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The ‘extremely astute, very commercial and hardworkingSally Mewies heads Gowling WLG’s IT and telecoms practice in Birmingham and ‘runs a very tight ship’. She is supported by commercial litigation partner Patrick Charles Arben and Sarah Sasse, who specialises in public-sector IT work, including integration and service outsourcing agreements. Recent highlights included advising a major high-street retailer on the regulatory landscape and commercial aspects of the client’s plan to offer deferred interest-free payment terms to customers purchasing products online; and assisted the University of Leeds with procurement matters. Sasse and director Richard Smith acted on that deal, while Mewies assisted a corporate consultancy client with regards to a cloud agreement with a leading healthcare provider, which involved complex issues of security and data protection. Other key names include dispute resolution specialist Helen Davenport, who specialises in representing technology purchasers and suppliers in conflicts arising from contracts for the design, build and implementation of IT systems and services. Peter Hall recently retired from the practice and director Kirsten Whitfield joined Fieldfisher in London. Other clients include M&S, Capgemini and Hiscox.

Shoosmiths LLP’s IT and telecoms practice in Birmingham is led by David Jackson, whose expertise covers complex outsourcing arrangements, with particular emphasis on the telecoms and leisure and tourism sectors. Other key figures include Craig Armstrong, who specialises in technology-centred outsourcing and procurements and is particularly active in the retail and financial services sectors; and Andrew Brennan, whose clients range from entrepreneurial businesses to large-scale corporations. Recent work includes advising a global software provider on options available for software financing and liability in the ICT sector, and assisting O2 with the rollout of wi-fi communication services as part of a tri-partite consortium delivering unified services to a public-sector body. Jackson led a team including senior associate Joe Stephenson and Priti Bansel-Branch advising Wifinity on the negotiation of its contract with Bourne Leisure Holdings, while Nichola Jenkins acted alongside Armstrong on a system integration matter on behalf of BAT. Senior associate Simon McArdle was part of the team assisting a major telecoms provider with its IT and core network transformation. Other clients include Volkswagen, Weetabix and PSA Group.

Technology Law Alliance is a niche technology firm specialising in IT and outsourcing work, with offices in London and Birmingham. Jagvinder Kang and Stephen Ollerenshaw are the key figures in the Birmingham office, which acts for new clients Webroot and Peugeot Citroen, who instructed the firm to advise on cloud computing arrangements and a series of IT and technology-related contracts respectively. Kang’s recent highlights include acting for Weetabix on technology procurement agreements with several leading providers, and advising a client in the petrochemical sector with the negotiation of service level and liability arrangements as part of a critical UK project. Ollerenshaw acted for a longstanding manufacturing client on the procurement of IT services for a new plant in mainland Europe, and handled a strategic partnership agreement between an international healthcare provider and a public-sector entity. Other matters handled by the team included global data protection work, especially in the context of the incoming GDPR. Capgemini, JLR and Xoserve are also clients.

At Browne Jacobson LLP’s Birmingham office, Richard Nicholas handles outsourcing, software development, distribution, and data protection in connection with emerging cloud-based solutions. Nicholas recently acted for the London borough of Enfield in several high-profile technology matters including the council’s move to cloud-based servers and the digitalisation of its servers; he also acted alongside associate Joe O’Callaghan in London for a leading food manufacturer on the development and implementation of a new e-commerce website based on a cloud platform. Other key contacts include Paula Dumbill, who is based in Nottingham and advised a leading UK medical retailer on a software licence and services agreement with an Ireland-based IT provider.

Charlotte Walker-Osborn, who is known for her ‘fantastic knowledge in the area and pragmatic approach’ handles IT and telecoms work at the Birmingham office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP alongside Gayle McFarlane, who recently re-joined the commercial practice and focuses on technology and privacy law. Other key members of the ‘very helpful team’ include senior associate Ben McLeod, who primarily handles customer-side mandates. Clients include Honda, National Grid and John Lewis. Walker-Osborn recently advised Severn Trent Water alongside London’s Simon Cloke on the outsourcing of its communications estate; she also acted for a global hardware provider on the re-tender of its support, development and operation services for its private cloud infrastructure. Other highlights included acting for an insurance premium finance company that entered into a master services agreement with the BIO Agency, and assisting a premiership football club with its digitalisation process to deliver content to its fan base across the world through a mobile app and website.

The ‘excellent’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP includes corporate partner Clare Francis, who leads the practice alongside London-based corporate partner Andrew Hornigold. Francis is advising the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner on a partnership agreement with the private sector to design and develop its IT capabilities. Other recent highlights included advising a leading global construction company on the installation of fingerprint turnstiles on all its sites, which involved the drafting of necessary contracts and compliance advice regarding data protection regulations. On the transactional side, M&A partner Nicole Livesey acted for the shareholders of Node4 on its secondary management buyout by Bowmark, and represented the Financial Times with regards to its acquisition of a controlling stake in Alpha Grid; Francis also worked alongside Hornigold for a healthcare group on its first strategic transaction in the telehealth market. Other clients include the University of Birmingham, Millbrook and Balfour Beatty.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s IT group in Birmingham is headed by Andrew Hartshorn and supported by Barry Jervis and the London-based Kim Walker, who specialises in IT disputes arising from contract and procurement issues. Recent highlights include advising a leading energy client on a re-procurement arrangement, and advising a global software provider on the negotiation of its multi-year ERP agreement with a high-value building supplies business. Jervis and Hartshorn also recently advised a university on the termination of an IT contract with the system supplier, and Hartshorn acted alongside the firm’s regulatory team for a major car rental company on the development of a mobile app. Solicitor Stewart Argo frequently supports the partners and was part of the team representing a transport and tourism company in the reworking of the standard terms and conditions for telephony services. Notable clients include 4Net, HSO, University of Warwick and Intercity.

According to one client, Squire Patton Boggs is ‘by far the most competent firm in the area of IT’ and its lawyers ‘are of great help when acquiring IT companies’. Team leader Stuart James (who attracts praise for his ‘great commercial acumen and sound, practical advice’) specialises in procurement matters in the retail, financial services and utilities sectors; he recently acted alongside senior associate Sam Tibbetts for Masabi on the drafting of its standard form documentation for the supply of its mobile ticketing platform in France and the US. In other highlights, the team advised a leading provider of web-portal based employee benefits packages on its acquisition of a competitor’s UK assets, and assisted The Weather Channel Global Media Limited with the BBC’s tender for the procurement of weather services. Associate Christopher Inns is also recommended. Other key clients include Arrow Global, IDS Indata, Piriform, and Penta Hotels, as well as new clients Revolut, Chinacache and Intechnica.

Lindsay Ellis heads Wright Hassall LLP’s IT and telecoms practice and advises on high-value procurement and outsourcing agreements. Other key figures include technology specialist Christine Jackson, who assists clients with contractual matters involving SaaS terms, app developments, e-commerce, digital media and PR contracts; and Pete Maguire, who focuses on the defence, advanced manufacturing, logistics and support services sectors. He recently spearheaded the firm’s work for a leading international consulting and outsourcing company on the cessation of IT service contracts provided to a major international airport, and acted in a dispute arising from delays in the migration of applications and data from the customer’s multiple data centres to the client’s single centre. Legal director Jo Goodworth and associate Mairead Powell assisted Jackson with the advice to EOS Electro Optical Systems in connection with its purchasing contracts. Consultant Justin Byrne is also recommended.

Brethertons LLP’s two-partner team consists of CEO and director of legal services Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld, both based in Banbury. They are supported by solicitor Katherine Cereghino, who works in the Rugby office and specialises in commercial structuring, share allocations and break options. Recent highlights include teaming and IPR agreements, copyright ownership management and software licensing, and the drafting of terms and conditions. Sitekit, WIPC, Westminster Security and Zebco are all clients. Solicitor and data protection expert Claire Halle-Smith recently joined the Banbury office from an in-house position at a multinational care provider. Colin Witherall recently retired from the practice.

Led by Gareth Stokes, DLA Piper UK LLP acts for a prominent client roster including Barclays, Genting Casinos and Unicef. Stokes advises on outsourcing and procurement agreements, often involving heavily regulated industries; his past experience includes acting for Allied Irish Banks on various ITO and BPO deals and representing several major high street banks in complex trust arrangements.

At Freeths LLP, Lee Clifford regularly handles high-value corporate and private equity transactions for clients in the retail, energy and natural resources, logistic and human capital sectors. Other key figures include Nigel Gardner, who recently advised a major social media moderator on its contracts with major brands including ITV and Disney, and acted for a leading global supplier of passenger carrying robotics on international projects for amusement rides. Mark Neale is prominent in the education and financial services sectors and assisted NCR with its supply of new ATMs and IT systems to high-street banks, and advised a major services outsourcing provider with regards to its multimillion-pound SAP development and maintenance arrangements.

Irwin Mitchell’s IT and telecoms practice acts for global brands and fast-growing SMEs on a range of matters including software development, licensing, outsourcing, data sharing arrangements and cloud computing. Sarah Riding is the key contact in Birmingham and is part of the firm’s national practice, which continues to act for longstanding clients such as National Grid and Bidvest, and recently advised BIT Consulting on contractual arrangements with a developer based abroad and licensing issues regarding the release of its software products. Riding co-operates with the firm’s banking and corporate teams to advise on licensing agreements and ICT supply chain issues for clients in the manufacturing and financial services sectors. Solicitor Charlotte Avery is also recommended.

Jayne Hussey heads Mills & Reeve LLP’s commercial, IP and IT department from the Birmingham office and has notable experience in the automotive and engineering sectors. She is supported by senior associate and data protection and cyber security expert David Hall, and principal associate Ruth Andrew, who specialises in IT contract law and acts for clients in the retail, automotive, engineering and digital technology sectors. Recent highlights include acting for Academies Enterprise Trust on its contract with Advanced for the supply of cloud-based management information system to the client’s portfolio of academies; Hall led the team in this matter with support from associate Sophie Richardson. Hussey also advised Elster Metering on framework, supply and interface contracts for the supply of smart electricity matters as part of the UK government’s £1bn rollout of smart meters.


Intellectual property

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DLA Piper UK LLP’s clients are a who’s who of recognisable brands, including the Premier League, GE, and new wins including Staples and Nike. Richard Taylor and Birmingham office head Gareth Stokes jointly lead the practice with the support of associate Satnam Sahota who is currently assisting Taylor with the cross-border sale and licensing of part of its intellectual property by an international graphics processor manufacturer. Other work highlights include advising a multinational conglomerate on an alternative-energy transaction involving a patent portfolio, and representing a leading global fashion brand in a claim brought against it by a UK-based company alleging design right infringement. Associate Vipul Ladwa also plays a pivotal role in the team and recently worked alongside Stokes for an international enterprise information management company on the review of its multi-jurisdictional terms in connection with technology escrow services and best practices to protect deposit materials containing valuable IP elements. Taylor and Sahota acted for a new client in relation to the implementation of a new business model seeking the global protection of its product variety rights, while Stokes and Ladwa acted on the drafting of licences for a joint venture for the provision of airport services, which involved the transfer of the entire operational control of a major airport lounge.

Gowling WLG’s clients feel they get ‘the best value for money at all times’, and the firm ‘understands what matters to them and what they will not tolerate’. Patrick Duxbury heads the life sciences team in Birmingham and recently advised on a number of high-value transactions including Heptares Therapeutics’ $3.3m deal with Allergan, which involved substantial IP aspects. Leading the brand and design team is ‘motivational team leaderKate Swaine, who specialises in the enforcement and clearing of brands, advertising and designs; she recently acted for Weetabix on the management of its global brand portfolio, with the support of principal associate and ‘real result-getter’ George Sevier, who ‘punches well above his weight in negotiating with external lawyers’. Other key contacts include Luke Kempton, who is experienced in the biochemistry and pharmaceuticals sectors, with special emphasis on drug acquisitions, and collaboration and licensing deals; and Michael Luckman, who heads the firm’s corporate, employment, pensions and projects unit and is particularly strong in commercial IP work in the life sciences, defence, automotive, retail and food and drink sectors. Dyson, Unilever and Aston Martin are among the firm’s notable clients.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s IP practice is ‘very good all-around; thoroughly professional, honest and approachable’. In Birmingham, Mark Daniels leads the firm’s high-tech patent litigation unit, while associate Bonita Trimmer handles brand and design disputes; they were recently joined by Gowling WLG’s former head of brand litigation, Cerryg Jones. Trimmer (supported by Cushley) acted on a potential trade mark and passing-off claim related to an internationally-recognised brand. Solicitor Laura Mackenzie-Mitchell is part of the team acting for PZ Cussons on all its IP and commercial legal requirements, and worked alongside Trimmer for Danish fashion brand Bestseller on a series of trade mark opposition matters. Other clients include OSI Systems, Camelot and London Taxi Company.

Freeths LLP is known for its ‘great efficiency and quick answers’ and for being ‘one of the most reactive and effective firms in the UK’. Practice head and national IP leader Simon Barker handles non-contentious and contentious work, although the majority of the team’s work revolves around intellectual property enforcement and protection. Barker (with the support of associate and litigation specialist Jonathan Mayner) recently acted for a leading European e-liquid producer in a trade mark and passing-off claim brought by the estate of a deceased high-profile personality. Senior associate Kishan Pattni is part of the team acting for a major retailer on a trade mark infringement claim filed by a media entity concerning an advertising strategy. Other highlights include handling a domain misappropriation matter involving allegations by a former director of a leading high efficiency plasma technology developer that the domain belonged to him, and overseeing the defence and subsequent counterclaims of a design right infringement claim on behalf of a UK furniture retailer. The Stoke-based Michael Servian is also recommended.

According to one client, HGF Limitedis the best law firm for intellectual property in the West Midlands’. The recent recruitments of Marie McMorrow and ‘outstanding lawyer’ and legal director Tom Nener (‘who is unflappable under pressure and whose judgement is second to none’) from DWF have significantly strengthened the team, which handles brand protection matters – including infringement response and enforcement. Recent work includes representing Jack Wills in a potential trade mark dispute with the British Olympic Association, and advising a Canada-based conglomerate with regards to the alleged misuse of confidential information, copyright and design right infringement by several ex-senior executives. It also acted for a private medical equipment manufacturer in High Court proceedings against a newly formed competitor founded by an ex-employee. Birmingham office head Chris Moore is also recommended. Other notable clients include AGA Rangemaster, Holland and Barrett and Ricardo.

The ‘excellent’ IP team at Pinsent Masons LLP is headed by Cerys Wyn Davies, who ‘enjoys the longstanding confidence of her clientele due to her responsiveness and empathy with their objectives’. The group was strengthened further by the promotion of Jo Alderson and Victoria Bentley to legal director, and the recruitment of Katy Bourne from Mills & Reeve LLP. Alderson advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A and private equity transactions, while Bentley is a patent litigation expert with a strong technical background as a software developer; the former recently led the advice to AMC on its acquisition of the Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, and acted for a multinational utilities company on the exploitation of a new software technology relating to database extraction and linking. The firm also acted for Sprue Aegis on its acquisition and licensing of development rights for a software solution from Intamac. Davies led on that matter and acted for Financial Times on its acquisition of Alpha Grid. Other key contacts include solicitor Laura Clayton and associate Nicky Pereira.

Clients ‘feel very well served’ by Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s IP practice, which attracts praise for its ‘broad knowhow in media law and very reliable and knowledgeable advice’. In Birmingham, Nick Briggs heads the commercial team and leads the Midlands IP offering with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, and Mauro Paiano handles domestic and cross-border IP disputes at the High Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as before the UK Intellectual Property Office, EU Intellectual Property Office and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). Solicitor Kerry Russell is part of the team advising Don & Low on patent litigation involving two competitors, while solicitor Daniel Goodall is supporting Briggs in his work for a leading Austrian leisure company on a trade mark breach and branding claim based on non-use. Other key contacts include solicitor Stewart Argo, who regularly supports Paiano on disputes, and represented Phineas in a trade mark and design case brought against Primark at IPEC. The ‘straightforward and business-oriented’ Kim Walker recently joined the London office from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Wright Hassall LLPapplies its technical IP skill in a commercial way, with strategy always at the fore’. The ‘extremely good’ Rhys Jarman leads the IP practice, in addition to being firm-wide head of the advanced manufacturing and digital gaming sector teams. He is assisted by Christine Jackson, who specialises in non-contentious IP work; and the ‘client-driven and very strategic’ Luke Moulton, who recently acted alongside Jarman on a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning the ownership and right to exploit a brand associated with one of the client’s main brands. In other highlights, newly appointed partner Iain Colville acted alongside Matthew Sharp on a breach of contract and infringement claim on behalf of an industrial design agency, and Jackson acted for an industrial manufacturer in connection with a defence export contract, involving licensing issues and negotiations. Notable clients include Not Now Music, British Dressage and Cad Cam Automotive.

Key figures of Brethertons LLP’s IP practice include Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld. The team was joined by data protection specialist Claire Halle-Smith in Banbury, while Colin Witherall retired from the firm. On the contentious side, Auld is acting in several disputes involving IP infringement and trade mark and copyright breaches, with the support of solicitors Nicole Romera in banbury and Ben Hancox in the Rugby office. The team also handles non-contentious copyright, trade mark and domain assignments, license agreements and freedom of information requests.

The intellectual property team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Andrew Brennan, who ‘provides solid, targeted and fast advice on contentious issues’, and includes senior associate Nichola Jenkins, who is one client’s ‘first port of call for all IP-related issues’. They acted alongside associate Imogen Francis for Associated British Foods on intellectual property issues arising from a research and development contract, and acted for Harvard International on the partial sale of various national and international trade marks to one of its licensees. Working alongside the firm’s corporate department, Brennan advised Octopus Capital and one of its subsidiaries on an investment into intelligent energy management technology company Reactive Technologies. Other notable clients include Volkswagen, Healthspan and Yamazaki Mazak.

The names to note at Squire Patton Boggs are commercial partner Stuart James, consultant Caroline Egan, who specialises in international data protection and privacy law matters, and associates Richard Armitage and Christopher Inns, both of whom have experience in the retail, healthcare, telecoms and IT sectors. Head of the Birmingham litigation department Simon Garbett and corporate partner Geoff Perry are also key names.

Clients of VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) rate the firm for its ‘swift responses and advice, which are always concise and appropriate’. Consultant Frances Anderson, who ‘knows exactly when to fight her corner and when to concede a point to facilitate an amicable agreement’, and ‘friendly, knowledgeable and helpful’ solicitor Alexandra Ireland are the key figures in Birmingham. In recent highlights, the group advised a key manufacturing client with respects to trade mark licensing matters related to the sale of luxury goods, parts supplies, and consumer products; and acted for Wildscreen on competition and sponsorship agreements for its festival and more generally with the protection of its international brand portfolio. Other notable clients include the University of the Arts, the British Library and Raw Cut Television.


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Beswicks Legal’s sports department advises on a range of contractual, regulatory, sponsorship and commercial issues, with a particular focus on football and cricket. Gary Mellor heads the team and recently acted for a high-profile athlete with regards to the re-negotiation of his player contract and image rights licensing with his current club. Other partners in the team include Tim Bailey, who assisted a Premier League club with a major transfer involving the negotiation of an image rights licence, and managing partner and head of the corporate and commercial practice Nick Phillips. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of solicitor and litigation expert Sean O’Toole from Gowling WLG, where he co-founded and managed the sports group. Gareth Wilkinson is also recommended.

At Wright Hassall LLP, senior partner Richard Lane is an experienced litigator with a strong specialism in acting for sporting bodies. His previous experience includes acting for the British Equestrian Federation and British Showjumping in an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in connection with a relegation from a major tournament, and advising sports governing bodies with regards to regulations and disciplinary proceedings, including those involving drug abuse by competitors.

Gowling WLG handles media transactions, sponsorships and sports marketing matters, disputes, and regulatory and funding issues for sports-sector clients. James Gordon leas the practice and specialises in contentious matters in the motorsports sector. The firm is continuing to advise a city council on a major historic inquest and acts for a company fronted by a prominent sports personality on privacy issues, sponsorship agreements, and passing-off and malicious falsehood claims. Commercial dispute specialist Andrew Nugent Smith is defending a group of retired athletes in connection with tax issues arising from investments made into financial schemes. Sean O’Toole left to join Beswicks Legal, and Jonathan Riley joined Memery Crystal LLP in London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team is now led by associate Richard Rowe following Bruce Ralston’s move to Weightmans LLP. Rowe defends governing bodies, clubs and event organisers in personal injury claims in the sporting arena. Past work has included defending Bedford Town FC in a claim by a player who sustained injuries during a semi-professional match, and regularly advises clients on regulatory issues.


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