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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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    • Lucy Cook - Sintons LLP

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Ward Hadaway’s clients include IT providers and developers alongside public and private sector customers. Judy Baker assisted Newcastle International Airport with contract negotiations for the supply, support and maintenance of airport check-in systems and self-service check-in kiosks, and advised Bannatyne Fitness on a contract with Navarino Services with regards to the client’s hotel booking system. In other work, she advised a national retailer on website compliance issues, and assisted a software house with liability provisions pertaining to the public procurement for IT software and services. Team head Alex Shiel advised a major port operator on a contract for the implementation of a new automated gate entry system. Colin Hewitt, Phil Tompkins, IT disputes expert Tim Toomey and Dean Murray are other names to note.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular expertise in advising clients from the financial services, manufacturing, transport and retail industries alongside public sector bodies. Main contact for the North East Caroline Churchill has a focus on non-contentious commercial, technology and data protection work, with an emphasis on technology transactions pertaining to the internet of things as well as data and cloud solutions. She routinely advises customers and suppliers and has particular expertise in manufacturing sector-related cyber security instructions. Andrew Scott left the firm in 2017.

At Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, the ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and responsive’ team provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘goes above and beyond to provide additional assistance’. Much of its work pertains to contractual, data protection and software development matters, which the practice routinely handles for technology companies and start-ups. ‘Outstanding’ team head Antony Hall advised the IT consultancy company Perfect Image on its contractual documentation used for its managed service offering, assisted the technology start-up BotsAndUs with data privacy and data protection matters, and advised Whaleride on the legal implications of procuring software development services from freelance developers. Associate Lucy Cook joined Sintons LLP.

Thanks to its ‘excellent technical knowledge’, the team at Muckle LLP is able to provide clients with ‘very good advice’ on various contractual and compliance matters and also handles contentious work with George Festing in the lead. As non-contentious highlights, Alan Grisedale provided the smart metering solutions provider EDMI Europe with advice on contractual supply and software licensing agreements with national utility providers, meter asset finance organisations and national infrastructure bodies, while team head Alex Craig advised Stellium Datacenters on various contractual arrangements including key company governance documentation and its co-location arrangements with third parties. Associate Jill Dovey, who is ‘very strong on IT and data protection’, assisted the Fairstone Group with information security requirements, contractual negotiations for IT procurement and service level agreements.

Part of the firm’s corporate department, Watson Burton LLP’s IT group is ‘very good’ and rated for its ‘commercial approach’, which makes it an attractive choice for technology businesses seeking advice on various business requirements such as the technology commercialisation and funding matters. The ‘very personable, hard-working and capable’ Paul Wigham, who ‘focuses on getting the deal done in the most efficient manner’, advised Accelerated Digital Ventures on various investments in technology businesses, and assisted Atlas Cloud with negotiating the terms and conditions for its supply of managed cloud services. In other work, commercial litigator Anthony Rance assists clients with disputes arising from IT security breaches, distressed IT and outsourcing projects and database misuse. Recently, he assisted a client with obtaining an injunctive relief and search order following the misappropriation of confidential data from the client’s customer relationship management system and misuse of the data by a competitor business. The ‘professional, calm and measured’ Duncan Reid heads the team.

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