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IT and telecoms

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At Blake Morgan LLP, team head Justin Harrington has particular expertise in IT outsourcing projects, and recently acted for International Financial Data Services on its outsourcing from JP Morgan Asset Management. Emyr Lewis is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP’s Matthew Gough regularly represents financial institutions including Nationwide Building Society on their IT projects and outsourcings. Other clients include British Gas, Admiral Insurance and Liverpool Victoria.

Led by Ceri Delemore, Geldards LLP’s ‘established and well-respected’ IT team represents consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. ‘Hardworking and commercial’ senior associate Owen Evans advised Celsa Steel on a proposed telecoms agreement with BT across its entire UK operations. In addition to acting for private sector clients including Admiral Group and Box UK, the firm is also very well regarded in the public sector as illustrated by its appointment on the National Procurement Services IT panel.

At Acuity Legal Limited, Christian Farrow specialises in new and emerging IT technologies; he recently acted for Skyscape Cloud Services on the provision of its ground-breaking cloud services. Leveraging the firm’s corporate expertise, the team also handles IT-related M&A activity including advising Capita plc on its acquisition of Aspire Business Solutions. Rachelle Sellek is a key contact.

Led by the ‘pragmaticNicola McNeely, the ‘approachable and personable’ two-partner team at Capital Law LLP is gaining an increasing amount of IT-related work for clients including Royal Mint, which it advises on its telecoms contracts and software licensing, among other matters. Wayne Beynon provides ‘real-world advice’ on contentious IT matters.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Donald Gray and Stephen Thompson handle IT-related work as part of their broader corporate and commercial practices.


Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
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At Blake Morgan LLP, the ‘very brightLee Fisher is well regarded for contentious IP work across the spectrum of rights including patents and trade marks. On the transactional and advisory front, Emyr Lewis has ‘excellent contacts’ in the media sector, where it acts for numerous independent production companies, including Tinopolis, and also regularly advises the Welsh government on various investments in the creative industries.

Headed by the ‘clever and unflappableWayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP’s two-partner team handles work across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing agreements, patent and trade mark portfolio management, and copyright disputes. Beynon combines commercial litigation and IP expertise, and acts alongside Nicola McNeely (who ‘has an excellent reputation for transactional IP’) on a host of matters for The Royal Mint.

Led on the non-contentious side by Ceri Delemore and on the contentious front by Michael Lindsey, Geldards LLP acts for clients in an array of IP-rich industries including healthcare and life sciences.

Although it lacks a significant presence on the contentious front, Eversheds LLP regularly acts for major companies on the development and commercialisation of their IP, and is also often involved in M&A deals involving significant IP due diligence. Matthew Gough is recommended. Clients include TfL and Liverpool Victoria.

Acuity Legal Limited’s non-contentious IP practice runs the gamut of work for clients from the creative industries and IT sector, among others. Christian Farrow handles work for cloud computing companies including Skyscape Cloud Services, which he advises on a range of commercial contracts. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended.

Hugh James was strengthened on the non-contentious IP front by the arrival in May 2015 of Erica Westerman from Berry Smith. On the contentious side, Richard Locke regularly handles IP disputes as a function of his broad commercial litigation expertise.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Stephen Thompson deals with the IP issues arising out of franchising. Kempton Rees handles IP litigation including trade mark disputes as part of his broader commercial litigation practice.

At JCP Solicitors team head Dr Kerry Beynon represents clients across the spectrum of IP issues including registration, commercialisation and infringement.

At MLM Cartwright, Aled Walters has particular expertise advising media and gaming clients on the commercialisation of their IP.

Led by William Barletta, Morgan LaRoche Limited advises clients including Shimano, Roland Group of Companies and Platinum Controls Group in connection with the exploitation and protection of their IP.


Media and entertainment

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  1. Media and entertainment
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Capital Law LLP has an established reputation within the media and entertainment sector and provides expertise across all aspects of film and television development, funding and co-production. Formerly head of legal at S4C, consultant Sara Griffiths is well regarded in the industry and continues to provide legal production and compliance support service to Independent Television Production companies in the supply of programmes to S4C. As well as clients in the creative industries, the firm also continues to act for numerous sports clients including Cardiff Blues and Cardiff City FC. Leading media and entertainment practitioner Sion Clwyd Roberts left in April 2016 to go in-house at Rondo Media.

At Blake Morgan LLP, the ‘excellentEmyr Lewis is well regarded within the media sector and continues to advise major Welsh independent television production company Tinopolis.

Geldards LLP’s ‘professional and skilled’ senior associate Owen Evans has significant experience advising on technology projects and rights licensing; he is advising Wales Millenium Centre on the legal aspects associated with its move towards creating its own content and products including the recent Festival of Voice. Ceri Delemore is also recommended.

MLM Cartwright acts for local film and television production companies.


Sport

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  1. Sport
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Capital Law LLP handles commercial, governance, employment, litigation and IP-related matters for numerous high-profile sporting teams. The firm continues to represent Cardiff City FC and under the guidance of Wayne Beynon and Christopher Nott recently secured a favourable outcome for it in its long-running dispute with Panama-based company Langston Group.

As well as his longstanding representation of the Welsh Rugby Union, Hugh James’ ‘well-respected’ team head Gareth Williams also represents British Boxing Board of Control in a range of disciplinary and regulatory matters.

JCP Solicitors is best known for its 15-year association with Swansea FC, during which time it has continuously represented the club in its commercial, contentious and regulatory matters. Team head Christian Edwards continues to represent the club in the contract case brought by FC Utrecht relating to a sell-on fee for goalkeeper Michel Vorm following his move to Tottenham Hotspur FC. Other clients include Macron, Neath Rugby and The Welsh Judo Association.

Dolmans handles commercial, contractual and governance issues for national governing bodies including The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, and is the only Welsh firm on the Legal Panel Framework set up by Sport England, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport Wales and UK Sport. Adrian Oliver heads the team.

Paul Hopkins leads Geldards LLP’s cross-disciplinary sports and leisure industry group, which acts for numerous governing bodies and sports clubs including Cardiff Blues, Swim Wales and FAW Football in the Community. IP partner Michael Lindsey has been representing the British Boxing Board of Control in passing off/trade mark actions concerning its Lonsdale Belt brought against various websites and ISPs.

At Thompson Darwin Limited, David Thompson is known for his work in the rugby union arena, in particular for the work he handles for the Scarlets – ranging from advice associated with players joining or leaving the club to complicated commercial contracts.

Harding Evans LLP’s Mike Jenkins continues to handle a range of work for Newport Gwent Dragons, including on player contracts and ground redevelopment plans. The firm also regularly handles work for individual rugby players including James Hook.

At Hutchinson Thomas, Roger Morris and Simon Thomas have excellent reputations for rugby disciplinary work, and were appointed as judicial officers to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

At Morgan LaRoche Limited, William Barletta continues to advise Welsh Hockey Union on constitutional matters. Other highlights include representing Ospreys Rugby Club in connection with the preparation of various sponsorship and other commercial agreements.


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