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IT and telecoms

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  1. TMT (Technology, media and telecoms): IT and telecoms
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As well as regulatory matters, Burges Salmon LLP handles transactions, IT services agreements and outsourcing. Practice head Andrew Dunlop assisted Coca-Cola HBC with outsourcing its data centre in Austria. Other clients include Cobham, Teradata and AppDynamics.

Osborne Clarke services major corporates, including Dell, Marks & Spencer and Tata Technologies. Data protection and technology transaction expert Emily Jones now heads the practice following James Mullock’s departure to Bird & Bird LLP.

Ashfords LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is led by Garry Mackay and handles data protection, cloud computing and software licensing as well as IT contracts and outsourcing. Stewart James is highly experienced.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s expertise includes outsourcing and large-scale technology implementation. The practice, which includes Gareth Jones and Alastair Mitton, advises the Ministry of Justice and Highways England.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ practice is co-headed by Matt Johnston, who is ‘excellent’ in non-contentious technology matters and data protection. Clients include insurance, leisure and pharmaceutical companies.

Foot Anstey handles FinTech matters, digital and IT disputes, as well as e-commerce and online trading. Practice head Martin Cuell and senior associate Ed Bodey are recommended alongside Neil Parkes, who joined from Wiggin LLP.

Michelmores LLP advised Flybe on acquiring an integrated enterprise resource planning system. The ‘extremely talented’ Tom Torkar was promoted to partner and became practice head following Rehman Noormohamed’s departure to DWF. Tim Richards leads on contentious work.

At TLT, James Touzel ‘knows the IT world inside out’. The practice handles outsourcing, software development, SaaS, cloud computing and systems integration. Imperial Tobacco, The Co-operative and Applied Card Technologies are clients.

At BPE Solicitors LLP, practice head Iain Garfield advises on cross-border matters and data protection. Associate Matt Jackson is noted for software development and cybersecurity.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Alan Pratt has strength in procurement and acts for customers and vendors on high-value IT, telecoms and services outsourcing.

Roxburgh Milkins LLP assisted Blu Wireless with licensing its technology to an American company. ‘First-class lawyer’ Ian Grimley heads the practice.

Owner-managed businesses regularly instruct Thrings LLP for IP, systems implementation, IT services and outsourcing matters. Andy Braithwaite leads the practice, which also acts for clients including Teleperformance and Juicy Couture.

Jessica Bent leads Royds Withy King’s ‘exceptional’ practice, which represents clients including Bath Rugby in IP litigation and internet-based defamation cases.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s Kary Withers specialises in the telecoms sector and represents landowners in property disputes against mast and telecoms operators.

At specialist data protection firm Pritchetts Law, the ‘immensely experienced’ Stephanie Pritchett acts for clients including Thomson Reuters and UNISON.

Steer & Co’s clients include software developers, start-ups and listed companies. Rebecca Steercombines deep expertise in technology licensing matters with many years of experience working in the technology sector’. Senior associate Mailin Bala joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Web developers look to Stephens Scown LLP for online marketing and social media advice. Ben Travers heads the practice.

Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
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    • Clare Robinson - Osborne Clarke
    • Andrew Braithwaite - Thrings LLP

Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘strong team’ is headed by Jeremy Dickerson and transactional expert Helen Scott Lawler. Highlights included advising Harrods in contentious matters, including trade mark infringements. Other clients include Yeo Valley, RAC and La Senza.

Osborne Clarke is ‘one of the best’ for data protection, and also has strengths in trade marks, IP litigation and licensing. Amazon, Danone and Vestel are clients of the practice, which is led by Emily Jones and ‘great negotiator’ Clare Robinson.

At Ashfords LLP, practice head Mark Lomas and Carl Steele manage the global trade mark and registered design IP portfolios of Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan Parfumeur. Tom Phipps’s clients include Ginsters.

Michelmores LLP’s practice is headed by Tim Richards and newly promoted partner David Thompson following Rehman Noormohamed’s move to DWF. They lead on contentious and non-contentious matters, respectively, and act for clients including The Metropolitan Police Service and Flybe.

Humphreys & Co. handles international IP infringements. Senior partner and practice head Robert Humphreys ‘works tirelessly’ and senior associate Ruth Annand is ‘known in trade mark circles’.

Boutique firm Mewburn Ellis LLP excels in the life sciences, nano-material, chemical engineering and university technology transfer arenas. Sean Jauss heads the practice.

TLT conducts IP litigation and manages portfolios for clients including BGL Group and Merlin Entertainments. Jo Pritchard was promoted to legal director and handles contentious work.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is singled out for its expertise in school licensing projects. Practice head Doug Locke ‘has excellent knowledge’ when it comes to protecting, licensing and enforcing IP rights.

Foot Anstey undertakes licensing, rights management and contractual work for media clients. Practice head Martin Cuell leads on non-contentious work, while the practice’s contentious capability was strengthened with the arrival of solicitor Neil Parkes from Wiggin LLP.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Adam Finch leads on IP litigation concerning software, database and IP infringement.

Thrings LLP advises Uniform Wares on its global brand protection strategy. Andrew Braithwaite and practice head Graeme Fearon are recommended.

Willans LLP’s Nicholas Cox defended Intelligent Data Capture against breach of contract and copyright infringement claims. Paul Gordon heads the practice.

BPE Solicitors LLP handles licensing, patent litigation and counterfeit goods cases. Iain Garfield now heads the department following Jason Stratford-Lysandrides’ departure to Anatwine Limited.

Steer & Co now provides in-house trade mark services. Rebecca Steer is noted for her expertise in design rights and software issues. Senior associate Mailin Bala joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Stephens Scown LLP stands out for its food and drink sector expertise. Ben Travers heads the practice, which was joined by senior associate Neil Eagleton from Sheridans. Clients include Arden International Motor Sport and Orchard Pig.

In addition to handling trade mark matters, Royds Withy King advises on patent licensing and infringement. Jessica Bent is ‘a very safe pair of hands’.

Peter Livingstone leads Battens Solicitors Limited’s practice alongside Brian Levine, who arrived from his own production company and splits his time between London and Yeovil; they lead on contentious and non-contentious matters, respectively. Consultant Simon Clegg is also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s workload includes passing-off and copyright infringement disputes. Senior associate Claudine Morgan and associate Sally Young are key contacts.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF advises on licensing, trade mark and copyright matters. Associate Edwina Young leads the team and is ‘a great IP lawyer’. Senior solicitor Luke English joined from Eric Robinson Solicitors.

Murrell Associates provides support on transactional IP, branding, infringements and securing IP rights. Associate Rebecca Anforth heads the practice.

Media and entertainment

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  1. Media and entertainment
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Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice provides support to clients including Thomson Reuters and Relativity Media on commercial matters, broadcasting rights and dispute resolution. Jeremy Dickerson manages Discovery Communications’ UK trade mark portfolio and handles clearance matters relating to channel launches.

Foot Anstey’s Martin Cuell advised Aardman Animations on user and child friendly content licence terms and revising its download terms. Other clients include Warner Music Group and IO Technologies. Richard Neary leads the practice and Tony Jaffa heads the editorial and regulatory team. Neil Parkes joined from Wiggin LLP.

Osborne Clarke advises a multinational client base on litigation, licensing, procurement and IP protection. Associate director Tom Harding leads the team and has extensive knowledge of media rights and e-commerce. Clients include EE, Facebook and Mulberry.

Boutique firm Steer & Co now provides extended corporate and trade mark services to clients including A Productions and Icon Films. Rebecca Steer’s practice gained senior associate Mailin Bala from Shoosmiths LLP.

Thrings LLP’s Graeme Fearon advises creative and media sector clients on international rights exploitation, enforcing rights and negotiating agreements. Bristol Media is a client.

In addition to handling IP-related matters, Royds Withy King is active in branding, digital and social media contracts, licensing and defamation cases. Experienced department head Jessica Bent is recommended.


Burges Salmon LLP handles an array of regulatory matters including anti-doping and financial regulation concerning football, motorsport and horse sports. Jeremy Dickerson now heads the practice following Mark Gay’s departure to Hamlins LLP. Saudi Equestrian Team and Newbury Racecourse are clients.

Ashfords LLP excels in disciplinary and regulatory horseracing matters. Former professional jockey Rory Mac Neice is noted for his ‘quality advice’ on doping and race fixing.

Clarke Willmott LLP handles employment-related issues affecting a range of sports including rugby and cricket. The practice also undertakes litigation, corporate, commercial, IP and property-related work. Kevin Jones advises on employment terms and exit arrangements.

Foot Anstey’s clients include the Football Safety Officers Association and Bath Racecourse. Chris Pritchett and Jonathan Oddy lead the practice, which includes Neil Parkes, who joined from Wiggin LLP.

Thrings LLP works on venue agreements, stadium developments, brand protection and disciplinary cases. Andy Braithwaite is recommended.

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