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IT and telecoms

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Led by Justin Harrington, Blake Morgan LLP’s two-partner team focuses on major outsourcing projects for clients in both the public and private sectors. Harrington has handled numerous large-scale IT projects for the Welsh government and has also developed a niche advising on financial services outsourcing for clients including International Financial Data Services. Emyr Lewis regularly handles IT projects in the public sector, while senior solicitor Jon Belcher is noted for his data protection compliance expertise.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation for advice to local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, for which it handles matters including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a particular focus on IT matters within the financial services sector, and advises both customers and fintech companies on the development of IT supply and development contracts, as well as support on the development of suitable consumer-facing materials. Gough also handles work for clients in the defence sector; recent highlights include advising Spectra Group (UK) on its development of a suite of IT software and services precedents for use in its business. Principal associate Eve England combines IT knowledge with general consumer law expertise and is particularly accomplished at supporting clients on the digitisation of their services and operating models. England recently acted for a private equity firm on its acquisition of a large consumer finance company, which involved substantial due diligence relating to the target company’s commercial contracts portfolio. Nationwide Building Society, Admiral Insurance, Transport for London and Liverpool Victoria are all clients.

Geldards LLP’s ‘established IT practice’ represents consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Team head Ceri Delemore is regularly involved in major IT procurement outsourcing arrangements; she recently handled a number of IT procurement projects for Finance Wales, including separate competitive tendering processes to procure a new software loan administration service and an integrated email marketing service. Senior associate Karen Collins handles a wide range of IT work for both service providers and customers; she recently advised Curo Group in connection with agreements with Aareon UK to expand the functionality of its current IT system to include a self-service offering to Curo Group’s customers. Owen Evans is also recommended. Other clients include Sofa Brands International, Admiral Insurance, Welsh Football Trust and Welsh Sports Association.

Now headed by the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ Kerry Beynon following her arrival from JCP Solicitors in November 2016, Acuity Legal Limited advises software and communications companies across a range of work including on the drafting and negotiation of software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts, outsourcing contracts, data protection and e-commerce. Christian Farrow and associate Natalie Jones have handled IT-related matters for numerous clients including Creditsafe Business Solutions, who they advised on the revision of its website policies and updating its standard contracts relating to the use of online applications. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended. Other clients include IQE plc, Progressive Technology Solutions and MDS Technologies.

Capital Law LLP’s wide-ranging IT practice encompasses e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based work. Team head Nicola McNeely regularly assists technology companies on corporate transactions in the sector, as well as on the delivery of IT services. McNeely recently advised Object Matrix with revisions to a number of its core IT contracts. Wayne Beynon focuses on IT disputes and represented a healthcare app developer in an IT contract dispute against Swansea University, and acted for AGL Energy in a complex software contract dispute with providers of software and IT support for the operation of wind turbines in west Wales. Other clients include The Royal Mint, Veezu Holdings and Bio Trading.

Darwin Gray LLP’s corporate and commercial team advises on contractual issues related to clients in the IT industry, with a particular strength advising clients in the e-commerce, education and life sciences sectors on data protection issues including the drafting of bespoke data processing agreements, and website and internet contracts. Stephen Thompson has a particular focus handling commercial work within the IT sector, while commercial litigatorKempton Rees has significant experience handling IT disputes. Donald Gray is well versed in handling commercial issues arising in the software industry.


Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
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Blake Morgan LLP handles work across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP matters including trade mark, patent, design right and copyright disputes; and transactional IP issues and comparative advertising matters. Clients also benefit from the firm’s dedicated Southampton-based trade mark registration and portfolio management team. Cardiff-based team head Lee Fisher is particularly noted for his contentious IP expertise, and recently settled a trade mark infringement dispute on behalf of Veritas International Consultancy against Veritas Security. Although primarily an IT specialist, Justin Harrington also undertakes some IP-related work including patent licensing. The ‘very experiencedEmyr Lewis also has significant media law knowledge and regularly advises the Welsh government on investments in the creative industries in Wales.

The ‘responsive and very commercial’ two-partner team at Capital Law LLP provides ‘added value’ to private and public sector clients of varying sizes. Its expertise runs the gamut of IP matters, including portfolio management, IP due diligence related to corporate transactions, licensing, and disputes. ‘Hardworking, responsive and approachable’ team head Wayne Beynon covers a broad range of IP litigation and provides ‘advice which is based on sound legal principles and delivered with a realism for the situation at hand’. He recently represented Cardiff ProTides, the owner of a series of valuable patents for cancer drugs, in a dispute concerning its entitlement for payment under the terms of its patent licence agreement with Scottish pharmaceutical company Nucana BioMed. The ‘responsive and commercialNicola McNeely is ‘great at IP strategy’, with an emphasis on assisting start-ups with the protection and commercialisation of their IPR. She recently drafted a template collaboration agreement on behalf of The University of South Wales for use in its Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies. Other clients include The Royal Mint, The British Medical Association and Cardiff City Football Club.

Geldards LLP provides a ‘strong service’ to clients in the creative, life sciences and healthcare sectors and handles the full range of IP matters including the commercialisation of their IPR, rights strategies and disputes involving trade marks, copyright and patents. As well as providing discrete standalone advice, the firm has also developed a product – "Scinapse" – which provides a transparent fixed-fee price package aimed in particular at hi-tech and life sciences start-ups. Often working out of the firm’s London office, Michael Lindsey has an excellent reputation for IP litigation; he is representing the Welsh government in copyright infringement proceedings brought against it by Pablo Star Limited in the US and Pablo Star Media in Ireland and Holland. On the non-contentious front, senior associate Karen Collins continues to advise Sofa Brands on the management of its international trade mark portfolio. Team head Ceri Delemore is also recommended. Other clients include National Museum of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Hoover, and British Board of Control.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong reputation for handling an array of non-contentious IP work for clients in the education, financial services, sports and telecommunications sectors. ‘Very knowledgeable and innovative’ team head Matthew Gough handles commercial contract matters for IP-rich clients and is advising Schools Software Solutions on app development, licensing and the protection of its copyright. Gough has also been advising Scansource Europe SPRL on a range of IP-related matters, including software licensing matters and advice in relation to its aspirations to move into the cloud solution space. Principal associate Eve England has particular expertise at the nexus of IP and consumer law, as well as knowledge of the energy sector; she recently advised Enviroactive on the development of a long-term know how and technology licence, as well as an interconnected consultancy agreement to ensure the value of its IPR was protected for as long as possible under the commercial arrangements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Liverpool Victoria and Airbus.

Acuity Legal Limited provides a ‘very strong level of service’ to clients from the creative industries and IT sector, and was strengthened on the contentious front by the arrival of the ‘very knowledgeable’ Kerry Beynon from JCP Solicitors in November 2016. A good deal of work handled by the team has come through the firm’s subscription service Acuity Counsel, including advising new client Trinity Brands UK on the protection of its IP and various IP licensing arrangements. Corporate and commercial lawyer Christian Farrow has significant IP expertise, particularly as it relates to transactional work, and has handled numerous IP-related matters for core client Capita arising from its acquisition programme. Rachelle Sellek handles a range of commercial contract work involving IP issues. Other clients include Medaphor, IQE plc and Creditsafe Business Solutions.

Traditionally more focused on contentious IP matters, Hugh James’s merger with MLM Cartwright in November 2016 has broadened the scope of the firm’s offering to include IP-related commercial work, including expertise in IP licensing deals. New team head Aled Walters is particularly focused on IP commercialisation work for clients including major gaming company Novomatic, for which he has handled a considerable amount of work including recently advising it in relation to establishing the licence for the use of the band Queen’s IP, likeness and biography on gaming machines. Tracey Singlehurst-Ward’s IP litigation expertise spans a range of work including copyright and trade mark infringement matters, as well as breach of confidence and passing off disputes. She recently successfully settled a copyright infringement matter brought on behalf of Check Safety First against SGS’s allegations that it substantially replicated the layout of Check Safety First’s website. Other clients include Castle Bingo, Grazing Shed and TCS John Huxley.

Led by Stephen Thompson, Darwin Gray LLP is best known for its work for start-ups and SME’s on the protection and exploitation of their IP rights, including the sale and transfer of trade marks and domain names. Thompson is also noted for his ‘very responsive and commercial’ advice on IP issues and branding, specifically in a franchising context. Donald Gray is well-versed in non-contentious IP matters including those relating to computer software and database rights, while Kempton Rees regularly handles IP disputes as part of his broader commercial litigation practice. Clients include Webbox, Richards & Appleby, and OpenGenius.

Headed by William Barletta, Morgan LaRoche handles IP-related work in the context of corporate transactional work, as well as handling standalone work relating to the exploitation and protection of IPR for clients including Shimano, Roland Group of Companies, and Platinum Controls Group. The team also continues to advise local web designers W3 Webdesigns on copyright, hosting and IT issues. Llyr Davies handles IP disputes as part of his broader commercial litigation capability.


Media and entertainment

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Although Capital Law LLP saw the departures of several figures, including most recently Sara Griffiths, who joined Loosemores Solicitors in January 2017, the firm still handles a significant amount of work in the area and can call on practitioners from other practice areas including corporate and commercial, and employment where necessary. Wayne Beynon and Nicola McNeely bring considerable IP knowledge to bear on media and entertainment matters; McNeely advised US company Tiny Rebel Games on numerous matters relating to the launch of the new Doctor Who game. Associate Jennifer Cottle, who joined the firm in September 2016 from Dolmans has significant expertise, particularly in the sports arena. Clients include Handmade Films, Orchard Media and International Greetings UK.

The ‘excellent’ team at Geldards LLP is well versed in handling a wide array of media and entertainment matters for private and public sector clients including National Library of Wales, Royal Voluntary Service and Arts Council of Wales. ‘Professional and skilled’ senior associate Owen Evans continues to advise Wales Millennium Centre on issues relating to the Festival of Voice, and advised numerous town and regional authorities, including Barry Town Council, on the funding of arts and entertainment venues in the light of tighter budgets. The team also advises on media and entertainment issues pursuant to Finance Wales’ investments in the sector; recent work included due diligence and transactional support on its acquisition of software company Blurrt. Senior associate Karen Collins regularly handles media and entertainment-related commercial contract matters, including advising Royal Voluntary Service on the licensing of the use of its historic WVS logos on uniforms in the new ITV wartime drama serial The Halcyon. Ceri Delemore is noted for her expertise on rights licensing and collaborative projects, and also has a niche specialism for work in the software industry.

Now headed by the ‘approachable and very commercial’ Mark Loosemore following his arrival in April 2016, Loosemores Solicitors provides ‘excellent capability in media and entertainment, fashioned through highly informed, very commercial insight’. Loosemore is particularly strong in the sports field and has vast experience in sports-related media agreements. The team was further strengthened by the arrival in January 2017 of Sara Griffiths from Capital Law LLP. Having also worked in-house at S4C, Griffiths is ‘particularly thorough, knowledgeable and reliable in drafting complex co-production film and television financing and production agreements’. Clients include Football Association of Wales, Ffos Las Racecourse and Black Sheep Industries.

Aled Walters heads Hugh James’s media and entertainment team following his arrival from MLM Cartwright in November 2016. Formerly in-house at S4C, Walters has first-hand experience within a major media organisation where he was responsible for drafting commercial contracts with Welsh Rugby Union and Welsh FA. Walters handles corporate and commercial matters within the betting, gaming, TV and media industries, including IP licensing arrangements and co-production agreements. The practice recently advised Cwmni Da on the content of its S4C documentary on Gordon Anglesea, and acted for Novomatic in securing a licensing deal with Endemol and Warner Bros to use the "Batman" brand and content in gaming machines worldwide. The ‘analytical and extremely bright’ Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has significant media expertise, particularly in relation to defamation matters. Other clients include Avanti Media, Cube and Bell-Fruit.


Sport

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A ‘strong presence in the area’, Capital Law LLP’s sports team handles the gamut of legal issues, from interpretation of the laws of the game, to advising on governance structures, broadcasting agreements, player disciplinary tribunals, sponsorship agreements, employment matters, corporate transactions and real estate developments. Team head Wayne Beynon has ‘good tactical sense and excellent attention to detail’; he regularly handles litigation for Cardiff City Football Club, and acted for the club in a Welsh Football Association appointed arbitration against one of the club’s directors regarding his compliance with fiduciary duties. Associate Jennifer Cottle joined in 2016 from Dolmans and brings expertise acting for sports governing bodies; she is legal adviser to the board of the Federation of Disability Sport Wales. Other clients include Cardiff Blues, Golf Union of Wales, and R&L Golf.

Headed by the ‘truly outstanding and energetic’ Gareth Williams, Hugh James’s sports team continues to handle a significant volume of work for longstanding client the Welsh Rugby Union. It has handled many of the client’s most significant projects (including the construction of the Millennium Stadium and the landmark participation agreement with the Welsh regions), and also advises it on corporate governance matters. ‘Knowledgeable and practical’ corporate and commercial head Gerallt Jones also handles work for the Welsh Rugby Union, including advising it on banking facilities and loans to the regions and clubs. The team also regularly acts for British Boxing Board of Control on high-profile disciplinary and regulatory matters.

JCP Solicitors is best known for its longstanding relationship with Swansea City FC and continues to represent the club across a range of matters, including acting for it in a dispute with the club’s former player Wilfried Bony and his agent. The firm also continues to represent the company responsible for managing and operating the Liberty Stadium in Swansea in connection with alleged defects arising out of the building of the stadium and certain remedial works. The team also continues to handle work for Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron. Team head Christian Edwards is recommended.

Dolmans acts for Welsh sporting bodies across a range of commercial, contractual and governance issues. The team continues to represent The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia, and is advising numerous high-profile Paralympians (including David Weir and Aled Davies ) on a range of issues including contract and sponsorship negotiations. Adrian Oliver heads the team, which includes personal injury partner Clare Hoskins, who represents sporting bodies and individuals on sports-related personal injury claims.

Drawing on the expertise of practitioners from within numerous practice groups, including litigation, corporate and employment, Geldards LLP provides a multi-disciplinary service to an impressive range of governing bodies and sports clubs including Swim Wales, Cardiff Blues and British Boxing Board of Control. Giselle Davies regularly handles work at the interface between sports and charities law; as well as advising Cardiff City FC Foundation on a review and amendment of its existing articles of association, it continues to handle a range of work for the Welsh Sports Association, including advising it on the legal structure necessary for the creation of a shared services company on behalf of national governing bodies of sport in Wales. The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012, recently drafting and advising on sponsorship agreements with sponsors for the Cardiff Half Marathon 2017 and acting for leading Welsh rugby player Gethin Jenkins on the necessary commercial arrangements for his testimonial year. Team head Paul Hopkins is also recommended.

Hutchinson Thomas is ‘the pre-eminent firm in south Wales for rugby union work’. With three practitioners – Roger Morris, Simon Thomas and Rhian Williams – all appointed by World Rugby as independent judicial officers, ‘you will have to travel a long way to find more experience and knowledge under one roof’. Robert Williams has a particular focus on amateur sport and is recognised as a local expert at obtaining Community Amateur Sports Club status and thereby ensuring significant financial advantage for those clubs. Morris and Williams are advising on the incorporation of several rugby and cricket clubs as companies limited by guarantee. Clients include Neath Athletic RFC, Briton Ferry RFC and South Wales Cricket Association.

Now headed by the ‘exceptional’ Mark Loosemore following his arrival in April 2016, Loosemores Solicitors’ ‘exceptionally strong’ sports practice handles a range of commercial, IP, disciplinary and corporate governance matters. The firm’s longstanding clients include The Football Association of Wales (FAW); former team head Michael Culley advised the organisation on its staging agreement with UEFA for the Champions League men’s and women’s finals to be played in Cardiff in June 2017. Other key figures include Karl Thomas, who has a strong reputation on sports regulatory and mediation work, and consultant Sara Griffiths, who joined from Capital Law LLP in January 2017. New clients include The Welsh Rugby Players Association and Ffos Las Racecourse.

Led by David Thompson, Thompson Darwin Limited is best known for its ongoing work for The Scarlets rugby team. Previously a chief executive of a Super League rugby team, Thompson has first-hand expertise within the rugby arena, and in his role for The Scarlets, handles everything from sponsorship agreements and complex commercial contracts, to issues relating to players leaving and joining the club. Other clients include Pro Rugby Wales, Cardiff Devils and Llanelli RFC.

Headed by employment partner Damian Phillips, Darwin Gray LLP’s sports team advises rugby players and coaches on the terms of their contracts, as well as in negotiating favourable exit packages from clubs. Phillips also advises rugby players and coaches when relationships have broken down; he represented a number of high-profile players and coaches leaving Premiership rugby clubs during 2016. As well as his work for individuals, Phillips also advises Pontypool RFC across a range of issues, including updating playing and coaching contracts. 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.

Harding Evans LLP provides a range of private and commercial law services to a raft of sports organisations and individuals. Employment head Daniel Wilde regularly advises international rugby players including Tavis Knoyle, Nicky Thomas and Shane Geraghty on contracts and settlement agreements. Mike Jenkins handles corporate and real estate matters for sporting entities, including advising Newport Gwent Dragons on potential corporate restructuring issues. Jenkins also advised Cardiff Golf Club on development work. Other clients include Sam Warburton, James Hook, Newport County AFC and Cardiff Athletic Club.

Morgan LaRoche advises a range of national, regional and local sports organisations at both a professional and amateur level on a range of commercial work, including advising on sponsorship agreements, constitutional and governance advice, and issues relating to player contracts. Employment head Timothy Jones continues to handle work for West Wales Football Association including on disciplinary matters and issues relating to the Association’s rules. The firm also advises local golf clubs and cricket clubs on employment law issues and constitutional matters. Team head William Barletta is also recommended.


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