearing Waite LLP’s team provides ‘excellent service and client care’ and assists professional sports clubs with a range of corporate and commercial matters, including strategic governance, restructurings, policy and regulatory amendments. It also advises on commercial property matters, employment issues and intellectual property portfolios. Andrew Rowell has an ‘excellent depth of knowledge’, particularly in employment matters. Jonathan Wheeler and Oliver Brookshawefficiently and concisely deal with corporate and governance issues’. Clients include Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.



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