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Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
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The 'very responsive and supportive' team at Blake Morgan LLP handles a wide range of non-contentious and contentious IP work including trade mark, patent, design right and copyright disputes, as well as transactional IP issues and comparative advertising matters. Under the leadership of Lee Fisher, the team is, however, best-known for handling complex IP litigation including acting for Clarins in injunctive proceedings against Avon Cosmetics arising from a comparative advertising claim relating to the market leading Double Serum product. Fisher also recently obtained an injunction on behalf of Personal Hygiene Services in relation to its claim of breach of confidence and infringement of database rights following the departure of several employees to a competitor. Litigation associate Sarah Whittle also regularly handles contentious IP matters and assisted Fisher in the aforementioned Clarins matter. Senior partner Emyr Lewis is also noted for his work in the media sector.  Clients also benefit from the firm’s dedicated Southampton-based trade mark registration and portfolio management team.

Headed by the 'attentive and responsive' Wayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP's two-partner team provides a 'thorough service' across the gamut of IP matters for clients including Royal Mint, Cardiff City Football Club and the British Medical Association. The team has been particularly active in the fintech sector, where Nicola McNeely (who has 'an excellent knowledge of IP law') has been instrumental in the work for Royal Mint on the establishment of its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold (work which included expertise in relation to the blockchain technology it uses). Online copyright infringement work is another area of growth for the team, as illustrated by Beynon's partnership with Pixsy to provide copyright litigation services to its clients in the UK. Associate Guto Llewelyn is gaining a growing reputation for handling contentious IP work including his representation of Memoria, one of the UK's leading funeral service providers, in trade mark infringement proceedings against one of its main competitors.

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'good all-round service' across both contentious and non-contentious IP matters for private and public sector clients including Mountain Warehouse, Cardiff University, National Museum of Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. The recent retirement of Ceri Delemore was a blow to the firm's capabilities on the non-contentious front, however, senior associate Karen Collins handles a range of trade mark and copyright work; she continues to manage the Sofa Brands group’s international trade mark portfolio. Michael Lindsey is recommended for his IP litigation work; he has recently represented the Welsh government in complex copyright-related proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Led by Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner team has a focus on handling non-contentious IP matters, including advice for IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR), as well as assisting the firm's corporate lawyers on IP due diligence on M&A transactions handled by the firm. Gough is well-versed at handling commercial contract work and continues to represent Schools Software Solutions on app development and the attendant licensing agreements. Principal associate Eve England has significant IP experience in the digital space and also excels at advising clients on consumer law-related IP issues. England was recently seconded to fast growing technology-rich Welsh taxi company, Veezu, where she has handled a wide range of commercial and IP work for it, including on copyright matters and advising on new IP licensing and development agreements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Places for People Group and Liverpool Victoria.

Acuity Legal Limited has expertise across both contentious and non-contentious IP, particularly as it relates to copyright and trade mark matters. A significant amount of work handled by the team is done so under the umbrella of the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, enabling clients to receive a cost-effective service across a range of ongoing IP matters including advice on commercialisation and licensing matters. Kerry Beynon is the primary contact for IP work, both from a non-contentious and contentious perspective, although Rachelle Sellek also handles a range of commercial contract work involving IP issues.

At Hugh James, team head Aled Walters has particular expertise advising on IP licensing work within the gaming industry. As well as handling work of this nature for core client, Novomatic, Walters has also recently handled numerous matters for Amelco, including drafting and negotiating its licence of their sports betting platform to Intralot. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has expertise advising on copyright and trade mark infringement matters, as well as acting for claimants and defendants in libel proceedings.

At Darwin Gray LLP, 'very approachable' corporate and commercial team head Stephen Thompson regularly advises on the buying and selling of franchise business - work which includes a significant amount of IP-related input. Thompson has also recently begun to pick up an increasing amount of work for local corporates on IP audits of their businesses. Commercial litigator Kempton Rees regularly handles IP disputes for clients, and although his primary area of expertise is in relation to property matters, Donald Gray has niche expertise advising on the IP aspects associated with software development.

At Morgan LaRoche, corporate and commercial team head William Barletta often handles IP-related work in the context of corporate transactional mandates, as well as handling standalone work relating to the commercialisation and protection of IPR. Barletta regularly handles work for Shimano UK on sponsorship and advertising issues involving anglers and angling events. Other highlights included advice to a telecoms company on its commercial arrangements.


IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
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'A genuine business partner rather than just a service provider', Acuity Legal Limited provides a 'responsive and flexible service' to software and communications companies across a range of work, including on the drafting and negotiation of software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts and outsourcing contracts. A good deal of this work is handled under the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, such as Christian Farrow's work for Progressive Technology Solutions on various matters including drafting and negotiating software reseller agreements, hosting, IT support and servicing arrangements. Farrow also drafted and negotiated all of the transactional documentation and provided assistance with the due diligence in relation to numerous M&A transactions on behalf of outsourcing company Capita in the IT/software space. The firm has also been extremely active in the data protection space, particularly in relation to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. In this regard, the 'extremely informed and insightful GDPR lawyer' Kerry Beynon was instrumental in setting up the firm's "DataGuard" system, a subscription-based GDPR compliance and training service which was described by one client as 'genuinely unique in the data protection market place'. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended. Other clients include Cardiff University, Medaphor, Crimson Consultants and IQE plc.

Now led by Emyr Lewis following the departure of Justin Harrington in January 2018 to Geldards LLP, Blake Morgan LLP's technology and outsourcing team has broad-ranging expertise at executing complex projects in both the public and private sector. Simon McCann continues to advise Greater Manchester Police on the transformation of its IT services programme - work which has recently included advice on all aspects of the procurement, both of the strategic development partner and the various IT contractors for specific work packages. Other highlights include Penri Desscan's work for Cardiff University on the procurement of a network refresh. As well as his commercial contracts expertise in relation to the IT and e-commerce sectors, senior solicitor Jon Belcher also has niche expertise advising public sector entities on compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation advising local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, across a range of work including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a  particular specialism advising on fintech matters, both in terms of the contractual issues associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as assisting on due diligence in relation to M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Along with principal associate Eve England, Gough also spearheads the firm's consumer law offering, and as well as their fee-earning work for clients (particularly in relation to support and advice on the IT systems used in connection with consumer contracts), both lawyers are members of the Law Society's reference group on the government’s consumer law reforms and are regularly called upon to provide input on proposed legislative changes in the area. England was also recently seconded to fast-growing technology-focused taxi group, Veezu Holdings, and provided advice to it across a wide range of IT contracts. Other clients include The National Grid, Schools Software Solutions, Scansource Europe and Nationwide Building Society.

Now headed by IT and technology contracts expert Justin Harrington , following his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018 (former head Ceri Delemore retired in July 2017 and is now a consultant at the firm), Geldards LLP provides 'pragmatic and professional' advice to consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Aided by a 'wide range of supporting lawyers who are able to advise on all nuances of the subject area', the team excels in handling major projects in both the public (where it generates a significant flow of work as a result of its NPS panel appointment for major contracts and IT work across Wales) and private sector (clients include Admiral, Novomatic and Celsa Group). Harrington brings with him a niche expertise advising on financial services-related technology projects, of particular benefit for the team given Cardiff's emergence in recent years as a significant fintech centre. Karen Collins  handles a wide variety of ICT work for both service providers and customers; she recently acted for the Welsh Football Trust on drafting the contract with Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) for the development and supply of the online platform and the online training courses. Other notable recent recruits include commercial contracts expert Chris Williams , who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2017, and senior associate David Beynon, recruited in October 2017 from Osborne Clarke.

The 'responsive' team at¬†Capital Law LLP¬†provides 'practical and easy to understand advice'¬†across a broad spread of work in the IT sector including as it relates to e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based matters. The 'very personable, committed and likeable' Nicola McNeely¬†is a 'real star', whose work has recently focused on representing Royal Mint¬†(with who she is currently on secondment) in relation to its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold.¬† 'Excellent' senior associate¬†Maria Coggins¬†handles a wide array of commercial work in the IT and telecoms space, and recently assisted McNeely on the representation of¬†One Team Logic on data protection work including in relation to GDPR compliance matters. Wayne Beynon¬†is also recommended for IT disputes. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, EUI and TXO Systems.  

Drawing on practitioners primarily from within the corporate and commercial, and dispute resolution teams, Darwin Gray LLP provides 'pragmatic advice that identifies a solution as opposed to merely suggesting multiple confusing options'. Stephen Thompson is particularly adept advising on contractual issues to IT sector clients, while Kempton Rees often handles IT disputes as part of his broad-ranging commercial litigation practice. The team is rounded out by Donald Gray,who is well-versed in handling commercial issues arising in the software industry.


Media and entertainment

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  1. Media and entertainment
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Capital Law LLP has established a strong client base within the film and TV industries and regularly advises prominent clients including S4C and Handmade Films across a variety of commercial and IP work, as well as in relation to other legal issues including employment and corporate, should the need arise. Although as a trainee solicitor Fiona Peet is at a relatively junior level, the calibre of work and experience within the sector (she was formerly head of legal and business affairs at a Welsh independent TV production company) belie her years, to the extent that she leads on numerous matters including advising branding and content company, Smörgåsbord, on the talent agreement for Welsh actor Luke Evans' starring role in the Visit Wales campaign. Peet also recently assisted Tom Kelleher on his work for The  Football Show on the development of a bespoke production agreement it recently made with Zig Zag Productions. IP expert Wayne Beynon is also regularly engaged in media and entertainment-related work.

The 'responsive and diligent' team at boutique firm¬†Loosemores Solicitors¬†provides a 'very commercial approach' to clients across a range of matters, including film and television production and funding agreements, and sports media agreements. The 'very strong' Mark Loosemore¬†has 'vast experience in contract negotiations', particularly as it relates to media and data rights agreements in the sports industry. The 'very commercial' Loosemore handles a raft of work for the Football Association of Wales, including advising it on a number of agreements relating to the production and release of the Don‚Äôt Take Me Home film documenting the team's experiences throughout the Euro 2016 football tournament. Herself formerly head of legal affairs at S4C,Sara Griffiths¬†has particular credibility within the film and TV industry and has advised numerous new clients during the course of 2017, including¬†Tarian Cyf, which she advised on an agreement to appoint a distributor in the US for a television documentary series originating from the UK. Other clients include UHY Hacker Young, Zest Sports Group and Messy Hands Production.  

Hugh James 's Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco's licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Litigator Tracey Singlehurst Ward regularly handles contentious work in the sector including acting for claimants and defendants in defamation matters.


Sport

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  1. Sport
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Headed by Wayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP's sports team leverages the strength of its litigation, commercial and IP departments, in particular, to provide a 'very strong service' to numerous sports clubs including Cardiff City Football Club (CCFC). Recent highlights include Beynon's ongoing representation of CCFC in a high-profile contractual dispute with the club's former chairman, Sam Hammam.

Now headed by corporate and commercial partner Gerallt Jones,¬†following Gareth Williams' retirement from the partnership (he remains a consultant of the firm), Hugh James¬†handles the full spectrum of sport-related legal work, from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sports stadia, major contractual agreements, funding requirements and the governance of sporting bodies. Jones handles a raft of work for marquee client, The Welsh Rugby Union, including on its borrowings, and loans and guarantee facilities to the Welsh regions and member clubs. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward¬†has handled numerous matters for the British Boxing Board of Control¬†(BBBofC) including recently successfully securing summary judgment against a former boxing manager and promoter following his attempt to set aside the BBBofC's decision to withdraw his licence for conduct contrary to its disciplinary rules. Other clients include Welsh Gymnastics, Celtic Manor Resort and UK Sport Framework.  

Headed by the 'knowledgeable and approachable' Mark Loosemore, boutique firm Loosemores Solicitors provides a 'value-for-money service' to a growing roster of sports clients across a range of commercial work, corporate governance and regulatory matters, in particular. Praised for his 'considered and practical approach' and 'ability to work well with all parties to an agreement', Loosemore handles a raft of work for the Football Association of Wales (FAW), and as well as advising it on a plethora of commercial agreements in the lead up to the UEFA Champions League Final played at Cardiff in 2017, he also represented it on the commercial agreements relating to the production and release of the BAFTA nominated film, Don't Take Me Home - chronicling the experience of the Welsh team and fans during the 2016 Euros in France. As well as offering employment law expertise to clients in the industry, Karl Thomas also has experience advising on regulatory disputes and disciplinary cases; he recently defended FAW against disciplinary charges brought by FIFA relating to the display of poppies at a FIFA World Cup qualifying football match in late 2016. Consultant Michael Culley has vast experience at handling corporate governance and regulatory matters, and solicitor Rebecca McCarthy is developing a niche advising on work at the intersection of charities law and sports. Other clients include Sport Wales, Welsh Rugby Players Association and Zest Sports Group.

Headed by Adrian Oliver, Dolmans is particularly well-known for its work on behalf of Welsh sporting bodies, including The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales and the Federation of Disability Sports Wales, across a range of commercial, contractual and governance matters. In addition, the team represents a growing stable of Parasports personalities, including David Weir and Aled Davies, which the firm represents across a range of sponsorship and contractual matters.  Leveraging the firm's expertise for personal injury work, the team also regularly handles work on behalf of sporting bodies and sports persons in relation to sports injuries. Clare Hoskins and Nicola Edwards are recommended.

'At the top of its game in all respects', Geldards LLP¬†draws upon lawyers from its litigation, corporate, employment, property and charities teams to provide a multi-disciplinary service to numerous sports governing bodies and sports clubs including British Boxing Board of Control, Sports Wales and Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey. Team head Paul Hopkins¬†offers a 'very personal service', and leveraging his 'considerable litigation skills' is best-known for handling contentious work within the sector. Hopkins recently secured a favourable settlement on behalf of the Elite Ice Hockey League (the professional ice hockey league in the UK) in a contractual dispute with the governing body of ice hockey in the UK, Ice Hockey UK, regarding a proposal to reduce the numbers of overseas players to boost home nation capability. The 'very responsive'¬†Giselle Davies¬†regularly handles work at the interface between sports and charities law including her recent representation of¬†FAW Football in the Community which she has been advising¬†on an agreement with Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) relating to the development and supply of an online training system and related services.¬†The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012.  

With Roger Morris, Simon Thomas and Rhian Williams all regularly appointed by World Rugby to act as independent judicial officers, Hutchinson Thomas is particularly recognised for its  'excellent reputation at handling rugby discipline matters'. The firm also has significant expertise advising local amateur sports clubs and in this regard senior partner Robert Williams has a particular speciality in obtaining Community Amateur Sports Club status thereby conferring significant financial advantage for those clubs.

JCP Solicitors's practice is headed by  the 'responsive, proactive and articulate' Andrew Meech and acts for Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron on a range of matters, including representing it on a new five-year retail services agreement with Llanelli Scarlets.  Christian Edwards joined Douglas-Jones Mercer.

Thompson Darwin Limited provides an 'outstanding service' to a sizeable and growing roster of sports clients. Name partner David Thompson is the primary practitioner handling sports work and is appreciated for his 'calm and methodical approach' and 'excellent business judgement' across the commercial, regulatory and disciplinary aspects of the industry. Thompson is particularly well-known for his rugby-related work where his clients include Scarlets Rugby Club and Pro Rugby Wales. Recent highlight include advising Pro Rugby Wales on contractual terms relating to the renewal of the BT sponsorship agreement with the four Welsh Regions.

Darwin Gray LLP has a strong reputation for handling employment-related sports work, particularly within the rugby arena. Team head Damian Phillips has an excellent reputation acting for rugby players and coaches on negotiating and drafting the terms of their contracts and on negotiating exits from clubs. Senior associate Owen John is developing a burgeoning reputation for football-related matters and is also registered with the Football Association of Wales to act as an agent for football players in the UK and abroad.

The recent arrival of Christian Edwards from JCP Solicitors has substantially enhanced Douglas-Jones Mercer's credentials for handling sports-related work given his expertise across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Edwards continues to handle work for Swansea Stadium Management Company, the company responsible for running and operating the Liberty Stadium, including representing it in a claim for defects arising out of the construction of the stadium.

Morgan LaRoche acts for national, regional and local sports organisations at both a professional and amateur level across a range of commercial work, including advising on sponsorship agreements, constitutional and governance advice, and issues relating to player contracts. Employment head Timothy Jones acts for West Wales Football Association on disciplinary matters and appeal proceedings, as well as on corporate governance matters. Corporate head William Barletta is also recommended and has recently advised Shimano UK on sponsorship and advertising issues involving anglers and angling events.


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