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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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    • Stephanie Pritchett - Pritchetts Law
    • James Touzel - TLT

Next generation lawyers

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Who Represents Who

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Burges Salmon LLPalways responds promptly to client’s requests’. Its ‘extremely impressive’ practice regularly handles large scale outsourcing transactions and technology services contracts. Clients include the John Lewis Partnership, Thomson Reuters, Teradata Corporation and AppDynamics. Andrew Dunlop is ‘always available and able to think creatively’. In 2016 he advised Welsh Water on its procurement of IT infrastructure services and assisted health insurance company The Exeter with the design and implementation of a new software platform provided by TCP LifeSystems. Matthew Ramus, Keith Beattie and Helen Scott-Lawler are the key contacts for outsourcing mandates; Brioney Thomas and Simon Coppen have particular expertise in advising clients in the transport sector; while William Gard and Jeremy Dickerson focus on contentious IT matters. Associate Lucy Pegler has ‘a very approachable manner’, ‘good commercial awareness’ and ‘an ability to handle issues pragmatically while ensuring her client’s interests remain protected’.

Osborne Clarke lost leading individual James Mullock to Bird & Bird LLP in 2015, but reinforced through the hire of Will Robertson, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in May 2016. According to a client, the level of service is ‘superb’ and the advice is ‘always pragmatic and quick’. The team ‘keeps an eye on the commercial background’ and displays ‘very in-depth knowledge of the client’s business and related legal issues’. It advises an impressive list of IT and telecoms companies on commercial transactions and contentious IT and cyber security matters. Highlights included advising Micro Focus on international software licenses and IP implementation agreements, assisting an electronic manufacturer on a breach of IT security systems dispute and advising a retail sector client on the termination of its existing IT outsourcing contract as well as the negotiation of a new contract across Europe. Robertson focuses on IT outsourcing and procurement of new technologies, acting for a large number of retailers; he also has particular expertise in cross-border data transfers and compliance issues as well as the monetisation of data assets. Charlie Wedin has ‘huge amounts of litigation and mediation experience’, and is ‘exceptionally responsive, providing spot-on, pragmatic advice’. Mark Wesker, Simon Spooner and Peter Clough are also key contacts. Emily Jones relocated to the firm’s Silicon Valley office in September 2016.

Clients find Ashfords LLP’s communications to be ‘clear as well as precise’ and advice to be ‘in plain English with every attempt to be practical and helpful’. Bristol-based Chris Dyson heads the five-strong team, which also includes utilities sector smart metering technology expert Garry Mackay, who is ‘thoroughly professional with superb knowledge and experience in the IT arena’. Exeter-based firm chairman Mark Lomas is ‘a friendly voice, wise council and great strategist’; he specialises in IT contracts as well as technology licensing and distribution. The team strengthened through the hire of highly regarded commercial practitioner Andy Braithwaite from Thrings LLP in April 2017. It recently advised Internal Results on the licensing and data protection aspects of its sale to Madison Logic, acted for Brightpearl and investors on inward investment from investment funds and venture debt from Silicon Valley Bank and Columbia Lake Partners, and is advising a technology company on its global distribution of a software product. The Land Registry, Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Post Office and Notion Capital are also clients. Associates Suzie Miles and Chris Coughlan are ‘names to watch’.

Bond Dickinson LLP attracts praise for its ability to ‘turn around urgent projects quickly’. It acts for clients from a wide range of industries, and particular excels in the financial services, insurance, retail, telecoms and public sectors, with TSB Bank, Highways Agency and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants key clients. Recent highlights include advising the Post Office on a systems integration procurement process, which involved dealing with issues related to Post Office card accounts provided and acting for the Ministry of Justice on the procurement of multiple service providers for court reporting and transcription services, also assisting it, in a separate transaction, with the procurement of interpretation and translation services from multiple suppliers. Practice head Alastair Mitton is recommended for his ‘technical expertise, regulatory understanding and attention to detail’. Gareth Jones specialises in large scale technology implementations, licencing, outsourcing and development projects. Associate Georgie Morgan-Giles is recommended.

Foot Anstey significantly enhanced its practice in 2016 by hiring Mark Rhys-Jones from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and senior associate Alexandra Leonidou from Warner Bros. Entertainment. Rhys-Jones is strongly recommended for technology and IT disputes, while Leonidou has notable experience in data protection and data-related marketing issues. The technology team, led by Martin Cuell, acts for a range of digital innovation, technology, energy and media companies as well as software developers, licensors and customers, working on complex software and hardware procurements, software licensing and cloud-based cyber services. Cuell and Ed Bodey acted for Connect Group in its contract negotiations with Daisy Group for the provision of hosting and fixed network services to multiple sites across the Smiths estates, and advised Egress Software Technologies on its contracts with a major banking group and a national infrastructure company. Jonathan Oddy is advising The Royal Shakespeare Company on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance in the context of its strategy to monetise its customer database and assisted a large newspaper, magazine and digital publisher with data protection strategy and compliance issues. Leonidou and Cuell advised comic book publisher Time Inc. UK on data protection-related direct marketing issues. British Solar Renewables, SVGC Technology and the University of West of England are new client wins.

Showcasing its ability to handle projects on a national scale, Michelmores LLP advised the Metropolitan Police Service on the procurement of a national framework for the delivery of IT solutions. Other standout transactions include acting for Flybe in its contractual negations with customer relationship management solutions provider Boxever and acting for an e-commerce software company on the launch of various mobile technology products, which included handling associated e-commerce compliance issues. Team head Tom Torkar, who splits his time between London and Exeter, advises has expertise in the IT, media, big data, e-commerce and financial services sectors. Commercial litigator Tim Richards handles a wide range in commercial disputes, and is supported by Sara Chisholm-Batten and senior associate Jayne Clemens, while David Thompson acts for a number of high-profile businesses from the food and drink sector, handling commercial and IP matters. Key clients also include the British Transport Police, The Met Office and Pay4Later.

TLT is singled out for its ‘very high standard of service and cost effective commercial legal advice’, displaying ‘particular knowledge of and experience in the retail sector’. Demonstrating this, it handled, for C. & J. Clark, the procurement from Accenture of a global e-commerce platform and related services to support its global retail operations. Practice head James Touzel has an established reputation for handling large procurements and outsourcings for national and international clients, covering IT and telecoms systems as well as cloud and managed services. He is a key adviser to Merlin Entertainments, helping it implement a series of IT programmes including the SaaS global asset management system, a global ticketing platform and its Oracle SaaS solutions service. Other highlights include advising Sainsbury’s on the procurement of enterprise cloud platforms, acting for WHSmith on both the renegotiation of its agreements with BT for in-store telecoms networks as well as the renegotiation of agreements with Aptos on the delivery of a global point of sale platform, and assisting The Co-operative Group on a range of IT and telecoms transformation programmes. Other names to note include Perran Jervis, who is ‘a strong heavyweight commercial lawyer’, Chris Owen, who is ‘an excellent litigator’ and Dan Read, who is ‘extremely good and highly capable of handling big IT projects’.

BPE Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Iain Garfield, who advises on cross-border matters and data protection. Recent instructions include advising PCA Predict on licensing software and third party data to HSBC Global Services, and acting for an online and catalogue retailer on data protection issues following its recent technology investment by outsourcing payment card industry-compliant telephony services to a telephony service provider. Other clients include Mears Group, Coeus Software and Optimising IT.

Pritchetts Law, a highly recommended specialist firm with ‘extensive and in-depth data protection and privacy expertise’, receives praises for its ‘technically strong, high quality and value for money service’. Data protection expert Stephanie Pritchett has a strong reputation nationally: she ‘takes a very pragmatic risk-based approach in the advice that she gives’ and is ‘very thorough in her planning of projects’. Ben Wootton focuses on commercial contracts, including outsourcing, software licensing, data-processing arrangements, data protection impact assessments and compliant cross-border transfer of data. He ‘couples his knowledge of data protection with a strong feel for the commercial realities that companies face’, which makes his advice ‘far more valuable’. Highlights include assisting Unison with the compliant use of personal data and the impact of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and assisting new client The 7th Chamber, an influencer online media and marketing firm that creates content and activates social distribution marketing, on a series of data-related matters. Its impressive client roster also features Thomason Reuters, Marketforce Business Media, Ceuta Healthcare and NatCen Social Research.

Roxburgh Milkins LLP’s client roster features start-ups and established technology companies, which it advises on software, hardware and financial technology matters including cross-border licensing, M&A and data protection. IP specialist Ian Grimley is praised for his ‘pragmatic and helpful advice’, and is supported by Carl Spencer, who has particular expertise in e-commerce and consumer law. Recent highlights include acting for a data analysis company in its negotiations with a national charity and assisting software company Zegami with licensing issues as well as advising it on customer contract negotiations.

At Royds Withy King, John North, associate James Worrall and Philip Banks-Welsh, who handles contentious IT issues. It recently acted for an agribusiness software solution company on its software licensing and support contracts, assisted an academy with data protection issues regarding parents’ and children’s personal data, and represented an unmanned aerial vehicle operating company on the protection of its IT assets against infringement. Another highlight saw the team advising an online academic content publisher on its licensing agreements with academic organisations in multiple jurisdictions. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Clarke Willmott LLPdemonstrates deep knowledge and experience, always responding swiftly to any queries’. It is highly capable of advising on ‘very complicated areas of telecoms law in clear, plain language which can be easily disseminated’. The team uniquely acts for landowner clients against mast and telecoms operators, and has particular expertise in data protection and data security issues. In 2016, it handled a number of highly sensitive matters to obtain vacant possessions of telecommunications sites to enable development. Clients include Aster Group, Pinnacle Towers, Informed Solutions, Onecom and The Guinness Partnership. The ‘excellentKary Withers is the key contact.

Steer & Co is ‘very responsive and flexible’, willing to ‘go the extra mile when needed’. ‘Not only is it legally very strong’, but it also has ‘a strong understanding of the business-side of what clients do and so manages to craft agreements that help grow and flourish as a business’. The firm has notable experience in the semiconductor, emerging technologies, hardware and software sectors. It recently advised new client Platfora on its SaaS licence to Barclays Bank, and continues to assist XMOS with a series of software and hardware development matters relating to its voice and audio products. Rebecca Steer’s advice is ‘always excellent and well thought through’. Senior associate Mailin Bala joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2016.

Stephens Scown LLP’s recent instructions include assisting a white label cloud services support provider with its IT system acquisition as well as data transfer compliance issues, also advising software developer Unity Five on software licensing agreements with international clients. Practice head Ben Travers is ‘an excellent, solutions-driven lawyer’, and is particularly experienced in advising on issues relating to launching online platforms and data security matters. Tom Moore is ‘patient, efficient, responsive and very helpful’.

Thrings LLP predominantly advises mid-sized technology suppliers and users, and has particular experience of advising owner-managed businesses including Safelink Data Rooms, TrueSpeed Communications and Winscribe. Recent instructions include assisting FF Group with establishing its new e-commerce platform with Demandware, a US-based supplier, and advising Altus, a fintech products and IT consultancy, on master services agreements with a number of large financial institutions. Key names to note in the team include Alastair Govier, who handles technology disputes, and associate Brett Lambe. Andy Braithwaite left for Ashfords LLP in April 2017.

Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

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Burges Salmon LLP advises Starbucks Corporation on its entire UK trade mark portfolio, including assisting with new UK trade mark applications, renewals and opposition proceedings, handling trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright issues arising in the UK involving unauthorised use of the company logo, and representing it on the seizure of counterfeit goods by HMRC and Trading Standards offices. Virgin Enterprises is another key client, and the team assists it with passing off and company name issues as well as domain name disputes and licensing arrangements. Helen Scott-Lawler advises the John Lewis Partnership on its IP licenses mandates with suppliers, trade mark infringement claims and branding matters. She also led a multidisciplinary team that advised the RAC on its acquisition of telematics provider Nebula. Jeremy Dickerson has ‘a sound commercial approach to litigation’. Scott-Lawler and Dickerson jointly lead the team, which also includes senior associates Georgina Shaw and Emily Roberts, who both specialise in contentious IP, and Chris Morris, who is a chartered trade mark attorney with particular expertise in opposition and contentious proceedings.

Ashfords LLP expanded its IP practice with the launch of a European patent attorney through its hire of Kaya Elkiner, who joined from Keltie in April 2016. Its case load features a mix of IP transactions, patent filing, opposition and portfolio management as well as copyright, design and trade mark infringement claims. Trade mark specialist Carl Steele, who is particularly ‘detail-focussed’, is advising Penhaligon's and L'artisan Parfumeur (both owned by Puig), on managing their worldwide trade mark and registered design portfolios, which included prosecuting over 100 trade mark applications and conducting trade mark oppositions and infringement disputes. With the support from Giles Lane, Steele is also representing the Roald Dahl Estate in a number of IP infringement cases against online retailers, hospitality businesses and educational workshop operators. The team is also assisting HelloFresh UK with the preparation of patent, registered design and trade mark application to protect innovations, and is acting for a global insurance company on opposing the use and registration of third party-owned trade marks. Firm chairman Mark Lomas heads the IP department, which also includes Tom Phipps who focuses on copyright, media and entertainment and franchising.

Osborne Clarke has ‘great strength across the team, displaying great technical knowledge while also delivering cost effective, sound and pragmatic advice’. It reshaped its practice when Clare Robinson was elevated to practice head following Emily Jones’ relocation to the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Leveraging its growing international presence, it handles a considerable amount of cross-border IP transactions and disputes for an impressive collection of large global clients. It continues to manage Eurostar’s worldwide trade mark portfolio including advising on brand protection, registration strategy and enforcement, and is assisting Microsoft with content licensing and exploitation issues relating to its Xbox and MSN services. On the contentious side, the team represented Target Stati-CALIN in defending a claim for trade mark infringement and passing off at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), and acted for Nutricia in enforcing its trade mark rights in its medical nutrition products against unlawful parallel imports. Associate director Douglas Peden is ‘a consummate professional who is always extremely responsive and knowledgeable’; he specialises in contentious trade mark and copyright issues with a focus on use of IP rights by technology companies, and has experience in patent infringement claims, database rights issues and misuse of confidential information. Tom Harding is recommended for media IP rights, e-commerce and sponsorship issues, and Claudia Glover is ‘a very solid IP litigator’.

Foot Anstey acts on a range of IP issues for national and international clients from, predominantly, the media, energy, retail and leisure sectors. Neil Parkes represented Sky in comparative advertising and trade mark infringement proceedings in the High Court and acted for an international film studio and a mass media and entertainment conglomerate on copyright issues involving UK, EU and international law in connection with cloud-based remote recording and storage services. Martin Cuell assisted Aardman Animations with licensing a number of pieces of original Aardman artwork to The Illustration Cupboard Gallery as part of an exhibition, and, in a separate transaction, advised a media company on the IP aspects of a cross-border acquisition. Parkes is ‘very approachable, diligent and thorough’, and Cuell is ‘a safe pair of hands’; both are based in the Bristol office, which also includes senior associate Ed Bodey, who has experience of advising on branding and sponsorship, advertising and data issues. Exeter-based media specialist Peter Singfield focuses on contentious copyright, confidentiality, trade mark and passing off issues. OneE Investments, Blueprint Partners, University of West of England and Lucasfilm are other clients.

Humphreys & Co. excels in trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright disputes, acting for a diverse range of domestic and international clients from the electronics, education, financial services and fashion sectors. Robert Humphreys is representing SimStars International B.V. in a series of trade mark infringement, passing off and invalidity proceedings against its former distributors of jewellery brand Nikki Lissoni for the UK and Ireland, and is prosecuting multiple UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) invalidity applications. Other highlights included assisting Friends Life Management Services (now part of the Aviva Group) with the negotiation of EU and German trade mark opposition proceedings against a German financial services company, and, in a separate matter, acting for Friends Life in prosecuting new trade mark applications in the UAE. Ruth Annand is ‘very well known in the field of UK and EU trade marks and design rights’ and also has experience in copyright. Associate Tristan Morse is another name to note.

Intellectual Property specialist firm Mewburn Ellis LLP fields patent and trade mark attorneys, and has a legal department which advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The group is particularly strong in the life sciences space, advising universities as well as spin-out and start-up companies on managing portfolios that cover major blockbuster drugs. In 2016, a team that included practice head Sean Jauss and patent attorney litigator Joseph Lenthall represented OCV Intellectual Capital in a patent litigation at the IPEC where Jushi Group was seeking a declaration of non-infringement and revocation of a patent owned by OCV Intellectual Capital in relation to fibreglass strands. It also advised Creo Medival Group on the IP aspects of its AIM IPO and continues to advise Alliance Pharmaceuticals on IP rights relating to its acquisitions and reorganisations. Emma Gallacher is experienced in IP licensing and early stage IP ligation for infringement of copyright, trade marks, registered and unregistered design rights, and patents.

Michelmores LLP is singled out for its ‘superb value for money, responsiveness and quality of advice’. The team can always demonstrate its ‘deep understanding of clients’ commercial drivers and constraints, taking these into account in any advice given’. It increasingly handles international IP matters relating to Europe and China. Tim Richards and David Thompson jointly lead the intellectual property team, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IP respectively. Tom Torkar is praised for ‘his range of expertise, responsiveness and standard of work’, ‘showing great awareness and understanding of a client’s business’. Recent highlights include acting for TOMY on IP licensing matters and commercial partnering arrangements, assisting St Austell Brewery Company with the IP aspects of its acquisition of Bath Ales, advising a university on the drafting of a patent licence and collaboration agreement, as well as representing Trolley Bags UK on third party infringement of its IP portfolio.

Clients of Stephens Scown LLP are ‘hugely impressed’ with the quality of the service, which is ‘built on a strong foundation of excellence in legal knowledge’. It handles a large number of UK and EU trade mark applications. Within the team, Ben Travers is ‘an exceptionally talented IP lawyer’ whose practice also covers online reputation management, defamation and international brand protection. Sanjay Raphael is a trade mark attorney and focuses on advising clients in the food and drink sector; and Tom Moore is ‘a young lawyer to watch’. Recent highlights include successfully representing Cornwall Mining Services on a passing off and registered trade mark infringement matter and assisting a motorsport team with multinational sponsorship contracts and IP-rich commercial arrangements. The practice is also advising a brewery company on its global IP portfolio as well as on trade mark and passing off matters.

TLT acts for a range of blue-chip clients and household name brands including WHSmith, Parragon Books, BGL Group and JKS Restaurants. The team manages Universal Enterprises’ trade mark portfolio and recently represented it in a trade mark infringement claim at the Indian Intellectual Property Office. Other recent instructions include advising on IP rights issues in commercial contracts and assisting clients with the IP aspects of multimillion-pound M&A mandates. James Touzel and legal director Jo Pritchard are the main contacts.

Leveraging its solid education sector specialism, the intellectual property group at VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) advises on a large number of international school licensing projects, including prosecuting schools’ trade marks in a number of jurisdictions. Demonstrating this, the team is advising King’s College School on establishing a series of licensee schools in China which will use its name and other intellectual property. It also advises universities on the protection and commercialisation of IP and on international projects. Its clients list also features multinational and start-up companies, charities and independent schools including University of the Arts London, World Sailing, Airbus and The British Library. Other highlights included advising an international luxury automotive company on trade mark licensing matters and copyright licensing issues relating to technical data and consumer protection issues. Doug Locke heads the team, and has particular expertise in advising UK schools on establishing licensee schools in China, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia. He is ‘focused and practical’, and is able to ‘bring resolution to complex matters’. Dual qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Paula Williams is ‘highly personable, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable’, ‘very quickly picking up a client’s objectives’.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ recent highlights include acting for Namesco and its Italian parent company Dada on a range of IP matters, including advising on Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notices and domain name registry disputes. It has also recently handled copyright and trade mark infringement claims, IP infringement matters in relation to advertising, and registration of brand and filing trade mark applications. Senior associates Gillie Abbotts-Jones and Steven Murray as well as litigator Adam Finch are the key contacts.

Thrings LLP is ‘one of the best firms in the South West for IP disputes’ according to one client, fielding ‘an extremely knowledgeable team which provides a first-class service’. Practice head Graeme Fearon continues to advise Lovehoney Group on its global IP strategy, which includes handling multiple parallel patent, design, trade mark and copyright registration applications, oppositions, invalidity and enforcement proceedings, as well as assisting with the IP aspects of acquisitions. The team also represented Kenro in a dispute regarding alleged patent infringement relating to the camera microphone mountings owned by Rycote Microphone Windshields, and is assisting Brick Lane Bikes with trade mark registration in China, the EU and the US. Commercial and IP litigator Megan Jefferies has ‘a great level of knowledge about proceedings at the EUIPO’ and is ‘extremely calm, precise, efficient and commercially minded’. Andy Braithwaite joined Ashfords LLP.

Willans LLP is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge and very practical and pragmatic advice’. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the telecoms, utilities, renewable energy and IT sectors. New clients also include The Royal Artillery Museum, Rapid Retail, Singapore Lift Company and TLV Euro Engineering UK. Recent instructions include successfully acting for 1st Southern Signage as the defendant in a trade mark infringement claim arising out of its alleged use of an identical or similar sign to that of the claimant, as well as acting for claimant Levolux in a High Court patent infringement claim and subsequent enforcement of the terms of the settlement agreement. Paul Gordon is ‘concise, considered and extremely efficient’, adopting ‘a calm and commercial approach to litigation’. He is particularly experienced in handling complex High Court and IPEC IP disputes, while Theresa Grech focuses on the exploitation, transfer and licensing of IP, as well as the IP aspects of sales and acquisitions. Senior associate Nick Southwell is ‘a safe pair of hands’ who is singled out for his ‘practical and commercial approach to litigation’.

BPE Solicitors LLP advises a diverse range of national and international clients including Supergroup, Cotswold Outdoor, Lycos and The Motorcycle Industry Association. Iain Garfield specialises in trade mark registrations, brand protection and licensing contracts, while Riyaz Jariwalla focuses on contentious IP matters including infringement, passing off and domain name disputes. The team acted for Maxons in filing a defensive UK trade mark application and an opposition against Joseph Dobson & Co’s UK and EU trade mark applications, and assisted AGD Systems with a licensing agreement, which included protecting its trade mark in Brazil by way of registered trade mark protection.

Battens Solicitors Limited advises on contentious and non-contentious design rights, trade mark and brand matters. It also has particular expertise in assisting media and entertainment sector clients with licensing transactions as well as the creation and exploitation of IP rights. Brian Levine and Peter Livingstone are the main contacts.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Andrew Allan-Jones is acting for Ultrahaptics on a number of licensing mandates related to its ultrasonic touchless haptic technology and is representing Coretx in trade mark litigation in the IPEC against Corteix. Another highlight saw the team acting for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on a range of patent licensing mandates. Aardman Animations, NHS England, Unilever and Royal Mail are also clients. Senior associate Kate Loxton has strong experience in acting for household names in proceedings in the IPEC and High Court.

At Laceys, Edwina Young specialises in trade mark registration and IP contracts including licences and software agreements. She is assisting a security services provider with trade mark protection and the registration of its brand in the EU.

Murrell Associates’ ‘exceptional, confident and knowledgeable’ team is particularly experienced in assisting medical technology sector clients on licensing IP rights, as well as advising on brand protection and infringement claim settlements. Rebecca Anforth is praised for her ‘style of communicating and level of IP knowledge’. She continues to advise Worval Holdings on its trade mark protection strategy, assisted another client on the IP aspects of an acquisition and handled a copyright infringement claim.

Royds Withy King’s client list features the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Airsprung Group, Retraining of Racehorses and Adam Matthew Digital, which the team advises on trade mark portfolio management. Philip Banks-Welsh is an experienced IP litigator with notable expertise in trade mark infringement, passing off and internet-based defamation. He has acted on a range of copyright and design right issues. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co is ‘very responsive’, with key partner Rebecca Steer singled out for her ‘great attention to detail’. Recent highlights include advising the Atkins estate on its sale of IP rights in original artwork to Oxford Press, assisting Wallbarn with registered design right protection for its new green roof tray, and securing trade marks for its new M-Tray brand in the EU and UK.

Media and entertainment

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  1. Media and entertainment
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Burges Salmon LLP continues to make progress in the IP protection and enforcement space, advising clients from television, music, publishing and social media, including Sundog Pictures, Endemol Shine Group, AEG Live (UK) and Thomson Reuters. The ‘very proactive and experienced’ team also handles corporate transactions and assists with commercial arrangements, as well as employment and real estate issues. It recently represented Discovery Communications on the defence of two separate commercial disputes arising from the termination of a co-production agreement for a series of documentaries, and assisted a group of independent racecourses with their media right mandate with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Jeremy Dickerson is ‘a very calm and expert lawyer’, and has ‘a sound commercial approach to IP litigation’. Helen Scott-Lawler has particular experience in advising clients on the exploitation of broadcasting rights, and senior associate Jennifer Gibson focuses on IP disputes and reputation management.

Foot Anstey continued to strengthen its media and entertainment team in 2016 with the hire of senior associates Alexandra Leonidou from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Jennifer Agate from Farrer & Co. Building on its strong client base in publishing, it has made significant process in the fields of film and television, marketing and music. Demonstrating this, it advised Silvergate Media on its investment from Los Angeles-based private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors and assisted Aardman Animations with exhibition agreement and website privacy issues. Main contacts include practice head Richard Neary, who acts for employers in the media sector on the enforcement of covenants, TUPE transfers and on employment liabilities in the context of corporate and commercial transactions; Tony Jaffa, acts for Mirror Online, The Independent and the Evening Standard on a broad range of pre-publication advice including issues related to libel, privacy, data protection, contempt and copyright; Neil Parkes, who is ‘commercial, pragmatic and sensible’ and specialises in media litigation, content protection and contentious IP matters; and Martin Cuell, whose clients include rights owners and licensees.

Osborne Clarke is, according to a client, ‘definitely a true specialist in online and digital media’. It is ‘extremely good at balancing sound legal advice with industry and commercial acumen’, ‘always tailoring its approach to best suit clients’ needs’. The practice’s expertise ranges from TV, digital, advertising and marketing to publishing, where it acts on a broad spectrum of matters. It is able to leverage the firm’s international footprint to act on sizeable cross-border mandates, including advising on competition issues. Yahoo! is a key client and the team advises it on internal policies relating to sensitive advertisement targeting and customer segmentation, and other privacy issues connected with its platforms and products. It also advises social media companies on consumer law issues and challengers and assisted Imagine Publishing with its £14m acquisition by Future. Associate director Tom Harding is ‘a first-rate media and e-commerce lawyer with great industry knowledge’. IP litigator Clare Robinson is another name to note.

Royds Withy King’s client roster features technology, media, retail and IP-rich businesses and individuals. IP litigator Philip Banks-Welsh has notable experience in trade mark infringement, passing off and internet-based defamation. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co’s ‘highly knowledgeable and professional’ team recently assisted e3 on the protection of its intellectual property rights and employment matters. The group is ‘very responsive and flexible to the needs of clients’. Rebecca Steer has ‘a great attention to detail’, while senior associate Mailin Bala is ‘great, particularly in areas concerning EU data protection’.

At Thrings LLP , Graeme Fearon handled a sponsorship dispute, assisted with a film piracy claim and advised an author and editor on negotiations with Cambridge University Press for revisions to a series of study guides, including advising on copyright, moral rights and royalties. Other clients include Bristol Media, Pendennis Productions, Silver Bullet Entertainment and Bristol Film Festival. Mike Tomlin has particular experience in the publishing sector.

Battens Solicitors Limited’s media and entertainment group was established by Brian Levine, who joined from an in-house role and splits his time between Yeovil, London and Bath. The group is ‘in touch with the needs of its clients’ and is ‘technically strong’. Levine is ‘highly professional, knowledgeable and accessible’; his experience coupled with his specialist knowledge of intellectual property, particularly trade marks, makes him a popular choice for advising on a range of IP-related matters. In 2016, he assisted Mallinson Sadler Productions with all matters relating to the financing, production and broadcast of a documentary on broadcast and pay TV channels in the UK and abroad, and acted for a publishing company on copyright issues. Peter Livingstone handles contentious matters.


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Burges Salmon LLP acts for national and international sporting federations, and assists international teams and athletes with anti-doping matters; its client roster includes The Racecourse Association, Virgin Sport and Unicorn Products. The team has particular expertise in advising football, motorsports and horsing clients on regulatory matters, including constitutional and governance issues, anti-doping, financial regulation and financial fair play, as well as acting for football clubs on stadium safety, stewarding and policing matters. It has a solid track record of success in cases before disciplinary panels, the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In 2016, Laura Claydon acted for Jockey Club Racecourses in High Court proceedings defending a dispute with bookmakers in respect of betting areas at Cheltenham Racecourse; employment specialist Roger Bull advised a football club with the avoidance of a threatened litigation following the dismissal of the club’s manager; and Helen Scott-Lawler advised a group of independent racecourses on their media rights mandate with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Well-regarded practice head Jeremy Dickerson is advising a global sports kit manufacturer on a number of player contract issues as well as sports helmet safety issues.

Ashfords LLP is a recognised leader in sports regulations. It acts for defendants and regulatory bodies, with a focus on race-fixing and doping allegations; it also represents a number of jockeys in respect of failed doping controls both in the UK and overseas and represents jockeys, trainers and owners before regulatory panels across all equestrian sports disciplines. Practice head Rory Mac Neice, a former professional National Hunt jockey, ‘leaves no stone unturned’, supported by Joanne Saye. Neice’s recent work highlights include acting for a jockey in a successful appeal to the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority against the finding of local stewards claiming improper riding, representing a professional jockey following a positive control for cocaine taken at a racecourse and assisting the British Harness Racing Club with two doping appeals. Andrew Braithwaite joined from Thrings LLP in April 2017.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘knowledge of the current professional sports landscape is exceptional’; the team demonstrates ‘the flexibility to tailor its advice to the needs and understanding of the client’. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Kevin Jones, who splits his time between Bristol and Southampton, can ‘dissect and evaluate the key issues quickly’ and provides ‘rock-solid employment advice that you can rely upon’. He is supported by senior associate Tim Copplestone, who ‘knows what professional sports clients’ needs are and can relate to the client in a way that few other lawyers can’. The team acts for a large number of professional sports clubs and organisations including Bristol Rugby, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Wasserman Media Group and The Rugby Players’ Association. Recent highlights include advising a club on the purchasing of a new training ground and handling professional player exit issues.

Foot Anstey is a key adviser to Bristol Sport; associate Mark Searle advised it on the negotiation of a proposed rugby shirt sponsorship, assisted with its arrangement with Ashton Gate Stadium, which included licensing, intellectual property rights and health and safety considerations, and represented it in its dispute arising from the termination of the relationship with its stewarding support partner and the subsequent setting up of its in-house stewarding function. Commercial law team head Jonathon Oddy is a key name to note for sports and stadia matters; he advised Bristol Sport on its ticketing technology platform SRO4, a remote software solution devised in conjunction with Top Tix Sport. Commercial property specialist Richard Sutton advised Plymouth Argyle GC owners Akkeron Group on a £503m mixed-use development.

Royds Withy King has experience in handling sports-related commercial disputes and personal injury claims as well as acting for sports sector clients on intellectual property matters. Representative clients include Bath Rugby, Retraining of Racehorses, Racing Welfare, Qatar Racing and Qatar Bloodstock. Within the team, Richard Brooks and Oxford-based Andrew Chalkknow the horse racing industry inside out’ and are well respected in the regulatory field. Chalke jointly leads the sports team with commercial litigator Chris Kane, who is ‘a good operator with a good commercial approach’. Philip Banks-Welsh is also recommended.

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