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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including brand disputes and advertising. Recently the firm has been developing expertise in big data, agile software development and indirect software licensing. Key client sectors include retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and the public sector. Paul Bentham - described as 'simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West' heads the team and advises on IP matters arising from company acquisitions and joint ventures. 'Real big hitter' James Whittaker has particular experience in the retail and consumer goods sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:James Whittaker; Nick Rudgard; Phil McGough; Rebecca Moore; Andrew Bayley; Tim Carter


The leading practice for non contentious IP in the North West’.

Cutting-edge expertise - they demonstrate nous, excellence and pragmatism in equal measure’.

Paul Bentham is simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West; he has advised key FTSE 100 companies, major Government bodies, serial entrepreneurs and all kinds in between - exceptional’.

James Whittaker is a real big hitter, with major and extremely loyal clients, and a real knack at unblocking complex problems by developing creative solutions; he cuts to the chase and delivers time and time again’.

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Diageo Great Britain Limited


Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill


Work highlights

  • Advised Sumo Group on the trade mark and copyright ownership in connection with the acquisition of independent game developer The Chinese Room.
  • Advising Eleven Sports Network Limited on the set up of a joint venture company, production services and rights licences with IMG for the launch of a new sports channel focusing on non-English European football content.
  • Advising PZ Cussons on various promotional and brand licensing activities in relation to various well-known brands including Carex, Original Source and Imperial Leather.

Brabners LLP's highly rated practice¬†advises on IP protection, exploitation, enforcement and litigation. Other areas of expertise include trademark portfolio management, applications, online brand protection and infringement and domain name complaints. The 'approachable and very knowledgeable'¬†Colin Bell¬†heads the team, while¬†Nik White¬†advises on all aspects of general commercial matters, including franchising and data protection. ‚ÄėExcellent communicator‚Äô Hayley Morgan¬†, an associate and EU¬†Intellectual Property Office professional representative,¬†is recommended for her expertise on trademarks and patents.

Practice head(s):Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:Nik White; Richard Hough; Hannah Fawcett; Ioana Ghiurco; Andrew McGregor; Matt Brown; Phil Steele; Hayley Morgan


Professional and approachable’.

Colin Bell is approachable and very knowledgeable - a pleasure to work with’.

Hayley Morgan is knowledgeable, efficient and is a pleasure to work with’.

Key Clients

Travel Jigsaw Limited t/a and

TJ Morris Limited

Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn

Regatta Limited

Craghoppers Limited

Hawkshead Outdoor Limited

James Hall & Company Limited

Citadel LLC (KCG IP Holdings Limited)

FAUN Trackway Limited

Groupon Inc

Work highlights

  • Providing general advice to Regatta Ltd, Craghoppers Ltd and Hawkshead Outdoor Ltd on all IP-related matters including cross-border matters.
  • Providing general advice to Albany Products Limited on all IP-related matters including cross-border matters.
  • Ongoing trade marks portfolio management for Cataclean Global Ltd including the protection and enforcement of IP rights, advice on general IP matters and commercial contract advice.
  • Advising The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, on IP matters including brand protection and licensing.
  • Ongoing trade marks portfolio management for Stephensons, including the protection and enforcement of IP rights as well as advice on general IP matters.

National firm Clarke Willmott LLP has a focus on international clients, which it advises in tandem with its network of correspondent law firms around the world, handling matters relating to anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. The firm represents a plethora of blue-chip international clients with a particular focus on the technology sector. The 'exceptional' Roy Crozier leads the team, which clients say 'can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation'. Senior associate Andrew Stone has experience of complex litigation and is also recommended. The firm also has a substantial trade mark filings practice.

Practice head(s):Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:Andrew Stone; Susan Hall 


Top quality regional intellectual property expertise’.

Roy Crozier and his team are based in Manchester, but have shown that they can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation’.

Andrew Stone is an excellent senior associate, who manages litigation efficiently and impressively’.

Roy Crozier is an exceptional IP lawyer. His knowledge is second to none and the perfect choice for any litigation’.

Andrew Stone’s attention to detail is fantastic, his advice is always sound and he also understands business needs’.

Andrew has successfully litigated on our behalf and also represented us in court, he is a highly qualified individual who I would highly recommend’.

The team is highly knowledgeable and bat well above their weight, they can handle any size of litigation and take on any size of firm’.

Roy Crozier is a clear-headed group leader, he is a straightforward lawyer who gets to the heart of the matter’.

Key Clients

Fred Perry

Heritage Audio

Ugg Australia

Otter Products, LLC (OtterBox) and owner of TreeFrog Developments, Inc. (LifeProof)




PUIG Group




Work highlights

  • Advised on complicated claim for Quest International (UK) Limited and David Hallam, arising from a brief joint venture between the claimants and a group of companies now trading under the name Novaerus.
  • Advised Heritage Audio and Pedro Rodriguez Arribas on a case involving a jurisdiction challenge in a UK and EU trade mark and passing off dispute.
  • Acted for BaByliss in patent infringement and design right case against Philips.
  • Representing Clear Prospects Limited and Michael Robinson in patent and trade mark infringement and passing off action brought in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Acting for Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne in relation to customs enforcement.

DWF represents a raft of leading brands across sectors including manufacturing, retail, pharma, healthcare, technology, hospitality and food and drink. Areas of expertise include patents, design, copyright, trademark disputes, breach of confidence claims and cross-jurisdictional issues. 'Highly recommended' team co-head Craig Chaplin advises on IP acquisitions and disposals, research, development and licensing of IP rights and brand protection. Fellow co-head Asima Rana also leads the North West IP litigation practice.

Practice head(s):Craig Chaplin; Asima Rana

Other key lawyers:Catherine Harrison; Paul Attwood


‘The team are incredibly commercial and make a lot of effort to get to know the business’.

‘Catherine Harrison gives technically astute advice which fits the business - her ability to recall information is incredible’.

'This is a team with real strength in depth and they add value with their commercial approach.'

'Craig Chaplin is highly recommended. He is very user friendly and his service levels are excellent. He looks after clients well.'

'Ed Meikle is a very good IP litigator.'

'James Lonsdale is very good on the non-contentious side.'

'Cat Harrison is always impressive.'

Key Clients

Marks & Spencer

James Cropper plc


Tangerine Confectionary


Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Burton Foods Limited

Pepkor Europe Limited (Poundland)

Manchester City Football Club

Fix 8 Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Tangle Teezer’s management team on brand protection, distribution and other arrangements geared to preserve its integrity and reputation.
  • Advising Marks & Spencer on a range of IP matters including supply agreements for bespoke point of sale products, and agreements for the provision of product category range planning including the design of bespoke jewellery.
  • Advising James Cropper on various joint R&D projects.
  • Advising Lagardère Sports UK Ltd on a wide range of high-profile deals including mobile app development agreements for a Premier League football club.
  • Advised Muc-Off on its brand strategy and approach, specifically in relation to its Athlete Performance Range.

Brand-focused litigation boutique Brandsmiths¬†advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a particular focus on sports work. ‚ÄėTactically excellent‚Äô team co-head¬†Michael Forrester¬†focuses on registered and unregistered designs, trade marks and passing off; he has acted in numerous High Court matters. ‚ÄėSuper-intelligent‚Äô Andrew Lee, who also co-heads the team, specialises in trade marks, passing off and copyright matters. Notable matters include working in tandem with CMS and a number of other¬† European firms on Microsoft‚Äôs UK and North Western Europe anti-piracy programme.

Practice head(s):Michael Forrester; Andrew Lee

Other key lawyers:John Battersby


The Brandsmiths team is extremely approachable and friendly, with real strength in depth in the field of intellectual property litigation and sports law’.

The practice has grown significantly in a relatively short space of time, which is no surprise given their client-friendly manner and success in delivering results’.

The team are very responsive and provide astute advice in plain English, which clients always appreciate’.

Key Clients

Beagle Orthopaedic

Beverly Hills Polo Club

Iconix Brand Group (Umbro, Lee Cooper, Starter, Ecko & more)


Manchester Three Rivers Gin


Warrior Nutrition


Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)


Work highlights

  • Acted for Beverly Hills Polo Club in High Court proceedings against the companies responsible for the 'Santa Monica Polo Club brand' and a number of retailers.
  • Acting for Iconix Brand Group in relation to high value brand clearance work, trade mark and design litigation plus advice on licensing matters.
  • Representing spirits brand Manchester Three Rivers Gin across a range of matters, including trade mark oppositions (both EU and UK), overall strategy and High Court litigation.
  • Advising on Microsoft’s UK and North Western Europe anti-piracy programme, taking action against infringers.
  • Acted for Gladiator Nutrition and Dan Singh in a dispute over the use of WARRIOR trade marks for bodybuilding supplements.

DLA Piper UK LLP represents big-name clients on IP litigation across industries including retail, finance, manufacturing and pharma. Areas of expertise include patents, trade marks, designs, disputes and transactions. Co-head of team Lee Brierley focuses on non-contentious IP, with particular experience in relation to brand acquisitions and licensing, technology partnering arrangements and licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook, who also co-heads the team, specialises in technology IP matters. The team recently advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for trade mark infringement.

Practice head(s):Lee Brierley; Peter Brook

Other key lawyers:Jim McDonnell 


'Jim McDonnell is engaging, keen to learn about the business, down to earth, good with internal clients and he is clearly very knowledgeable’.

Key Clients





Premier League

Newell Brands


GE Healthcare

AO World plc

The Wheatsheaf Group

Work highlights

  • Advising The National Biodiversity Network Trust on management and enforcement of IP rights,
  • Advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for infringement of core trade marks.
  • Providing brand portfolio management and IP enforcement advice for AO World.

Gateley Plc advises on a broad range of IP-related matters including exploitation, franchising and brand licensing. Jonathan Moakes heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for national and international clients.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Moakes

Other key lawyers:John Burns; Robert Lye 

IP specialist firm HGF Law advises on both transactional and contentious IP, with key client sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, retail, engineering and education. Co-head of team Antony Gold specialises in design, branding, advertising and promotions advice, as well as contentious patent work. The 'skilled and pragmatic' Janet Knowles, who also co-heads the team, focuses on transactional IP law.

Practice head(s):Antony Gold; Janet Knowles

Other key lawyers:Michelle Davies


‘The team is very capable and knowledgeable and has good contacts’.

'The team are extremely knowledgeable and go out of their way to understand our needs - ideal to work with. They also deliver really informative IP sessions.'

‘Janet Knowles is very skilled but pragmatic and is a very pleasant and professional person’.

Key Clients

The University of Manchester

Specsavers Optical Healthcare Group

Kurt Geiger Limited

Yourgene Health plc

Halfords Group plc (including Boardman Bikes)

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Booker Group plc

AMR Centre Limited

Portmeirion Group plc

University of Liverpool

Versus Arthritis (formally Arthritis UK)

Work highlights

  • Represented Biofilm in settling the terms of an assignment and licence.
  • Represented The University of Manchester in its negotiations of an IP protocol for the new Genomics Campus in Manchester.
  • Represented Gamlen Tableting in perfecting its IP portfolio.
  • Represented Yourgene Health Plc on settling its patent litigation and taking broader licence rights from Illumina.
  • Represented Versus Arthritis on grant funding for research and product designs development.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law, with areas of expertise including licensing, R&D, brand acquisitions and disposals and patent work. Clients include sport and media personalities, AIM-listed companies and individual investors in sectors such as fashion, education, life sciences, sports, media, retail, entertainment and technology. Ian Morris heads the team and specialises in contentious IP work, while Bruce Jones is experienced in multi-jurisdictional patent and trademark disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Morris

Other key lawyers:Bruce Jones; James Wall; Claire Meyers; Humna Nadim; Yasmin Kalantari


Ian Morris offers very good strategic advice

Humna Nadim is very good on detail’.

Good knowledge about IP combined with sound commercial advice’.

Bruce Jones has a very sound knowledge of patent law with a technical scientific background’.

Key Clients

Character World Limited

Beauty Bay Limited

Harnbury Holdings Limited

Thornton & Ross Limited

Class of ‘92

Scomadi Worldwide Ltd

Dairy Crest



Ansell Electrical

Work highlights

  • Advised Scomadi Limited, a worldwide brand of retro-styled scooters, on a complex piece of litigation which culminated in the first part of the trial in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Advising Beauty Bay on a competition action against L’Oreal in relation to the legitimacy of L’Oreal’s selective distribution arrangements and benefit.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various contentious and non-contentious IP issues including franchise agreements, disputes, data protection, data breach cases and competition law. Other areas of expertise include anti-counterfeiting, trademarks, passing off, copyright and patent disputes. Client sectors include retail, fashion, manufacturing, technology, bio-technology, software, IT and energy. Amy Chandler co-heads the team and focuses on IP and IT-related agreements. Fellow co-head Melanie McGuirk - who 'always goes that extra mile for her clients' - specialises in IP-related dispute resolution. Senior associate Sarah Bazaraa is recommended for her contentious IP disputes work.

Practice head(s):Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:Sarah Bazaraa; Paul Jonson; Danielle Amor


Pannone is a regional firm but with the expertise and professionalism of a national firm; it therefore provides a good combination of expertise, professionalism and sensible fees'.

Melanie McGuirk is very responsive and very knowledgeable on all IP matters, particularly design rights - her advice is well considered, sensible and commercial’.

Melanie McGuirk and Sarah Bazaraa are the two stand out IP litigators in the practice, they have a great deal of experience and quality’.

The team handles both commercial and contentious IP matters. It has sufficient strength in depth to allow it to offer advice at all levels. The advice is always pragmatic, jargon free and based on a wealth of experience’.

Paul Jonson is commercially astute, pragmatic and a great lawyer’.

Melanie McGuirk is strategically excellent and always goes that extra mile for her clients’.

Key Clients UK Limited

Admiral Sportswear Limited

Linens Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Iceland Foods Limited Limited

Renold plc

Williamson-Dickie Europe Limited

Bonnington Plastics Limited

EM&I Maritime Limited

Seatriever Holdings Limited

Coolair Equipment Limited

UKROEd Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Carm Productions Limited

David Luke

Event Management City Ltd

Domu Brands Limited

Gemini Fashions

Clair de Lune

DPG plc

Travel Insurances Facilities plc

International Game Technology plc

Packaging Automation Limited

M&I Materials Limited

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

Onefile Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Seatriever in springboard injunction and committal applications in a misuse of confidential information case.
  • Advised SMG in connection with a contract for the installation of guest wifi at Manchester Arena, and a sponsorship agreement with Deezer for the sponsorship of the wifi.
  • Advised Brother International Europe in respect of a number of commercial, IP and IT agreements.
  • Advised UK ROEd Limited on various commercial, IP and IT related agreements.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a particular focus on the life sciences, TMT and retail sectors for soft IP. Other client sectors include construction, IT, financial services, media and entertainment and consumer. Areas of expertise include brand reputation and development, portfolio management, patent procurement strategies, design right protection, unfair competition, breach of confidence actions, patent litigation and GDPR. Samantha Livesey heads the team and focuses on IP, IT, digital and data matters.

Practice head(s):Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:Nadia Zegze; Sam Hall

Key Clients

The Jockey Racecourses Limited

Innovative Vector Control Consortium

Lily's Kitchen

Bandai Namco


Headlam Group PLC

University of Manchester Innovation Group

F2G Limited

Consumer Credit Solutions

Total Composite Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jockey Club Racecourses on its commercial rights and sponsorship contracts.
  • Advised the Innovative Vector Control Consortium on international projects for the delivery of products for the reduction of vector borne diseases.
  • Advising Lily's Kitchen on its IP and commercial contract matters.
  • Advising Bandai Namco on its licensing arrangement with Microsoft for the use of the Halo brand within amusement arcade games.
  • Advised Silentnight on numerous international licences and IP matters over the past 12 months.

Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in providing advice on commercialising IP through joint ventures, licensing and franchising. Other areas of focus include acquisition of IP assets, PR, advertising R&D, trademarks, and both contentious and non-contentious copyright matters. Key client sectors include fashion, technology and communications. Laura Harper heads the team and focuses on the creative industries.

Practice head(s):Laura Harper

Other key lawyers:Richard Millington; Rachel Nicholls; Carol Isherwood; Jack Beech

Key Clients

Bands FC Limited

Goshawk Mobile Limited

Boi Trading Limited

Whispering Smith Limited

Corporation Pop Limited

Lo Dough Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

The White Company Limited

Firesprite Limited

TJX UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for leading fashion brand Boi Trading Company Limited.
  • Appointed to the IP and commercial legal panel for Manchester Metropolitan University as specialist legal advisers.
  • Conducted an IP audit for Corporation Pop Limited and assisted in the protection of its IP.
  • Engaged to provide strategic trade mark and general IP advice to Bands FC Limited.
  • Serving as sole IP legal counsel to Whispering Smith PLC and advising on all brand protection and commercialisation matters.

TLT acts for household name clients in relation to IP litigation, trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and IT issues. On the non-contentious side the firm advises on new IP development, strategic licensing and IP transfers. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, financial services, TMT and leisure. The 'very service-minded' Graeme Orchison heads the team and specialises in litigation at trial and in the appellate courts, working in tandem with Bristol-based James Touzel.

Practice head(s):Graeme Orchison; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:David Gardner; Jake Campbell


'Graeme Orchison is supremely talented, has bags of experience and plenty to offer in terms of strategy as well as technically. He is one I would want on my side in any IP litigation. He is very good indeed.'

'Graeme Orchinson is underestimated by big City lawyers/firms. He is an excellent litigator.'

‘Graeme Orchison has a hands-on approach’.

‘Graeme Orchison is very service-minded and has always given fast and clear answers to the questions we have had’.

‘They are very responsive to commercial needs.’

'Graeme Orchison and his TLT colleagues give the appropriate legal advice but have the ability to work with the client to make the correct commercial decisions.'

'Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the North of England.'

Key Clients

National leading UK clearing bank

Sainsbury's Argos Ltd

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd

D Jacobson & Sons Ltd (owner of the GOLA brand)

Major global brewer

Leading North West based manufacturer of food packaging machinery

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

learndirect Limited

Matalan Limited

Household name retailer with over £1bn in turnover

R. Faerch A/S

Work highlights

  • Acting for R. Faerch in patent validity dispute with Quinn Packaging concerning the chemical and engineering technology relating to plastic trays for fresh food and their sealing properties.
  • Acting for Sainsbury's Argos in ongoing trade mark infringement and passing off litigation against Sainsbury's Argos Systems Inc.
  • Exclusive provider of IP support services to D Jacobson & Sons Ltd, an independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of footwear in the UK and internationally, including under the GOLA brand.
  • Acting for Matalan on an appeal from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the High Court by SoulCycle regarding the 'Souluxe' trade mark.
  • Acting for a household name retailer on a trade mark infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, relating to new range branding.

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters including IP transactions, disputes and litigation. Other areas expertise include copyright, trademarks, passing off, database rights, confidential information and design rights. Key client sectors include insurance and healthcare. Harald Loeffler heads the team and is experienced in various IP litigation matters including licensing disputes, and trademark and design right infringement claims.

Practice head(s):Harald Loeffler

Other key lawyers:Andrew Rankin; Chris Air

Key Clients


Sir Bradley Wiggins

Banner GmbH

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH



EMIS Health

Splitpixel Creative Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Internorm, Europe's largest windows brand, on the protection of its IP rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US.

Manleys Solicitors advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with areas of expertise including pre-publication content clearance, including licensing and IP advice, and also draft agreements and licenses between publishers and authors, photographers, journalists and other contributors. Clients include national media companies, celebrities, political organisations, professionals, sports personalities, high-net-worth individuals and corporate organisations. Managing director Mark Manley, who founded the firm in 2012, heads the team and advises both local and national clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Manley

Other key lawyers:Adam Berman


Very strong and capable team with an interesting range of work focussing on various intellectual property angles’.

The team at Manleys has a great deal of experience and depth, regionally, they are a force to be reckoned with and are good value for their clients’.

Mark Manley has a huge amount of experience in the IP and media and entertainment area in particular’.

Key Clients

Sam Faiers

Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP and Accounts Unlocked For Doctors Limited

Comedy Dining Limited

20th Century Fox

KKA Limited

Ryde GmbH

Reelworld Europe Limited

Inside Online Marketing Limited

Conservative and Unionist Party

Homeasy Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP and Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Ltd in a successful defence of a high value and complex claim for copyright and database infringement brought by Alliance Surgical.
  • Advising interactive comedy dining events company Comedy Dining Limited in defending a copyright infringement/passing off claim by Shazam Productions Limited, the owners of the IP rights in Only Fools and Horses.
  • Advising a firm of architects in its claim for copyright infringement against one of the UK’s largest port operators and property developers.
  • Advising estate agency Homeasy Limited in defending a trademark infringement/passing off claim and application to cancel a trademark by the litigious holding company of the 'easy' family of brands.
  • Advising the UK and Europe arm of global radio jingle company Reelworld Europe in its defence of a copyright infringement/unpaid royalties claim by a composer.

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises clients on IP dispute resolution matters relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, confidential information, data protection, design rights and reputation management. Carla Murray heads the team and deals with non-contentious IP matters. Clients include individuals, owner-managed businesses, SMEs and plcs.

Practice head(s):Carla Murray

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hassall; Scott Sands; Vicky Biggs; Phillip Ball


Jonathan Hassall has an excellent way of dealing with clients and managing cases generally, as well as good judgement - he knows when to push, and when to take the victory’.

'The firm has a huge range of satisfied clients from all over the country, despite not being the most high profile of firms, so they must be doing something right.'

Vicky Biggs is a phenomenally hard worker who produces first class written work, even from difficult clients’.

'Myersons are excellent in the area of intellectual property. They have a really strong IP team which is growing.'

'Jonathan Hassall has a very strategic mind and is extremely thorough.'

Key Clients

Extentia Group

Freshasia Foods Limited

International Pastry Concepts LLC

Zebraware Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Freshasia Foods Limited, a Chinese frozen food manufacturer, in a claim against one of its former employees in relation to misuse of confidential information and copyright and database right infringements.
  • Acted for International Pastry Concepts in a trademark infringement case against a bakery in London relating to the use of the trademark cronut.

Gorvins Solicitors advises clients on copyright, design rights, trademarks and patents. It also deals with enforcement, disputes, passing off, copyright infringement and IP licenses. Andrew Curwen co-heads the team and advises institutions and OMBs on corporate transactions. Guy Lightowler also co-heads the team and acts for a range of clients in IP disputes.

Practice head(s):Andrew Curwen; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton; Rowan Uren


'Extremely knowledgeable and professional.'

'Christian Mancier fully understands my business needs and is solutions orientated.'

'Guy Lightowler is knowledgeable, approachable and aggressive on his client's behalf, yet realistic and commercial in approach.'

Key Clients

Richer Sounds Plc

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Aerofoil Energy Ltd

E-Foods Limited

ITAC Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in relation to brand protection and exploitation, drafting and negotiating sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. Other areas of expertise include acquisition and maintenance services, and contentious matters such as prosecution, enforcement and defence of infringement claims. London-based Mark Weston co-heads the team alongside Manchester-based Mark Fitzgibbon.

Practice head(s):Mark Weston; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:Graeme Alder

Key Clients

Rayware Group

Coffee Republic


Celestyal Cruises

Summerill & Bishop Limited

Reclaim Limited

Tony Enfield

Northstone NI Limited

Baseline Health

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Princes Ltd

Public Desire Ltd

Heritage Apparel Ltd

Cataclean Global Ltd

Signature Living Group

Blackburn Rovers FC

Work highlights

  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Rayware Group.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Coffee Republic.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Celestyal Cruises.

IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard advises a wide range of public and private sector clients - including FTSE 100 companies and government bodies - on high profile, high value IT projects. Areas of expertise include purchasing, cloud computing projects, enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects and ICT enabled outsourcing. The 'fantastically experienced' Paul Bentham co-heads the team and handles major systems implementations and outsourcing projects. 'Stand-out adviser' James Whittaker, who also co-heads the team, advises on procurement and international outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):Paul Bentham; James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Phil McGough; Nadine Waters


Addleshaw Goddard stands out in the North West for the quality and depth of their TMT team’.

They work for a huge range of FTSE 100 household names, government bodies, entrepreneurs and local champions’.

James Whittaker is a stand-out adviser - he advises on complex IT and outsourcing transactions’.

Phil McGough has a dedication to delivering successful solutions to high profile transactions and never gives up on seeking the best outcomes for clients’.

Paul Bentham is fantastically experienced, particularly with FTSE 100 and government clients’.

Nadine Waters has become legendary amongst key clients for her plain speaking, no nonsense approach to negotiating transactions; her advice is exceptional, and her clients return time and time again’.

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J Sainsbury's plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald's Restaurants Limited

London Gateway Port Limited



NHS Business Services Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Bruntwood on its 50:50 partnership with Legal & General Capital to create the UK’s largest property platform dedicated to driving science and technology growth in regional cities.
  • Acted for Engie on the acquisition of Smart Buildings Limited.
  • Acting for Co-operative Insurance on its claim against IBM.

DLA Piper UK LLP's team, which takes a 'business-first approach' works with both national and international clients on a wide range of matters relating to cloud computing, IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, systems integration, service transitions and procurement. Other areas of expertise include data protection, privacy compliance, digital strategies, data audits and GDPR. Key client sectors include financial services, manufacturing and industrial. Edinburgh-based John McKinlay and Liverpool-based Sarah Bell, who specialises in IT-related procurements, co-head the team, while Lee Brierley leads the Manchester technology and sourcing team. Stephen Wright is also regarded as a stand-out partner for his commercial approach.

Practice head(s):John McKinlay; Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:Peter Brook; Lee Brierley; Paddy Dwyer; Luke Stubbs; David Booth; Stephen Wright


'A really effective and very strong TMT team.'

'Good knowledge of IT matters and a clear understanding of commercial issues from the perspective of the client. The team takes a business issues first approach rather than a legal issues first approach.'

'Steve Wright stands out. He has good personal understanding of IT matters. He really makes an effort to understand the business problem being addressed. He can challenge the commercial thinking as well as the legal thinking.'

'Sarah Bell is a strong negotiator and master of the detail of a contract.'

Key Clients

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd / Hotter

Biffa Group Limited

Cabinet Office

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Globe Union

HCL Technologies

Key Retirement Group Limited


Mitrefinch Limited

Mobysoft Limited

NCC Group


Saudi Telecom Company

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

The Hut Group (THG)

Transport for the North

Verna Group International

Work highlights

  • Advised Biffa Group Limited on a major contract reset in relation to its procurement of a new ERP system.
  • Advised DEFRA on the procurement of managed desktop services as part of its overhaul of IT provision across the department.
  • Advised Merseytravel on a groundbreaking digital railway project to provide a new system which will enable state of the art train management systems.
  • Advised Transport for the North on its establishment of a multi-modal account-based smart ticketing scheme.
  • Advised Key Retirement Group on the strategic rationalisation and outsourcing of material components of its IT infrastructure.

DWF advises a roster of household name clients on IT and outsourcing projects, with a particular focus on the financial services, insurance and retail sectors. The practice has recently seen an increase in instructions from IT and telecoms suppliers. The 'extremely personable' Craig Chaplin heads the team and is experienced in advising on major IT infrastructure projects. James Lonsdale is adept at handling outsourcing agreements, acquisitions, licenses, and contracts. Andrew Whalley leads on disputes.

Practice head(s):Craig Chaplin

Other key lawyers:Andrew Whalley; James Lonsdale; Richard Meehan; Catherine Harrison


The team is focused on delivering commercial advice efficiently and cost effectively’.

Excellent industry knowledge’.

Craig Chaplin is leader in the field - he is extremely personable and focused on ensuring a first class service is provided’.

Key Clients

GiffGaff Limited

Telefónica UK Limited (O2)

Serco Group plc

Poundland Limited

South Staffordshire

Manchester City

WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

Cultureshift Communications Ltd

Nexus (Passenger Transport Executive for Tyne & Wear)

Manchester United Football Club

Quantum Base Limited

Fourth Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for O2 in its £300m claim for restitution of annual licence fees paid to Ofcom in respect of wireless telegraphy licences.
  • Advised Poundland Limited on the negotiation of a Europe-wide IT implementation project with Aptos.
  • Continued to advise Serco on a variety of IT matters including a variety of cloud solutions
  • Acted for Utiligroup in relation to its supply to utility companies of software and a managed service in relation to smart metering.
  • Assisted Quantum Base with the commercialisation of random number generator nanoscale quantum consumables.

Pinsent Masons LLP's¬†‚Äėhighly proactive and efficient‚Äô¬†team advises top clients on a range of matters relating to IT procurements, outsourcing, cloud computing and online trading. Other areas of expertise GDPR, breach notification and remediation work, which the firm is seeing an increasing amount of instructions for. Clients include both public and private businesses in the tech and retail spaces. Samantha Livesey¬†co-heads the team and focuses on IT, digital and IP matters. Claire Edwards¬†also co-heads the team and specialises in major IT, technology and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):Samantha Livesey; Claire Edwards

Other key lawyers:Rif Kapadi; Sam Hall; Rachel Forbes; Chris Benn


Highly proactive and efficient’.

Claire Edwards is responsive and highly engaged’.

Key Clients

Exerp ApS

Celtic Football Club

Bonmarché Holdings Plc

The Jockey Club

Hanson Group

DCC plc

Allstate Insurance

Liberty IT


Work highlights

  • Acting for Allstate Northern Ireland on its technology services procurements.
  • Advised APG Cash Drawer UK Limited on the development of a partner agreement for the sales, support and maintenance of its new smart till product.
  • Advising The English Football League on their CRM agreement with Goodform for the delivery of website, e-marketing and mailshot content to The Football League and the clubs it represents.
  • Advised the procurement team of new client Sage Global Services on numerous international technology procurement matters.

Brabners LLP advises clients on issues covering seed funding, patents, production, broadcasting, publishing, sponsorship, licensing and distribution. Key client sectors include tech, digital, media, sports, music and computer games. Managing partner Nik White focuses on tech start-ups, computer games software and app development and exploitation; he heads the team alongside Matt Brown, Richard Hough and Colin Bell.

Practice head(s):Nik White; Matt Brown; Richard Hough; Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:Victoria Trigwell; James Pearson

Key Clients

Rathbones plc





Gas Tag

P&C Communications

North West Air Ambulance


Centred Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Rathbones on various key contractual arrangements relating to its IT infrastructure.
  • Advising Sinara on various development, licence, hosting and maintenance agreements and framework agreements relating to software systems.
  • Advising NetConsult in connection with a number of customer contracts with various banks and financial institutions.
  • Advising Chartersync Limited and drafting software development and maintenance agreements for the air cargo charter start-up.
  • Assisting Ascentis with the development of licensing arrangements with schools and individuals accessing the platform.

Clarke Willmott LLP advises clients on data protection, data security issues, GDPR, major ICT acquisitions, technology disputes and IP issues. Other areas of expertise include IT, technology and software contracts. The firm has a particular focus on fintech and telecoms clients. Susan Hall - who 'has unrivalled legal knowledge and experience' - heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Susan Hall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Stone


They have unrivalled legal and technical experience and can go toe-to-toe with the big London names’.

Susan Hall has unrivalled legal knowledge and experience together with a real technical acumen and great client manner’.

Andrew Stone is a great technician’.

Key Clients

The Berkeley Group plc

wejo Limited

Informed Solutions Limited

Denis Ferranti Meters Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Meetoo Limited

Orona Limited

Quantuma LLP

Xpertrule Limited

Allegion (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to the Berkeley Group in relation to its ongoing programme of technology refresh and replacement..
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts with suppliers and purchasers of data for car data company wejo.
  • Advised Informed Solutions Limited on data protection, issues related to GDPR in the context of public sector business and on contracts with government departments and NGOs.
  • Assisted Lumi Technologies Limited on egotiating terms of business and GDPR related issues.
  • Provided GDPR advice to LiveWest including on document retention, data sharing agreements, fair processing and appropriate notices to give to users.

Fieldfisher's Manchester team advises a range of regional, national and international clients across sectors including retail, financial services, energy and sports. London-based Robert Shooter heads the team alongside Manchester-based Rob Sheldon, who focuses on outsourcing, privacy and commercial contracts and 'understands the pressures in-house solicitors face'. Manchester-based Sam Jardine also heads the team and deals with software agreements and outsourcing, providing a 'formidable team' alongside associate Liam Corrigan.

Practice head(s):Robert Shooter; Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:Liam Corrigan; Annabelle Gold-Caution


‘Rob Sheldon is a great technical lawyer, but equally importantly, is highly engaged with his clients, responsive, well organized, easy going and inspires both internal stakeholders and his own team to deliver great results’.

‘Liam Corrigan and Sam Jardine create a formidable team and have extensive knowledge in the areas of IT contract management’.

'The team are highly responsive and really understand our business needs - they are dedicated to customer service and they getting the right outcome for the client.'

'Fieldfisher are undoubtedly experts in their chosen fields, are approachable and are open and generous in respect of sharing knowledge and know how and are happy to demonstrate their knowledge. This gives you absolute confidence in them.'

'Very commercial legal advice, completely understanding of the realities of business and able to adapt advice to appropriate audiences.'

'Rob Sheldon support has been invaluable. He understands the pressures an in-house solicitor faces and is always able to provide pragmatic, timely legal support and is a pleasure to work with.'

'Working with Annabelle Gold-Caution is efficient and easy, with work delivered on time and to the high standards we would expect.'

'Rob Sheldon is very approachable, realistic and able to deliver concise and targeted advice on all areas of privacy law.'

Key Clients

Altro Group plc


Babylon Healthcare

BBC Children in Need

British Cycling

CIS General Insurance


DB Cargo and DB Systel (part of Deutsche Bahn)

Department for Transport

Dunnhumby (Tesco's data-science subsidiary)

Engage Solutions


Fortnum & Mason plc

Frog Education Limited




Godiva Chocolatier


Iceland Foods Limited

In Touch Networks

Keolis Amey Docklands (DLR)

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

Martin Dawes Systems


Motorola Solutions

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Olympus KeyMed

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Shaping Cloud

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority


UD Software Solutions

UK Council of Psychotherapists

Vector Informatik GmbH

Well Pharmacies (Bestway Panacea)

Young Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advised Trilliant on new SaaS smart-metering service for UK energy companies.
  • Advising EY Global Services on the negotiation of a comprehensive new technology licensing agreement with Kim Technologies as part of its acquisition of Riverview Law.
  • Appointed as dunnhumby's 'go to' external firm, advising on a broad range of contractual and privacy matters.
  • Providing ongoing data protection and GDPR compliance support to the Altro and Autoglym businesses.
  • Providing privacy and GDPR support to Pets at Home and Vets4Pets.

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in the telecoms sector, advising both private and public sector clients on regulatory compliance, smart grids and telecoms networks. Mark Fitzgibbon, a public procurement expert, is head of commercial, TMT and IP, while Tracey Sheehan is head of telecoms. Since joining the firm in late 2017, Sheehan has sought to broaden the firm's telecoms offering by strengthening the team’s international project capability and convergence with the wider firm's core industry groups, which include corporate, marine and construction.

Practice head(s):Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:Tracey Sheehan

Key Clients

West Sussex County Council

Liquid Telecom

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Node Technologies Limited

Bridge Fibre Limited

Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited

London Borough of Bexley


Work highlights

  • Advised West Sussex County Council on its successful bid to be a pilot for the DCMS Local Full Fibre Network Program delivering gigabit connectivity in the region.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on its successful bid to fund the roll-out of full fibre connectivity in the region.
  • Advising Node Technologies Limited on a smart building product.
  • Advising Bridge Fibre Limited on redrafting the total package of terms and conditions in respect of Access to Optic Fibre/Optic Fibre leases and provisions of broadband connectivity.
  • Advising Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited on UK, Brazil, Africa and US markets.

Pannone Corporate LLP's key clients include IT hardware, software and application providers, service providers and retail business, particularly online retailers. Amy Chandler - who 'makes the complex simple' - deals with IT contracts and projects and co-heads the team alongside David Brown, who focuses on litigation. The practice has recently seen an increase on data protection work in relation to IT agreements.

Practice head(s):Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:Victoria Dolan; Paul Jonson; Martin Pennington


'What characterises the team at Pannone Corporate is how they tune into you personally and to your business. The partners are prepared to build up a long-term relationship and as a result the advice they provide feels pragmatic, commercial and right for the business.'

‘Amy Chandler is easy to engage with, listens carefully to your particular needs and circumstances and provides clear pragmatic advice’.

Amy Chandler makes the complex simple and has the ability to think outside the box to support the development of IT software contracts for new to market products’.

Pannone Corporate offers services across a variety of skill sets and legal areas from the in-house team; the delivery of service is seamless’.

Key Clients


Brother International Europe Limited

Renold plc


SMG (UK) Limited

Response Tap

UK ROEd Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited


Xenith Document Systems Limited

Steamhaus Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities Limited

Grafenia plc

Intechnica Limited

CSI Manchester Ltd trading as CSI Media

Equipoise Software Limited

NG Bailey

Cotton Traders

Q9 Partners

G2S Limited

Onefile Limited

GovData Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised UKROEd Limited on various IT related agreements.
  • Advised Brother International Europe Limited in connection with various IT agreements.
  • Advised SMG, a global venue management company, in respect of a contract for the installation of guest Wi-Fi at Manchester Arena and a separate sponsorship agreement with Deezer who were appointed as the Arena’s official streaming partner.
  • Advised ResponseTap, a call tracking and analytics provider, in respect of compliance with GDPR.
  • Advising Renold plc in connection with the launch of a new online shop.

TLT acts for national and international corporations on IT projects, open banking, cloud services and digital transformations. Other areas of expertise include procurement, outsourcing,, software development and systems integration. Key client sectors include financial services, fintech, retail, TMT and the public sector. David Gardner - who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world' - heads the team and leads on significant IT transactions from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):David Gardner


'David Gardner has long been a rising star and is the partner you want in your corner. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world.'

Key Clients

A national leading UK clearing bank

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

The National Crime Agency

JD Sports plc

Pets at Home

Iceland Foods

Weightmans LLP advises public and private sector clients on IT procurement, and commercial, IP, data, media and entertainment matters. Other areas of expertise include IT-related data issues including strategic dataflow, GDPR compliance and contractual frameworks, outsourcing, contract management and data protection. Sean Crotty heads the team, working in tandem with managing partner John Schorah.

Practice head(s):Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:John Schorah

Key Clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group


Lexis Nexis

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Apadmi Limited

Playground Games Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Cybertill Limited

ANS Group Limited

PHD Equity

Mercato Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on the IT aspects and data sharing arrangements between the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the DVLA in relation to the MyLicence Project.
  • Acted for the individual shareholders of independent British game developer Playground Games on the sale of its shareholdings to Microsoft.
  • Advising British Transport Police on its procurement of managed network services under the Crown Commercial Service’s Managed Network Services framework.
  • Advising Surrey and Sussex Police on the procurement of digital outcomes and specialist services under the Crown Commercial Service’s DOS2 framework.
  • Advised on a multimillion pound video game development between Playground Games Limited and a major global publisher.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a particular focus on the healthcare and insurance sectors where it provides sector-specific advice in relation to all IT matters. It also acts for digital tech suppliers and US-based software suppliers who sell software in the UK. The firm also handles technology procurement, and matters relating to data protection and cyber risk. Leeds-based Michael Peeters heads the team. Legal director Andrew Rankin focuses on system integration and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):Michael Peeters

Other key lawyers:Andrew Rankin; Harald Loeffler; Nick Spearing; Jan Levinson; Chris Air


The team has strength in depth and for businesses that operate in health tech’.

They are able to combine IT law experience with great awareness of issues in the health sector’.

Chris Air always impresses with his awareness and commitment’.

Harald Loeffler is extremely efficient and knowledgable; careful and considered yet commercial’.

Andrew Rankin is excellent to work with - responsive, interested in understanding business context, pragmatic and thorough’.

Key Clients

Allscripts IT Healthcare

Bullhorn International

NHS Professionals

Churchill Contract Solutions

EMIS Health Secondary Care

Wellbeing Software Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

Nirvana Intelligent Systems


CDS Computer Design Systems



Work highlights

  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare IT on procurement law issues and matters related to the Data Protection Act and GDPR.
  • Advised EMIS Health on a complex data research project.
  • Provided ad-hoc advice to Nisyst in connection with contract negotiations that the client had undertaken directly with customers.
  • Acted for Transport for Greater Manchester in its negotiations with supplier ACT (acquired by Fujitsu), as a part of its smart ticketing programme to be rolled out across the Greater Manchester public transport network.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's key client sectors include TMT, energy, retail, utilities, financial services and industrial. Tom Bridgford heads the technology department in the North West and is the key partner for large corporate clients. Nick Stubbs splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices and handles outsourcing, licensing, procurement and commercial arrangements. Principal associate Richard Hill deals with outsourcing, software contracts, data security and data centre arrangements.

Practice head(s):Tom Bridgford

Other key lawyers:Nick Stubbs; Richard Hill

Key Clients


Smiths Business Information Services Limited

Daisy Communications Limited


The Co-Operative Bank Plc

Together Financial Services

BNP Paribas

The University of Manchester

AstraZeneca UK Limited

Turkish Airlines


Go Plant Fleet Services Limited

Comparex UK Limited

Turning Points Limited

European Tyre Enterprise Limited (Kwik Fit)

Avis Budget EMEA Limited

Johnson Matthey Battery Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Go Plant, the UK’s leading provider of operated road sweepers and self-drive specialist vehicles, on the master services agreement for Jaama Limited to provide an off-site hosted vehicle management software solution.
  • Acted for Avis in relation to its procurement of a monitored and managed security solution from Dell to improve Avis’ efficiency in relation to various security risk from common threats to sophisticated cyber-attacks.
  • Instructed to create a SaaS agreement for Kwik Fit, including the configuration, hosting, licensing and maintenance of software by a third party supplier.

Gateley Plc¬†advises on cloud technologies, data flows, GDPR and large IT procurements. The firm is particularly experienced in advising clients in the financial services industry. The ‚Äėvery hands-on and practical‚Äô Peter Budd¬†heads the team and focuses on all non-contentious IT work.

Practice head(s):Peter Budd

Other key lawyers:Tom Hughes


Gateley feels like a London practice but at a much more reasonable cost’.

Peter Budd is an experienced IT lawyer used to handling large and complex outsource models for bluechip companies’.

Turnaround times are exceptionally fast and Peter Budd always makes time to be available’.

Mills & Reeve LLP has particular expertise in the healthtech and edtech sectors. It also advises on data security, data protection and GDPR. Key client sectors include charities and not-for-profit, education, government, sports, technology and leisure. Newly promoted partner Paul Knight heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Knight


A consistency of service across their team that is impressive’.

The team communicate clearly, conveying the key points in terms a layperson can easily consume’.

Proactive in terms of their engagement and their charges are explained before work is commenced’.

The team are extremely knowledgable and able to provide excellent professional advice that is commercially aware and well-balanced’.

Key Clients

British Council

Cantarus Limited

Aures Technologies Limited

Exact Abacus Limited (trading as fulfilmentcrowd)

Dovetail Digital Ltd (trading as Dovetail Lab)

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

PharmAssist Solutions Limited

NutraTech Ltd

Premia Solutions Limited

NHS Shared Business Services

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Council on its IT contracts around the world.
  • Developing a licensing model for Cantarus Limited for the MemConnect app solution.
  • Assisted Aures Technologies with its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advised Dovetail Lab on the steps necessary to comply with data protection legislation when medical records are transferred from a GP to a third party using the Dovetail Lab blockchain platform.

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises on software development and licensing agreements, while also handling matters relating to cloud computing, R&D and technology transfer agreements and outsourcing contracts. Clients include individuals, owner-managed businesses, SMEs and plcs. Carla Murray heads the team and specialises in commercial contracts, IP, franchising and GDPR compliance.

Practice head(s):Carla Murray

Other key lawyers:Philip Ball; Scott Sands; Terry Moore

Key Clients

CDL Group

Styles & Wood Limited

Zebraware Limited


Dee3 Software Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised business start-up OIStarz on the launch of an app for event bookings.

Media and entertainment

Index of tables

  1. Media and entertainment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Katie Mickleburgh - Manleys Solicitors

Addleshaw Goddard's media and entertainment practice has a specialism in high-profile advertising and sponsorship campaigns for FTSE corporate clients, while other areas of expertise include global media buying and creative services agreements. The firm is seeing increasing instructions relating to the digital side of advertising and media buying. James Whittaker heads the team, advising key clients including PZ Cussons on promotional and brand licensing activities in relation to household name brands.

Practice head(s):James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Moore; Hayley Anderson; Harriet Powell

Key Clients

CYBG plc

Diageo plc

PZ Cussons plc

John West Food Group

Swift Group Limited

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Sumo Group plc

EFL Digital Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Football League)

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumo Group on the acquisition of award-winning game developer The Chinese Room.
  • Advising Eleven Sports Network on the set-up of a joint venture company, production services and rights licences with IMG for the set-up and launch of a new sports channel.
  • Advised PZ Cussons on various high profile media campaigns including Made in Chelsea's 'Croatian excursion'.
  • Advised Swift Group on the advertisement of their new limited warranty.

Brabners LLP¬†- ‚Äėone of the go-to law firms in this area outside of London‚Äô - advises a prestigious roster of clients including¬†celebrities, sports stars and film and TV companies on reputation management matters including defamation, libel and slander, malicious falsehood, media crisis management and privacy. Other areas of expertise include content licensing and contracts relating to artists, production, broadcasting, publishing and sponsorship. Colin Bell¬†co-heads the team and specialises in IP, contracts, licensing and advertising issues. Fellow co-head¬†Philip Steele¬†deals with sport and entertainment matters.

Practice head(s):Colin Bell; Philip Steele

Other key lawyers:Paul Lunt; Hannah Fawcett; Hayley Morgan; Glyn Lancefield; Ioana Ghiurco; Nik White


A great team, with experts in the field, excellent in both legal knowledge and practical advice to get the best for clients’.

One of the go-to law firms in this area outside of London’.

Paul Lunt  is very experienced with excellent legal knowledge as well as great head for practical, workable advice and solutions’.

Key Clients

Ben Stokes

Groupon Inc

OneSoon Limited

Commonwealth Games Federation -

Alpha Theatrical Limited

Bolesworth Events

Monterosa Limited

Live Concert International Limited t/a EMR Productions

Broadway Partners

Climbtop Limited t/a Farmer Teds and Farmaggedon

Work highlights

  • Defended England cricket vice captain, Ben Stokes, against charges of affray arising from a fight in Bristol in September 2017.
  • Advising the Commonwealth Games Federation on a number of matters, including their relationship with a leading fully integrated, sports marketing and entertainment agency.
  • Drafted a template agreement for Bolesworth Events to allow it to have common terms which all future parties who wish to film either internally in Bolesworth Castle or externally in the castle gardens or estate grounds.
  • Advised Monterosa in relation to its agreements with ITV and broadcasters in Sweden and Australia in relation to the Love Island format and an app for the programme.
  • Advised Live Concert International Limited, trading as EMR Productions, on a claim by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation over the production of a new live theatre concert.

Gateley Plc's team acts for TV production companies, broadcasters, advertisers, agencies, sports stars, authors and football clubs, including Manchester City, a longstanding key client of the firm. The practice advises on the full range of matters, covering broadcasting, employment, brand endorsements, commercial agreements, sponsorship and licensing. In new media it represents vloggers, Instagram and YouTube stars. John Burns heads the team and specialises in IP matters.

Practice head(s):John Burns

Other key lawyers:Emily Walker; Tom Hughes; Conor Hannon


They value teamwork, honesty, respect and determination; and are genuinely interested in building a long term partnership’.

Key Clients

Rockerdale Studios

Crep Protect Limited

Edition Capital

Manchester City Football Club

International Netball Federation

Work highlights

  • Advising Rockerdale Studios on scriptwriter and artist/actor agreements.
  • Advising Crep Protect Limited on brand endorsement campaigns with sports personalities, sneaker vloggers and musicians/rappers.
  • Advised Edition Capital Limited on the production services agreements and advisory agreements for a music and arts festival.
  • Regularly advises Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group on commercial agreements including sponsorship agreements and international licensing.
  • Provided the broadcasting rights agreement for the International Netball Federation ahead of its World Cup.

JMW Solicitors LLP, which is well-regarded for data protection work, represents clients in relation to crisis management, general reputation management issues, privacy complaints and group litigation. Clients include celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and businesses. The 'exceptional' Nick McAleenan heads the team and has experience of phone-hacking litigation, super-injunctions and advising national media organisations.

Practice head(s):Nick McAleenan

Other key lawyers:Derek Millard-Smith; Laura Wilkinson


Nick McAleenan and his assistant Laura Wilkinson are very strong on data protection and wider privacy and media and entertainment issues’.

The team are very responsive to client needs and skilled in this specialist field of law’.

The team provides superb attention to detail, they are very committed to their clients and provide a very professional service equivalent to the top London firms’.

'The best regional firm for media and entertainment issues, particularly for data protection matters.'

Key Clients

Various Claimants v Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

SmartCredit Limited t/a SmartSearch

Aftab Marchant v DWP

Mrs Y v National Probation Service / Ministry of Justice

Dan Hooper

LWC Drinks Ltd

Michelle Keegan

Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

ParkingEye (Formerly part of Capita PLC)

British Parking Association

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the High Court as lead solicitor in a group litigation claim against WM Morrison Supermarkets.
  • Providing general reputation management advice (including pre-publication and post-publication defamation advice) to the members of the British Parking Association.
  • Instructed in relation to a dispute between model and celebrity personal trainer Dan Hooper and the Sun newspaper concerning sensitive information published about the client’s private life.

Manleys Solicitors works with a big-name line-up of brands and individuals, including big-name sports stars and celebrities. The team handles work relating to invasion of privacy, reputation management and securing apologies, corrections and damages from media companies for its clients. It has particular experience in phone hacking, online publishing and the removal of defamatory content from social media and search engines. Leanne Wheeler co-heads the team alongside 'exceptional client winner and handler' Mark Manley who has a track record of representing newspapers, magazines, TV companies and high-profile individuals. Senior associate Katie Mickleburgh is also recommended for her experience in phone-hacking litigation.

Practice head(s):Leanne Wheeler; Mark Manley

Other key lawyers:Katie Mickleburgh; Adam Berman 


‘A small team of friendly and hard-working individuals led by an excellent and savvy partner, Mark Manley’.

‘Good knowledge of their specialist area of law’.

‘Leanne Wheeler has attention to detail, particularly when having to deal with very long letters from an aggressive solicitor on the other side’.

Key Clients

Michael Owen

Tina Malone

Joe Akka

Raps Management


Samantha Faiers

Conservative and Unionist Party

Dr Riccardo Frati


Jonathan Woodgate


Benjamin Mendy

Work highlights

  • Represented Bet365 joint chief executive Denise Coates in relation to various breaches of privacy by the media in 2018.
  • Represented Ben Bradley MP in a Twitter defamation case brought by Jeremy Corbyn.
  • Represented cosmetic surgeon Dr Riccardo Frati in a number of defamation and reputation management issues in 2018.
  • Representing former professional footballer Michael Owen in two phone-hacking claims.
  • Advised on an urgent matter concerning highly defamatory material which was posted on social media regarding Playworks Limited (Panacea Nightclub), Manchester City Football Club and French footballer Benjamin Mendy.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on both contentious and non-contentious media work in relation to advertising, marketing, sponsorship, publishing, merchandising and social media. Other areas of expertise include defamation and reputation management, privacy and harassment claims, brand protection and hacking. Amy Chandler, who advises on IP, brand licensing agreements and sponsorship agreements, co-heads the team alongside Melanie McGuirk, who focuses on brand protection and reputation management.

Practice head(s):Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:Sarah Bazaraa; Suzanne Townley; Alexandria Winstanley; Danielle Amor; Paul Jonson


‘The team provides attention to detail, sector knowledge and timely actions.’

'I have developed absolute trust in Pannone as a business that they will deliver results. Much of this trust has been developed due to the long term nature of the relationship and a mutual respect.'

'Melanie McGuirk is an excellent lawyer for contentious intellectual property matters.'

Key Clients

Performing Right Society UK Limited

Caters News Agency

Brother International Europe Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Carm Productions Limited

Wainhomes (North West)

International Game Technology plc

Nasty Gal Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Lola Ideas Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

End of the Road Festival

Work highlights

  • Representing Tifgroup in respect of £1m High Court libel proceedings against The Times.
  • Representing sound console producer, AMS Neve, in a claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court against a competitor in Spain which is currently the subject of a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Advised SMG, a global venue management company, in respect of a contract for the installation of guest Wi-Fi at Manchester Arena and a separate sponsorship agreement with Deezer which was appointed as the Arena’s official streaming partner.
  • Drafted and negotiated a collaboration agreement between Seven Bro7hers Brewery and Mercury Prize winners, Wolf Alice, pursuant to which the parties developed a unique brew to be sold under their joint brands.
  • Advised Lola Ideas / Camco in respect of an events agreement with the owner of warehouse space in Liverpool docks for the hosting of live 'Circus' and 'ENRG' club nights and raves.

Sports and media boutique Centrefield LLP advises on a spread of matters including commercial rights exploitation, personal endorsement arrangements, franchising, licensing, merchandising and broadcasting. Other areas of expertise include social media, joint ventures, confidentiality, defamation and privacy matters. Clients include sports personalities, individuals and venues. Co-head of team David Bentham specialises in contractual matters and Edward Canty, who also heads the team, focuses on reputation management.

Practice head(s):David Bentham; Edward Canty

Other key lawyers:Oliver Sadler

Key Clients

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Newcastle United Football Club

The Rugby Players’ Association

Leicester Tigers

Liverpool Football Club

Everton Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised The Professional Footballers’ Association on media, reputation management and privacy matters.
  • Advised a significant number of high profile individuals in connection with potential claims against various newspapers in light of police investigations into phone hacking and payments to police and public officials.
  • Advising Newcastle United Football Club on all elements of its arrangements with a promoter in connection with the staging of three Ed Sheeran concerts at its stadium.
  • Instructed to advise Event City on a broad review of its venue hire arrangements in connection with the multi-purpose venue located at the The intu Trafford Centre.
  • Advising Newcastle United Football Club on the sourcing, installation, maintenance and operation of state of the art in-stadia media inventory.

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†represents sports clients, celebrities, private individuals, public bodies and corporates, with areas of expertise including reputation management and also defamation work. Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who focuses on crisis management, heads the team alongside ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô principal associate Rachael Somerset, who specialises in reputation management and libel issues.

Practice head(s):Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Rachael Somerset

Other key lawyers:Ben Reeves


Strong team in reputation management and media litigation’.

They provide a fast and efficient service’.

Rachael Somerset is exceptional in her handling of complex litigation: clever, quick and communicative, an excellent litigator’.

The team are very easy to work with and able to articulate complicated legal positions in a very user-friendly, straight forward manner’.

Excellent communicators with the required level of information and discretion applied to ensure a first-class service’.

Rachael Somerset has an outstanding knowledge of her area of expertise – she is ab industry leading and excellent communicator who is able to provide clarity to the most complex of issues’.

Key Clients

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

The British Council

Triumph Motorcycles

West Midlands Ambulance Service

England Golf

Luton Town Football Club

ITV / Coronation Street

Work highlights

  • Advised the West Midlands Ambulance Service on a libel claim arising out of statements made to the BBC, that were alleged to be defamatory.
  • Advised ITV and the scriptwriters of Coronation Street in relation to the content of a significant storyline.
  • Worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to develop contracts for film production services.

Weightmans LLP mainly advises clients in the interactive video games sector. Areas of expertise include negotiating deals with major publishers and platform holders. The firm also advises on tax relief within the sector. Sean Crotty heads the team and represents media and entertainment clients on development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights, exploitation and recording agreements.

Practice head(s):Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:John Schorah; Sarah Walton

Key Clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the individual shareholders of British game developer Playground Games on the multimillion-pound sale of their shareholdings to Microsoft.
  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements in relation to a number of high quality titles.
  • Advised Playground Games Limited on various work for hire arrangements in relation to the provision of content for a major AAA video game being developed on behalf of a major global publisher.
  • Advised Nomad Games Limited on a licensing deal in relation to a major series of books for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series.
  • Advised The Independent Game Developers Association in relation to the contractual documentation with various videogame studios for the preparation of a salary survey.


Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Stuart Baird - Centrefield LLP

Rising stars

  1. 1

Brabners LLP - 'a leading light in sports law in the North West' - advises national and international sporting clients on a wide variety of matters, including IP, media, the organisation of major events, disputes, defamation, employment, real estate, governance and regulations. Clients include national governing bodies, clubs, organisations, players and athletes. Maurice Watkins heads the team alongside Lydia Edga. 'Exceptional' senior associate Andrew McGregor specialises in football rules and regulations, while Andrea James joined as partner from Knights plc.

Practice head(s):Maurice Watkins; Lydia Edgar

Other key lawyers:Andrew McGregor; Andrea James; Jason Smith


Very strong historically in sport’.

Excellent connections, and great standards’.

A leading light in sports law in the North West’.

Key Clients

Liverpool Football Club

Leicester City Football Club

Ligue Européenne de Natation

WMG Management Europe

International Sports Management

Basketball England

British Swimming

European Tour Caddies Association

British Judo

Commonwealth Games Federation

Barnsley Football Club

Rugby Players Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for a promising young footballer in a claim brought against an opponent (and his club) who caused him a career-ending injury in a negligent challenge.
  • Defended England cricket vice captain, Ben Stokes, against charges of affray arising from a fight in Bristol in September 2017.
  • Instructed by Birmingham City Football Club to defend a claim brought against the club by Middlesbrough Football Club  concerning allegations that it had induced the breach of employment contracts between Middlesbrough and members of its backroom staff.
  • Advising the Commonwealth Games Federation on a number of matters, including its relationship with a sports marketing and entertainment agency.

Centrefield LLP advises big-name clients including Premier League footballers and clubs on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters including employment, sponsorship and defamation. As well as football, the firm also advises clients from many other sports including rugby, swimming, golf, basketball, cricket and cycling. Team co-head Matthew Bennett specialises in regulatory and governance, disciplinary and dispute resolution issues, while fellow co-head and 'top-class lawyer' David Bentham focuses on commercial issues such as sponsorship agreements. Edward Canty also shares leadership of the team. Stuart Baird is adept at handling regulatory, dispute, disciplinary and immigration matters.

Practice head(s):Matthew Bennett; David Bentham; Edward Canty

Other key lawyers:Stuart Baird; Oliver Sadler; Deirdre McCarthy


‘They foster a genuine collaborative style, bringing in all the team including juniors and appreciate the commercial drivers businesses’.

‘Excellent communication of deadlines and their own time constraints so that we can manage work problems in an orderly fashion’.

'David Bentham is a top-class lawyer, he has a genuine collaborative style bringing in all his team. He’s an excellent communicator with a good understanding of the commercial drivers of business’.

Key Clients

Manchester City Football Club

Manchester United Football Club

The Rugby Players’ Association

Professional Footballers’ Association

British Cycling

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Leicester Tigers Rugby

Liverpool Football Club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Major League Soccer

Bristol Sport Group

Everton Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised the PFA on its review of and response to the FA’s consultation and proposals on its Governing Body Endorsement requirements post-Brexit and its proposals for the international movement of players into English football.
  • Acted on various transfers throughout the 2018 winter and summer transfer windows, including over £500m of Premier League transfers during the summer window.
  • Advised Leicester Tigers in connection with the club’s commercial and sponsorship programme.
  • Acted for Everton Football Club in defending a claim brought by an intermediary and their company, in respect of services that the intermediary alleged they had provided to the club in respect of a player.
  • Successfully defended Manchester City against Velez Sarsfield’s claim in respect of its registration of a young player, affirming the right of EU players to move freely from the age of 16 under the FIFA rules and EU law.

Gateley Plc specialises in sports matters including brand licensing, sponsorship, stadium development work and litigation. Other areas of expertise include image rights agreements, governance, intellectual property, data protection and freedom of information requests. Key clients include national and international governing bodies and top football clubs including Manchester City, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion. Team head John Burns - who 'has an outstanding commercial ability to see opportunities' - focuses on matters such as image rights and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):John Burns

Other key lawyers:Stephen Roberts; Hayley Sullivan; Polly Egan; Nick Murrills 


'Gateley provide excellent commercial and legal knowledge in a manner that is easy to understand.'

'The team at Gateley are exceptional in their knowledge of the industry and have in-house teams at a number of clubs allowing them to gain an in-depth knowledge day to day which they can then use to assist other clients.'

'They have an exceptional ability to understand not just the legal aspects but also the commercial elements of a contract, balancing the negotiation to get the desired outcome and minimising risk.'

The team at Gateley are very supportive - they have in-depth knowledge and great insight.'

'John Burns and Stephen Roberts are excellent to work with. The respond in a timely manner and we have built strong personal relationships. I would not hesitate to recommend them.'

'John Burns has such a fantastic understanding of sport and the complexities of the dealings in this area as well as the quirks of individuals. He has an outstanding commercial ability to see opportunities as well.'

Key Clients

Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group

Everton Football Club

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club

International Netball Federation

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Crep Protect Limited

Supporter’s Trust

Engaged Sports Management Limited

United Kingdom Cheerleading Association

North West Counties Squash League

Work highlights

  • Represented Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group in the extension of their stadium.
  • Completed a full set of precedent commercial documents for Everton Football Club.
  • Assisted Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club in their partnership with a well-known beer brand.
  • Provided the broadcasting rights agreement for The International Netball Federation ahead of the World Cup 2019.
  • Drafted GDPR toolkits for the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in sports arbitration and litigation. Areas of expertise include image rights, sponsorship and endorsement deals, doping cases, defamation, disputes and tax. The firm's clients include football clubs, national governing bodies, players’ associations, and various athletes. Arbitration specialist Mark Hovell co-heads the team alongside Carol Couse.

Practice head(s):Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

Other key lawyers:Rachael Somerset; Sarah Whyman

Key Clients

Rangers Football Club

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Laffer Abogados

James Milner

League Football Education

Great Manchester Sports Partnership

OmniSports Limited

Super League

Preston North End FC

Pro Legal Agency

White Rose Sports Ventures

Entertainment Today

British Cycling

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club  in ongoing litigation with Sports Direct, arising out of a dispute in relation to the agreement under which Sports Direct had a licence to sell Rangers replica kit and other merchandise.
  • Advising on AC Milan's ban from the Europa League Cup Competition due to financial fair play regulations, with Mark Hovell appointed as one of the arbitrators to hear the case.
  • Assisting the PFA with its negotiations with the Premier League in looking to establish a 'save as you earn' scheme for young professional players.
  • Appointed by Super League rugby clubs to review arrangements between the League and the Rugby Football League governing body.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises both national and international sports clients on a broad range of matters, covering investment, disputes, construction, planning and technology. Clients include governing bodies, sponsors, venues, teams, major events, funders, broadcasters and high-net-worth individuals. Julian Diaz-Rainey heads the team and focuses on dispute resolution, commercial and regulatory matters. Senior associate Andrew Mitchell specialises in contentious sports matters. Jo Seed is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Julian Diaz-Rainey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Mitchell; Jo Seed; Samantha Livesey; Alexander Richardson

Key Clients

Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group Limited

The Jockey Club / Jockey Club Racecourses (including Aintree and Haydock Park in the North- West Region)

The International Association of Athletics Federations

The English Football League

Leeds United Football Club (and parent company ASER)

Sport England

UK Sport

Rugby Football League

Everton Football Club

Club Regatas Vasco De Gama FC

Work highlights

  • Obtained an anti-trespass injunction for The Jockey Club barring ticket touts from selling tickets on Cheltenham Racecourse premises.
  • Advising Manchester City Football Club on issues arising out of an inquiry into any connections the club may have had with convicted child sex offender Barry Bennell.
  • Acted for The English Football League in high-profile regulatory charges brought against Watford Football Club and one of its former directors and former chairman Raffaele Riva.
  • Obtained a permanent, anti-trespass injunction barring trespassers from entering any of City Football Group's properties worldwide.
  • Acting for Championship Racing in implementing the commercial contracts required to set-up and run the new series.

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises sporting clients on matters including commercial services, employment and contractual issues, disputes, corporate finance and licensing. A particular area of expertise for the firm is sports injuries - the practice handling claims involving clubs, players and medical professionals. Jan Levinson heads the team and focuses on commercial dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Martin 

Key Clients

Manchester United Limited

Joshua Murray (ex-Manchester City FC)

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Worcestershire County Cricket Club

ECB Cricket Discipline Commission

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

TLA Worldwide Limited

George Crook (ex-Worcester Warriors player)

Lincoln City Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester United on licensing matters.
  • Advising on multimillion-pound claim for a sports injury resulting in the retirement of a young football player.

Fletcher Sports Law¬†handles both contentious and non-contentious sports matters, advising on football player transfers, endorsement agreements, regulatory matters, contracts and dispute resolution. Clients include football agents and managers. The ‚Äėattentive‚Äô Paul Fletcher¬†heads the team and is experienced in advising football players, clubs and brands.

Practice head(s):Paul Fletcher

Other key lawyers:Tom Grant


Fletcher Sports Law has developed a unique expertise of the niche market of football agents and their clients and they are able to provide specialist advice in most areas relating to this business’.

Paul Fletcher has a wealth of experience and knowledge on day to day agency business and his work rate and availability make him very dependable’.

This practice is well-organised albeit consisting of few personnel’.

Work highlights

  • Advising the England men’s national football team in relation to their commercial rights and a potential new agreement with the Football Association.

JMW Solicitors LLP advises sporting clients including athletes, footballers, sports clubs, Formula 1 teams and others from the world of motorsport. Mike Blood focuses on sports finance, broadcast and commercial rights; he co-heads the team alongside disputes specialist Marc Yaffe and Ben Peppi. The practice handles a broad range of matters relating to broadcasting, defamation, employment, competition and corporate, among others.

Practice head(s):Mike Blood; Marc Yaffe; Ben Peppi

Other key lawyers:Richard Parkinson; Ian Lewis; Derek Millard Smith; Nick McAleenan; Claire Brown

Key Clients

Worcester Warriors

South African Premier League

Danny Willett

VIP Promotions Ltd and Josh Warrington

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales and the Police Federation

Daniel Opare

Work highlights

  • Acting for the successful purchasers of Worcester Warriors Premiership Rugby Club.
  • Advised the PSL - South Africa's top football division - on its tender process for the media rights for all PSL competitions for five seasons.
  • Acting for a Ghanaian international footballer who currently plays for Royal Antwerp FC in the Belgian Jupiler League following a claim issued against him for outstanding payments.
  • Advising current IBF flyweight world champion, Josh Warrington and his manager Steve Wood, on the successful world title fight in May 2018 and subsequent extensions to the promotion agreement with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
  • Instructed by the Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield and other senior officers in relation to the 1989 tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground.

Shoosmiths LLP's sports offering is led by Richard Millington, who launched the practice for the firm in 2016 after 12 years working in-house. He recently created the firms’ Elite Advisory service, a new private client service for professionals and entrepreneurs in sport, media and entertainment. The practice is active in a broad range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, volleyball and athletics, advising clients on governance, broadcast rights, litigation and partnership deals.

Practice head(s):Richard Millington

Key Clients

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

The Football Association

Chelsea FC plc

World Dodgeball

British Motor Racing Association

Volleyball England

International Powerlifting

VW (Audi)

Simon Corney


Work highlights

  • Advised CRS GT Limited on a high value motorsports claim based on the binding nature of a set of heads of terms.
  • Advised World Dodgeball on the sale of media and broadcast rights to the World Dodgeball finals event in New York.
  • Instructed to assist the in-house team at Volkswagen with its Audi brand sponsorship with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
  • Instructed by former Oldham FC chairman Simon Corney to take over the issued proceedings against the current owner of the club.
  • Providing guidance to the Federation of Sport & Play throughout the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

'New model' firm Excello Law is an alternative business structure without a traditional hierarchy. Its sports offering is fronted by the 'brilliant' Dominic McGinn, who is based in Liverpool and has a particular focus on litigation. Clients include footballers, football clubs, football agents and sports-based businesses.

Practice head(s):Dominic McGinn


Dominic McGinn's attitude and support is faultless and very much appreciated in highly stressful circumstances’.

Dominic McGinn is a brilliant lawyer and his knowledge of sports law matters is second to none’.

Key Clients

World Sports Advisers S.L

Hartlepool United FC

El Gouna Football Club

Emiliano Insua

Leonardo Ulloa

Merrill Sports

Keith Grindley

Pencilhill Limited

SM Sports Group

Laco Investment Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Merrill Sports in claims for £500,000 against Manchester City Football Club and Vasco de Gama Football Club following the transfers of two players.
  • Representing broker on claim against Everton Football Club for £6m broker’s fee in relation to sale of the club.

North West law firm Farleys Solicitors LLP advises sports clients on disputes, injuries, employment matters, debt and insolvency and defamation. Clients are drawn from a range of sports including football, boxing, rugby, athletics, darts, cycling, short mat bowls and golf. Daniel Draper heads the team.

Practice head(s):Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:Michael Corrigan

Key Clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Manchester City assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell

Karim Rekik (Hertha Belin)

R10 Sports Agency

Marlon King (former Premier League footballer)

Bsynergie Sports Management

Darren Way

Hill Dickinson LLP's sports practice handles commercial contracts, disputes, disciplinary and regulatory matters and reputation and brand management. Clients include clubs, promoters, athletes, sports governing bodies, events and sponsors. Geraldine Ryan, London-based consultant Louise Millington-Roberts and Sue Russell head the team. Ryan has a focus on breach of contract claims while Russell focuses on providing constitutional and commercial advice to sporting organisations.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Ryan; Louise Millington-Roberts; Sue Russell

Key Clients

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group  Limited

GB Taekwondo

Lancashire County Cricket Club Limited

The Dallaglio Foundation

Blackpool Rovers Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackburn Rovers Football Club on a football kit sponsorship deal.

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