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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘very impressive team’ advises public and private sector purchasers of high-value IT projects, and has a particularly strong cloud practice. Clients include Diageo, Speedy Hire and Barclays. Key figures include Paul Bentham, the ‘very commercialJames Whittaker, and Susan Garrett, who is singled out for her contentious IT work.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘excellent’ team advises on a diverse range of issues from cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing to systems integration and service transitions. Highlights included advising the Co-operative Bank on a strategically critical agreement with Capita to manage the bank’s mortgage processing operations. Lee Brierley is ‘very experienced’ and Peter Brook is also well regarded.

DWF has a wide range of sector expertise but is particularly known for its skill in IT and outsourcing projects in the financial services and insurance sectors. Clients include Expedia, Rplan and Sanef Operations. Craig Chaplin heads the team, which includes the ‘practical, methodical and balancedJames Lonsdale. Rob Sheldon is now at Fieldfisher

Clients of Brabners LLP highlight the firm’s ‘London standard of service at Liverpool prices’. It assists a wide variety of tech start-ups and software businesses and has considerable expertise in the computer software games industry. Nik White and Colin Bell are noted for their ‘very commercial and practical advice’.

Gateley Plc’s ‘very skilled and technically able team’ is headed by Peter Budd, who combines ‘excellent legal and technical knowledge with good commercial sense and strong negotiation skills’. Budd has extensive experience in data flows, cloud computing and large-scale IT procurement. Clients include Lookers and Ladbrokes.

Pannone Corporate LLP provides ‘prompt, clear and accurate advice’ to clients such as UK and Iceland Foods. The team is experienced on the supplier and the customer side. The ‘very thorough’ Amy Chandler provides ‘a very high level of professionalism and a strong commitment to her clients’.

Samantha Livesey leads the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which has considerable expertise in IT, digital and data protection issues. It has also been involved in a considerable number of major technology transactions and has particular expertise in the sport, retail and consumer brands sectors. Clients include Manchester Airport Group and William Hill.

TLT has particular expertise in the financial services, retail and technology sectors. David Gardner is ‘always willing to go over and above what is expected of him to provide timely and clear advice’.

Weightmans LLP is advising the Motor Insurers’ Bureau on data sharing arrangements with the DVLA in relation to the MyLicence Project. Paul Raftery heads the practice, which also acts for Bibby Distribution, Ford Motor Company and the Insurance Fraud Bureau. Sean Crotty is also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on a variety of areas, from web and app development, online learning to cloud-based service offerings. The team also has a particular specialism in data sharing and big data issues for social housing entities. Susan Hall is a primary contact.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has particular expertise in technology procurement in the healthcare sector and is instructed by customers and software suppliers on large technology projects. Associate Andrew Rankin is ‘very practical, methodical and balanced’ and Harald Loeffler has ‘excellent technical skills, good commercial awareness and a ‘can-do’ attitude’. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Eversheds LLP advises on the full spectrum of technology contracts, and is acting for AstraZeneca on the insourcing of a number of complex IT arrangements. Tom Bridgford is the key contact.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘efficient team’ handles a wide range of IT procurement and contractual work for clients including Bibby Line Group and Stobart Group. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon is ‘very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable’.

Key figures at Fieldfisher include Rob Sheldon, who joined from DWF and ‘gets the job done’, and Sam Jardine, who joined from Watson Burton LLP.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP recruited Martin Lewis from Addleshaw Goddard LLP; he joins a team that is adept at handling complex software and database litigation.

Myerson Solicitors LLP’s clients include a major provider of software solutions for high volume retail insurance operations and a national supplier of internet and related services. Senior solicitor Carla Murray is recommended.

Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides contentious and non-contentious IP advice a broad range of sectors including retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, health and the public sector. Clients include The Co-operative Group, JD Sports and Barclays. Paul Benthamensures that his clients’ interests are always protected’. Legal director Nick Rudgard has ‘a very methodical approach and a knack for explaining legal and technical issues in a straightforward and succinct way’. ‘Nothing is too much trouble’ for managing associate Tim Carter.

Brabners LLP’s diverse practice advises a number of retail clients on their trade mark portfolios, including handling trade mark applications and oppositions. The team also manages a significant number of domain name complaints for large US headquartered companies. Clients include the Professional Footballers’ Association and the CORGI Group and Gas Safety Trust. Nik White is ‘very reliable’ and Colin Bell is ‘excellent’.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s IP practice is particularly well regarded for its anti-counterfeiting work. The team advises Fred Perry on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. The ‘vastly experiencedRoy Crozier and Susan Hall are highly regarded IP specialists.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s team has represented its clients on some of the largest IP matters, and assists its clients in the UK courts and beyond on all forms of IP litigation. Clients include Intelligent Energy, JD Williams and Sofaworks. Recommended individuals include ‘hardworking and dedicated’ senior associate Jim McDonnell, Lee Brierley, who heads the team in Manchester, and Peter Brook, who heads the team in Liverpool.

DWF continues to provide IP advice to British Cycling and also advises Umbro on a wide range of licensing agreements, player sponsorship deals and image rights issues. Craig Chaplin, Joel Heap, Paul Attwood and the ‘flexible, approachable and accessibleJames Lonsdale are recommended.

Led by the ‘technically ableJonathan Moakes, Gateley Plc’s team acts for a host of major clients including Harman Technology. It has been advising Manchester City Football Club on copyright and trade mark issues relating to the adoption of a new badge by the club. John Burns is recognised for his expertise in brand licensing and legal director Robert Lye is recognised for his work on contentious matters.

HGF Law has particular expertise in the life sciences, education, retail and advanced engineering sectors. Key figures include transactional IP lawyer Janet Knowles and contentious specialist Antony Gold who is ‘very effective, commercial and responsive’. Clients include Laura Ashley, Specsavers Optical Group, Halfords and the University of Liverpool.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP with a particular focus on litigation concerning software and database protection to brand acquisitions and disposals. Team head Ian Morris is singled out for his ‘detailed knowledge of IP law’. Damian Bailey is also recommended.

Pannone Corporate LLP is praised for its ‘rapid responses, technical excellence and commercial acumen’. The team handles complex issues including voicemail interception and computer hacking litigation, and also advises on a broad range of brand licensing, sponsorship and merchandising agreements. The ‘highly professional’ Amy Chandler and Melanie McGuirk (who is ‘a gifted negotiator who will always secure the best possible outcome for her clients’) are recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s diverse practice has particular expertise in IP litigation, patent opposition and data protection advisory work. Monster Energy (Europe), The Jockey Club, Silentnight Group, Regatta and LiverpoolOne are clients. Samantha Livesey leads the team, which is also well regarded for its digital and online work.

TLT’s ‘first-class’ team acts for a growing number of blue-chip clients including Home Retail Group, and is noted for its ‘very sound knowledge of patent rights’. Graeme Orchison is ‘a hardworking and excellent communicator’ and the ‘go-to person for IP enforcement’.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, Harald Loeffler has extensive IP litigation experience ranging from multimillion-pound licensing disputes to copyright infringement and trade mark claims. Clients include Internorm, Lawspeed and Perstorp.

Hill Dickinson LLP advises on brand protection and exploitation including sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals and licences and assignments. Clients include Coffee Republic Retail, National Car Parks, Boodle and Dunthorne and Rayware. The ‘excellent’ Bruce Jones is noted for his track record in European Patent Office proceedings.

Shipley IP Ltd’s clients include BrewDog, The App Business, Julien Macdonald and Rachel Khoo. Mark Shipley and associate solicitor Ben Prangell are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ Bill Lister at Fieldfisher advises clients on all aspects of IP, from copyright issues to registered and unregistered UK and community design rights. Clients include Aurora Fashions.

At Jones Legal Limited the ‘outstanding’ Patricia Jones provides a ‘rapid and flexible service that is second to none; she really knows what she is talking about’.

Myerson Solicitors LLP is noted for its ‘direct and concise advice’. Key figures include the ‘knowledgeable’ Jonathan Hassall and practice head Carla Murray.

Christopher Pugh is the key contact at Nexus Solicitors Limited. The firm is particularly experienced in brand protection matters.

Shoosmiths LLP’s clients include Sharp Electronics (Europe) and Whispering Smith. Laura Harper is the key contact.

Paul Lupton and Guy Lightowler are the key figures at Gorvins Solicitors. Clients include Dishman Europe and Melba Products.

MLP Law LLP acts for a number of household names and companies in the digital technology sector. Stephen Attree is recommended.

Manleys Solicitors has an impressive array of high-profile clients with Mark Manley at the helm.

Media and entertainment

Index of tables

  1. Media and entertainment
  2. Leading individuals

At Addleshaw Goddard LLP, James Whittaker advises clients on the full range of media, entertainment, advertising and marketing matters, from brand ambassador contracts and agency contracts to sales promotions. Clients include Adidas, Harper Collins and Managing associate Rebecca Moore is also recommended.

Armstrong Legal undertakes non-contentious contractual work for independent production companies including Antix Productions and Channel X. Lisa Bindahnee is recommended.

Brabners LLP has considerable expertise in acting for companies in the computer software games industry coupled with a significant practice in online gaming. The team is also growing its practice in music and content licensing and is regularly instructed by clients in the sports, media and entertainment industries to represent them in all of their reputational management issues. Nik White and Paul Lunt are singled out for praise.

The ‘very knowledgeable and pragmaticJohn Burns at Gateley Plc is ‘very experienced in the music sector’. Clients include production companies, musicians, film companies, record labels, authors, management and software developers.

At JMW Solicitors LLP, the ‘vastly experienced’ Nick McAleenan is ‘very strong on the contentious side’ and is recommended for his skill in reputation management issues and at handling hostile media coverage. He also handles privacy infringement cases.

Laura Harper at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘one of the leaders in her field and is very experienced’. Clients include Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the Sharp Agency.

Bermans has niche expertise in social media and online reputation management. Clients include United Utilities, WeAreCreation and Play Creative. Steve Kuncewicz is recommended.

Hill Dickinson LLP is continuing to act for high-profile sports personalities in relation to phone-hacking claims. Geraldine Ryan and Richard Green are recommended.

Manleys Solicitors is ‘well respected for media work’. Mark Manley is the key contact.

Nexus Solicitors Limited has been advising start-up businesses in the digital and e-commerce sectors on distance selling regulations, drafting website terms and conditions and privacy policies. Christopher Pugh is a key contact.

Pannone Corporate LLP provides reputation management advice, defends clients in voicemail interception litigation and has been advising well-known individuals in claims against News Group Newspaper concerning voicemail hacking. Paul Jonson is ‘exceptionally skilled in media disputes’ and Melanie McGuirk is ‘very creative at finding practical solutions’. Amy Chandler is also recommended for her non-contentious expertise.

Andy Booth at SAS Daniels LLP specialises in music and media, advising on recording and publishing contracts and management agreements for clients including New Order, Ian Brown and Johnny Marr.

Sean Crotty at Weightmans LLP specialises in drafting and negotiating media and entertainment contracts, with a particular focus on the video games, music and television industries.


Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals

Brabners LLP advised the Rugby Football League (RFL) on a range of matters from the application of salary cap regulations to successfully resisting defamation claims against the RFL and members of its management. It also advised International Sports Management and several of its high-profile clients including Lee Westwood on various sports-related issues. The ‘very experienced’ Jason Smith and team headMaurice Watkins are recommended. Matthew Bennett, Edward Canty and David Bentham left to establish boutique practice Centrefield LLP.

Gateley Plc has a team of ‘strong advisers that is trusted across the board by clubs, players, regulators and commercial stakeholders’. It was recently appointed as key legal adviser to Sport and Recreation Alliance. Other clients include Everton FC and International Netball Federation. John Burns has a ‘real presence in the market’ and heads the ‘excellent, dynamic and well-connected’ team.

At Mills & Reeve LLP, team head Mark Hovell sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Carol Couse is ‘very well regarded for her work with Spanish and South American clients’. Matthew Chantler is recommended for his work on doping cases. Key clients include the Professional Footballers’ Association.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has particular expertise in sports injury work and acts for an impressive client base that includes Manchester United, Sir Bradley Wiggins and former Everton player James Hall. Jan Levinson is highly regarded.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s multidisciplinary team focuses on sports contracts, litigation and regulatory matters with a focus on rights, reputation and brand management for clubs, promoters and athletes. The ‘vastly experienced’ Richard Green ‘gets things done and successfully resolves disputes quickly’. Geraldine Ryan is also singled out for praise.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Julian Diaz-Rainey acts for major football clubs, sporting bodies and leading individuals on a broad range of issues from contractual disputes, disciplinary proceedings to sponsorship agreements. Samantha Livesey is also singled out for praise for her experience in sports law and equine matters.

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