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IT and telecoms

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team regularly acts for financial services clients on software licensing matters involving complex implementation, support and maintenance services, and is on the Crown Commercial Services legal framework panel. Recent work includes developing a suite of template platform agreements for a global insurance company. The ‘excellent’ Andrew Scott is the key partner in Newcastle.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP recently acted for Sunderland Software City on its Internet of Things boost programme. The team has strengths in the gaming and financial technology sectors, and works for regional and London-based digital media agencies. Antony Hall is the primary contact.

Muckle LLP’s team is led by the well-regarded Alex Craig, who took over from Gill Hunter following her departure to Hempsons. George Festing deals with contentious IT issues and has specialistexperience acting for music industry organisations to obtain site blocking injunctions against internet service providers in relation to file-sharing websites.

Key individuals at Ward Hadaway include practice head Alex Shiel, who acts for public sector clients in connection with large-scale IT procurement projects, Phil Tompkins, who advises on IT outsourcing arrangements, and Judy Baker, who has expert knowledge of data protection issues and recently assisted Thomson Reuters with updating their consumer terms in order to comply with the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Intellectual property

Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is led by Mark Pearce, who focuses on contentious matters, and is closely supported by trade mark attorney Will Sander. The duo advised Atom Bank on a variety of matters including UK trade mark protection, the purchase of domain names, negotiation of a knowledge transfer partnership agreement and an invalidity action against a third party’s trade mark.

DWF’s highlights included advising a well-known international client in the consumer electronics market on successful challenges to numerous unlawful domain name registrations and unauthorised company names. The highly experienced Ed Meikle leads the six-lawyer team.

At McDaniel & Co., Niall Head-Rapsonstands out both locally and nationally when it comes to practical and pragmatic IP litigation advice’. Senior associate Kelly Hudson’s ‘knowledge is limitless’. The team is acting for a high-end outerwear retailer on all of its trade mark matters worldwide, including application, prosecution, anti-counterfeiting and general portfolio management.

According to some, Mincoffs Solicitors LLPis at the top of its game’ for IP licensing matters. Antony Hall is noted for his ‘great leadership and grasp of complex licensing issues’. The team recently advised a new social media platform on data protection and privacy issues.

Ward Hadaway’s team is led by the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Alex Shiel, who leads the practice. Highlights included acting for a client in a patent infringement claim brought by a competitor.

Muckle LLP’s clients include Quantum Pharma, Zytronic Displays and LF Beauty. The ‘excellent’ George Festing and team head Alex Craig are the key contacts. Gill Hunter joined Hempsons and Nicola Barnett left for an in-house position.

Media and entertainment

Antony Hall leads Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s media team, which forms part of the wider commercial group. Its client base is made up of Olympians, high-profile singers, sportsmen and film production companies. The team recently advised design agency K+C on its advertising terms and conditions.


Clients highlight Muckle LLP’s sports team for its ‘excellent service’ and for its ability to ‘identify potential risks and present information in a format that is easy to understand’. Team head John Devine and associate Jessica Swindells ‘have knowledge and passion for the area’. The team acts for professional clubs, players and national governing bodies.

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