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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.

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