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IT and telecoms

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Bond Dickinson LLP maintains notable strength in the retail, financial services and public sectors. Highlights included advising G Forces Web Management on an agreement with News UK regarding the adaptation of its proprietary platform, and acting for New Look on the £36m development of a new IT platform. Practice head Julian Hamblin is recommended along with Andrew Kimble, who has particular expertise in data protection and IT procurement.

Boyes Turner’s ‘exceptional’ team provides ‘robust and commercial advice delivered by sector-specialists’. ‘Responsive and practical’ practice head Mark Blundenconsistently offers a high level of service’. Bill Gornall-King provides support to 3GRC on data protection matters.

Reliable, multidisciplinary law firmDMH Stallard LLP acts for Ampito on various complex patented technology matters, and advises Gusto Telecommunications Solutions on a range of technology issues. Dispute resolution partner Tim Ashdown is recommended along with John Yates, who handles non-contentious matters.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s group is noted for its ‘strong commercial acumen, market knowledge, drafting skills and attention to detail’. Joanne Vengadesan acts primarily for IT and technology suppliers, and Sam De Silva has strong IT contract expertise. BluePointLondon, Fujifilm UK and Aldermore Bank are key clients.

Pitmans LLP is singled out for its ‘astute litigation strategy’. The group advises regional technology companies and start-ups on various issues including IP, litigation and employment. Phil Smith and Tim Clark acted for XMA in a contract termination dispute with InTechnology.

Shoosmiths LLPdemonstrates a real interest in the client’s business’, and ‘always makes a partner available for the overall management of the matter’. Practice head Sebastian Price advised Datix on its arrangements to enter the New Zealand market, and acted for IMS Evolve on several collaborations and supply contracts. IP specialist Anastasia Fowle is also recommended.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘responsive, friendly and pragmatic’ team has ‘good knowledge of the market’. Key figures include Beverley Whittaker, who is ‘can cut to the key deal points and legal concerns’; Beverley Flynn, who advises on supply and procurement contracts; and Tom Lingard, who has strong litigation experience.

Technology specialist White & Black Limited has ‘a great wealth of knowledge within the internet and tech sector’. Practice head Phil Thompson is ‘a solid lawyer with a good approach to matters’, and is recommended along with Nick Mathys. Clients include Moonpig, Interactive Intelligence and Photobox.

Newly promoted partner Debbie Venn heads the team at asb law LLP, which includes disputes specialist Lyndsey Ratcliffe and Alina Nosek, who advises clients in the aviation sector.

Nigel Thompson’s group at Birketts LLP is advising Regenersis on its commercial contracts, and is advising Elektron in connection on the IP and technology aspects of its operations.

Blake Morgan LLP’s seven-partner team is headed by Sheilah Mackie, who advises customers and suppliers on the full range of technology matters, and has particular expertise in cross-border software development. Alison Patten-Hall and Jill Bainbridge are also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP has notable strength in the insurance, retail and security sectors, advising on a range of IT and telecommunications deals both domestically and overseas. Mark Williamson heads the team.

Cripps LLP’s clients include Silent Edge and Bluefin Solutions; Pete Kenyon advised the latter on a number of contract negotiations with high-profile counterparties.

Christopher Hayes is the key contact at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett); he has significant expertise in IP-related matters and complex litigation. The firm represented Anixter Distribution in a dispute concerning IT infrastructure.

Clients single out Irwin Mitchell’s practice for its ‘great blend of commercial experience and technical insight’. Stuart Padgham is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and great to work with’. The firm absorbed Thomas Eggar LLP in 2016.

Osborne Clarke provides ‘a very responsive service that is attuned to the needs of companies working out of different time zones’. Recommended individuals include Peter Sheppard, who is ‘a skilled and experienced litigator’; private equity specialist Robert Wood; and Russell Bowyer, who heads the practice.

Intellectual property

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Boyes Turner stands out for its ‘quick, knowledgeable and well-researched responses, and good understanding of clients’ business requirements’. Bill Gornall-King is ‘knowledgeable, approachable and an excellent communicator’, and is currently advising Accelya Holding World on a range of copyright and database rights. Also recommended are Mark Blunden, who heads the technology practice, and senior associate Sarah Williamson.

DMH Stallard LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is headed by the ‘tenacious, strategic and experiencedTim Ashdown, who is currently advising retail chain Office on design right and trade mark infringement matters. John Yates leads on non-contentious matters, and Robert Ganpatsingh provides ‘carefully thought-out, accurate advice’ in IP litigation.

EMW Law LLP is noted for its expertise in contentious IP matters, particularly within the patent, industrial design and trade mark fields. Mark Finn defended Atlas Elektronik and ECS Special Projects in a patent revocation action.

Clients of Maier Blackburn LLP highlight its ‘solid knowledge of the industry and good business sense’. Cathleen Blackburn is recommended for international copyright issues, and the ‘responsive and pragmaticSteven Maier handles IP-related disputes. Key clients include Agatha Christie Limited, The Tolkien Estate and Oxford University Press.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘accessibility, business understanding and detailed clarity sets it apart from its competitors’. The group is particularly active in the science, fashion, retail and publishing sectors. Litigator Rachael Barber and non-contentious expert Chris Shelley acted for Robert Bosch on a number of trade mark and copyright infringement issues. Anna Frankum co-heads the practice.

Gary Assim heads the six-partner team at Shoosmiths LLP, which includes publishing and media expert Laurence Kaye, and Anastasia Fowle, who focuses on the automotive sector. The firm advised Property Renaissance on a number of social media and breach of confidence issues, and acted for Canna BV in a trade mark infringement matter.

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, practice head Tom Lingard is ‘an extremely skilled lawyer with an incredible capacity to understand, structure andexplain complex issues’. Charlotte Tillett has strong life sciences expertise, and Gary Parnell is ‘a rising star in the field of commerce, and a pleasure to work with’. Bakkavor, Cygnet Healthcare and Papa John’s are key clients.

Blake Morgan LLP’s Jill Bainbridge heads the IP trade mark and prosecution team, and regularly deals with multijurisdictional disputes. Sheilah Mackie specialises in non-contentious matters, and Alison Patten-Hall is recommended for licensing issues.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘responsive’ group provides ‘practical, efficient advice’ to its cross-sector client base. Paul Cox is ‘conscious of client needs, and is ‘able to identify the main issue within the matter at hand’. ACCA, Mazuma Mobile and Ugg Australia are key clients.

Osborne Clarke’s Russell Bowyer maintains a strong client base within the technology and life sciences sectors, advising on the full spectrum of IP matters. Lorna Brazell specialises in patent litigation, and transactional lawyer Ben Goodger is also recommended.

Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors offers ‘good value for money’, and is ‘experienced in the field of trade marks, designs and copyright’. Dawn Osborne acted for Oranmore Precast and other defendants in a trade mark infringement claim brought by an Irish company. Steve Palmer heads the practice.

IP specialist Sipara provides ‘practical and commercial advice which does not just focus on the law’. Trade mark lawyer Rebecca Kaye is the key figure along with Robert Furneaux, who advises on the IP rights protection.

asb law LLP continues to act for Pets Corner on all matters concerning brand protection, and is also advising The British Library on the IP aspects of its growth programme.

Cripps LLP’s team ‘shows a deep understanding of the client’s situation’, and ‘responds promptly with practical advice’. Pete Kenyon heads the team, and Irfan Baluch is ‘patient, generous and honest’.

Christopher Hayes is the key figure at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Highlights included representing Hertz in a copyright infringement claim spanning the UK, US, Germany and France, among other jurisdictions.

Media and entertainment

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At Blake Morgan LLP, Jill Bainbridge handles a range of defamation and reputation management matters, frequently involving issues surrounding social media. London-based Simon Stokes handles non-contentious matters.

Boyes Turner provides ‘excellent knowledge and appropriate advice’, its client roster spanning the media, transport, software and pharmaceutical sectors. Mark Blunden heads the group, and Sarah Williamson is ‘always available at reasonable notice to discuss urgent matters’.

Cripps LLP’s Nigel Stanford gives ‘consistently good advice – pragmatic, commercial and to the point’. Highlights included advising Infectious Media on key customer contracts, and assisting We Are Social on the review and negotiation of an agreement with a high-profile counterparty.

IP and litigation specialist Maier Blackburn LLP is led by Cathleen Blackburn and Steven Maier, who are highly active in the television, film and publishing sectors, and have strong expertise in media law and infringement claims.

Stevens & Bolton LLP advised Brighton & Hove Albion FC on a range of issues surrounding brand enforcement and reputation management, and is acting for Antonio Puig on a number of high-value trade mark acquisitions. Practice head Tom Lingard is ‘efficient, practical and down-to earth’.


Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s team acts for professional sports clubs down to grassroots institutions and includes senior partner Ian Wood-Smith, who has strong links to the sports community due to his position as a director of Reading F.C. Senior associate Bettina Phillis leads the department following her arrival in February 2016 from an in-house position.

Irwin Mitchell has a notable practice representing governing bodies, including the British Athletics Commission and English Table Tennis. Faye Bargery assisted the latter with a governance restructuring. Litigation specialist Hannah Clipston leads the six-partner team.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has developed an impressive niche in the extreme sports field and has ‘proven itself to be highly capable of undertaking legal work on projects that are outside the norm’. Testament to this is the firm’s advice to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust on a planned paramotoring expedition across 11 jurisdictions, which will trace the migration route of the Bewick’s swan. ‘Highly professional’ managing partner Bruce Hayter and Richard Cripps are recommended.

Robert Ryall’s team at SA Law LLP acted on a number of matters in the football space for clubs and players alike, and counts Watford F.C. and Udinese Calcio as clients. Belinda Walkinshaw is a key name for equestrian sports.

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