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“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing”: that has been a common refrain among data protection specialists. A judgment by the European Court of Justice in October 2015 overturned the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, which had allowed some US companies to comply with privacy laws protecting EU and Swiss citizens. In April 2016, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted and the two-year transition period began. Lawyers were kept extremely busy by the need to advise their clients on these two developments. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that the UK will have to comply with the GDPR if it wishes to trade with the single market on equal terms.
An increased focus on this area led to a scramble to recruit talent. James Mullock joined Bird & Bird LLP from Osborne Clarke, which itself recruited former Hogan Lovells International LLP lawyer Mark Taylor. Baker McKenzie LLP took on barrister Dyann Heward-Mills from GE Capital and Ross McKean joined DLA Piper from Olswang LLP.
UK brands are increasingly open-minded about growing their businesses abroad using the franchising model. There are also foreign companies entering the UK market, especially in the hospitality, beauty and fashion industries. Franchising teams are growing and becoming more common.
The caseload at the Patents Court continues to be dominated by patents for small molecule pharmaceutical compounds and telecoms inventions pegged to standards. The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European patent with unitary effect were expected to come into full force in 2017. Since the Brexit referendum, it is unclear how these plans will be affected, but membership of the court is contingent on EU membership.
Media and entertainment lawyers have reported increased interest in co-productions, driven partly by tax and other incentives in the UK, France and Germany. Other major sources of instructions included the rise of smart TVs and other connected devices, and the drive to develop content by companies that have hitherto confined themselves to hosting it.
This year the media finance sections was integrated into the media and entertainment table. Trends in media finance include increased interest from foreign (especially Chinese) institutional investors.
Media rights work has been a mainstay for sports practices in 2015 and 2016, with the Premier League record TV rights deal the standout matter in an exceptional year, which also saw firms advising on major audio-visual deals in sports including tennis, cricket and rugby union. The 2015 Rugby World Cup generated a considerable amount of work, with firms called on to act for clients in disciplinary hearings throughout the duration of the tournament. With 2016 an Olympic year, firms have been kept busy representing governing bodies in selection challenges.
Index of tables
- Rafi Azim-Khan - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Joel Barry - Olswang LLP
- Susan Barty - CMS
- Michelle Blunt - Baker McKenzie LLP
- Peter Brownlow - Bird & Bird LLP
- Brinsley Dresden - Lewis Silkin LLP
- Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite
- Nick Johnson - Osborne Clarke
- Jessica Le Gros - Baker McKenzie LLP
- Theo Savvides - Bristows LLP
- David Stone - Allen & Overy LLP
- Robert Wegenek - Squire Patton Boggs
Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercially focused team’ attracts praise for its ‘impressive strength in depth’. Highlights included Michelle Blunt’s advice to Unilever on the IP aspects of four strategic acquisitions in the skincare market, and Ben Allgrove’s work for Google, Pinterest and Warner Bros on a variety of IP issues. Michael Hart heads the IP department and Jessica Le Gros is the firm’s head of trade marks. Paul Rawlinson and of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings are also recommended. Other clients include British American Tobacco, L’Oréal and Dreamworks Animation.
Bird & Bird LLP’s large and well-regarded team includes Peter Brownlow, who successfully represented Merck as the claimant in a trade mark dispute in the High Court with Merck Sharp & Dohme; and Morag Macdonald, Phil Sherrell and Allan Poulter, who continued to represent Mattel in infringement and passing-off proceedings against app developer Zynga. Also recommended are Mark Holah, who manages Fabergé’s global trade mark portfolio, and Felicity Reeve, whose highlights included advising Principality Building Society on its sponsorship agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union. Philip Morris and Yahoo! are also clients.
Bristows LLP’s team is noted for its ‘breadth of experience and prompt, relevant advice’. Clients include McDonald’s, which Paul Jordan advises on its advertising campaigns, and the BBC, which Paul Walsh assists with the management of its IP portfolio as well as handling disputes in Turkey relating to the protection of Doctor Who and its characters. Jordan’s other highlights included advising Nicoventures on the branding and marketing of its electronic cigarette products. Theo Savvides continued to represent Marks & Spencer as the claimant in a dispute with Interflora that ultimately settled.
Lewis Silkin LLP delivers ‘excellent response times, solid industry knowledge and good strength in depth’. The ‘commercial, insightful and creative’ Brinsley Dresden advised TripAdvisor and Booking.com on Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigations, and acted for Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO on the creation of a Christmas television advert for Sainsbury’s. The ‘very confident and solution-focused’ Giles Crown represented BT in a trade mark infringement claim brought against it by Virgin Media. Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable, flexible and passionate’ Jo Farmer, who acts for a number of advertising trade bodies, and IP expert Dominic Farnsworth.
Lawyers at Olswang LLP ‘pride themselves on delivering what the client wants’. Iain Stansfield leads the firm’s dedicated marketing services team, which pulls in the multi-disciplinary expertise of corporate head Mark Bertram, trade marks head Sarah Wright and ‘pragmatic’ IP head Joel Barry, who ‘can always be relied upon to come up with imaginative solutions’. The firm advised Sky on its worldwide protection and enforcement policy, and undertakes all of Microsoft’s European trade mark prosecution and opposition work. Other clients include Unilever, M&C Saatchi and Jeremy Clarkson.
Osborne Clarke’s practice is led by Nick Johnson, who assists clients with a range of advertising law issues. The firm has acted for Facebook, News UK, Expedia and Cancer Research UK.
Led by the ‘extremely responsive and pragmatic’ Robert Wegenek, the practice at Squire Patton Boggs provides ‘solid, technically astute advice’ to corporates and trade bodies. Highlights included advising the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising on its proposed standard media agency contract, assisting Chelsea FC with its shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber Company, and managing the trade mark and design portfolios of Zippo, Cath Kidston and Clarks Shoes. Carlton Daniel and ‘highly accomplished, technical lawyer’ Florian Traub are also recommended.
Clients rate Taylor Wessing LLP for ‘truly having their best interests at heart and knowing how to apply the law to the world of business’. The practice acts for trade mark owners such as Burberry, Cisco and DC Thomson, advertising agencies such as Aegis Media and Omnicom group, and advertisers such as Ferrero, Eidos and Visa. Key figures include brand management head France Delord, the ‘attentive and responsive’ Charles Lloyd, who is head of trade marks, copyright and media, and IP experts Jason Rawkins and Roland Mallinson.
The ‘excellent’ practice at CMS attracts praise for providing ‘expert advice that takes into account the relevant commercial risks and benefits’. The ‘client-focused and strategic’ Susan Barty heads the advertising and marketing team and provides advice on copy clearance, sales promotions and advertising complaints. The ‘commercially focused’ Tom Scourfield heads the IP group and has experience of comparative advertising claims and a broad range of trade mark matters. Clients include Nestlé, Burger King, Amazon, and Douwe Egberts.
Highlights for DLA Piper’s Ruth Hoy included advising Avon on trade mark filings and acting for Hermès in brand protection and infringement matters. Together with Simon Levine and John Wilks, Hoy handles civil and criminal copyright actions for the Premier League. Wilks also advised YO! Sushi and others on prize promotions. Nick Fitzpatrick assisted HCL Technologies with the formation of its global partnership with Manchester United.
Fieldfisher delivers ‘fantastic service, excellent industry knowledge and pragmatic advice’. David Bond heads the advertising, marketing and sponsorship group and Leighton Cassidy is the head of IP portfolio management. Cassidy and Nick Rose are representing the company Karen Millen in a trade mark dispute with the individual Karen Millen, and are acting for Google in relation to infringements, oppositions and invalidity actions. Advertising clients include Jessops and Align Technology.
Lawyers at Gowling WLG ‘show strong knowledge of their subject matter as well as pragmatism and commercial awareness’. Head of advertising Dan Smith and head of brands Kate Swaine are ‘both excellent practitioners’. Smith advised Transport for London on its sponsorship deal with Santander and Swaine assisted Mothercare and A Nelson & Co with IP matters. Cerryg Jones represented Comic Enterprises in a trade mark infringement claim against Twentieth Century Fox.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP ‘has impressively broad expertise and deals with all instructions promptly and efficiently’. Practice head Andy Millmore advised lifestyle management service provider Quintessentially on rules surrounding influencer marketing. Sponsorship group head Bob Mitchell is assisting Nissan following its appointment as global partner of the International Cricket Council. Other clients include Diageo, HSBC, the estate of Sir Terry Pratchett, and advertising agencies Droga5 and Proud Robinson.
Hogan Lovells International LLP delivers ‘prompt responses and practical solutions’. Richard Welfare heads the advertising and sponsorship practice, while Sahira Khwaja and the Alicante-based Imogen Fowler are responsible for trade mark matters. The ‘personable and responsive’ Charlie Winckworth advises adidas on brand enforcement and trade mark protection. The firm routinely handles high-profile disputes in this area. Other clients include Mars, PepsiCo, SABMiller and Amazon.
Oliver Bray’s team at RPC serves as lead UK advertising and marketing advisers for Google, and acts for PizzaExpress, Sports Direct and The Coca-Cola Company on a range of advertising matters. Bray also assists Associated Newspapers with promotions and related marketing for the Daily Mail. Highlights for Jeremy Drew included advising International Brand Management Limited on a global endorsement deal with British band Little Mix.
Reed Smith LLP’s clients include McDonald’s, which senior associate Huw Morris advised on a number of campaigns and projects, and FitFlop, which Morris assisted with several general commercial matters. Also recommended are Michael Skrein, who acted for a number of extremely high-profile clients in major pieces of litigation, and Emma Lenthall and Gregor Pryor, who are known for their expertise in handling advertising-related disputes.
Simmons & Simmons manages the trade mark portfolio of Twentieth Century Fox, and David Stone* is defending the client in an infringement and passing-off dispute relating to the TV show Glee. Adrian Smith provided trade mark advice to Theravance BioPharma following the separation of Theravance into Theravance, Inc. and Theravance BioPharma. The firm also handles brand protection matters for BMW, The Coca-Cola Company and Imperial Tobacco. *Since publication, David Stone has joined Allen & Overy LLP.
At Allen & Overy LLP, Neville Cordell represented Virgin Media and Virgin Enterprises in a trade mark dispute with BT. Highlights for commercial IP head Jim Ford included assisting Asahi Group Holdings with its €2.5bn acquisition of several assets owned by SABMiller. Nigel Parker advised VimpelCom on a joint venture agreement.
At Bates Wells Braithwaite, Rupert Earle defended the ASA in a legal challenge brought by UK Services & Support against a decision that the company’s passport services website was misleading, and also advised the ASA on legal issues arising from investigations into numerous high-profile advertisers. Richard Marke advises non-profits on their marketing campaigns. Other clients include News UK and Ireland and Corporate Media Partners.
Browne Jacobson LLP’s lawyers ‘demonstrate extremely high levels of business acumen and industry knowledge’. Key figures include ‘excellent’ practice head Declan Cushley, who advises Lloyds Banking Group on IP issues; Alex Watt, who acts for Belvedere Vodka and advised Triumph Motorcycles in relation to the production of the short film The Outlaws; and Mark Daniels, who represented the London Taxi Corporation in a trade mark and passing-off action pertaining to the shape of London taxis.
At Cooley (UK) LLP, Nicholas Bolter’s highlights included assisting Twitter with a trade mark filing programme, advising Timberland on its application for a 3D, colour community trade mark for a boot, and acting for Tesla Motors in a trade mark dispute with a Polish electric powerboat manufacturer. Akash Sachdeva’s clients include Nikon.
Couchmans LLP is a specialist sports law firm with an extensive list of high-profile clients that includes Mo Farah, whom the firm advised on the registration of the MOBOT word and silhouette as community trade marks; New Zealand Rugby Union, which it represented in a copyright dispute with a mobile app developer; and Eurosport, for which it has acted in IP matters. Nic Couchman heads the firm and Nick White heads the IP team.
Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘excellent, and getting even better as the team grows’. New arrivals include Ray Black, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in July 2015 and has since advised E! Entertainment Television on UK and community trade mark oppositions; and the ‘practical and tactical’ David Rose, who joined from the same firm in May 2016. They join ‘efficient and accommodating’ practitioners Lewis Cohen and Sally Britton, who manage Tottenham Hotspur FC’s IP portfolio, and ‘outstanding’ IP practice head Jeremy Hertzog.
Nabarro LLP’s clients include Car-Freshner Corporation, for which David Parrish secured an invalidity application against a competitor’s application for a tree-shaped mark; Pepe Jeans and Hackett, for which Guy Heath undertakes international brand protection work; and Samsonite, for which Louise Gellman manages its UK and community trade mark portfolio. Levi Strauss and Diesel are also clients.
At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Rafi Azim-Khan and counsel Steven Farmer assist brand owners with IP matters and on their dealings with Clearcast and the ASA. Clients include SCA Hygiene Products, Chivas Brothers and The Clorox Company.
Rouse Legal is a specialist IP firm that acts for the Cabinet Office, Sony Mobile, Fred Perry, Harley-Davidson and others in respect of filing and enforcement matters. The firm secured a victory for the Ford Motor Company in a long-running counterfeiting case regarding its wheel trims. Mark Foreman heads the practice, which includes Arty Rajendra and Stuart Adams.
Wiggin LLP’s ‘very strong’ practice is led by Simon Baggs and Shaun Lowde. Baggs represented Cartier in an injunction order application requiring the five major ISPs to block websites selling counterfeit goods. Gurminder Panesar, who became a partner in April 2016, acts for BBC Worldwide in the protection of its Sherlock brand. He also advises HarperCollins on brand extension matters concerning its heritage titles.
At Addleshaw Goddard LLP, the Manchester-based Paul Bentham is the head of non-contentious IP and Emma Armitage is the head of IP litigation. Bentham advised the Brands & Designs Group on the maintenance of its members’ trade mark portfolios. Jonathan Davey assisted PZ Cussons with negotiations for a three-year official partner deal with Manchester City FC.
At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Ian Gruselle heads the brand management and trade mark group, Simon Clark heads the intellectual property group and Richard Shaw advises clients such as Tesco and Travelex on advertising issues. Breville, BAFTA and the Financial Times are also clients.
Bond Dickinson LLP’s team is ‘commercially aware and able to meet very tight deadlines’. Consultant Nicky Strong advised B&Q on the use of its slogan “UK’s No 1 kitchen retailer” after it was challenged by a competitor, and assists the Post Office with its advertising and marketing materials. Other clients include Colgate Palmolive, Carlsberg and Specsavers.
Colin Bell and Nik White lead Brabners LLP’s team, which clients rate as ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with’. The firm’s strong referral relationship with Greenberg Traurig LLP has led to European trade mark portfolio work for multinationals such as Groupon and Ideal Industries. The firm also provides sponsorship advice to well-known sports teams and represents clients in domain name disputes.
At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, trade mark and design filing and prosecution head Kate O’Rourke acts for clients including leather goods manufacturer Tanner Krolle and sparkling wine producer Nyetimber. On the contentious front, Mary Bagnall advised Cadbury on the protection of “Cadbury Purple” and represented Nike in several trade mark disputes.
Eversheds LLP’s Andrew Terry advises The Coca-Cola Company on advertising, promotional campaigns, sponsorship and IP matters, and provides IP services to John Lewis Partnership. He and Neil Mohring act for entertainment company Apple Corps on the enforcement and protection of IP rights.
At Gordon Dadds, practice head Jim Dennis continued to act for Boxing Brands in a dispute with SportsDirect.com regarding the QUEENSBURY trade mark, and defended Rude Health in a trade mark infringement claim raised by Real Foods. Usborne Publishing, KPMG and nightclub Chinawhite are also clients.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP defended two clients in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the London Taxi Company, and is defending social networking app creator Hello Network in trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings brought before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court by the publishers of HELLO! Magazine. Joel Smith is recommended.
The ‘supremely responsive and helpful’ Arthur Artinian heads the ‘excellent’ IP department at K&L Gates LLP and advised General Mills on the $765m sale of its Green Giant brand. Artinian also assists Belkin International with the management of its portfolio of over 2,000 brands and designs, while sports lawyer Warren Phelops advised Formula E team Virgin Racing on sponsorship and other commercial agreements. Other clients include World Wrestling Entertainment.
In January 2016, Lee & Thompson LLP merged with the ‘consistently fantastic’ Forbes Anderson Free, taking on the ‘down-to-earth and pragmatic’ Dominic Bray, whose clients include the Engine Group, the Marketing Agencies Association and World Wrestling Entertainment. The ‘capable and straightforward’ Gordon Williams acts on trade mark and sponsorship matters for clients including the Beckhams and One Direction.
Key figures at Macfarlanes LLP include practice head Geoff Steward, who has an excellent reputation for litigation, and commercial IP lawyer Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp. Clients have included Anheuser Busch, Reebok India and Pernod Ricard.
Sheridans acts for advertising agencies, production companies and industry bodies, and also assists celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney with sponsorship agreements and providing trade mark portfolio management advice to individuals and companies. The practice is led by Tahir Basheer and includes Jeremy Roberts, Robin Hilton and Colin Sawdy.
Charles Swan’s team at Swan Turton LLP advises J Walter Thompson London on advertising matters and acted for Hogarth Worldwide and its clients in connection with celebrity endorsements. The firm also advises Western Union on digital media and marketing queries. Other key figures include Carolyn Burbridge and Stuart Barry.
Wedlake Bell LLP’s ‘strong’ team includes Adrian Heath-Saunders, who advised property developer Almacantar on a merchandising collaboration with Anglepoise, and assisted Hugo Boss with a proposed Black Friday promotion. The ‘excellent’ Adam Edwards acted for Badminton England in connection with sponsorship matters.
Highlights for Clintons included assisting advertising groups in negotiations with clients, and acting for agencies in respect of agreements with celebrities. Theatrical productions and sporting events also fall within the practice’s sphere of expertise. Philip Stinson is recommended.
Collyer Bristow LLP’s clients include the Mercury Music Prize and Sanrio, the owners of the Hello Kitty brand. Patrick Wheeler handles IP issues and Charles Braithwaite is recommended for his expertise in commercial contracts.
DWF’s clients include Lidl, Morrisons, PepsiCo and adidas. Dominic Watkins, who heads the food group, acts alongside Hilary Ross to assist advertisers in their dealings with the ASA.
At Fox Williams LLP, Simon Bennett and senior trade mark attorney Sarah Redmond assist with the management of trade mark portfolios for clients such as Supergroup, Luxottica North Europe and Plexus Holdings.
Hamlins LLP assists clients with all aspects of IP exploitation and protection. Clients include New Look Retailers, Burkes Peerage, Hilton Worldwide and HELLO! Magazine. Philip Herbert heads the department, and Matthew Pryke, Julian Ward and Laurence Gilmore are recommended.
Key figures at King & Wood Mallesons include Jeremy Schrire, who acts for Ladbrookes and assisted Associated British Foods with the launch of Primark in Italy and the USA. David Rose joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in May 2016.
Simkins LLP’s practice is led by Caroline Copeland, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’, and includes Ed Baden-Powell. The team advises an international advertising group on commercial contracts, regulatory matters and IP.
Simons Muirhead & Burton’s clients include Getty Images, childrenwear designer Rachel Riley and Alexa Chung. Maninder Gill’s team advises on IP acquisition and protection and domain name matters in the media and entertainment and e-commerce sectors.
At TLT, IP specialist Nick Fenner advises Merlin Entertainments, University of Leicester and Delos Living. Other clients include BGL, which the firm advises on the management of IP related to comparethemarket.com, and WHSmith.
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- Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Bond Dickinson LLP
- DAC Beachcroft LLP
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Harbottle & Lewis LLP
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Macfarlanes LLP
- Nabarro LLP
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
- Simmons & Simmons
- Stephenson Harwood
- Travers Smith LLP
- Wedlake Bell LLP
- Ruth Boardman - Bird & Bird LLP
- Robert Bond - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Daniel Cooper - Covington & Burling LLP
- Richard Cumbley - Linklaters LLP
- Hazel Grant - Fieldfisher
- Rosemary Jay - Hunton & Williams
- Bridget Treacy - Hunton & Williams
- Eduardo Ustaran - Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Mark Watts - Bristows LLP
Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘very strong team of genuine experts’ is headed by the ‘very pragmatic and user-friendly’ Ruth Boardman, and was strengthened by the arrival of James Mullock, who joined from Osborne Clarke in October 2015. Highlights included advising techUK on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation for European technology companies. Adobe and EE are also clients
In addition to assisting high-profile clients with issues arising from data breaches, Bristows LLP also handles compliance issues relating to new technologies for LG Electronics, and is advising Google on its response to the European Court’s invalidation of the Safe Harbor privacy principles. ‘Superstar’ Mark Watts heads the team, which includes senior counsel Christopher Millard and associate Hannah Crowther.
Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is led by the ‘authoritative, experienced and thorough’ Daniel Cooper. Together with special counsel Mark Young, the US and UK-qualified Cooper advised Abbott Laboratories on the privacy aspects of its demerger, and assisted GlaxoSmithKline with the implementation of binding corporate rules (BCRs).
Dentons has a ‘great team’ headed by Nick Graham, who has ‘a calm manner, good listening skills and an extensive knowledge of data law’, and which includes Scott Singer (who is noted for his ‘focus on practical solutions’) and the ‘very commercial’ Martin Fanning. The team secured approval for First Data’s BCRs and advised Daily Mail and General Trust on a data governance project.
Fieldfisher’s practice handles data breaches, multi-jurisdictional compliance projects and Big Data analysis for clients including eBay, Kellogg’s, Expedia and Netflix. Key figures include ‘incredibly knowledgeable and approachable’ practice head Hazel Grant and Antonis Patrikios.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice is led by ‘absolute star’ Eduardo Ustaran, whose track record includes assisting several clients with BCR applications, advising HSBC on the development of its data disclosure policy, and acted for the Government of Bermuda on the drafting and adoption of data protection legislation. Other clients include EY and Verizon. Mark Taylor moved to Osborne Clarke in August 2015.
The ‘extremely responsive, commercial and pragmatic’ team at Hunton & Williams provides ‘fantastic service’ to clients including UPS, Google, MasterCard and Garmin. Practice head Bridget Treacy is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and senior consultant Rosemary Jay is ‘extremely skilled’.
Allen & Overy LLP delivers ‘very good response times and excellent business acumen’. ‘Expert’ practice head Jane Finlayson-Brown advised Morrisons on an incident that involved the unauthorised publication of employee personal data. Nigel Parker’s clients include Four Seasons Hotels. The team also acts for News UK, GlaxoSmithKline and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. David Smith, former deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office, joined in January 2016.
Harry Small’s ‘personable and professional’ technology group at Baker McKenzie LLP recruited barrister Dyann Heward-Mills from GE Capital in October 2015 to head the data protection and cyber security practice. Heward-Mills advises clients including Google, Netflix, Unilever and Pinterest on breaches, data transfers and the launch of new technology, among other matters.
Key data protection lawyers at Linklaters LLP include global head of TMT and IP Richard Cumbley and Julian Cunningham-Day. The firm’s track record includes work for the Ministry of Defence, British Gas and Visa Europe.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s ‘formidable’ team is led by the ‘outstanding’ Stewart Room, who ‘can provide real insight into the mind of the regulator’. Highlights included managing breaches for a number of major clients, assisting a pharmaceutical company with a global compliance project, and conducting a privacy impact assessment of connected cars for a manufacturer.
Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice attracts praise for its ‘incredibly prompt response times, first-rate knowledge and very good teamwork’. Practice head Vinod Bange and senior adviser Sally Annereau advised Verisign on the legal aspects of its data export solutions and cyber-threat analysis products. Other clients include PayPal, Hasbro, KPMG and Morgan Stanley.
CMS acts for BT, Fiat and Lloyds Banking Group. Emma Burnett heads the practice and advises clients on multi-jurisdictional privacy projects and BCRs. John Armstrong and Ian Stevens are also recommended.
The ‘fantastic’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is noted for its ‘combination of data privacy expertise with a practical sensibility’. Practice head Robert Bond is advising Actavis (now Allergan) on data protection issues arising from its acquisitions. Other clients include Cray Super Computers, Canopius and Nike.
Key figures at Cooley (UK) LLP include Ann Bevitt, who advised Warner Music International on various data protection issues, and Mark Deem, who assisted JPW Enterprises with a dispute concerning the aggregation of data for onward sale to British Gas. Sarah Pearce is also recommended. Other clients include Citibank and Nikon Europe.
Andrew Dyson leads the practice at DLA Piper, which was strengthened by the arrival of Ross McKean from Olswang LLP in May 2016. Dyson advised the London Stock Exchange Group on the adoption of consistent privacy policies across the group, and assisted Reckitt Benckiser with its digital programme. Other clients include Asda, Aviva and the Boston Consulting Group.
Eversheds LLP has ‘a highly experienced, professional, and well-run team’ led by Paula Barrett and which includes ‘excellent’ legal director Liz Fitzsimons, who undertook a data handling audit for The British Library. Other clients include Honda, Starbucks, Novartis and Transport for London.
Kemp Little LLP provides ‘fantastic response times and advice that is immediately applicable to the relevant commercial context’. Nicola Fulford’s team has a breadth of expertise covering wearable tech, the data aspects of cloud computing, breaches and the application of new policies. Clients include Morgan Stanley, Reckitt Benckiser and Notonthehighstreet.com.
Lewis Silkin LLP’s data privacy practice is led by Simon Morrissey, who advised Kellogg’s on its international data transfer arrangements, and assisted All Response Media with the creation of a new software platform. Other clients include Equity, Lutron and the Drinkaware Trust.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘knowledgeable, insightful, pragmatic and commercial’ practice is headed by the ‘exceptional’ Marcus Evans and acts for clients including Pfizer, BMW and Deliveroo. The team provides a breach response service through AIG’s CyberEdge insurance product.
Olswang LLP is noted for its ‘strong advisory practice and extensive litigation experience’. Ashley Hurst advises a variety of clients on issues such as General Data Protection Regulation preparedness, the invalidation of Safe Harbor and breach mitigation. Dan Tench continues to represent Judith Vidal-Hall and others in a privacy case against Google. Other clients include Groupon, marketing consultant dunnhumby and Adbrain. Ross McKean moved to DLA Piper in May 2016.
Clients of Osborne Clarke include Airbnb, Dyson, EE and Facebook. Bristol-based practice head Emily Jones advises clients on a broad range of data protection issues, including the launch of new technologies. Mark Taylor joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2015 and James Mullock moved to Bird & Bird LLP in October that year.
Paul Hastings LLP recruited the ‘client-focused and insightful’ Ashley Winton from White & Case LLP in December 2014, and has since handled significant cyber attacks and advised on data protection issues for a broad range of clients. Highlights included advising Subway on updating its online privacy terms and assisting American Express with the implementation of BCRs.
Marc Dautlich leads Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice, which provides ‘relevant, pragmatic advice’ to clients including Google, Facebook, TSB Bank and Balfour Beatty. Its expertise spans breach mitigation and handling contentious data protection matters. David Barker and Cerys Wyn Davies are also recommended.
Reed Smith LLP has a ‘particularly strong’ team led by Cynthia O’Donoghue and which includes newly promoted partner Kate Brimsted, who is noted for her ‘deep understanding of clients’ needs, and is an absolute pleasure to work with’. Clients include Abbott Laboratories, Condé Nast, and Koch Industries.
Sidley Austin LLP’s lawyers are ‘extremely competent, professional, commercially focused and responsive’. Practice head William Long is ‘a very able lawyer who provides high-quality, practical advice’. His team advises on privacy aspects across a broad range of transactions, and assists clients with BCR applications and data transfer agreements. Senior associate Geraldine Scali is ‘very well-informed’.
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP acts for Tesla Motors, Adobe Systems, ITV and Urban Outfitters. Richard Dickinson is recommended.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP acts for Balfour Beatty, National Grid, Thames Water, Lonely Planet and Tesco. Disputes and regulatory expert Ian De Freitas heads the data team and Tamara Quinn leads on non-contentious data and privacy matters.
At Bond Dickinson LLP, Andrew Kimble’s ‘very attentive and sensible’ team acts for Kingfisher, the Post Office, Network Rail and TSB Bank. The Freedom of Information Act is a particular area of expertise.
Lawyers at DAC Beachcroft LLP ‘work hard to ensure that clients receive the service they expect’. Practice head Rhiannon Webster ‘cuts through issues in simple terms and prepares written advice beautifully’. Its workload covers data breaches and subject access requests and litigation. Clients include NHS England and AIG.
DWF’s ‘efficient’ practice was joined by the ‘very thoughtful and tactically astute’ John Benjamin from White & Case LLP in October 2015 and the ‘remarkably experienced’ Elaine Fletcher, formerly senior privacy manager at Asda, to the Leeds office in April that year. In August 2015, Robert Machin joined dunnhumby and Rob Sheldon moved to Fieldfisher’s Manchester office.
Avril Martindale leads the IP and IT department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which includes Justin Watts, Giles Pratt and Richard Lister. The team’s high-profile clients include Novartis, Deutsche Bank and the charity Women’s Aid.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team is noted for its ‘strong understanding of the issues faced by clients’. The key contact is Nick Pantlin, who advised Martin Brower on restrictions on the transfer of personal data following the European Commission’s invalidation of the safe harbour agreement with the US, and assisted ElectraLink with its participation in a smart metering programme. Amanda Hale moved to Ashurst in March 2016.
Macfarlanes LLP ‘consistently provides top-quality advice’. Highlights included defending eight construction companies in group litigation involving a breach of the Data Protection Act. Other clients include Visa, Deluxe Media Group and Schroders. Practice head Rupert Casey is ‘a brilliant data protection lawyer’.
Nabarro LLP’s ‘very helpful’ team is led by Guy Heath and includes barrister and consultant Ashley Roughton. Clients include Qatar Airways, Costco, EY and Investec Bank.
Lawyers at the ‘excellent’ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP are ‘knowledgeable and able to think flexibly’. Practice head Kolvin Stone ‘provides sensible, balanced advice’. Of counsel James Drury-Smith* is ‘an excellent privacy lawyer’. Clients include EY, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Secret Escapes and Telenor. *James Drury-Smith joined PwC in June 2016.
Pritchetts Law has a ‘reliable and expert practice’ led by the ‘immensely experienced and very friendly’ Stephanie Pritchett, whose highlights included advising DFS Furniture on a data protection audit and assisting Unison with regulatory compliance.
Ropes & Gray LLP recruited Rohan Massey from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in August 2015. He advises major international clients on privacy policies, breaches and BCRs.
Sheridans’ practice is led by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Philip James and includes Eitan Jankelewitz, who has advised on drafting codes of practice for Sport England and the Internet Advertising Bureau.
Stephenson Harwood ‘offers a great service’ to clients such as Barclays and Threadneedle Asset Management Holdings, which it advised on intra-group transfer agreements. ‘Superstar’ practice head Jonathan Kirsop is ‘responsive, practical, polite and dedicated’.
Travers Smith LLP ‘provides clear advice and pragmatic solutions’ to clients such as Trainline, LK Bennett, Nature Delivered and Prudential. The team handles breaches, audits and compliance and outsourcing contracts. Practice head Dan Reavill is ‘excellent’.
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Mark Abell leads Bird & Bird LLP’s highly respected franchising group, which provides ‘quick responses and advice based on very detailed franchise industry knowledge’. Graeme Payne and Victoria Hobbs are ‘able to have good, open discussions, and are both great at taking in the facts and asking the relevant questions’. Legal director Shelly Nadler joined the firm in October 2015 from Fieldfisher. Key clients include PizzaExpress, University College School and the fashion companies Hobbs and Whistles.
Fieldfisher’s franchising team features a true legend in Chris Wormald, as well as the extremely talented David Bond, who assists a diverse client base including easyHotel, Brighton College and Burger & Lobster on their franchising and licensing expansion strategies, both domestically and internationally. Leighton Cassidy heads the IP litigation team and regularly works with fellow dispute resolution partner Andrew Dodd. Shelly Nadler left the firm in September 2015 to join Bird & Bird LLP.
Hamilton Pratt is the largest specialist franchise law firm in the country, and features leading lawyer John Pratt, who heads the commercial franchise side of the practice. He works with partner James Barrett, who heads the litigation team, as well as senior associate Emma Lusty. Representative clients include McDonald’s, Papa John’s (GB), Domino’s Pizza, Subway (UK & Ireland), Signs Express, Toni & Guy and ventilation system manufacturer EnviroVent.
Blake Morgan LLP’s substantial franchise department is noted for its ‘quality, practically applicable advice and responsiveness’. Sheilah Mackie ‘understands business needs and provides advice in such a way that agreements are legally robust yet in line with clients’ goals’. The six-office firm also features knowledgeable partners Jill Bainbridge, Mike Stace and Alan Harlow.
DLA Piper provides ‘first-class problem solving and great communication’ to an international client base that includes Hertz, Marriott and Ralph Lauren. The ‘personable, knowledgeable and remarkably available’ Iain Bowler leads the team, which was strengthened in January 2016 with the recruitment of retail and supply chain finance expert Mark Dewar from Simmons & Simmons. Bonella Ramsay is also recommended
Dentons takes a ‘sensible, streamlined approach to key questions in a very user-friendly way, and gives balanced advice about the commercial realities and challenges of moving into new markets’. Long-time expert Babette Märzheuser-Wood leads the team and is ‘simply the best when it comes to international work’. Clients include universities, hotels and food and beverage providers such as Taleem College, Wagamama and Starwood Hotel and Resorts. Senior associate Robyn Chatwood, who joined the firm in 2014, is also recommended.
Led by partners Peter Sheppard and Mike Barlow and consultant Jonathan Chadd, Leathes Prior’s practice advises more than 45 franchisors in the UK as well as a lengthy list of international clients. Clients include Countrywide Signs, Senior Care at Home, Drain Doctor, Wok & Go and Greensleeves Garden Care.
At Owen White, Jane Masih advises franchisors and franchisees on a variety of matters, including the development of their networks, drafting franchise and master licence agreements, and acting in sales and purchases of franchise businesses. Litigation expert Russell Ford is also recommended.
Simons Muirhead & Burton has an international franchising specialist in Maninder Gill, who has particular expertise in the fashion and publishing industries. He is joined by Natalie Wright, who focuses on beauty and fashion companies, and North American expert Peter Weiss. Clients include franchisors Jimmy Choo and Time Out magazine.
Stevens & Bolton LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service, speedy response times, thorough industry knowledge and advice that’s always very balanced’. Nicola Broadhurst is ‘extremely competent and a great support to businesses; she assesses each situation herself and provides balanced legal and commercial advice’. Andrew Quick is also recommended.
TLT excels in franchise agreements in the Middle East and is accomplished in the automotive and retail sectors. Bill Hull and Perran Jervis are ‘very strong’, and were joined by Manchester-based franchising expert Pauline Cowie from Millbank Edge LLP in June 2015. The group is seeking to expand its international reach, as illustrated by the recent addition of WHSmith as a key client.
Travers Smith LLP is a full-service law firm that has a ‘wealth of experience and always gives the right answers’ on complicated franchising matters. The team handles franchising and distribution agreements throughout the EMEA region and ‘always gives accurate, commercial, succinct and measured guidance. Ben Chivers (who is ‘prompt, confident and gives genuinely useful advice’) works alongside the talented and affable Tom Purton. Clients include Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger, Cath Kidston and Godiva.
The franchising practice at Ashton Legal is led by Damian Humphrey, who represents Leon Restaurants, Eddie Rockets, TaxAssist, Tossed and Chopstix, among others. Consultant John Chambers is also recommended.
Baker McKenzie LLP leverage the firm’s sizeable international footprint to act for a major international client base that includes Unilever, Rio Tinto and Carlsberg. Michelle Blunt is the main contact.
Boutique firm David Bigmore & Co in Association with Goodman Derrick LLP represents domestic and international clients in contentious and non-contentious franchising matters. David Bigmore is the main contact.
The experienced David Kaye leads the team at Harper Macleod LLP, which recently bolstered its litigation expertise with the recruitment of partner E-Ming Fong. The group’s client list includes the franchisor Chicken Cottage and franchisee Subway.
Mishcon de Reya LLP has expertise in the fashion, retail and food and beverage industries, assisting clients such as Tesco and Victoria’s Secret with their brand extension efforts. Lewis Cohen is the main contact.
IT and telecoms
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IT and telecoms
- Addleshaw Goddard LLP
- Allen & Overy LLP
- Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Browne Jacobson LLP
- Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Clifford Chance LLP
- Eversheds LLP
- Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Jones Day
- King & Wood Mallesons
- Latham & Watkins
- Mayer Brown International LLP
- Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
- Osborne Clarke
- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP
Reed Smith LLP
- Squire Patton Boggs
- Stephenson Harwood
- Technology Law Alliance
- Waterfront Solicitors LLP
- Wiggin LLP
- Blake Morgan LLP
- Bond Dickinson LLP
- Burges Salmon LLP (Bristol)
- Cooley (UK) LLP
- Covington & Burling LLP
- DAC Beachcroft LLP
- DMH Stallard LLP
- Edwin Coe LLP
- Gowling WLG
- Harbottle & Lewis LLP
- Holman Fenwick Willan
Kemp IT Law
- Lewis Silkin LLP
- Mills & Reeve LLP (Cambridge)
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Preiskel & Co LLP
- Shepherd and Wedderburn
- Travers Smith LLP
- Trowers & Hamlins LLP
- Wallace LLP
- Wedlake Bell LLP
- White & Case LLP
Leading individuals: information technology
Leading individuals: telecoms
The ‘very responsive and highly commercial’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP ‘goes out of its way to meet clients’ needs in a creative and solution-oriented way’. Key names include the ‘always excellent’ Harry Small, who heads the global technology practice group and is known for advising on outsourcing and technology services contracts; David Halliday, who primarily advises clients on IT-related disputes; Peter Strivens, who heads the telecoms practice and focuses on corporate transactions; and Steve Holmes,who advises clients on regulatory transactions. Also recommended are Ben Allgrove, whose wide-ranging expertise includes disputes, and Duncan Reid-Thomas, who focuses on business process outsourcing and commercial contracts. Clients include Google, Netflix, Virgin Media and EY.
Bird & Bird LLP ‘delivers value through its pragmatic approach, quick turnaround times and understanding of the industry’. Graeme Maguire heads the tech and comms sector group and handles regulatory work and commercial arrangements. Roger Bickerstaff’s highlights included advising the Ministry of Justice on legal issues surrounding the tagging of criminal offenders, while the ‘excellent’ Joanne Wheeler, who is known for her satellite expertise, assisted EchoStar Mobile with the pan-European S-band spectrum, which was awarded to the client in 2009 as one of two operators authorised to use the spectrum, and which is now the subject of challenges from several countries. Colin Long retired in 2015.
Bristows LLP attracts praise for its ‘very strong industry knowledge and commercial acumen’. The practice is headed by ‘effective negotiator’ Mark Watts, who acts for Amazon Web Services and is known for his data protection expertise, and includes Toby Crick, who acts for Ofcom and handles major outsourcing projects; litigation specialist Myles Jelf, who acts for Google and Samsung; and Adrian Sim, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and whose clients include Genomics and Capgemini.
The ‘extremely impressive’ team at CMS (which is noted for its ‘up-to-speed advice on the latest technological issues’) handles litigation as well as major transactions, including a high number of multi-jurisdictional IT and telecoms projects. Chris Watson is the global head of the technology, media and communications practice, which acts for a wide range of clients including the Post Office, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, Telefónica and Orange. John Armstrong led the firm’s advice to HP regarding its outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Bank. Also recommended are Emma Burnett, the ‘calm and innovative’ Ian Stevens, and Stuart Blythe, who ‘has excellent undersea cable expertise’.
DLA Piper’s clients include Vodafone, Amazon Web Services, UBS and Samsung. The practice is headed by Kit Burden, who focuses on transactions and procurement, and includes the ‘open-minded and forthright’ Mike Conradi, who ‘lives up to his reputation for undersea cable expertise’. He is acting for a consortium of 19 telecoms operators on the African Coast to Europe submarine communications cable system. In other highlights, Anthony Day (who is ‘an excellent, solution-driven lawyer’) advised Aviva on its global cloud outsourcing arrangement with CSC, and the ‘invaluable’ Mark O’Conor undertook a comparative study on behalf of the European Commission on regulations governing cloud computing in each EU member state.
Dentons’ lawyers are ‘responsive, client-oriented, insightful and pragmatic’. Telecoms head Jan Willem van den Bos assisted Gulf Bridge International with an undersea cable project and advised Virgin Mobile on the creation of a new commercial contract with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform provider. Highlights for IT practice head Dan Burge included acting for Home Retail Group on the outsourcing of services to Wipro, while Martin Fanning (‘a knowledgeable source of solid advice’) assisted Virgin Atlantic with the adoption of a new IT suite. Catherine Bingham advised the Department for Energy and Climate Change on a carbon capture storage project.
Fieldfisher attracts praise for its ‘good service and very creative approach to problem solving’. Practice head Robert Shooter acts for a number of technology suppliers including Accenture, while John Worthy has advised a number of clients on satellite and space projects, and is assisting Netflix and Starbucks with matters relating to payment processing. Other key names include Simon Briskman, who focuses on the exploitation of new technologies and acts for eBay and Channel 4; Paul Graham, who has acted for Three and VimpelCom in a number of major deals; and James Buckingham, whose clients include several public sector bodies.
Olswang LLP has an ‘extremely strong’ capability in the IT and telecoms space led by the ‘knowledgeable and personable’ Purvi Parekh on the telecoms front and Clive Gringras for IT matters. Parekh provides advice to Vodafone on numerous matters, including its MVNO relationships, while Gringras has handled all of Microsoft’s European copyright levy litigation following the client’s acquisition of Nokia.
Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘consistently excellent’ TMT practice is headed by Simon Colvin and includes Diane Mullenex, who relocated from Paris to London and heads the global telecommunications practice. Colvin advised the Financial Conduct Authority on its move from a single supplier service to a tower model. David McIlwaine’s highlights included acting for the Home Office in an international arbitration concerning the termination of its contract with Raytheon Systems, while David Isaac advised housing association Affinity Sutton on the procurement and implementation of a new enterprise resource planning solution. The ‘pragmatic and strategic’ Clive Seddon is also recommended. Jon Fell joined Osborne Clarke in June 2015 and John Salmon moved to Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2016.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s clients include Tesco, Tata Consultancy Services and Dell. The firm has particular expertise acting for providers on outsourcing agreements, and is active in corporate finance in the IT sector. Mark Lewis heads the department, which includes Marcus Pearl, Usman Wahid, Richard Chapman and litigator Ian De Freitas.
The ‘very attentive’ Nick Pantlin heads the practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which attracts praise for its ability to provide ‘practical solutions’. Pantlin’s highlights included acting for Capita on contract arrangements for services to support the mortgage business of a major UK bank, and advising TSB Bank on its separation from Lloyds Banking Group. On the telecoms front, the practice advised Telefónica Group on its agreement to sell Telefónica Europe to Hutchison Whampoa, and assisted Telefónica UK with two separate spectrum auctions. Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale moved to Ashurst in March 2016.
Calum Murray heads the commercial technology practice at Kemp Little LLP, which acts for a mixture of suppliers and customers on outsourcing transactions, and has particular expertise in Fintech. Andrew Joint advised Reckitt Benckiser on the £90m acquisition of services from Nielson and assisted Accenture with its agreements with numerous clients. Other key members include Paul Hinton, Paul O’Hare and Emma Wright, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in June 2016.
Linklaters LLP ‘invests a lot of time into making sure its team is the right fit, and its understanding of the marketplace really adds value’. John Crozier and the ‘incredibly bright’ Marly Didizian advised the Ministry of Defence on the introduction of a cloud-based service delivery model, while Julian Cunningham-Day acted for Mitsui in its $50m investment in Afrimax and assisted Standard Chartered with its acquisition of a stake in Eaton Towers Holdings. Global TMT practice head Richard Cumbley is known for his data protection expertise.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has an ‘outstanding’ reputation in this space, and handles the full range of non-contentious and contentious matters for clients including Astellas, AstraZeneca and Barclays. Key figures include Laurence Jacobs, who heads the IT practice; and John Dewar and Sean Keaton, who head the telecoms practice. Keaton and Joel Harrison advised WPP on a series of global IT outsourcing agreements, and Dewar was among those who advised O3b Networks on the financing of the launch of eight satellites.
Simmons & Simmons’ sector expertise runs the gamut of work for clients including telecoms multinationals such as Telefónica UK and VimpelCom, government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, and media companies including Virgin Media. Tom Wheadon heads the international information, communications and technology group, which includes TMT sector group head Alexander Brown; James Cotter, who advises a broad range of clients on contracts and regulatory matters; and the Bristol-based Hinal Patel, who has expertise in IT outsourcing and telecoms transactions. IP and Fintech lawyer Angus McLean became a partner in May 2015.
Slaughter and May’s ‘tenacious, responsive’ lawyers are ‘committed to getting the best possible results for their clients’. Technology and outsourcing practice head Rob Sumroy (‘a superb strategist and a hands-on partner’) advised Royal & Sun Alliance on the re-tendering of its IT infrastructure, and David Ives advised Ladbrokes on the transformation of its data centre arrangements with Vodafone. William Underhill heads the firm’s telecoms practice.
Taylor Wessing LLP acts for Visa, Spotify, Associated Newspapers, DC Thomson, KPMG and China Telecom. The firm has a particular focus on advising start-ups and North American companies establishing their operations in Europe. Chris Jeffery manages the practice area and is recommended alongside Graham Hann and Sian Skelton. Tracey Sheehan joined Dentons in October 2015.
Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta leads Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘responsive, efficient and well-resourced’ team, and has handled outsourcing transactions for a number of high-profile clients. Highlights included advising Tate & Lyle on IT aspects of the re-alignment of a joint venture company, and assisting Diageo with its exit from South African and Namibian joint ventures.
Lawyers at Allen & Overy LLP ‘know the telecoms industry inside out and provide commercial, practical and well-informed advice’. ‘Knowledgeable and willing’ practice head Tom Levine acted for VimpelCom on the formation of a joint venture with CK Hutchinson, and advised IHS on the acquisition of several thousand mobile network towers across Rwanda, Zambia and Nigeria. Senior associate Andrew Kenning is ‘technically excellent, strong under pressure and very nice to work with’. Other clients include Huawei, Samsung and EE.
Michael Ryan heads the telecoms team at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP and advised AT&T on Latin American regulatory aspects of DIRECTV. Litigation lawyer Michael Bywell, who joined from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in February 2016, is ‘intelligent, thoughtful and pleasant to work with’.
Ashurst has ‘a strong team, with good leaders and excellent market knowledge’, and which was strengthened by the arrival of Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in March 2016 and the arrival of David Futter from Addleshaw Goddard LLP in April that year. Mark Lubbock advised Softcat on its IPO, and the ‘insightful and pragmatic’ Christopher Bates acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and Merlin Entertainments.
Browne Jacobson LLP attracts praise for its ‘extremely high levels of business acumen and industry knowledge’. The ‘charming, attentive and unflappable’ Anthony Nagle acts for Hiscox as well as the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Audit Office and several other government departments.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s TMT department is headed by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard and is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Howard advised IT Lab on the acquisition of IT provider JMC, and Bailey acted for Lombard and Harrods. Other highlights included advising the government of The Bahamas on its search for a second mobile cellular operator.
At Clifford Chance LLP, TMT practice head Joachim Fleury and competition and regulatory lawyer Jenine Hulsmann advised Deutsche Telekom on the £12.5bn sale of EE to BT. Fleury also advised media and telecoms groups on joint ventures to develop online classifieds platforms.
Eversheds LLP is ‘really strong on IT and fantastic on telecoms’. Simon Gamlin heads the IT Team and Simon Cloke, who became a partner in May 2016, heads the telecoms team. Clients include EDF, Dimension Data, Nationwide Building Society and Vodafone.
Halebury is noted for its ‘excellent service and extremely valuable market knowledge and business acumen’. Key figures in the firm, which acts for BT, Sky, Ericsson and National Grid, include chair Janvi Patel, CEO Denise Nurse, and ‘pragmatic, professional and collaborative’ consultant Simon Phillips, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP in September 2015. Also recommended are Ed Rea and Delphine Power, who ‘handle difficult negotiations admirably’.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department is led by Sarah Turner and consultant Quentin Archer, and provides ‘strong business and technical knowledge and excellent response times’. Archer advised Telecity on the roll out of a platform that connects cloud customers with cloud service providers, and assisted SABMiller with its outsourcing arrangements with Genpact. Vodafone, Xerox and VocaLink are also clients.
Key figures at King & Wood Mallesons include Andrew Shindler and Jeremy Schrire, who head the commerce and technology department, and James Walsh, who handles commercial deals, infrastructure projects and regulatory matters. The firm acts for Sky, Ladbrokes, Teléfonica UK and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.
Highlights for Latham & Watkins included advising Home Credit International on the formation of a joint venture with US telecoms company Sprint, and assisting a consortium of investment banks with the formation of a data management utility. Gail Crawford chairs the practice, which includes Andrew Moyle and Martin Cotterill, and counsel Ulrich Wuermeling, who relocated from Frankfurt to London in January 2016.
At Mayer Brown International LLP, Mark Prinsley heads the IP & IT and outsourcing groups and Peter Dickinson heads the telecoms practice. Prinsley advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank on the formation of a not-for-profit open-source software foundation, and Dickinson’s highlights included assisting The Kraft Heinz Company with its deal with Accenture to provide business process and back office services across a range of jurisdictions.
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP acted for AIG in a number of projects, advised payment network Universal Air Travel Plan on regulatory issues, and assisted Danish IT services provider NNIT with the negotiation of IT services arrangements in the UK. Other clients include Novartis, Moody’s and Formula E. Practice head Alistair Maughan and of counsel Susan McLean are recommended.
Key figures at Osborne Clarke include commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers and commercial lawyer Simon Rendell, who has acted for EE, Vodafone and Facebook.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s ‘responsive and proactive’ team acted for Fujitsu in the renegotiation of its Aspire agreement with HMRC. Other clients include Sumitomo, GlaxoSmithKline and Direct Line Group. Tim Wright heads the department, which includes Mike Pierides.
The ‘always quick and insightful’ PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP recruited Juan Crosby from CMS in October 2015; he joins a team that includes Latika Sharma and acts for clients including Bupa and Kobalt.
At RPC, commercial technology head Mark Crichard advises IT and BPO service provider eClerx on all its contracts globally, and IP head Jeremy Drew is representing The National Trust in a Technology and Construction Court claim against IBM. Other clients include Betfair, the Daily Mail General Trust and King’s College Hospital. Anna Cook joined Bristows LLP in January 2016.
Radiant Law’s practice is led by Andrew Sutherland, who regularly acts for Thomas Cook. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Sky, and London Stock Exchange Group.
Reed Smith LLP’s practice is led by Cynthia O’Donoghue, who advises software developer PerfTech on its web and mobile technology framework. ‘Excellent practitioner’ Angus Finnegan (who ‘combines pragmatism with a great depth of experience’) advised OTE on a data centre outsourcing agreement with The Coca-Cola Company. Sakil Suleman handles technology transactions. Channel 4, Sky, and Bayer are also clients.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Ann LaFrance and Andrew Wilkinson are the EMEA coordinating partners responsible for communications law and IP and technology, respectively. The practice assists some of the world’s largest technology companies with regulatory matters and transactions, and frequently advises clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Cable Bahamas and the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda are clients.
Highlights for Stephenson Harwood included advising Barclays Bank on the use of biometrics and assisting Ryanair with various IT and software agreements. Dan Holland and Jonathan Kirsop are recommended.
TLT handles high-value procurement transactions for clients including Imperial Tobacco, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the Co-operative Group and EDF Energy. Bristol-based practice head James Touzel and Manchester-based David Gardner are recommended.
Technology Law Alliance has ‘an extremely responsive, smart and personable team that provides well-judged advice’ to clients including BMO Global Asset Management, Hitachi Data Systems and Crest Nicholson. Gavin Wakefield and the ‘knowledgeable’ Jeremy Newton are recommended.
Waterfront Solicitors LLP ‘combines a high level of sector experience with exceptional responsiveness’. Practice head Alison Berryman ‘has deep expertise in all aspects of the software business’. The ‘willing and able’ Jean-Marc Pettigrew became a partner in April 2015. Clients include London & Partners, Quartet Financial Systems and Valtech. Carole Hailey left in April 2015.
Wiggin LLP’s ‘responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ team is led by David Naylor and Shaun Lowde, who is ‘pragmatic, insightful and a pleasure to work with’. The firm advised Lebara on the launch of its TV service and assisted clients with numerous outsourcing and infrastructure matters.
The ‘very knowledgeable and flexible’ Claire Coleman heads Bond Dickinson LLP’s delivers ‘fantastic and responsive’ technology, media and communications team in London. She acted alongside the ‘excellent’ Andrew Scott for Atom Bank in its IT mobilisation. Emma Wright moved to Kemp Little LLP in June 2016.
Cooley (UK) LLP established its London office in 2015, recruiting key technology specialist Chris Coulter and his team from Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP. The firm has attracted a number of key instructions from clients including Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, Warner Music International and Fox.
Covington & Burling LLP is ‘a fantastic firm that demonstrates great responsiveness and industry expertise’. Regulatory matters and data protection are particular strengths. Lisa Peets heads the practice, which includes Daniel Pavin.
DMH Stallard LLP’s Anthony Lee advises law firms and other professional services organisations on their IT outsourcing contracts as well as acting for technology companies such as Adbrain and Perfect Data.
Highlights for Edwin Coe LLP’s Nick Phillips included advising Babylon Healthcare Services, the makers of a personal healthcare app, on its partnership with Bupa. Other clients include the Association of Accounting Technicians and Design UK.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘always quick to respond and provides practical, business-oriented advice’. Daniel Tozer is head of technology and Tony Ballard is head of telecoms. Clients include Telenor Satellite, Virgin Group and Microsoft.
At the ‘excellent’ Kemp IT Law, Richard Kemp shows ‘outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge’. Clients include Microsoft, Thomson Reuters and SITA.
Lewis Silkin LLP’s practice is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable and personable’ James Gill and the ‘enthusiastic’ Simon Morrissey. The firm acts for House of Fraser, Bacardi, and the Association of Online Publishers.
Kevin Calder heads Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘unfailingly outstanding’ IT department, and advised the Security Industry Authority on the development of a new online licence management application system. Peter Wainman’s highlights included advising the University of Kingston on a procurement contract.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Mike Rebeiro ‘has tremendous industry experience and is a top-flight negotiator’. He leads a practice that advises Accenture, BNP Paribas, Orange and Standard Chartered on contentious and non-contentious matters.
Lawyers at Preiskel & Co LLP are ‘responsive, flexible and pleasant to work with’. Managing partner Ronnie Preiskel ‘brings an understated brilliance and considerable industry experience to commercial negotiations’. The specialist firm advised the Government of the Falkland Islands on changes to its telecoms regulatory regime, and also acts for Hong Kong Telecom.
At Shepherd and Wedderburn, the ‘particularly impressive’ Gordon Moir heads the IT and telecoms practice, which acts for clients including BT, AT&T, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Moir advised the EBRD on the Cypriot telecoms regulatory regime.
Travers Smith LLP acted for Caffè Nero on the acquisition of a cloud-based electronic point of sale system and assisted Pret a Manger with the procurement of an e-commerce web platform. Group head Dan Reavill ‘provides excellent commercial advice’ and senior associate Louisa Chambers is ‘responsive, hardworking and friendly’.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP ‘has a strong, responsive team with a lot of experience’. Riccardo Abbate and Adrian Jones ‘give practical advice in a comprehensible way’. Highlights included advising the National Bank of Dubai on a deal with BT.
Specialist commercial firm Wallace LLP advised the Copyright Licensing Agency on the development of a digital content store, and acts for a number of software companies. Practice head Frank Jennings is ‘a leading expert in cloud contracts’.
Highlights for David Eisenberg’s team at White & Case LLP included advising VimpelCom on its acquisition of Wand Telecom. The firm also acted for Helios Towers Nigeria on its proposed IPO and listing on the LSE.
Index of tables
- Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
- Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Cooley (UK) LLP
D Young & Co LLP
- Dechert LLP
- Jones Day
- Nabarro LLP
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Osborne Clarke
Reed Smith LLP
- Slaughter and May
- Squire Patton Boggs
- Stephenson Harwood
- Wiggin LLP
- Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
- Brown Rudnick LLP
- Browne Jacobson LLP
- Burges Salmon LLP (Bristol)
- Clyde & Co LLP
- Collyer Bristow LLP
- Edwin Coe LLP
- Fox Williams LLP
- Hansel Henson
- Howard Kennedy LLP
- Irwin Mitchell
- Kemp Little LLP
Locke Lord LLP
- Macfarlanes LLP
- Penningtons Manches LLP
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP
- Waterfront Solicitors LLP
- Wedlake Bell LLP
- Stephen Bennett - Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Anna Carboni - Redd
- Brian Cordery - Bristows LLP
- Nicola Dagg - Allen & Overy LLP
- Marc Döring - Allen & Overy LLP
- Penny Gilbert - Powell Gilbert LLP
- Mark Heaney - Allen & Overy LLP
- Mark Holah - Bird & Bird LLP
- Myles Jelf - Bristows LLP
- Morag Macdonald - Bird & Bird LLP
- Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP
- David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP
- Theo Savvides - Bristows LLP
- Justin Watts - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
For some, Bird & Bird LLP is ‘the premier patent litigation firm; it has the deepest bench of skilled patent litigators of all the European firms’. It supplements this patent expertise with ‘an excellent’ trade mark practice; recent highlights include successfully representing Mattel in a trade mark infringement and passing-off case before the Court of Appeal against Zynga relating to Mattel’s SCRABBLE brand. Key figures include Jane Mutimear, who is ‘a great case leader’; Mark Holah, who for some is ‘the best trade mark lawyer in London’; and ‘pragmatic’ practitioners Peter Brownlow, Mark Hilton, Morag Macdonald, Tom Snaith, Robert Williams and Patrick Kelleher.
Bristows LLP’s respected team features a number of ‘premier division’ practitioners, including the ‘hugely knowledgeable’ Brian Cordery; James Boon, who has ‘a lot of fighting spirit’ and is defending PGS in a patent infringement claim brought by Electromagnetic Geo Services; Liz Cohen and Dominic Adair, who represented Celltrion Healthcare to revoke three European and UK patents related to the use of a chimeric CD20 antibody; and IP litigation specialist Theo Savvides. Matthew Warren, Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf are also praised for their ‘commercial awareness and technical ability’.
Powell Gilbert LLP demonstrated its reputation in the patent space by defending Huawei in a patent action by Unwired Planet International concerning 3G and 4G technology. Tim Powell has ‘a deep understanding of patent law’ and led the team representing Actavis against Pfizer in a case concerning the use of the active ingredient in Pfizer’s blockbuster drug Lyrica. On the trade mark front, Simon Ayrton acted for Cambridge University in an IPEC dispute regarding the licensing of its trade mark. Other key figures within the well-established team include Penny Gilbert, Zoë Butler, Alex Wilson and Ari Laakkonen, who are ‘extremely thorough and tenacious litigators’.
Allen & Overy LLP handles big-ticket matters in the patent field, advising on both litigation and IP-rich corporate transactions for clients including Novartis, Virgin Media, McDonald’s and Imperial Tobacco. IP litigation head Nicola Dagg is ‘a very bright, courageous and experienced litigator with an international reputation’. She is ably supported by IP litigators Mark Ridgway and Neville Cordell. Head of commercial IP Jim Ford can ‘disentangle the most challenging of commercial IP issues and produce workable solutions’.
Singled out for its cross-border capabilities and its impressive global footprint, Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice acts for an impressive client base of global household names in a broad range of sectors. IT and software copyright specialist Ben Allgrove acted for Virgin Media in its role as intervener in ITV v TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 with European law. Hiroshi Sheraton focuses on advising life sciences sector clients on patent strategy, transactions and litigation. Managing partner Michael Hart heads the IP practice, which includes commercial IP partner Michelle Blunt and head of trade marks Jessica Le Gros.
Gowling WLG handles both patent litigation and IP-related commercial transactions. Gordon Harris leads the team, which includes David Barron, who is advising SSH Communications Security on its claim for patent infringement against Sony in the Patent Court; Paul Inman, who advised Coloplast in its High Court action against MacGregor Healthcare for infringement of a patent for a hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter; and Nick Cunningham and Alexandra Brodie, who have ‘huge IP experience and are excellent with clients’.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is praised for its ‘attention to client needs and requests, and for its well-tailored advice’. The practice, led by the global head of IP Mark Shillito, is particularly experienced in coordinating multi-jurisdictional parallel proceedings. In a recent highlight, Sebastian Moore (who is noted for his ‘second-to-none client-handling skills’) successfully defended Gilead in a patent infringement case brought by Idenix and a counterclaim for revocation of Idenix's European patent. Also recommended is Sarah Burke, who is ‘very calm throughout, despite high pressure and tight timescales’; Joel Smith, who is recommended in the trade mark space; life sciences specialist Sophie Rich; and patent expert Andrew Moir.
Hogan Lovells International LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth team, which can respond rapidly and knowledgeably to any enquiry’. It is primarily known for its particular expertise in the life sciences and telecoms sectors, representing clients including Lilly, Merck Sharp & Dohme, HTC and Amazon. Practice head Stephen Bennett is ‘a real talent, with a practical and commercial approach’, and Paul Brown is ‘hugely experienced in telecoms and medical devices’. Life sciences specialist Daniel Brook and trade mark practitioner Charlie Winckworth are also highly recommended.
Olswang LLP remains prominent in both hard and soft IP matters. Highlights included defending Sandoz in a preliminary injunction application by Pfizer, and acting for Sky in the NowTV case before the Supreme Court. Joel Barry heads the 24-partner team, which includes Michael Burdon, Gareth Morgan, Robert Stephen and Sarah Wright.
Marc Döring’s* team at Simmons & Simmons has extensive experience litigating patents before the national courts and assisting with cases before the EPO. It represented ViiV Healthcare in litigation against Teva relating to the patent and supplementary protection certificate for its anti-HIV drug, Kivexa. Patent litigator Marjan Noor* acted for Eli Lilly in patent litigation against Sanofi regarding the components of insulin pen injector devices, and acted for the same client against Actavis concerning Eli Lilly’s patent for atomoxetine. The recruitment of the ‘diligent’ Mark Heaney* in October 2015 has bolstered the practice’s electronics and telecoms sector capabilities. *Since publication, Marc Döring, Mark Heaney and Marjan Noor have joined *Allen & Overy LLP.
Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘extremely impressive’ team regularly handles high-profile patent litigation. Nigel Stoate and Simon Cohen acted for Abbott Laboratories in UK patent revocation proceedings against Ethicon and Cordis Corporation, as well as on concurrent EPO opposition proceedings. James Marshall, Charles Lloyd and Roland Mallinson are ‘standout practitioners’.
At DLA Piper, Ruth Hoy is advising Hermès International on its brand protection and trade mark infringement issues. The ‘technically strong’ Adam Cooke is acting for Novo Nordisk on patent infringement and validity litigation concerning transgenic mice used for the creation of human monoclonal antibodies. Claire Bennett focuses on patent disputes in the technology sector. Other clients include FA Premier League, Avon and Virgin Atlantic.
Fieldfisher handles a broad range of soft IP mandates, and its team, which is led by Nick Rose, ‘has its ear very close to the ground on current market practice’. The team expanded with the arrivals of patent litigators Diana Sternfeld, Nicole Jadeja and Rebecca Baines from Rouse Legal in April 2016. Leighton Cassidy has ‘an excellent grasp of the commercial needs of his clients’. Recent work includes defending a patent infringement claim, management of international trade mark portfolios for household names, and online copyright trade mark infringement disputes.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is praised for its ‘deep appreciation of the business and science surrounding patent litigation’. The team handles a significant amount of IP-driven transactional work; recent highlights include advising The Blackstone Group on the sale of Center Parcs in a dual track negotiation, and London Stock Exchange Group on the sale of its Russell Investments asset management business. Within the team, Justin Watts is singled out for his ‘vast experience in patent litigation’; Giles Pratt has ‘an impressive knowledge of trade mark law’; and Matthew Shade combines ‘acute nous, commercial instinct, grasp of detail, and strategic insight’.
Clients of Harbottle & Lewis LLP appreciate its ‘depth of industry knowledge, particularly in the technology, media and entertainment sectors’. Recent instructions include defending in a High Court trade mark and unregistered design right claim, acting in a patent licensing matter related to software and the internet, and assisting with a trade mark infringement claim. Key figures include ‘knowledgeable and tenacious’ contentious IP specialist Andy Millmore, and Jeremy Morton and Shireen Peermohamed, who are ‘commercial and pragmatic’.
In an illustration of Lewis Silkin LLP’s strong reputation in the trade mark space, the ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ Simon Chapman acted for Lush in its dispute with Amazon concerning the use of “lush” as a Google Adword. Giles Crown handles copyright, design and trade mark litigation, and is defending BT in a trade mark infringement claim in the High Court brought by Virgin Media. Commercial IP specialist Jeremy Summers is also recommended.
In an illustration of Linklaters LLP’s strong financial services expertise, the ‘pragmatic and practical’ Ian Karet acted for Bank Leumi in a software licensing dispute with Micro Focus involving copyright infringement and breach of contract. On the transactional side, Nemone Franks advised Hutchinson Whampoa on the IP aspects of its acquisition of the O2 mobile telecoms business in the UK from Telefónica.
Marks & Clerk Solicitors leverages its strong patent and trade mark attorney practice to provide ‘a very good interface between prosecution and litigation’. Mike Gilbert continued to act for Genentech in three separate proceedings brought by Hospira concerning six Genentech patents for its blockbuster drug, Herceptin. The practice is also acting for Jägermeister in the enforcement of its trade mark rights against various infringers. Other key figures on the patent side include Charlie Balme, William Cook and Graham Burnett-Hall, and for trade marks, Kirsten Gilbert has an excellent reputation.
Mishcon de Reya LLP expanded its practice with the recruitment of David Rose from King & Wood Mallesons in April 2016. The team has a strong trade mark and brand litigation practice, and regularly acts for clients in the fashion and retail industry. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog (who is noted for his ‘sharp analytical mind’) successfully acted for Jack Wills in a trade mark infringement and passing-off dispute with House of Fraser. Lewis Cohen, Sally Britton and Martyn Hann are also recommended.
Pinsent Masons LLP has a formidable reputation in representing generic pharmaceuticals companies; in a recent highlight, Clare Tunstall and Charlotte Weekes acted for Teva in proceedings to invalidate Boehringer’s patent for Spiriva. Adrian Murray represented Actavis in European patent opposition proceedings as well as associated High Court litigation, and Iain Connor continues to advise Interflora on its keyword advertising dispute with Marks & Spencer.
At Redd, Anna Carboni acted for Gucci in a global trade mark dispute with Gerry Weber International AG. Sara Ashby and Simon Chalkley are ‘excellent’ in handling litigation and non-contentious work, respectively. Ashby is advising a pharmaceutical company in relation to trade mark infringement matters concerning parallel imports within the EU. Rebecca Lawrence joined from Powell Gilbert LLP in September 2015.
At Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP, Christopher Stothers and Richard Dickinson focus on IP litigation and transactional IP, respectively. Stothers defended AstraZeneca in a case concerning a European patent for a specific medical use of its blockbuster combination asthma inhaler, and in infringement proceedings against Teva’s generic equivalent. Michael Bywell joined from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in February 2016 and has particular experience in the technology area.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is defending Fraser-Nash Research and Ecotive in claims regarding the trade mark infringement of the shape of LTC’s classic London taxi designs. Other clients include the Financial Times, Monsoon Accessorize and Rocco Forte Hotels. The practice is led by Simon Clark and includes Ian Gruselle, Ian de Freitas and Toby Headdon, who are ‘immensely hardworking and imaginative lawyers’.
CMS has a strong client following in the consumer products, TMT and life sciences sectors. Tom Scourfield acted for ISG Construction in High Court proceedings brought against it by Claridge Architects in respect of the alleged infringement of the claimant’s copyright over a number of architectural drawings. Susan Barty is another name to note.
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP continues to expand its ‘young but growing’ IP practice, recruiting pharmaceutical and biotech patent specialist David Wilson from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in January 2016, as well as two senior associates. Camilla Balleny and Ian Kirby are ‘extremely astute, especially in the pharmaceutical area’. Kirby is defending Crawford Healthcare in High Court patent infringement and trade mark infringement proceedings and parallel EPO opposition proceedings.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a tremendous record in trade mark litigation; Mary Bagnall has ‘an up-to-date knowledge of the intricacies of trade mark law’ and ‘a fantastic eye for detail’. Bagnall continues to represent Cadbury in the protection of “Cadbury Purple”. Practice head Ian Wood advised Sandvik on potential claims for patent infringement against Crusher Manganese Steels. Jonathan Radcliffe joined Reed Smith LLP in May 2016.
Cooley (UK) LLP has particular expertise in the technology and life sciences space, acting for a number of industry leaders including Twitter, Nikon Europe and Forex Capital Markets. Recent instructions include domain names dispute, patent infringement claims and IP licensing rights. Key figures include Nick Bolter, who focuses on trade marks and designs; Akash Sachdeva; and life sciences patent partner Colm Murphy, who joined from Venner Shipley LLP in May 2016.
At D Young & Co LLP, Tamsin Holman and Ian Starr acted in design litigation for Skechers relating to a number of products sold by leading supermarket chains. Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo international, Procter & Gamble and AkzoNobel are also clients.
Paul Kavanagh at Dechert LLP ‘understands the client’s needs’ and ‘keeps entirely focused on them to ensure the best result’. The team is assisting clients including Travelex, Dishoom and Thomas Cook on international trade mark portfolio, copyright and brand protection matters.
Dentons is praised for its ‘practical advice given with an awareness of the commercial position of the client’. It regularly advises ASOS and Virgin on a wide range of IP matters, including trade mark licenses, IP licensing arrangements, copyright infringement and piracy issues. The practice has several key names, including Anna Copeman and John Linneker, who are rated as ‘commercially focused’, and was bolstered in the patent, life sciences and technology spaces with the arrival of Campbell Forsyth, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in April 2016.
EIP has a ‘top-notch telecoms patent litigation practice’. The team continues to represent Unwired Planet International in its High Court patent action against five mobile phone companies. Gary Moss and Robert Lundie Smith are ‘exceptionally skilled litigators’.
Jones Day regularly assists a broad range of clients on a pan-European basis. It continues to act for Idenix Pharmaceuticals against Gilead Sciences in the Court of Appeal patent litigation relating to the Hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi. Alastair McCulloch is ‘a highly experienced patent practitioner, with excellent commercial awareness’. Rebecca Swindells, who has particular expertise in the technology, media and TMT sectors, joined from Fieldfisher in March 2016.
Nabarro LLP has a solid reputation advising on trade mark strategy, enforcement and litigation, particularly for technology, fashion and real estate sector clients. Recent highlights include acting for The British Heart Foundation on its IP commercialisation arrangement and protection strategy. Guy Heath heads the team, which includes litigator David Parrish, who provides ‘well-considered and practice advice’, and consultant Ashley Roughton, who is a key name for patent matters.
Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘a very capable group of professionals with great client skills and a wealth of experience in patent litigation’. ‘Superb IP litigator’ Huw Evans is acting for Saab Seaeye in a patent dispute against Atlas Elektronik and ECS Special Projects. Practice head Mike Knapper and Jonathan Ball are also highly recommended.
Osborne Clarke can draw upon its growing network of offices globally to advise on cross-border patent strategy, trade marks and licensing transactions. Lorna Brazell is advising a high-profile gaming company on international parallel import issues and IP strategy. Clients include WePay, News International, Vodafone and KPMG. Robert Guthrie and Ben Goodger are ‘technically very strong and pleasant to work with’.
RPC’s practice focuses on trade mark and copyright litigation, as well as international arbitration. Jeremy Drew acted for Champagne Louis Roederer in a successful trade mark infringement and passing-off claim. Paul Joseph is acting for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive in respect of its marketing materials. David Cran gives ‘clear and robust advice’.
Reed Smith LLP has a strong reputation in the fields of IP and media, where it advises on copyright and trade mark disputes. Michael Skrein is a recognised ‘doyen’ for complex IP litigation, and Emma Lenthall has a wide-ranging soft IP practice and is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Jonathan Radcliffe joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in May 2016.
Rouse Legal’s focus is on mechanical and electronic hardware patent disputes. Arty Rajendra is currently acting for Ford Motor Company in IPEC proceedings. Jeremy Newman heads the five-partner team, which saw the departure of patent litigator Diana Sternfeld, who joined Fieldfisher in April 2016.
Slaughter and May has ‘an extremely effective patent team’ led by the ‘highly experienced’ Susie Middlemiss and Cathy Connolly. Middlemiss acted for Speciality Fibres and Materials in High Court litigation for damages in a patent action involving Smith & Nephew and ConvaTec.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Carl Rohsler and Florian Traub acted for Zippo in trade mark proceedings brought by Lorillard. The team also manages copyright and trade mark portfolios for a number of household names, including Live Nation and Clarks.
Stephenson Harwood’s practice is ‘one of the new breed of multi-jurisdictional dispute specialists’. Patent litigators Alexandra Pygall and Eifion Morris are both ‘very thorough and with excellent judgement’. Recent highlights include representing easyGroup IP Licensing on over 30 trade mark infringement matters in a number of European countries.
Wiggin LLP’s expertise covers advice to content-owning companies and global brands, including BBC Worldwide, NBC Universal, Perform Group and Motion Picture Association, on protecting and exploiting IP rights online. Simon Baggs is advising PRS for Music on its dispute against SoundCloud. Rachel Alexander and Gurminder Panesar were promoted to the partnership in April 2016.
Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s client roster features a number of household names including Primark, British Airways, MoneySuperMarket and Sainsbury’s. Practice head Emma Armitage defended Nationwide Building Society in a High Court passing-off claim brought by its former advertising agency 18 Feet & Rising.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP has successfully attracted strong workflow in the energy and natural resources, and technology sectors. The ‘commercially minded’ Neil Coulson is advising Pioneer Surgical Technology on its High Court patent action relating to its European patent against MedSpine Europe and Saspine. Mark Heaney left to join Simmons & Simmons in October 2015.
Founded in 2014 by Adam Morallee, an IP expert and former head of Mishcon de Reya LLP’s sport practice, Brandsmiths has attracted an enviable client roster of household names including Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Microsoft. The seven fee-earner team focuses on contentious IP matters – 2015 highlights included its continuing work for BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini on anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement matters, and advising SRG Apparel in ongoing litigation with the owners of the Superdry brand arising from a passing-off action. In addition to handling disputes, the firm also provides advice on IP portfolio management, development and exploitation. Senior associates Andrew Lee and Michael Forrester are also recommended.
Briffa’s excellent reputation is built on its capabilities in IP litigation, and in handling copyright infringement, breach of confidence and trade mark disputes. Managing partner Margaret Briffa is highly recommended.
Brown Rudnick LLP is praised for its ‘clear approach and excellent industry knowledge’. Alexander Carter-Silk is ‘tirelessly inventive in seeking creative solutions to his clients’ legal and commercial problems’, and is recommended alongside Steven James, who is ‘a clear-thinking individual’. Clients include AVEVA Group, Which? And Richemont.
At Browne Jacobson LLP, Declan Cushley is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge of trade marks and copyright’. Alex Watt and Giles Parsons are names to note for IP-rich commercial transactions and IP litigation, respectively. Patent specialist Kathleen Fox Murphy joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in March 2016.
Burges Salmon LLP’s team is led by Jeremy Dickerson and Helen Scott-Lawler. It manages Starbucks’ UK trade mark portfolio, as well as handling IP matters for clients including Harrods, Yeo Valley and Discovery Communications.
Clyde & Co LLP is representing Mermeren Kombinat in trade mark infringement proceedings against Fox Marble. David Wilkinson has ‘an excellent grasp of IP, particularly in the copyright and trade mark space’. Patent litigator Ralph Cox has particular expertise in the life sciences and precision engineering sectors.
Collyer Bristow LLP ‘combines a tenacious but analytical approach with excellent client-care skills’. The team acted for American Science & Engineering in patent infringement proceedings against Rapiscan concerning X-Ray scanning equipment used in security applications. Joe Cohen heads the four-partner team, which includes soft IP specialist Patrick Wheeler.
Edwin Coe LLP’s recent highlights include acting for the Evoqua Water Technologies in a patent dispute with Zenon Technologies regarding the alleged infringement of four European patents related to water treatment. Simon Miles is ‘a great communicator’.
‘IP mastermind’ Simon Bennett leads the ‘highly responsive’ practice at Fox Williams LLP, which focuses on advising clients from the fashion and technology sectors, and advises on trade mark and copyright infringement and passing off.
Hansel Henson advises clients such as Future Games of London, Doctors Associates and Seoidra Design on copyright and trade mark matters. Name partners David Hansel and Tom Henson singled out for their ‘sound, commercial advice’.
The ‘commercially minded’ Robert Lands leads the team at Howard Kennedy LLP, which is supported by the firm’s ‘excellent’ media and commercial litigation practice. Clients include Pandora Jewellery, The Tate and Bloomberg News.
Irwin Mitchell successfully represented five defendants in injunctive proceedings concerning patent infringement and passing-off relating to a medical device, and is defending an appeal against that decision in the Court of Appeal. Practice head Georgie Collins is ‘dynamic and proactive’.
Kemp Little LLP’s client list includes Thomson Reuters, Wolseley and Wonga. Recent instructions include acting in trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, IP aspects of corporate acquisitions, and IP licensing transaction. Paul Garland is praised for his ‘pragmatic approach’.
At Locke Lord LLP, John Olsen is ‘an extremely responsive and knowledgeable trade mark specialist’. Clients include MasterCard International, World Trade Centres and International Water Association.
Penningtons Manches LLP continues to advise All Saints Retail on the protection of individual designs, trade marks and copyrights. Key figures include Anna Frankum and Lesley Hall, who focus on commercial matters, and litigator Alex fox.
At PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP, Latika Sharma and Jonathna Nugent ‘set the benchmark in how to deal with clients in a practical way whilst at the same time providing an excellent service’. The team handles international IP licensing and strategy transactions, as well as advising on tax-related structuring of IP assets.
At TLT, practice head Nick Fenner has a particular focus on the technology sector. Recent highlights include advising an educational institute on a threatened patent infringement claim.
At Waterfront Solicitors LLP, ‘highly experienced litigator’ Piers Strickland ‘combines great commercial acumen with first-rate legal skills’. Strickland issued proceedings in the High Court for Jumar Solutions against Derek Mckee for copyright infringement, breach of confidence and breach of contract. The ‘approachable’ Matthew Harris has particular expertise in domain name disputes.
Wedlake Bell LLP’s representative clients include Which?, PokerStars and Tesco. Michael Gardner acted in a trade mark dispute against a UK publishing house.
WilmerHale is advising a major pharmaceutical company in relation to patent litigation in a number of European countries. Anthony Trenton is highly recommended for his litigation expertise.
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Index of tables
- Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Leading individuals: media and entertainment
- Leading individuals: media finance
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Leading individuals: media and entertainment
- Neil Adleman - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Theatre)
- Reno Antoniades - Lee & Thompson LLP (Film and TV)
- Ed Baden-Powell - Simkins LLP (Music; computer games; publishing)
- Richard Bray - Bray & Krais, Solicitors (Music)
- Duncan Calow - DLA Piper (Publishing; computer games)
Alex Chapman -
- John Cohen - Clintons (Theatre)
Stephen Edwards -
Reed Smith LLP(Broadcasting and digital carriage)
- Lawrence Engel - Lee & Thompson LLP (Music)
- John Enser - Olswang LLP (Music; digital carriage)
- Simon Esplen - Russells Solicitors (Music)
- Andrew Forbes - Lee & Thompson LLP (Music)
- Paul Gardner - Osborne Clarke (Computer games)
- Victoria Gaskell - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)
- Laurence Gilmore - Hamlins LLP (Music; litigation)
- Chris Gossage - Russells Solicitors (Music)
- Sean James - Wiggin LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)
- Tim Johnson - Fieldfisher (Film and TV; digital media)
- Medwyn Jones - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
- Mark Krais - Bray & Krais, Solicitors (Music)
- Euan Lawson - Simkins LLP (Film and TV; Music)
- Gavin Maude - Russells Solicitors (Music)
Peter McInerney -
Sheridans(Film and TV; theatre; publishing)
- Charles Moore - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
- Mark Phillips - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Computer games)
- Selina Potter - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)
Gregor Pryor -
Reed Smith LLP(Music; digital media)
- Henry Sainty - Farrer & Co (Publishing)
- Niri Shanmuganathan - Taylor Wessing LLP (Publishing; litigation)
- Andrew Sharland - Clintons (Music; litigation)
- Phil Sherrell - Bird & Bird LLP (Music; broadcasting; advertising)
- Charles Swan - Swan Turton LLP (Advertising and marketing)
Leading individuals: media finance
Bird & Bird LLP is ‘an extremely impressive firm that delivers highly effective and practical advice in a friendly way’. International media group head Phil Sherrell is ‘an absolute delight to deal with’ and handles litigation in the music, broadcasting, advertising and media sectors. Other key names include David Bintliff (‘a superstar’), who assisted with negotiating agreements between Gamesys and Scientific Games; and Felicity Reeve, whose clients include William Morris Endeavour and the All England Tennis Club. The firm also acts for Paddy Power, Oxford University Press and Time Warner.
Clintons’ ‘very professional’ team acts on contentious and non-contentious matters for musicians, and advises film and TV producers on all aspects of their work, with an increasing focus on film finance. Key figures include Kami Naghdi and Philip Stinson, who handle film and TV matters; Tom Frederikse, who is responsible for digital media; Andrew Sharland and the ‘pragmatic and patient’ David Griffiths, who act for musicians; and James Jones and the ‘exceptional’ John Cohen, who are the primary theatre lawyers. Andrew Myers, Nicky Stein, Peter Button, and Berkeley Edwards handle non-contentious matters for the firm's music clients.
At DLA Piper, Duncan Calow and John Wilks act for the Copyright Licensing Agency, and Calow advised Lawrence King Publishing on its dealings with illustrator Johanna Basford. Nicholas West continued to advise the Premier League on the sale of media rights. Media finance expert Chris Hanson, who jointly heads the practice with Nick Fitzpatrick, handles fund formation and lender-side financings.
Fieldfisher’s media practice is led by Tim Johnson, who advised Ingenious Media on production, financing and distribution arrangements for Six Days, and Working Title on the production of The Danish Girl. His finance work included advising Trinity Mirror on investments in the sector, and acting for Natixis Coficine on the production financing for The Night Manager. Paul Barton’s highlights included acting for McGraw-Hill Education in e-book publishing deals and advising Digital UK on its Freeview Play project. ‘Commercial, capable and positive’ senior associate Emily MacKintosh is also recommended. David Naylor moved to Wiggin LLP in February 2016.
The ‘exceptional’ Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s clients include MARV Films, which Jonathan Berger advised on the production and financing of Eddie the Eagle; musician James Ford, whom the ‘excellent’ Chloe Forsyth advises; Hachette, which Shireen Peermohamed assists with a broad range of issues; and Altara Games, which Alan Moss (who is active in both video games and film) advises. Video games lawyer Mark Phillips and theatre lawyer Neil Adleman are also recommended. Abigail Payne handles media finance for banks, regional funds and crowdfunding platforms.
Lee & Thompson LLP delivers ‘very quick response times, first-rate knowledge and extremely appropriate advice’. The firm merged with Forbes Anderson Free in January 2016. Lawrence Engel heads the music department and acts for One Direction, while Kieran Jay and Andrew Thompson act for Jess Glynne and Depeche Mode, respectively. Other key names include Will Everitt, who ‘gets to grips with problems quickly’; contentious music specialists Andrew Forbes and Gordon Williams; Reno Antoniades; and the ‘extremely experienced’ Christos Michaels, who advised financiers and producers in relation to a number of major films. Sam Tatton-Brown advises Coutts & Co on financing transactions, and head of television Richard Lever acted for the production company behind The Night Manager. The firm also has expertise in digital media, publishing, theatre and advertising.
The ‘incredibly sharp’ team at Lewis Silkin LLP includes Giles Crown, who heads the media, brands and technology department, and Brinsley Dresden, who leads the firm’s renowned advertising and marketing practice. ‘Superb lawyer’ Phil Rymer ‘has a huge knowledge of the industry’ and is acting for clients including Zoella and investors in the upcoming films Swallows and Amazons and Brotherhood. Jeremy Summers (who is noted for his ‘clear advice and ability to anticipate clients’ needs’) advises Live Nation on IP issues. Cliff Fluet and Simon Entwistle are also recommended.
Olswang LLP ‘provides excellent service backed up by great knowledge and insight’. The ‘very practical’ Victoria Gaskell (who is ‘a great asset on any deal’) acted alongside the ‘extremely clever’ John Enser for Viacom on the outsourcing of the Channel 5 advertising sales and sponsorship function to Sky Media. Paul Guite, who co-heads the media department with Gaskell, acted for DLG Acquisitions on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of New Pictures. Charles Kerrigan is the firm’s head of media finance and Selina Potter is its head of broadcasting. The BBC, Amazon and Jeremy Clarkson are also clients.
Osborne Clarke’s ‘expert’ team includes Paul Gardner, Nick Johnson and John Davidson-Kelly. Davidson-Kelly assisted talent agent Michael Foster with the creation of production agreements for TFI Friday and Top Gear, and acted for Digital UK on the implementation of its Freeview Play project. Other clients include Facebook, Microsoft and BT TV.
Key figures at RPC include Oliver Bray (who ‘has great analytical skills’), Keith Mathieson and the ‘excellent’ Paul Joseph. The firm acts for publishers, newspapers, video game developers and a number of high-profile internet companies. Mathieson is assisting Associated Newspapers with appeals to the Information Tribunal and Bray advises the same client on promotions and related marketing. Joseph is acting for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive that relates to feature-length drama The Game Changers.
Lawyers at Reed Smith LLP are noted for their ‘excellent grasp of media law and the practicalities of business’. The ‘especially wise and helpful’ Gregor Pryor and the ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Stephen Edwards head the media and entertainment industry group, which includes Askandar Samad, who advised BBC Worldwide on its co-production of Earth: One Amazing Day; Nick Swimer, who assisted Sacha Baron Cohen’s company Spelthorne Community Television with its investment partnership with Channel 4; and the ‘efficient and insightful’ Michael Maxtone-Smith, who routinely advises Coutts & Co on film financings.
At Russells Solicitors, managing partner and music specialist Simon Esplen acts for a number of internationally renowned artists; and Gavin Maude, who runs the new artist department, and acts for Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys as well as a number of executives. Steven Tregear heads the litigation department, and handles contractual and copyright matters. Other key names include Chris Organ, whose clients include George Michael; Chris Gossage, who heads the firm’s corporate department; and Jo Brittain, who acted for alt-J on the renegotiation of a publishing deal. Michael Flatley, Kaiser Chiefs and Florence and the Machine are also clients.
At Sheridans, music, theatre and publishing head Russell Roberts advised shareholders in Minder Music on the sale of the company to BMG, and assisted Kassner Music Publishing with the licencing of Kinks music for use in the musical Sunny Afternoon. Film and TV head Peter McInerney advised Jon Plowman on the production of a comedy series starring Dawn French for Amazon, and Jeremy Roberts is a TV specialist who acts for Dreamworks and Warner Bros. The firm also has computer games expertise in Alex Chapman, and media finance expertise in the ‘knowledgeable, fair-minded, likeable, thorough and loyal’ James Kay, whose work has included advising the producers of Trainspotting 2 and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
Simkins LLP’s ‘client-focused, responsive and proactive’ practice includes ‘commercially minded and technically excellent’ film financing expert Jonathan Blair; Ed Baden-Powell, who advised BMG Rights Management on the acquisition of several catalogues, and also handles video games and publishing matters; and Paddy Gardiner and James Harman, who represented Pink Floyd in a High Court dispute with a former promoter. Also recommended are managing partner Euan Lawson, consultant Nigel Bennett and corporate media lawyer Giao Pacey. Charles Saatchi, Iron Maiden and Pottermore are also clients. Lisa Logan joined from Gateley Plc in March 2016.
Taylor Wessing LLP has ‘a very responsive and practical team that is able to provide innovative solutions’. Practice head and highly regarded media litigator Niri Shanmuganathan successfully defended Express Newspapers and Associated Newspapers from harassment allegations brought by David Walliams and Lara Stone. Mike Turner heads the corporate technology group, and advised the founders and shareholders of Unity on its £114m sale to News Corp. Copyright group head Mark Owen and gaming and gambling group head Graham Hann (who ‘can see things from an in-house counsel perspective and provide succinct and practical advice’) are also recommended.
Wiggin LLP’s Charles Moore is a ‘consummate professional who consistently provides outstanding service and invaluable expertise’. He advised Netflix Studios on the production and financing of the Brad Pitt film War Machine, and acted alongside Neil Gillard for DJ Films in relation to Dad’s Army. The ‘judicious, knowledgeable and calm’ David Quli assisted Ingenious Media with the production and funding of Carol, and the ‘helpful and tenacious’ Ross Sylvester advised Lebara on the launch of a digital entertainment service. Other key figures include Sean James, who acts for clients such as AMC Networks; Alexander Ross, who acts for prominent clients in the music, digital media and publishing sectors, including Condé Nast; and Medwyn Jones, who assisted Neal Street productions with the production of Penny Dreadful and with the sale of the company to All3 Media.
Steve Holmes and Ben Allgrove head the ‘excellent’ practice at Baker McKenzie LLP, which acts for Google, Netflix, Guardian Media Group and the BBC Trust, and handles corporate and regulatory matters and litigation across all areas of the media. Allgrove continues to act for Virgin Media in a major copyright case before the Court of Appeal, and of counsel Nadia Banno (who is noted for her ‘great judgement and commercial acumen’) defended Associated Newspapers in a data protection and privacy claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
The ‘excellent’ team at Bates Wells Braithwaite is ‘very good at liaising with other parties to find practical solutions’. Clients include the English National Opera, the British Film Institute, the Man Booker Prize and Endemol, as well as some of the UK’s best-known theatres. Lawrence Simanowitz heads the practice, which includes Rupert Earle, who is known for his advertising expertise, and senior associate Erica Crump, who is ‘an astute negotiator who grasps significant issues quickly and gives clear and concise advice’.
Bristows LLP’s media department is led by Myles Jelf, who advised Sony Group on IT security measures, and includes Paul Jordan, who heads the advertising and marketing practice and assisted Paramount Pictures with a multi-jurisdictional competition. Jordan also acted for P&O Cruises on TV sponsorship and product placement deals, and provides advice to Guardian Media Group. Also recommended are Iain Redford, whose clients include WPP, and Theo Savvides, who is active in the social media, interactive media and publishing sectors.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice is ‘very commercial and has in-depth industry experience’. Key names include Jason Saiban, who advises Nike on advertising, promotions and sponsorship, and is acting for MMORPG developer NCSOFT on a broad range of matters related to the European roll out of its games; the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ Mark Moncreiffe, who counts ITV among his clients; Keir Gordon, who is acting for Falmouth University on its video games and media incubation programme Alacrity; and senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins.
At Dentons, Ingrid Silver and Jeremy Cohen advised media agency Essence on its sale to WPP, and Silver assisted Canadian music rights management company Ole! Media Management on its acquisition of companies within the Boosey & Hawkes group. Other clients include Virgin Media and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The ‘pragmatic and highly responsive’ lawyers at Farrer & Co provide ‘detailed, well-structured advice’ to a number of high-profile publishing clients including Bauer Media, the Telegraph Media Group and the Economist Group. Henry Sainty heads the department, which includes Peter Wienand, who is ‘responsive and easy to work with’, Paul Jones and associate Alan Baker.
Goodman Derrick LLP is noted for its ‘good, clear advice and excellent sector knowledge’. The ‘responsive, careful and reliable’ Paul Herbert acted for Digital UK and its stakeholders in negotiations with Ofcom concerning the clearance of a DTT Spectrum band, and advised the Authority for Television on Demand on its remit and operations. Tanya Shillingford acts for The BBFC, and the ‘professional’ Edward Hoare acts for Seven Publishing Group and Pavilion Books.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice is led by ‘robust negotiator’ Nick Elverston, who advised Al-Arab on the launch, suspension and relocation of an Arabic-language news channel, and acted for video on demand company FilmFlex Movies. Senior associate Hayley Brady is ‘unflappable under pressure, with incredible stamina and a real eye for detail’.
Kemp Little LLP is ‘an excellent firm’ that ‘continually impresses with its timely, professional, informed support’. Advertising and marketing clients include SET creative, which the firm advised on its partial sale to WPP, and digital marketing agency AKQA. The ‘very pragmatic’ Calum Murray acts for Ericsson on a range of matters, and acted alongside Paul Garland on IP and litigation matters for The Mill. The firm also provides employment advice to BuzzFeed and Spotify. Susan Biddle joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in November 2015.
Highlights for Simmons & Simmons included advising Comcast on its acquisition of AdTech business Adazzle and defending Activision Blizzard in a dispute brought by former shareholders of a video game developer acquired by the client in 2007. Andrew McMillan and Alexander Brown head the team, which includes IP specialist David Stone*. Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros and MGM are clients. *Since publication, David Stone has joined Allen & Overy.
Simons Muirhead & Burton is ‘a fantastic firm that does not disappoint’. Simon Goldberg’s highlights included advising Zig Zag Productions on the financing and production of the Channel 4 street magic programme Troy. Marc Sobol, who joined from Wasserman Media Group in March 2015, acted for Premiership Rugby in the packaging of its international media rights for an auction. Also recommended are ‘prompt and practical’ music lawyer Richard Baskind, Razwana Akram, who specialises in film production and finance, and Stephen Shotnes, who is recommended for media-related disputes.
Swan Turton LLP attracts praise for its ‘dedicated and personal service’. The ‘incredibly insightful’ Julian Bentley acts for clients including Italian composer Ennio Morricone, while Ann Harrison and Carolyn Burbridge advised The Corrs on their reunion tour and recording contract. Burbridge also worked alongside Stuart Barry and Charles Swan to provide advice to J Walter Thompson. Antony Gostyn heads the film and TV team, and advised on the production of A Street Cat Named Bob.
The ‘excellent’ Allen & Overy LLP ‘is a force to be reckoned with’. Recent highlights include advising 888 Holdings on its £900m offer to acquire bwin.party, and acting for Activision Blizzard on its $5.9bn acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. Other clients include WPP, Sky and Paddy Power. Antonio Bavasso heads the department, which includes Simon Toms and Dominic Long.
At Bray & Krais, Solicitors, Richard Bray acts for artists, performers, athletes, managers and labels, and Mark Krais acts for clients in relation to live music events. Simon Dixon is especially active in the music and theatre sectors, and advises clients on contractual issues and branding and endorsement deals.
Collins Long is active in the music, theatre and film sectors, where it acts for artists, actors, writers and composers on a broad range of contracts and agreements. Simon Long and James Collins are recommended.
Eversheds LLP advises clients on the exploitation of music catalogues and assists lenders with TV financing transactions. The firm also advised a co-producer of Top Gear Live on the ramifications of Jeremy Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC. Other clients include Apple Corps, the George Harrison Estate and Elton John. Neil Mohring and Andrew Terry head the department.
At Hamlins LLP, Laurence Gilmore advised the Performing Right Society on copyright infringement and debt actions. Christopher Hutchings’ clients include HELLO! Magazine, which he represented in negotiations pertaining to its coverage of the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Clooney. Philip Herbert provided advice on children’s TV programme The Hive. Julian Ward’s clients include Monterosa.
At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Richard Welfare advises advertisers such as Mars and Belstaff on campaigns and endorsement relationships. Highlights for Peter Watts included advising Discovery Communications on the formation of a joint venture with National Media Group. News Corp and BBC Worldwide are also clients.
Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice is headed by Mark Stephens and Robert Lands. Stephens advised the Design Artist Copyright Society in an arbitration dispute regarding the division of royalties. Tim Bignell acted for Mogwai in a breach of contract claim against its publisher. Brian Eagles left to join Burlingtons Legal LLP in May 2016.
Latham & Watkins’ media specialists include Lisbeth Savill and counsel Sarah Caughey. Both are ‘tremendous lawyers, who are great in negotiations and completely dedicated to their clients’; they assisted Participant Media with the financing of Denial and Eon Productions with the financing of Spectre, as well as advising Cohen Media Group on the purchase of a number of films from the Merchant Ivory film library.
Tony Morris leads Marriott Harrison LLP’s media and IP team, which acted for the shareholders of The Agency Group on its sale to United Talent Group and advised Charlie Simpson on negotiations pertaining to the reunion of the band Busted. Morris also assisted Carnaby Sales and Distribution with a co-production deal for the sequel to Rise of the Footsoldier. Associate Aideen Burke is also recommended.
At Mayer Brown International LLP, the ‘calm, experienced and user-friendly’ Miles Robinson handles disputes relating to music and publishing; Mark Prinsley, who heads the IP and IT group, advises on advertising and social media; and Robert Hamill focuses on corporate transactions. Clients include Hachette, Entertainment One, Universal Music Group and Chatham House.
Travers Smith LLP is noted for its ‘fast, accurate and reliable service’. Highlights included advising Pinewood on the formation of Pinewood Group Television, Nikkei on the £884m acquisition of the Financial Times, Nicab on the launch of parenting app BabyBundle, created in collaboration with Mumsnet, and Ambassador Theatre Group on the launch of its app Ordertorium. Richard Brown and Ben Chivers are recommended.
The technology and IP transactions group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges is chaired by Barry Fishley, who provides advice on IP licensing issues and social media, and includes Hannah Field-Lowes, who specialises in contentious IP matters. Facebook and Yahoo! are clients.
ACK Media Law LLP continued to provide content advice on the Fifty Shades of Grey film trilogy, and acts for the producer of the ITV sitcom Plebs. It also acted for Lupus Films in relation to the BBC adaptation of the Raymond Briggs book Ethel and Ernest. Coutts & Co is also a client. Sue Charles and Nick Miller are recommended.
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP acts on media-related matters for ITV, Viacom, Barnes & Noble and Disney Interactive. Richard Dickinson leads the transactional media and entertainment practice and focuses on TV clients, while Christopher Stothers handles copyright and trade mark disputes.
Collyer Bristow LLP fields ‘an outstanding’ team of six partners led by Steven Heffer, who ‘combines intellectual ability with real consideration for his clients’ needs’. Howard Ricklow’s highlights included advising composer David Arnold on his work on the film Keeping up with the Joneses, and assisting David Julyan when he came to re-record the Memento soundtrack.
Key individuals at Cooley (UK) LLP include Becket McGrath, Sarah Pearce, and special counsel Brian Chadwick, who joined the firm in March 2016 after serving as general counsel to Miniclip. They advise clients on advertising and marketing, IP issues and corporate matters. As well as advising a number of emerging companies, the practice acts for Twitter, Guardian Media Group and Warner Music International.
The ‘absolutely fantastic’ DWFM Beckman is noted for its ‘honest, constructive and highly professional approach’. Irving David (‘a very likeable character who never fails to obtain a positive result’) assisted Holding-On Rights with the formation of a joint venture agreement regarding the presentation of an annual music festival, and advised producer Joe Kearns on the grant of a synchronisation licence for the use of his music in a TV advertising campaign. Emerson, Lake and Palmer and violinist Min Kym are also clients.
Foot Anstey’s long list of impressive media clients includes Ministry of Sound, Aardman Animations, Which?, and Newsquest. The Exeter-based Tony Jaffa routinely acts for publishers in defamation-related matters, and advised Local World on competition law aspects of the launch of a digital platform. Tim Taylor advised Warner Bros on the expansion of the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s corporate department is active in the media sector. Key figures include global M&A group head Ben Spiers and Simon Marchant, who was involved in the 2013 combination of Penguin and Random House and heads the corporate team in London.
Gowling WLG, formed by the February 2016 merger of Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gowlings, advises Carlsberg, Unilever, Volkswagen and Marks & Spencer on advertising matters. Dan Smith assisted Transport for London with its agreement with Santander for the sponsorship of its cycle hire scheme, and acted alongside Kate Swaine for Hovis on the repackaging and re-launch of its bread range.
King & Wood Mallesons acts for Universal Music, Sky, Nintendo and Activision Blizzard. William Holder and Mark Sanders head the team, which handles IP matters and corporate transactions. Jeremy Schrire is also recommended. David Rose moved to Mishcon de Reya LLP in May 2016.
Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients in the publishing and broadcasting sectors on IP, regulatory matters, corporate transactions and disputes. Mike Knapper, Ian Lopez, Chris Pearson and Jonathan Ball are recommended.
Onside Law Limited advises a number of start-up digital media businesses on fundraisings, as well as on IP and employment matters. Jamie Goldberg’s clients include Open Inclusion, a software company that facilitates internet access for disabled users. The ‘fantastic’ Adam Leadercramer acted for e-sports promoter Gfinity in a streaming agreement with Simplestream.
Redd is a specialist IP firm that acts for Microsoft and Take Two Interactive, the creators of the Grand Theft Auto series, and represented Skype in a trade mark dispute with BSkyB. Anna Carboni, Simon Chalkley and Sara Ashby are recommended.
Sound Advice (Legal) LLP provides ‘thorough, quick, commercially focused legal advice’ to artists, songwriters and producers. Sonia Diwan is ‘very personable’ and Robert Horsfall is ‘knowledgeable, professional and tactical’. Chase and Status, Zane Lowe and Robert Plant are clients.
B M Nyman & Co is a publishing boutique that advises publishers, authors and literary agents on copyright, trade marks, reputation management and contracts. Bernard Nyman is the key contact.
Clients of the ‘strong’ Bindmans LLP include pianist and author James Rhodes, whom Tamsin Allen defended in an injunction action to prevent the publication of his memoir. Allen ‘combines top-level legal skills with strategic insight’. Criminal lawyer Kate Goold acted for David Miranda in a case that concerned journalistic freedom.
Blake Morgan LLP advises a number of specialist publishers on issues such as copyright, film licensing and libel. Simon Stokes heads a team that includes Sarah Rees and acts for clients including ATG Media, the publisher of Antiques Trade Gazette.
Highlights for Fladgate LLP corporate lawyer David Robinson included advising Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of a list of language textbooks from Advance Materials and assisting One Delta with its acquisition of Audioboom. IP lawyer Eddie Powell successfully defended The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
At Gordon Dadds, consultant Nigel Davies handles commercial and IP-related matters in the media and entertainment sector, and consultant Robin Shaw represents clients in media-related litigation. His clients include Private Eye.
Hansel Henson is a specialist firm that advises app and software developers on commercial agreements, advertising law and IP issues. Tom Henson and Richard Barnett are ‘very communicative, well-organised, efficient and personable’, and David Hansel is ‘commercially aware’. Clients include Cellcast, Hutch Games and Easy Fundraising.
At Healys LLP, David Schollenberger advises broadcasters on their dealings with Ofcom, and Nicholas Taylor ‘has a strong understanding of the television sector’. Both advise social media companies and other clients on trade mark and copyright infringement.
Mathias Gentle Page Hassan LLP provides advice to musicians, writers, producers and publishing companies on a wide variety of media-related issues. David Gentle and Bob Page are recommended.
Key figures at Memery Crystal LLP include Tim Ryan, who acted for digital football media business Bigballs Media on commercial contract negotiations with YouTube. Consultant Stephen Milne advised Electric Word on agency agreements in Italy and the UK, and assisted the client with a dispute in Australia. Guardian Media Group and BMJ Publishing Group are also clients.
At Mishcon de Reya LLP, Lewis Cohen advises a number of major clients on advertising and sponsorship matters, and acts for mobile app developers. Fellow IP specialist Ray Black joined from King & Wood Mallesons in July 2015.
PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys
- A.A. Thornton & Co. (London, Northampton)
- Boult Wade Tennant (Cambridge, London, Oxford, Reading)
- Carpmaels & Ransford LLP (London)
D Young & Co LLP(London, Southampton)
- Dehns (Brighton, London, Oxford)
- Gill Jennings & Every LLP (London)
- J A Kemp (Oxford, London)
- Kilburn & Strode LLP (London, St Albans)
- Marks & Clerk LLP (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oxford)
- Mathys & Squire LLP (Cambridge, London, Manchester, Reading, York)
- Mewburn Ellis LLP (Bristol, Cambridge, London, Manchester)
Abel & Imray(Bath, Cardiff, London)
- Barker Brettell LLP (Birmingham, London, Southampton, Cambridge, Malvern, Nottingham)
- EIP (Bath, Cardiff, Leeds, London)
HGF Law(Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York, Birmingham)
- Olswang LLP (London)
- Potter Clarkson LLP (Nottingham)
- RGC Jenkins & Co (Farnham, London)
Reddie & Grose LLP(Cambridge, London)
Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP(Cardiff, Leeds, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle)
- Venner Shipley LLP (Cambridge, London, Guildford)
Appleyard Lees(Manchester, Leeds, BioHub at Alderley Park)
- Beck Greener (London)
- Elkington & Fife LLP (London, Sevenoaks)
- Forresters (Birmingham, Merseyside, London)
Haseltine Lake LLP(London, Bristol)
- Murgitroyd (Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, London, Newcastle, York)
Slingsby Partners LLP(London)
- WP Thompson (Liverpool, London)
- Wilson Gunn (Birmingham, Manchester, London)
Withers & Rogers(Bristol, Leamington Spa, London, Sheffield)
A.A. Thornton & Co. maintains its position among the elite patent practices in the nation, largely based on its frequent successful representation of individuals, academic institutions, SMEs and multinational corporations such as Halliburton, Chevron, British Sugar, Tyco, and the pharmaceutical companies Cipla, Bial and Meda Pharma. Mike Jennings heads the electrical engineering side, while Martin Hedges concentrates on matters arising from the automotive, electro-mechanical and mechanical engineering fields. Craig Turner handles contentious and non-contentious issues in the chemistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The team bolstered its roster in May 2016 with the recruitment of IP litigation specialist Geoff Hussey from Bird & Bird LLP.
Boult Wade Tennant’s team is ‘at the very top of the list in terms of expertise, service levels and commerciality, and is always willing to be creative and flexible with billing arrangements’. Simon Kahn, who concentrates on issues related to electrical engineering, computer science and medical devices, ‘possesses absolute knowledge of all intricacies of UK and EU patent law.’ Senior partner Claire Baldock is an expert in biotechnology while electronics expert Nick McLeish manages portfolios and handles contentious matters. Other highly regarded members include biotechnology specialist Nina White and chemical group head Adrian Hayes. The group’s impressive client base includes Boeing, Barclays, Caterpillar, Mondelēz International, Motorola, Yahoo!, LG Electronics, and a host of major biotechnology, life sciences and chemical corporations.
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP is ‘a high-value firm that never cuts corners to sacrifice quality.’ The ‘excellent’ patent team ‘possesses vast knowledge and has the ability to understand commercial issues in order to increase the relevance of its advice.’ Key figures include chemistry team head Susan Kirsch, engineering and IT leader Gary Small, and life sciences head Hugh Goodfellow. In one highlight, Kirsch successfully prosecuted and defended a key patent for client Johnson and Johnson Vision Care in a cross-border matter against four oppositions from other major manufacturers. The team was bolstered in February 2016 with the recruitment of patent litigation experts David Wilson from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Jake Marshall from Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP, and Jennifer Antcliff from pharma company Actavis/Allergan.
D Young & Co LLP’s outstanding patent department consists of two teams, both of which handle contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients. The electronics, engineering and IT side features specialists such as Southampton-based Jonathan Jackson, Ian Harris (who splits his time between Southampton and London), and London-based Anthony Albutt. Simon O’Brien, Garreth Duncan and David Alcock are key players on the biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals side. The firm also grew significantly in 2015 with more than five additions and several promotions, including senior associates Elizabeth Elmhirst and Cathrine McGowan, and Robbie Berryman (now a partner). Louise Holliday left the firm in May 2015 to join biopharmaceutical company Autolus.
Dehns has significant expertise in engineering, electronics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and frequently acts for UK and Scandinavian corporations, among other international clients. Senior partner and engineering expert Alexander Piésold has successfully handled matters related to fuel cells, hydraulic systems, medical devices, fluid mechanics, subsea electrical and optical connectors, electro-osmotic pumps and fitness training equipment. Laura Ramsay drafts and prosecutes UK and European patent applications for SMEs, universities and multinational corporations, while Deborah Owen is an expert in cell biology, immunology and antibody technology.
Gill Jennings & Every LLP regularly represents multinationals in oppositions and appeals, and is highly experienced in defending in oppositions. The team was bolstered by the recruitment in April 2016 of Peter Arrowsmith; his expertise in physics and electronics, with an emphasis in optics and software, signals the firm’s increasing focus on computer technology and artificial intelligence. Arnie Clarke is highly praised for his knowledge of small molecule pharmaceutical chemistry and the secondary formulation of pharmaceutical products. Managing partner Peter Finnie and Lucy Samuels are also recommended.
J A Kemp expanded its national reach in February 2016 with the opening of a Cambridge office, a move aimed at acquiring hi-tech, biomedical and agro-tech innovators. Plant sciences expert Andrew Bentham is heading the new office, while biotech and life sciences group head Patrick Campbell and pharma expert Ravi Srinivasan continue to lead the way in London. The group also strengthened its dispute resolution capabilities with the addition of Tom Carver in October 2015, a patent litigator with experience in the life sciences, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.
Kilburn & Strode LLP’s impressive patent practice is comprised of ‘high-quality attorneys who are fun to work with, down-to-earth, and who have strength across the board’. The group regularly handles FTO searches, filings, prosecutions and portfolio management for clients such as Reaction Engines, Epizyme, Magnomatics and LG Electronics. Partners Kristina Cornish, Elizabeth Crooks, Jennifer Harris and Nick Bassil are ‘all brilliant and make a fantastic life sciences and chemistry team that displays real confidence’. Gareth Fennell has ‘tremendous knowledge and practical experience in the difficult area of software patents’. On the electronics and materials side, chairman Gwilym Roberts has ‘real panache’. Also recommended are managing partner Richard Howson and senior partner Peter Hale.
Marks & Clerk LLP ‘excels at drafting and is prompt, efficient and helpful in dealing with the complexity and cost of scientific and chemical patents’. Partner Tim Andrews is commended by clients for his ‘drafting skills and ability to capture the essence of a strong patent’. In one major matter, Philip Martin is acting for Virgin Media and recently filed oppositions to approximately 70 patents from United Video Properties. Chemistry specialist Jo Bradley joined the firm in November 2015 as a principal associate in the Edinburgh office.
Mathys & Squire LLP has a high success rate for offensive and defensive EPO cases, and attracts praise for ‘ensuring it understands the varied demands of corporations’ disparate business units and applies its industry knowledge effectively’. Clients include Cisco Technology, BP North America, Public Health England, Harley Davidson and Chelsea FC. Chemistry specialist Chris Hamer ‘impresses with his scientific expertise, negotiating skills and willingness to go the extra mile whenever required’. Sean Leach of the engineering and electronics team has ‘a good understanding of portfolio management and gives appropriate advice’. Ilya Kazi is ‘great for recognising the wider application for inventions than the creators ever anticipated,’ while Margaret Arnott is commended for possessing the ‘rare qualities of reasonableness and level-headedness as a litigator’ and Miranda Kent has ‘a gift for project management in large-scale litigation’.
Mewburn Ellis LLP excels in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, and has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. The group provides ‘prompt responses, has very good technical knowledge in complex technology areas, and is very cost competitive’. Mechanical engineering expert Stephen Gill has ‘excellent technical knowledge and understands clients’ business needs’. Simon Kiddle, Chistopher Casley, Graham Forrest and Rebecca Tollervey are highly active on the life sciences side, while Robert Watson impresses clients with his ‘overall quality of client service and in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical domain’.
Abel & Imray represents an impressive client base including Airbus, IBM and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and is best known for its expertise in patent filing and prosecution. Matthew Fletcher, Jim Denness and James Ford lead the way from the firm’s Bath office, and Paul Brady heads the life sciences group out of the London office. In a recent highlight, Tom Burt and Julian Bardo have been appointed by the US telecoms giant Commscope to handle the corporation’s UK and European patent portfolios. Aerospace specialist Emily Teesdale was promoted to partner in January 2015.
Barker Brettell LLP fields a talented patent team, primarily based in the firm’s headquarters in Birmingham, which handles patent-related matters in the medical automotive, food and beverage, and university sectors. Chemistry expert Yvonne Johnson is ‘an amazing attorney who is always available to discuss strategy, make suggestions and handle last-minute emergencies’. John Lawrence has more than three decades of experience handling EPO oral proceedings and high-profile court work. Also recommended are Toby Gosnall, who focuses on computer-related technology, and Southampton office head Alan Wilson, who focuses on university work.
EIP is praised by clients for providing ‘fast response times, technical industry knowledge, and good value for money’. Recommended attorneys include London-based Adam Flint and Paula Flutter, Cardiff-based Chris Price and Leeds-based Laurence Brown. In a 2015 highlight, Heather McCann and her colleagues were retained by Blackberry to handle Good Technology’s portfolio following Blackberry’s acquisition of the firm’s longstanding client. The group also handles patent work for Airbus, British American Tobacco and Visa Europe.
Led by technology specialist Matthew Dixon, HGF Law continues to handle all types of patent-related matters and recently achieved significant wins and reappointments for major clients such as Vodafone, Saumsung and Intel. The team bolstered its dispute resolution team when it hired IP litigation partner Rachel Fetches in August 2015 from Bird & Bird LLP. Other recommended attorneys include Chris Moore, Gary Wilson and Jonathan Atkinson.
Keltie’s team covers areas such as patent drafting, prosecution, opposition, and FTO analyses. It is ‘a very good firm, especially in terms of its understanding of technology’. Peter Kent and Sullivan Fountain, who are both ‘excellent at drafting and dealing with inventors’, work alongside a group of talented colleagues that includes Joanne Hopley, Shakeel Ahmad, Michael Moore and Mark Richardson.
Robert Stephen and Justin Hill continue to head the drafting, prosecution and EPO opposition side of the IP practice at Olswang LLP, which ‘gives sophisticated advice’ on the strategic use of patents. Telecoms expert Kevin Cordina works alongside litigators such as IP practice head Joel Barry and Michael Burdon. Major clients include Sky and Microsoft.
‘An excellent firm that rates highly against others’, Potter Clarkson LLP has a 23-partner patent team that excels at drafting, searches, as well as EPO oppositions and litigation. Darren Mitchell, a key member of the design and engineering team, is highly recommended, as are Richard Bassett, Saiful Khan, Caroline Marshall, Ian Dee, biotechnology expert Philip Thomas and chemistry specialist Ian Stevens. In January 2015, biotech expert Mark Didmon joined the firm and electronics specialist Ben Lincoln was promoted to partner.
The highly international patent group at RGC Jenkins & Co represents international corporations such as BTG International, Nestlé and Paramount Pictures in a variety of patent matters. The firm’s global reach spans offices in London, Farnham, Beijing, Munich, Freiburg and Basel. The group also features multiple Asia experts and multilingual patent attorneys such as Kei Enomoto, who is fluent in French and Japanese and proficient in German and Spanish.
Reddie & Grose LLP has an active patent group with particular expertise in technology; Patrick Lloyd is the firm’s go-to attorney for telecommunications, computer-implemented inventions and financial technology such as electronic banking systems. Alice Findlay, who concentrates on the mechanical and material science sectors, and engineering specialist Jan Vleck are both highly recommended. Pharma specialist Phil Bates handles the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications before the EPO.
The legal and technical knowledge of the team at Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP is of ‘a very high standard; it has led victories in complex cases and commercial transactions of notable worth’. Garry Stuttard has the ability to deal with a broad spectrum of technology matters and Andrew Alton is ‘a sharp and meticulous operator who is reliable on commercial transactions’. Senior patent attorney Nick Burton is ‘a rising practitioner who brings balance to proceedings with his sharp eye for patent strategies’.
Venner Shipley LLP received a boost in May 2016 with the recruitment of a team of IP litigators from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, most notably James Tumbridge and Paul Harris. They work alongside Jan Walaski, the firm’s managing partner and head of the electronics and software group, who handles EU patent applications, and Simon Taor, who gives ‘very good patent advice’ regarding general mechanical and electrical matters. Clients rate the firm’s ‘user-friendly advice in complex areas, prompt correspondence, and its diligence in making sure clients are reminded of looming deadlines’.
Appleyard Lees handles an array of patent matters for major corporations such as Samsung, Walmart, Mondelēz, Sage and BAE Systems. Recommended attorneys include head of electronics Ian Robinson; Dick Waddington of the engineering team; David Walsh, head of chemistry; and Ean Davies, a partner in the electronics team.
Beck Greener handles the drafting, prosecuting and defending of patent applications and has particular strength in chemistry and technology. The team provides ‘excellent service with personal attention from highly experienced partners and attorneys’. Key names include senior partner John Raynor, who leads the way on chemistry matters; Avi Freeman, who is singled out for electronics and mechanical engineering; and Ben Muir, who is recommended for pharmaceutical and biotech work. James Stones is ‘an exemplary and gifted lawyer who can think on his feet’.
Elkington & Fife LLP has an excellent pharmaceuticals team in addition to its strong patent practice, which is led by Richard Gillard, an ‘outstanding advocate at EPO oral proceedings who provides reliable, well-thought-through advice, and gets the job done on time’. He is supported by ‘several talented attorneys’, including James Anderson, who ‘provides expert advice on medical device products’; and Oliver Kingsbury, who has ‘an excellent understanding of the law and tremendous business sense’.
Led by patent and design prosecution expert Lloyd Hoarton, Forresters has ‘an incredibly efficient and extremely knowledgeable’ team that features attorneys such as Mark Connell and Nick Palmer. The team was bolstered when Charlotte Teall, an expert in SPC and European law, was promoted to partner in April 2015 along with chemistry specialist Chris Bond.
Haseltine Lake LLP provides ‘invaluable legal and non-legal expertise’, and its offices in Germany, the Netherlands and China give clients ‘access to a network of skilled patent attorneys who are fluent in a range of languages’. The group is comprised of ‘excellent patent attorneys who give superb support on general IP matters’; key figures include Simon Rees, Philip Davies, David Hammond, David Rushton and Magnus Johnston.
Murgitroyd’s patent team is ‘fast and efficient and works well with clients’ across numerous industries and regions. Key names include Russell Thom, who heads the chemistry and life sciences team; Lucy Johnson, who heads the mechanical engineering unit; and James Brown, who leads the energy team. Wendy Crosby heads the designs group and is ‘really good with oil and gas inventions’.
Slingsby Partners LLP has a young, technically informed patent team that handles a variety of patent matters for UK and European technology companies. Founding partner Philip Slingsby leads a group with knowledge of the hi-tech end of the spectrum, including image processing, medical devices and medical robotics. The highly regarded Sarah Binham, Rosalind Fenwick and Paul Roberts round out the four-partner team, which has experience representing European companies in US-based patent disputes.
WP Thompson handles a diverse range of technical subject matters for national and international clients. Jacqueline Freeman excels at drafting and is experienced in prosecutions, oppositions and appeals. David Gill is the go-to attorney for electronic and engineering patents, and Julian Potter is recommended for his contentious expertise
Wilson Gunn is led by four well-regarded partners with experience across a multitude of sectors. Biochemist Michael Douglas has experience in the development of novel immunosuppressive drugs and Mark Goodwin handles matters related to polymer chemistry, surfactants, textiles, filtration, paper-making and confectionery. David Slattery is a specialist in high-tech physics, while James Robey is noted for his expertise in the engineering sector.
Withers & Rogers is a growing IP firm with offices across the UK and in Munich and an equally international client base. The team has particular expertise in electronics and engineering, with firm chairman and electronics and engineering team member Karl Barnfather highly recommended alongside technology experts Ben Dempster and Dave Croston.
The patent team at Adamson Jones IP Ltd has experience representing medium and large domestic manufacturers. The firm’s main office is in BioCity Nottingham and in May 2014 it opened a second workplace, located in MediCity. Managing director and physical sciences expert Simon Cooper and founding partner Steve Jones are also recommended.
Chapman+Co has expertise in the aerospace, construction and engineering fields. Founding partner Helga Chapman leads the firm, which ‘consistently exceeds clients’ expectations, especially in terms of providing practical, business-driven advice’. Electronic specialist Huw Evans is recommended and Hedley Austin is ‘exceptional, providing practical advice and outside-the-box thinking.’
Scott & York Intellectual Property Law represents international clients from the rail, telecoms and semiconductor industries, and clients are pleased by the firm’s ‘quality of service and prompt attention to detail’. Alasdair Kennington and Alicia Instone are key contacts.
Swindell & Pearson Ltd is commended for its strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors. Paul Higgin excels at contentious matters such as EPO oppositions, and Scott Harrison and Martin Terry are also recommended.
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
- Boult Wade Tennant (Cambridge, London, Oxford, Reading)
- Carpmaels & Ransford LLP (London)
D Young & Co LLP(London, Southampton)
- J A Kemp (Oxford, London)
- Kilburn & Strode LLP (London, St Albans)
- Marks & Clerk LLP (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oxford)
- Potter Clarkson LLP (Nottingham)
- RGC Jenkins & Co (Farnham, London)
- Stobbs IP (Cambridge)
- A.A. Thornton & Co. (London, Northampton)
Appleyard Lees(Leeds, Manchester)
- Barker Brettell LLP (Birmingham, Southampton)
- Bristows LLP (London)
- Dehns (Brighton, London, Oxford)
- Elkington & Fife LLP (London, Sevenoaks)
- Forresters (Birmingham, Merseyside, London)
- Gill Jennings & Every LLP (London)
HGF Law(Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York, Birmingham)
- Mathys & Squire LLP (Cambridge, London, Manchester, Reading, York)
- Mewburn Ellis LLP (Bristol, Cambridge, London, Manchester)
- Olswang LLP (London)
Reddie & Grose LLP(Cambridge, London)
Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP(Cardiff, Leeds, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle)
- Wilson Gunn (Birmingham, London, Manchester)
Clients of Boult Wade Tennant are effusive in praising the firm’s ‘responsiveness, speed of delivery, good communication and managing expectations, and the many trusted individuals on the team’. John Wallace, managing partner and head of the firm’s growing trade mark group, ‘always provides good-quality service’. The experienced Tony Pluckrose, India expert Emma Pitcher and China expert Catherine Wolfe are also recommended.
‘Responses are prompt and the knowledge is vast’ at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, which fields a trade mark team that is ‘always keen to understand the commercial issues to increase the relevance of its advice’. Litigator Jonathan Day heads the team and works alongside talented partners Paul Howard, Roger Lush and litigation group head Ian Kirby. The team’s impressive client list includes The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, John Deere, De Beers, Western Digital and Penguin Random House.
D Young & Co LLP advises a range of clients, including rock and pop groups, media organisations, and the fashion and food and beverage industries. Jeremy Pennant is ‘an IP giant with outstanding business acumen and industry knowledge’. The talented Jackie Johnson, Helen Cawley, Tamsin Holman, Ian Starr and Matthew Dick round out the partnership.
At J A Kemp, James Fish is ‘a true thought leader’ who has had a successful year with trade mark work before the UKIPO and OHIM. He recently represented clean tech company Drayson Technologies in connection with an energy harvesting innovation. Ben Mooneapillay advises a variety of clients on clearances and opposition work and manages the portfolio for Electronic Arts. Tom Albertini continues to advise Just Eat, among other major clients.
Kilburn & Strode LLP handles clearance searches, filings, prosecutions and portfolio management for a client base that includes Sony Mobile, Blackberry, NBC Universal, Dreamworks Animation, Porsche and the American Bar Association. Group head Carrollanne Lindley is a ‘tour de force’ and partner Iain Stewart is ‘calm, sensible, and excellent at handling some of the most challenging clients’. Ryan Pixton is ‘one to watch’.
Marks & Clerk LLP has ‘a very good trade mark department that displays excellent industry knowledge and fast responses’. Group head Matthew Sammon is ‘technically excellent and easy to work with’, and Alison Melling acts for Next, among other major clients. Campbell Newell manages the portfolio for the Tomatin Distillery Company and recently filed trade mark applications for the client in 10 overseas jurisdictions.
Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP is among the largest single-site IP firms outside of London and clients say that it ‘rates highly against most other practices’. Sanjay Kapur is commended for his excellence in trade mark work. John Peacock is very active in the department, as are Lucy Mills and Shaun Sherlock.
RGC Jenkins & Co acts for a global client base and a number of FTSE 100 companies. Angela Fox recently acted for Nestlé on its high-profile opposition to Cadbury’s UK’s trade mark application for “Cadbury Purple”. She also acted for DC Comics and Marvel Characters in various trade mark disputes in the UK. Stephen James and Katie Cameron are also recommended.
Stobbs IP is a growing boutique trade mark firm, which advises UK and foreign corporations and has a strong domain name practice. Founding partner Julius Stobbs is an experienced trade mark attorney who acts for clients including Tesco, Virgin, eBay and Yahoo! The firm was bolstered in 2015 with the recruitment of senior trade mark attorneys Harpreet Dhaliwal from Forresters and Carrie Bradley from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Claire Jenkins and Geoff Weller are also recommended.
The team at A.A. Thornton & Co. provides an ‘overall level of service that is top class, with good industry knowledge and willingness to accept input’ with respect to drafting applications. Ian Gill and Rachel Havard lead the group, which excels in the food and beverage, manufacturing and service industries. Vanessa Lawrence is also highly recommended.
The trade mark team at Appleyard Lees has experience before the UK registry and OHIM, including acting in contentious proceedings. David Moy continues to lead the group, which was bolstered in 2015 with the arrival of IP solicitor Chris Hoole from Walker Morris LLP and trade mark attorney Jorandi Daneel from Marks & Clerk LLP, and again in April 2016 when Rob Cumming was promoted to partner. Key clients include Lucite, Monedeléz, BAE Systems and Samsung.
Barker Brettell LLP is ‘an excellent firm that consistently outperforms reasonable expectations and provides communication that is best-in-class, with detailed analyses of every situation’. Rosalyn Newsome ‘handles matters with great expertise and timeliness’ and works alongside talented colleagues Louis Pittortou, Catherine Wiseman and Tracy Arch. In one highlight, Pittortou advised the London Taxi Corporation regarding 10 complex trade matters in order to protect the client’s IP portfolio.
Bristows LLP handles the full spectrum of trade mark work for high-profile clients such as Google, Royal Mail, Mondeléz, Carnival and the Intercontinental Hotels Group. Department head Paul Jordan and partner Paul Walsh often work in conjunction with partners Theo Savvides and Jeremy Blum. The team made two additions in 2015 with the recruitment of associates Saaira Gill and Jade Macintyre from Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP and Microsoft’s in-house legal team, respectively.
Cleveland has strength in trade mark infringement and opposition cases, including the ability to negotiate with adverse parties on possible settlement agreements. The ‘overall level of service is excellent, and response times are always very good’. The group is led by Jonathan Clegg, Imogen Wiseman and Lorna Hobbs.
Dehns is led by Roberto Calamita, an expert on spin-offs and SMEs who regularly advises Pret A Manger on its ongoing international expansion. Other recommended attorneys include London-based Elaine Deyes and Alison Hague; Brighton-based Joseph Letang and Clare Mann; and Philip Towler in Oxford.
Elkington & Fife LLP’s trade mark department was strengthened with the recruitment in 2015 of former ITMA president Chris McLeod, and associate Daniel Sullivan, who joined from Forresters in January 2016. It is a ‘long-established firm with broad knowledge of such matters, always giving sound advice’. Peter Charlton, ‘is thorough, fair and a voice of reason’. Former partner Mark Hiddleston left to open his own firm.
Forresters recently achieved a sizeable victory for Salzer Electronics with respect to an invalidation action of a UK trade mark following an opposition filed against the client’s application. Matt Shaw, who served as lead counsel on that matter, is ‘very efficient, with great attention to detail, knowledge and excellent response times’. Steven Wake leads in London and is also recommended alongside Birmingham-based partner Diana Wardley and senior associate Kate Cruse.
Gill Jennings & Every LLP’s trade mark group represents a standout group of international clients that includes Hasbro, MasterCard, Premier Foods, Yamaha, Revlon, Under Armour and Lindt Chocolate. Rowena Price handles all aspects of trade mark and brand-related portfolios, as does well-regarded partner Alasdair MacQuarrie.
HGF Law is known for advising international clients and is aiming to grow its global client list, targeting the US, India, Korea and China as key regions. The firm also expanded in September 2015 with the opening of its office in The Hague, adding to the 10 locations it has throughout the UK. Leeds-based David Potter continues to head the trade mark group, which includes London-based partner Stephanie Loeffler-Reading, who is fluent in French and German.
Keltie’s trade mark group provides clients with ‘a very high level of service and particularly good knowledge in the life sciences and sports sectors’. Co-heads Rosemary Cardas (who is ‘calm under pressure, provides excellent advice and works very collaboratively with instructing solicitors’) and Alistair Gay (who stands out for his ‘good management of large trade mark portfolios’) are recommended, as is partner Manuela Macchi. Recent client wins include the London Capital Group and Kambi Sports Solutions.
Mathys & Squire LLP is ‘a top-flight firm’ that handles searches, anti-counterfeiting, portfolio management and litigation related to trade mark matters for clients such as Panavision Europe, NEC Corporation and Harley-Davidson. Margaret Arnott is ‘hardworking, sound, and has common sense and good presentational skills’. Other key names include Gary Johnston, who represents Chelsea FC with respect to its portfolio, and partner Robert Hawley.
Sofia Arenal heads the practice at Mewburn Ellis LLP, which does a ‘terrific job in coordinating services between offices and bringing young associates up to speed in understanding domestic and international trademark issues’. Arenal is ‘excellent, smart, creative and hardworking’ and can handle all aspects of trade mark law. Andy King, who was promoted to partner in April 2016, is ‘incredibly reliable’ and has particular interest in wearable technology products.
Olswang LLP’s trade mark team has ‘strength in depth and gives robust legal advice’ to a client base that features giants such as Sky and Microsoft. Department head Sarah Wright recently acquired a new client in fashion company Lipsy. Also recommended are partner Joel Vertes, who has ‘strong knowledge of trademark law’, and Joel Barry, who serves as head of the IP department and is a partner on the litigation team.
Helen Wakerley of Reddie & Grose LLP represents national and international brands as well as celebrities. Tom Sharman and Jan Vleck, both dual-qualified as patent and trade mark attorneys, are highly recommended, as is Simon Goodman, who advised City Sightseeing, one of the world’s largest top bus tour operators, regarding the protection of its bus livery and global trade mark portfolio.
The trade mark team at Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP excels in contentious matters; clients say it is ‘excellent, grasps the concepts very well and is proactive and helpful’. Alison Simpson, Alan Fiddes, Neil Pawlyn, Mark Green and Gareth Price are recommended. Clients include Hasbro, Hermès, La-Z-Boy, Hitachi and the Sorensen Media Group.
The trade mark team at Wilson Gunn represents an impressive client list that features Manchester United, Polo Ralph Lauren and Kraft Foods. Partners James Robey, Michael Douglas, Mark Goodwin, and David Slattery are all highly recommended. Biochemistry expert Ben Appleton was promoted to partner in 2016.
Abel & Imray handles a number of complex cases for domestic and international clients before the UKIPO and OHIM. Managing partner Simon Bentley continues to lead the London-based team, while Caroline Brooks heads the team in Bath and Cardiff. Grace Mok is also recommended. Key clients include Cardiff City FC, Novartis, Texas Instruments and Time Out magazine.
Baker McKenzie LLP is a major international law firm with a strong UK trade mark team. Department head Jessica Le Gros advises large corporations such as British American Tobacco, Dreamworks Animation, Unilever and HSBC. Recommended senior associates include Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, who acts for numerous fashion and cosmetic companies, and Nadine Archer.
The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Ian Bartlett heads the trade mark department at Beck Greener, which provides ‘excellent service with personal attention from highly experienced partners and associates’. The team, which also features talented partner Rowland Buehrlen, handles international trade mark registration, domain name disputes and due diligence investigations.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is experienced in the management of trade mark portfolios worldwide and represents household names such as BAFTA and the Financial Times. In two highlights, group director Ian Gruselle is acting for Breville regarding the development of its brands in Europe; and partner Simon Clark recently acted for Fraser-Nash Research in defending claims of trade mark infringement relating to the shape of the London Taxi Company’s classic taxi designs.
Sally Britton continues to head the trade mark team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which was strengthened by the arrival of Ray Black and David Rose, both from King & Wood Mallesons. Rose has acted in high-profile disputes before both the UK and European courts, while Black has more than three decades of experience as a trade mark attorney. Jeremy Hertzog, head of the firm’s IP department, and Lewis Cohen are also recommended.
Murgitroyd is ‘fast, efficient and compares favourably with other firms’. Clients say the team ‘really knows its stuff when it comes to trade marks’. Chris Cairns is ‘excellent on the trade mark side and great with clients’. London-based department head Mark Hickey is also recommended.
Rouse Legal provides a complete brand management service, including clearances, registrations and enforcement. Representative clients include Toni & Guy, Fred Perry, Irn Bru, Richemont and Astellas. The firm was also recently appointed to the Cambridge University Press legal panel. Mark Foreman is recommended.
The trade mark team at Venner Shipley LLP was strengthened in July 2015 when group head David Birchall was promoted to partner, and with the recruitment in May 2016 of IP litigation experts James Tumbridge and Paul Harris from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. The firm acts for clients such as TalkTalk Telecom Group and the Southbank Centre. Senior associate Yoann Fouquet is also recommended.
Led by the experienced Patrick Cantrill and Rachel Hearson, Bond Dickinson LLP acts for clients including Atom Bank, Bellway, Immediate Media Company, Petrofac Limited and Princess Yachts. Will Sander is also highly active in this space.
Rebecca Dobson of Chapman+Co has experience prosecuting and advising on trade mark applications for clients ranging from start-ups to multinationals, including recently settling an infringement action against client BM Polyco. Dual-qualified Helga Chapman and Huw Evans are also recommended.
Lewis Silkin LLP is led by Dominic Farnsworth, who advises a variety of impressive clients such as Harvey Nichols, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KitchenAid and EDF. He is advising Aston Martin on its global trade mark strategy and recently represented the Saga Group regarding a trade mark application programme for retirement village projects across the UK and EU. Steven Jennings is also leading on several matters.
Tom Farrand continues to head the trade mark team at Novagraaf, which acts for companies in the clothing, cosmetics, food and retail sectors. Other key lawyers include Claire Jones, Michael Freeman and Alastair Rawlance.
Swindell & Pearson Ltd’s trade mark department handles portfolios as well as disputes, and its clients are ‘routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work’. Department head Nick Womsley works alongside the experienced Robert sales and Kieron Taylor, who was promoted to equity director in 2015.
Rigel Moss McGrath and Graeme Murray are the main trade mark attorneys at WP Thompson, an IP firm that helps clients select, protect and exploit their brands and designs in the domestic marketplace.
Wildbore & Gibbons is a boutique firm that concentrates solely on the management and protection of trade mark portfolios. Janella Barr and Stephen Kinsey are assisted by associates Gloria Parmesan and Camilla Sexton. Senior attorney Francis Harding left the firm in February 2016 to join Page White & Farrer. Representative clients include Hilton Hotels, The Economist and Odeon Cinemas.
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- Malcolm Bates - Taylor Wessing LLP
- Grant Castle - Covington & Burling LLP
- Ian Dodds-Smith - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Patrick Duxbury - Gowling WLG
- Penny Gilbert - Powell Gilbert LLP
- Marie Manley - Bristows LLP
- Charles Mayo - Simmons & Simmons
- Marjan Noor - Allen & Overy LLP
- Sophie Rich - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- John Wilkinson - Cooley (UK) LLP
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP is ‘superb in every respect’ and is praised for its ‘highly effective management of litigation’. Regulatory and product liability experts Ian Dodds-Smith and Adela Williams advised InterMune on a judicial review application and injunction for an annulment of a decision of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Other key figures include Lincoln Tsang, who advises on regulatory and compliance matters; ‘highly competent’ patent litigator Christopher Stothers, who defended AstraZeneca in a challenge to its European patent and in infringement proceedings; and competition expert Tim Frazer. Pfizer, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb are also clients.
Bird & Bird LLP fields an ‘excellent’ team that attracts praise for its ‘superb leadership’. Group head Mark Hilton continues to advise Actavis in a cancer drug patent dispute with Eli Lilly, and secured a declaration of non-infringement in the High Court. Neil Jenkins successfully argued before the Patent Court that two of Teva’s patents covering glatiramer acetate were valid. Patent litigator Morag Macdonald ‘has an excellent understanding of the industry’. Transactional IP lawyer Sally Shorthose is also recommended.
Bristows LLP has ‘quality at all levels, and partners are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in’. IP lawyer Sally Field heads the team, which includes ‘bright and conscientious’ patent litigators Brian Cordery and Robert Burrows; ‘first-class’ regulatory specialist Marie Manley; transactional lawyer Laura Anderson; and competition expert Pat Treacy. The firm is assisting Novartis with the defence of its patents for cancer drug Glivec, and represented Seattle Genetics in a dispute with the Austrian Patent Office regarding the duration of a supplementary protection certificate. AstraZeneca, Genomics England and Smith & Nephew are clients.
Covington & Burling LLP’s corporate group, which clients praise for its ‘Rolls-Royce service’, is very active in the sector. Daniel Pavin and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Lucinda Osborne are highly recommended, as is regulatory specialist and ‘wise head’ Grant Castle, who defended Roche in proceedings brought by the European Commission. Also recommended are ‘assured and judicious’ product liability specialist Brian Kelly, who advised Vitabiotics on nutrition claims, and patent lawyer Morag Peberdy, who is ‘a real expert and a pleasure to work with’. Other clients include AstraZeneca, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Novartis.
Simmons & Simmons ‘provides excellent service and always delivers on time’. Practice head Michael Gavey (who is noted for his ‘sound advice and understanding of risk’) advised GlaxoSmithKline on drug research collaborations with the Francis Crick Institute, Shionogi and Apollo Therapeutics. Marjan Noor’s* highlights included representing Eli Lilly in patent disputes with Actavis and Sanofi, and Charles Mayo advised the Department of Health on the launch of its Dementia Discovery Fund. Marc Döring* is recommended for IP work. Since publication, Marjan Noor and Marc Döring have joined Allen & Overy LLP.
Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘outstanding’ and ‘highly responsive’ team, headed by commercial lawyer Jim Ford and ‘bright, courageous and internationally renowned’ patent litigator Nicola Dagg, is noted for its ‘terrific industry knowledge and business acumen’. Ford advised GlaxoSmithKline on its entry into a strategic agreement with MolMed for the manufacture of viral vectors and gene therapy products, while Dagg’s highlights included assisting Warner-Lambert Company with the enforcement of its second medical use patent for the drug pregabalin. Neville Cordell is a ‘thoughtful and experienced litigator’.
Baker McKenzie LLP continued to advise CSL on its acquisition of Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business, and acted for Quest Diagnostics on the formation of a joint venture with Quintiles Transnational Holdings to form a global laboratory services business. It also defended Stryker in a product liability case concerning defective hip replacements and advised two generic pharmaceutical companies on “pay for delay” patent settlement cases. Patent lawyer Hiroshi Sheraton heads the practice in London and Jane Hobson is the global head of pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Julian Thurston is also recommended.
CMS ‘is straightforward to work with, and has sufficient team strength to address every problem’. The firm’s clients include Abbott, the Wellcome Trust, DuPont, and Medtronic, which ‘absolutely amazing’ regulatory lawyer Shuna Mason represented in product liability litigation relating to cardiac implants. ‘Efficient and responsible’ commercial and IP lawyer Carina Healy is based in Glasgow and is also recommended.
DLA Piper’s practice is led by Bonella Ramsay, who advised Nexvet Biopharma on the restructuring of its R&D programme. Highlights for patent lawyer Adam Cooke included successfully representing the International Stem Cell Corporation before the CJEU in a case that concerned the patentability of embryonic stem cells derived from unfertilised human ova. Other clients include Pfizer, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Bayer and Smith & Nephew.
Fieldfisher has a ‘practical and technically strong team’ led by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Alison Dennis, who advises Align Technology on all European legal matters. Other key figures include regulatory lawyer Sarah Ellson, who acts for both the Human Tissue Authority and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and Beatriz San Martin, whose IP expertise ‘gives the team the x-factor’. Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Genomics England are also clients.
The ‘exceptional’ Gowling WLG, formed by the February 2016 merger of Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gowlings, acts for a heavyweight roster of pharmaceuticals clients. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Patrick Duxbury assisted AstraZeneca with its $300m divestment of the drug Caprels, and Ian Piggin advised GlaxoSmithKline on the sale of its shareholding interests in Convergence Pharmaceuticals. ‘Effective communicator’ Paul Inman is recommended for his patent expertise, and acted for Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics and Coloplast.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s pharmaceuticals and healthcare department is led by ‘hugely experienced’ patent lawyer Sophie Rich and M&A specialist Alan Montgomery. Rich acted alongside Sebastian Moore for Biogen, Roche and Genentech UK in patent actions against Celltrion and Hospira. Moore’s work for Gilead included handling global proceedings against Idenix that relate to a hepatitis C treatment. Product liability specialist Howard Watson acts for Diageo.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department ‘responds quickly and authoritatively to any enquiry’. It is headed by IP lawyer Stephen Bennett (who ‘has a fantastic nose for a case and a great manner with clients’), corporate lawyer Tom Brassington, commercial and regulatory expert Andrew Skipper and litigation lawyer John Meltzer. Bennett acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme in patent infringement proceedings brought against traders importing the client’s asthma medication from overseas. Other clients include Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Olswang LLP’s life sciences department is led by Stephen Reese and Robert Stephen. The former advised Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics on the establishment of a joint venture with AstraZeneca, while the latter represented Kymab in an appeal against Regeneron’s patent at the European Patent Office. Gareth Morgan defended Focus Pharmaceuticals in litigation against Novartis.
Specialist IP litigation firm Powell Gilbert LLP secured a victory in the High Court for Actavis in patent infringement proceedings brought by Pfizer over the drug Lyrica. Other recent highlights include defending Kymab in a patent infringement and revocation action relating to transgenic mice. Penny Gilbert heads the department, which includes Tim Powell, Alex Wilson and Tim Whitfield.
‘Excellent in all respects’, Taylor Wessing LLP’s life sciences team is headed by Malcolm Bates and regulatory specialist Tim Worden, and includes patent litigators Simon Cohen and Nigel Stoate, and corporate lawyers Mark Barron and David Mardle. The firm advised Kymab on a $50m fundraising and acted for the sellers on the sale of the entire listed share capital of Prosonix.
Ashurst fields ‘a strong team’ that is noted for its ‘good common sense’. IP and commercial lawyer Mark Lubbock heads the life sciences group and Anthony Clare heads the healthcare group. The firm advised J. P. Morgan Cazenove and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on a share placing by Horizon Discovery Group and assisted Acacia Pharma with its proposed IPO. Other clients include NM Rothschild & Sons and GE Healthcare.
Cooley (UK) LLP provides ‘outstanding service and quick response times’. Nicola Maguire advised numerous high-profile clients on fundraisings, investments, and the creation of joint ventures. John Wilkinson is ‘technically skilled, very bright, and a formidable negotiator’. His highlights included advising Bavarian Nordic on the granting of an exclusive option to licence and commercialise patents relating to a prostate cancer drug to Bristol-Myers Squibb. Other clients include the Wellcome Trust and Bavarian Nordic.
The ‘excellent’ DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for defendants in high-profile product liability cases, including those pertaining to the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel and silicone breast implants manufactured by PIP. Consultant Simon Pearl heads the team, which includes associate Olya Melnitchouk and Alison McAdams, who ‘provides quick responses and personal service’. AstraZeneca, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are clients.
At the ‘excellent’ Eversheds LLP, Adrian Toutoungi advised Cell Therapy Catapult on a joint venture with Cancer Research Technologies and the University of Birmingham to develop a cancer immunotherapeutic. Practice head Simon Crossley helped Mylan to develop a defence strategy for the promotion and marketing of the asthma drug Sirdupla. Other clients include Roche, Wockhardt, and Diurnal.
Notable lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP include Jennifer Bethlehem, who handles M&A and capital markets transactions, corporate lawyer and London managing partner Julian Long, and Jonathan Isted, who handles health and safety and product liability cases. Clients have included AstraZeneca, Novartis and Cancer Research UK.
Key figures at King & Wood Mallesons include Cameron Firth, Stephen Kon and the Brussels-based Christophe Humpe, who represented Actavis and Mylan in patent settlement cases in which the authorities alleged that generic manufacturers were paid to delay entry. Andrew Shindler advises clients such as Nicox and Metabolic Explorer on commercial agreements. In May 2016, David Rose moved to Mishcon de Reya LLP and Campbell Forsyth joined Dentons.
Linklaters LLP advised Takeda on the sale of its global respiratory products portfolio to AstraZeneca, and acted for Atos Medical in an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into its acquisition of Countrywide Supplies. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi and Bayer. Jonas Koponen, Aisling Zarraga and Marly Didizian head the practice.
Marks & Clerk Solicitors has a ‘really excellent’ team of ‘very capable litigators’, including practice head Mike Gilbert, who ‘has a wealth of experience and strategic insight’. He continued to act for Genentech in proceedings brought by a company hoping to launch a similar version of the client’s breast cancer drug Herceptin. Other key figures include Will James and associate Chris Pratt. Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo are also clients.
Mills & Reeve LLP’s team ‘invariably provides outstanding service together with intellectually robust, commercially driven advice’. Key figures include IP lawyer Alasdair Poore, who heads the practice, and venture capital specialist Zickie Lim, who advised Mercia Investments on 15 portfolio investments in the life sciences sector. NHS Blood & Transplant Services, AstraZeneca and Bicycle Therapeutics are clients. Isabel Napper left the firm in March 2015 to establish a marketing company.
Nabarro LLP’s work for GlaxoSmithKline included a reverse patent settlement competition investigation in which competition lawyer Brian Sher led the firm’s advice. Sher heads the practice jointly with IP lawyer Guy Heath. The firm advised Cantel Medical Corp on its acquisition of Medical Innovations Group, and assisted the British Heart Foundation with a number of IP matters.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s department is headed by patent litigator Huw Evans and includes Mike Knapper, who leads the IP practice and advised GlaxoSmithKline on research collaboration and funding agreements connected with its Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge. The firm also advised ViiV Healthcare on agreements pertaining to its acquisition of HIV research assets from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Other clients include Pfizer, Shire and Reckitt Benckiser.
Pinsent Masons LLP ‘has a formidable reputation’, thanks in no small part to ‘absolute star’ and practice head Clare Tunstall. She and the ‘hugely experienced’ Charlotte Weekes are representing Teva in a challenge to the validity of a supplementary protection certificate held by Boehringer Ingelheim. Transactional lawyers Allistair Booth and Charles Waddell are also recommended.
Redd is a specialist IP firm that handles a wide range of patent-related work as well as trade mark and design matters for pharmaceutical clients. It also advises on competition issues. Duncan Ribbons and Rebecca Lawrence are recommended. Clients include Gilead Sciences, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Consilient Health.
Slaughter and May’s ‘exceptional’ practice assisted Shire with its agreed combination with Baxalta. The ‘bright, hardworking and perceptive’ Susie Middlemiss advised GlaxoSmithKline on the divestment of its rights in ofatumumab to Novartis, and represented clients in patent litigation. Corporate and commercial lawyer David Johnson is also recommended.
Squire Patton Boggs advises some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies on transfers of rights and manufacturing agreements. Group head Andrew Wilkinson and consultant Adrian Spooner are recommended. Clients include Santen, Purdue Pharma and Olympus.
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP attracts praise for its ‘fantastic blend of first-rate patent attorneys and excellent litigators’. Key figures include the ‘hugely experienced’ David Wilson and the ‘extremely astute’ Camilla Balleny. The firm is representing Merck & Co in High Court patent litigation relating to its Cubicin product.
Clyde & Co LLP’s team is led by Simon Gamblin and was strengthened by the arrival of patent specialists David Wilkinson from Stevens & Bolton LLP in June 2015 and Ralph Cox from Fasken Martineau LLP in February 2016. Claire Petts is known for product liability work.
Dechert LLP ‘provides an excellent level of service’. Highlights for the team, which includes corporate lawyer Graham Defries, included advising AM-Pharma and its shareholders on the sale of a minority interest in the company to Pfizer, and assisting the shareholders of XO1 with its sale to Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Denoon Legal is ‘an outstanding boutique’ that represents clients in major disputes and provides day-to-day regulatory, licensing and commercial advice. Alexander Denoon has ‘great insight into the practical issues that affect the industry and a canny ability to translate and explain complex legal issues’. Julian Hitchcock is also recommended.
At the ‘excellent’ Keystone Law, ‘knowledgeable and quick’ IP specialist Vicky Clark advises clients on licensing and commercial agreements. Commercial and regulatory lawyer Paul Ransom joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2015.
Latham & Watkins’ practice is led by Gail Crawford and corporate lawyers Michael Bond and Robbie McLaren. The firm represented Sorin in its merger with Cyberonics to create LivaNova, and advised Allergan on the sale of its generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva.
Mishcon de Reya LLP’s practice is led by Martyn Hann, who focuses on patent disputes. His clients include Perrigo, Dermal Laboratories and Pharmasol. David Rose joined from King & Wood Mallesons in May 2016.
Key lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP include Timothy Corbett and Tom Cartwright. The firm advised the owners of Auden McKenzie Holdings on its £306m sale to Actavis and acted for Perrigo Company on the acquisition of the US rights to AstraZeneca’s drug Entocort. Other clients include Sanofi and Allergan.
Highlights for Osborne Clarke included advising Takeda Ventures on its investment into the Dementia Discovery Fund and into Belgian biotech company Univercells. Other clients include the shareholders of drug discovery company Adorial Technologies, which the firm advised on the company’s acquisition by C4X Discovery Holdings. Janita Good heads the team, which includes Lorna Brazell and Ben Goodger.
RPC’s ‘experienced’ team is ‘particularly strong when it comes to medical devices’. Practice head Dorothy Flower ‘brings energy and penetrating analysis to her role’. Flower defends manufacturers in product liability cases.
Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘very efficient and responsive’ practice is noted for its ‘strong industry knowledge and insight’. The firm handles major corporate transactions for clients in the sector; recent highlights include Thomas Thesing’s work for Sigma-Aldrich on its sale to Merck. William Long ‘provides sure-footed advice’ on issues such as data protection, privacy and e-commerce.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s practice is led by Lorenzo Corte, who advised Mylan on its $1.6bn acquisition of Agila Specialties Private. The firm also advised Merck Group on its $17bn acquisition of Sigma-Alcrich. Other clients include Pfizer, Bayer and NPS Pharmaceuticals.
The ‘excellent’ Stephenson Harwood has a ‘thorough and well-managed practice’ led by Andrew Edge and the ‘extremely clever’ Alexandra Pygall. They advised the management of XO1 on its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. In addition to handling transactional matters, the firm assists clients with IP and licensing issues.
Highlights for Stevens & Bolton LLP included advising a global healthcare provider on an intra-group reorganisation and acting in an arbitration for the UK subsidiary of an international life sciences company. Senior associate Charlotte Tillett heads the practice.
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Matthew Bennett -
- Morris Bentata - Keystone Law
Nic Couchman -
- Max Duthie - Bird & Bird LLP
- Jonathan Ellis - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Nick Fitzpatrick - DLA Piper
Oliver Hunt -
Onside Law Limited
- Ian Lynam - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Peter McCormick - McCormicks
Mike Morgan -
Morgan Sports Law LLP
- Felicity Reeve - Bird & Bird LLP
- Stephen Sampson - Squire Patton Boggs
- Graham Shear - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Jonathan Taylor - Bird & Bird LLP
- Maurice Watkins - Brabners LLP
- Trevor Watkins - Pinsent Masons LLP
- Matthew Bennett -
Bird & Bird LLP provides an ‘exceptional breadth of knowledge’ and distinguishes itself through its work for sports governing bodies, where it handles regulatory and commercial mandates. Jonathan Taylor, who is ‘capable of distilling complex topics into the key issues’, is part of a team representing the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a challenge to the validity of its hyperandrogenism regulations. Key highlights for the ‘brilliant’ Max Duthie included assisting European Professional Club Rugby with the participation agreements for major Northern hemisphere European club rugby tournaments. The firm has a notable media rights practice and representative work includes assisting the All England Lawn Tennis Club with renewing its broadcasting agreement with the BBC for coverage of Wimbledon; Felicity Reeve, who has ‘an astute commercial mind’, led the advice. Huw Roberts is another name to note.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘fantastic’ 13-partner team is supported by a strong associate group, and is duly considered ‘one of the top sports groups in the UK’. ‘Commercial dealmaker’ Ian Lynam’s ‘knowledge of football contracts is huge’; he handled Raheem Sterling’s transfer to Manchester City FC in 2015. Jonathan Ellis, who is ‘technically excellent and extremely responsive’, heads the team with Lynam; the duo handle regulatory and disciplinary matters for Premiership Rugby. Jon Walters leads the firm’s commercial advice to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), which included assisting with the introduction of central contracts. James Eighteen provides ‘quick, reasoned and sensible advice’.
Sports boutique Couchmans LLP is highly regarded for its commercial work but expanded its profile in contentious and regulatory work with several high-profile instructions. For instance, Daniel Lowen represented Burnley FC in securing a record compensation award for an out-of-contract player. Steven Burton is the ‘leading expert in the world’ on sports data and is advising the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on the exploitation of sports data rights. Andrew Price and Jon Higton are key names for media rights work and assisted the ITF with media agreements for the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. Nic Couchman’s team includes Satish Khandke, who handled the disposal of a controlling interest in Crystal Palace FC, Nick White, who oversees the IP and digital team, and Fraser Reid, who focuses on talent representation, where clients include Anthony Joshua and Usain Bolt.
At DLA Piper, Nicholas West, who, in keeping with the team’s strengths, is ‘a leading sports media rights lawyer’, advised marquee client the Premier League on the standout media rights deal of 2015: the record sale of domestic and international audio-visual transmission rights for a period of three seasons. Other clients include the National Basketball Association (NBA), which Nick Fitzpatrick is assisting with media regulatory issues. Recently promoted partner John Cloke advised the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on the tender process for the sale of audio-visual and audio rights to England internationals, including the Autumn series and World Cup warm-up matches over five years.
Brabners LLP has a ‘good knowledge of the sports business’ and regularly advises governing bodies, as was evident in its advice to British Canoeing on the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. Maurice Watkins and Jason Smith are key names to note, along with the ‘incisive’ Paul Lunt. Key highlights for Lunt included assisting the Rugby Football League (RFL) with salary cap regulations. Matthew Bennett, Edward Canty and David Bentham left to establish Centrefield LLP in 2015.
Sport and media practice Centrefield LLP, established in December 2015, is the ‘best in the area for football’, and also handles work in relation to an array of other sports. The firm is very active in player transfers, where Matthew Bennett, who is ‘knowledgeable, calm and effective’, leads the work; highlights included advising Major League Soccer (MLS) and LA Galaxy on signing Steven Gerrard and handling all transfer activity for Manchester United in 2015. Edward Canty, who is ‘charming and has great judgement’, routinely advises key client the Professional Footballers’ Association. David Bentham, who is ‘knowledgeable, commercially savvy and offers sound practical advice’, received a flow of instructions to act for the Rugby Players’ Association, including advising on the client’s funding agreement with the RFU and Premiership Rugby. Senior associate Stuart Baird is ‘outstanding’. All matters referred to were undertaken by team members while with Brabners LLP.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is lauded for its ‘industry insight’ and its ‘strong partner involvement’. Practice head Bob Mitchell led advice to Tyson Fury and promoter Mick Hennessy on the contracts and staging arrangements for the boxer’s world championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Demonstrating its cricketing credentials, it advised Andrew Strauss on his appointment to the role of Director of English Cricket. Dalton Odendaal is experienced in relation to events staging and serves as general counsel for the Invictus Games. Senior associates Michael Lister and Anil Matharu are other names to note. Sport marketing specialist Andy Korman joined the firm in June 2016 from Couchmans LLP.
Lewis Silkin LLP’s ‘responsive and efficient’ team has a strong track record acting for rugby and football clients but has augmented its presence in the sports industry with recent mandates in motorsport and cycling. Recent highlights include advising Madison Sports Group on Six Day London, a track cycling event staged at the Lee Valley VeloPark, which included negotiating agreements with the riders and ambassadors. Football finance specialist Karish Andrews is part of a team advising offshore investment funds on investments in clubs in Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Practice head Alex Kelham is ‘highly strategic and commercial across a wide range of issues’ and an expert in ambush marketing. Andrew Osborne is ‘the leader in sports-related immigration disputes nationally’ and frequently handles player transfers. Jeremy Summers, a commercial and IP specialist, is another name to note.
Onside Law Limited is ‘excellent in all areas’ and has notable expertise acting for governing bodies. Founding partner Oliver Hunt (who is ‘responsive, diligent and practical’) undertook a secondment to the European Tour in 2015, while the ‘excellent’ Chris Walsh has forged strong links with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The firm is advising on the IAAF and IPC 2017 Athletics World Championships through its position as principal legal adviser to London 2017; Jamie Singer and Adam Leadercramer are leading the advice. Simon Thorp ‘provides excellent practical and commercial advice’. Stevie Loughrey joined from Carter-Ruck in February 2016.
Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘excellent, broad industry knowledge and a strong team that can scale up and down as required’. ‘Innovative thinker’ Trevor Watkins, who ‘possesses an abundance of expertise’ and has ‘an inside knowledge of the European and US football industry’, and James Earl*, who is ‘well connected across the sector’, advised PEAK6 on its investment into AFC Bournemouth. Samantha Livesey is noted for commercial matters, Julian Diaz-Rainey is a litigator, and senior associate Julian Moore focuses on media and broadcasting. *James Earl joined Fladgate LLP in September 2016.
Squire Patton Boggs is able to draw on ‘an excellent panel of experienced and knowledgeable sports lawyers’. It remains best known for its work in football, where it is frequently instructed by key client Chelsea FC. The team is handling several matters for the International Tennis Federation, including advising on the impact of the eligibility rules concerning the Davis Cup and Fed Cup tournaments, and appeals filed by national tennis associations. Stephen Sampson, who has ‘a true depth of knowledge in sports law (both commercial and regulatory) and couples that with excellent strategy and a cool head’, leads the team, which includes David Hull and CAS arbitrator Stuart McInnes.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘extremely professional’ team has extensive experience in football, where it is adept at representing international clients. Football financing accounts for a significant portion of the group’s workload, and practice head Graham Shear and Marc Trottier are regularly instructed by JG Funding to advise on receivables financing for clubs in the Premier League and the first and second divisions in Spain. Marcus Pearl and defamation specialist Joby Davies are other names to note.
Covington & Burling LLP has a highly regarded regulatory practice, and advises the likes of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Daniel Cooper, who is an expert in anti-doping and data privacy compliance, is working with the firm’s Belgium office in representing WADA in an independent investigation into the conduct of Union Cycliste Internationale. The group benefits from the firm’s market-leading US sports practice and advises major US leagues (the NFL, NHL and NBA) on their UK operations; Hilary Prescott leads on this work.
Dentons’ team has exploited the firm’s global footprint by winning international mandates and is ‘now particularly strong in China for sports’; it represented Qingdao Jonoon FC in appeals before the CAS. Other highlights included advising Bestseller on a driver and sponsorship agreement with Renault for Kevin Magnussen to race for the team in Formula One. Richard Barham ‘brings huge corporate law experience with an understanding of the sports sector’. Managing associate Alex Haffner and Adrian Barr-Smith are also key names.
Farrer & Co has diversified its practice with the arrival of associate and former professional footballer Udo Onwere from Thomas Eggar LLP, a private client practitioner who frequently acts for professional footballers. It is best known in the sport sector for its work for governing bodies, where department head and ‘great litigator’ Julian Pike is ‘highly skilled’. Clients include the British Olympic Association, British Rowing and the International Canoe Federation; and Kate Allass successfully defended the last of these in proceedings before the CAS challenging the allocation of quota places.
K&L Gates LLP acts for clients including ATP Media, Virgin Racing and European Professional Football Leagues. Practice head Warren Phelops and Andrew Danson were part of a team handling the tender of audio-visual rights for Bundesliga matches on behalf of DFL Sports Enterprises. The group is regularly instructed by Puma to assist with endorsement deals.
McCormicks’ prominent reputation in sports law is built upon the expertise of name partner and ‘true leader’ Peter McCormick, who is ‘vastly experienced’, ‘savvy’ and a ‘go-to lawyer in the sports sector’. McCormick holds various high-profile positions in the industry and, in 2015, was appointed Chairman of the Premier League’s Football Board. The Premier League remains a key client of the firm, with recent work including successfully defending the client in a challenge to the football creditors rule brought by the HMRC.
Mishcon de Reya LLP provides a ‘level of service that is second to none’ and ‘has now developed into a major player in the sporting field’. The arrival of ‘formidable litigator’ Kendrah Potts, who ‘has a wealth of experience on anti-doping’, strengthened its position still further. Department head Liz Ellen is ‘at the top in her field’. Lewis Cohen, who ‘provides excellent solutions’, routinely advises Tottenham Hotspur FC. Managing associate Edward Carder has ‘a fantastic eye for the detail’.
Morgan Sports Law LLP’s founding partner, the ‘exceptional’ Mike Morgan, is ‘very much the leader in the field’ for defending athletes charged with doping offences, and has an ‘international reputation in sports law’. The team, which only handles contentious matters, represented former hammer thrower and president of the Belarus Athletics Federation, Vadim Devyatovskiy, in an appeal before the CAS regarding the right of athletes to be present during B sample testing. Senior associate Richard Martin is also recommended.
Olswang LLP’s practice has its roots in the firm’s strength in media and broadcasting and the team continues to be recognised for media rights work. John Enser led on several matters for the International Cricket Council, including handling the digital rights tender for the client’s 2016-2019 events, including the Cricket World Cup and World Twenty20. Practice head David Zeffman is a key name for horseracing. David Roberts and senior associate Anna Soilleux are other names to note.
The ‘extremely professional’ team at RPC is led by Jeremy Drew, who ‘always has an eye on the bigger picture’. It handled several sponsorship agreements for Dunlop Slazenger International, including assisting Slazenger with renewing its relationship as an official supplier of sporting goods for Wimbledon. Other highlights included the firm’s appointment as legal partner for the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup; Drew is leading the advice, supported by senior associates Andrew Crystal and Nicole Jahanshahi. Tax practitioner Adam Craggs is frequently sought out to advise on image rights disputes.
Sheridans’ ‘experience in minority sport is extensive’, and in 2015 it advised England Netball on its sponsorship partnership with Vitality, as well as on commercial and corporate matters relating to the client’s successful bid to host the 2019 World Cup. The ‘outstanding’ Andrew Nixon has an ‘in-depth knowledge of British sport’s governing body landscape’ and advised the RFL on restructuring its operating rules. The team has developed significant expertise in sports data and is increasingly instructed to advise on big data projects. It gained sports regulatory specialist Daniel Geey from Fieldfisher in July 2015.
The team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, which advises governing bodies and amateur sports clubs, dovetails with the firm’s strong charities practice. Thea Longley advised an amateur rugby club on registering as a charity. Martin Gunson provides ‘an efficient service’.
DAC Beachcroft LLP is a key name for advising on sport-related injuries for governing bodies, insurers, venues, clubs and individuals, with Jan Levinson and Bruce Ralston the key names. Its commercial instructions include assisting with the staging of a Premiership Rugby match in New York. Ken Forsyth and Nicholas Taylor are also recommended.
Fieldfisher handled several matters for a Premiership rugby club, including advising on the sale of the training ground, the development of a new training facility, and refinancing. Patrick Cannon is ‘particularly helpful’. Matthew Lohn was recently appointed chair of the National Anti-Doping Panel. Daniel Geey and David Naylor joined Sheridans and Wiggin LLP, respectively.
Hamlins LLP bolstered its practice with the arrival of contentious and regulatory specialist Mark Gay. Gay is assisting UK Sport and the British Judo Association (BJA) with a review into the circumstances surrounding the BJA losing the right to host the 2015 European Judo Championships. Highlights for sports event specialist Matthew Pryke included advising on the launch of Tie Break Tens, which included negotiating player and promoter agreements; Pryke also served as tournament director.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s reputation in the area of disability sport grew further in 2015 with work on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and longstanding client the British Paralympic Association. Its work for the first of these includes handling trade mark filing. Paul Joukador, Richard Welfare and counsel Penny Powell are the key names in the multi-disciplinary team.
Hannah Clipston leads the team at Irwin Mitchell, which includes tax compliance specialist Michael Taylor. The team recently handled a governance restructuring for Table Tennis England.
The ‘expert, pragmatic and responsive’ team at Kerman & Co LLP stands out for its expertise in ticketing and sports sponsorship. Zane Shihab and Nick Bitel (who is ‘an institution in the world of sports law’) advised London & Surrey Cycling Partnership on negotiations regarding the renewal of Prudential’s title sponsorship of RideLondon. Suzanne Proctor is ‘extremely smart’.
Russell-Cooke LLP’s Matt Bosworth, who is ‘a joy to work with’, is acting for Sky UK in various proceedings pertaining to intellectual property rights. Practice head Peter Cadman is ‘a good tactician’ and is ‘calm and unflappable in a crisis’.
Slaughter and May’s Andrew Jolly and recently promoted partner Paul Mudie are part of a team advising Arsenal FC on transfer dealings, including handling Wojciech Szczesny’s loan move to AS Roma in summer 2015. David Ives and Rob Sumroy are other names to note.
The ‘excellent’ team at Wiggin LLP stands out for its work on the rights acquisition front, where ‘no other firm can match them for value, speed and effectiveness’. Ross Sylvester, who is singled out for his ‘unparalleled ability to turn around drafts of complex and lengthy agreements’, advised Virgin Media on expanding its distribution deal with BT Sport to include BT Sport Europe. Michael Brader leads the team, which also includes Sean James and Sarah Drake, who is ‘an absolute gem of a young lawyer’.
Burges Salmon LLP has ‘vast experience’ in equine sports and counts The Racecourse Association and Jockey Club Racecourses among its clients. Jeremy Dickerson leads the team. Mark Gay joined Hamlins LLP.
With a strong focus on football, Clintons’ practice is led by agent Mel Stein, who ‘sees matters from the clubs’ perspective’ and has a wide knowledge of ‘rule interpretations’.
Collyer Bristow LLP is routinely instructed to assist with racing-related agreements for trainers, owners and syndicates; Charles Braithwaite leads the advice. Steven Heffer is experienced in representing sports personalities in breach of privacy and libel proceedings.
Fladgate LLP is praised for ‘delivering real results’ and is best known in the sporting context for football and motorsport. Litigator Mark Buckley and commercial partner Alan Wetterhahn are the key names. Clients include Gareth Bale and Sahara Force India F1 team.
Halebury’s Raj Koria has ‘an excellent reputation as a sports media lawyer’. Highlights included advising Lagardère Sports Geneva on the Rio 2016 Olympics media rights tender across 40 jurisdictions, following on from media rights work for the same client relating to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Michelle Harris is also recommended.
Highlights for the team at Mills & Reeve LLP included representing Jake Livermore in a Football Association disciplinary hearing following his positive test for cocaine; the FA decided not to impose a suspension on the player. Practice head Mark Hovell also sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Payne Hicks Beach’s Richard Butcher, who, according to one client, is ‘one of the best yachting lawyers’ in the market, assisted Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation with drafting notice of race and sailing instructions for sailing event Bart’s Bash. Jonathan Gatward leads on commercial matters.
Ed Baden-Powell, who heads the team at Simkins LLP, is well versed in events at the intersection of sport and entertainment, and the group’s expertise includes broadcasting, live entertainment and webcasting.
The bulk of Adelphi Sports Law’s mandates are in the football space and it is a key name for football agents and players. Paul Fletcher is singled out for his expertise in regulatory and commercial disputes.
Hill Dickinson LLP’s representative experience includes advising Lancashire County Cricket Club on commercial contract negotiations. Richard Green is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’. Hanna Basha is another name to note.
Stephenson Harwood focuses on football and motorsport. Jonathan Cripps is leading advice to the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the development of motorsports complex the Circuit of Wales. Louis Flannery and Stuart Frith are the other names to note at partner level.
Teacher Stern LLP has a ‘well-deserved reputation for sports law work’, particularly in relation to football, where it represents players and agents, including Carlos Tevez and Kia Joorabchian. David Salisbury provides ‘exemplary advice’.
At Thomas Cooper LLP, employment specialist Nick Humphreys, who joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in May 2015, represents coaches, managers and senior executives. James Severn routinely represents players in disciplinary disputes, transfers and contract renegotiations.
Richard Lane’s team at Wright Hassall LLP is highly regarded for its work on behalf of national governing bodies and counts The Pony Club and British Dressage as clients. The group assisted the latter with a review of its disciplinary procedures.