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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
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A key matter for Gowling WLG was advising Marks and Spencer plc in its procurement programme in relation to the company’s website needs and e-commerce expansion. Sally Mewies heads the practice, which is commended for its ‘good commercial approach and good understanding of the industry’. Alison Dobson and Mike Reed are also recommended.

David Jackson heads the national media and commercial practice at Shoosmiths LLP, while Craig Armstrong is head of the information technology sector, and focuses on outsourcing and procurement. Clients include the Volkswagen Group, British American Tobacco and The Law Society. Nichola Jenkins arrived from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Technology Law Alliance’s clients include Capgemini and Jaguar Land Rover. Jagvinder Kang and Stephen Ollerenshaw head the boutique practice, which has extensive knowledge of technology outsourcing, cloud computing and e-commerce contracts, as well as data protection issues.

Recent highlights for Browne Jacobson LLP were advising the National Trust on the roll-out of a new IT system, and advising the National Audit Office on the replacement of its enterprise resource planning system. Key contacts are Declan Cushley and Richard Nicholas.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s clients includes Barclays Bank, Genting Casinos and Unicef. The team has recently advised Allied Irish Banks on various matters, including the renegotiation of payment platform software service agreements. Gareth Stokes was promoted to head of the IP and technology department.

Charlotte Walker-Osborn leads the Birmingham IT team of Eversheds LLP, which acts for Vodafone, Nationwide Building Society and Arqiva. A recent standout matter was advising Ricoh on the development of terms and conditions for its 3D printing service. London-based Simon Cloke is the national head. James Walsh moved to King & Wood Mallesons.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is co-headed by Andrew Hornigold and Clare Francis, while John Fell went to Osborne Clarke. Highlights included advising Vislink on its collaboration with GoPro to develop wearable HD wireless broadcasting technology.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s clients include the National Grid, London South Bank University and Vodafone. The practice specialises in regulatory and licensing issues and is experienced in telecoms and IT outsourcing. Key contacts are Andrew Hartshorn and Bill Barker, while Nichola Jenkins moved to Shoosmiths LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs’ team recently advised a leading UK media company on the implementation of a human resources IT system. The team also counts Veolia and Piriform Ltd among its clients. Stuart James is the group head.

Wright Hassall LLP has a client base spanning logistics, telecoms, finance and publishing. Lindsay Ellis leads the team.

Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals

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Gowling WLG’s fields ‘a first-class team that always puts clients at ease’. It represents clients in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors as well as having commercial and industrial clients. A recent highlight for the team was representing Comic Enterprises in its dispute with Twentieth Century Fox over the Glee trade mark. London-based Gordon Harris leads the national team. Nick Smee and Luke Kempton are recommended.

Declan Cushley heads the department at Browne Jacobson LLP, whose clients include Lloyds Banking Group, National Trust and Louis Vuitton. A team led by Mark Daniels recently acted for London Taxi Corporation in a trade mark infringement dispute with a competitor. Sara McNeill and Bonita Trimmer are also recommended.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s long-term clients include the Premier League, Unicef, Warburtons and Sofaworks. On behalf of the last of these, the team handled litigation against Sofa Workshop. Gareth Stokes and Richard Taylor head the department.

DWF’s clients include Pernod Ricard, Jaguar Land Rover and Burton’s Biscuits. Notable recent work includes assisting fashion retailer Jack Wills in the enforcement of its brand. Practice head Marie McMorrow* is ‘straight talking, commercially focused and flexible’. Tom Nener is also recommended. *Following the conclusion of the editorial research, Marie McMorrow joined HGF Limited.

Freeths’ team in experienced working in the retail, manufacturing, technology and education sectors. Key contacts are Simon Barker and Malcolm Sadler.

Pinsent Masons LLP team is jointly headed by Cerys Wyn Davies and Clare Tunstall. The firm has worked with the likes of E.ON, Balfour Beatty and Aviva plc, and recently advised Fujitsu on IP matters relating to its acquisition of the travel payment provider, Applied Card Technologies. Howard Duckworth is a new arrival from DWF, while Daniel Glover moved to Mills & Reeve LLP.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s head of department is Nick Briggs, who specialises in patent litigation. Clients for the team include Bostik, the British Library and Alfred Kärcher.

Stuart James leads the team at Squire Patton Boggs, which also includes head of litigation Simon Garbett and Geoff Perry.

The practice at Wright Hassall LLP has a strong focus on the technology, advanced manufacturing, and media and entertainment sectors. Practice head Rhys Jarmanis a very a good litigator who has a very good eye for the strengths and weaknesses of a case’.


Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals

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Beswicks Legal’s team, which is led by Gary Mellor, has handled a number of matters for a leading Premier League football club. The department has also represented two other professional football clubs in talks with potential investors, and acted for several Premier League players and England international cricketers in various matters. Tim Bailey is another key contact.

Wright Hassall LLP’s team has represented British Showjumping and British Dressage, Archery GB and the British Parachute Association. Richard Lane and Christine Jackson are key contacts.

Gowling WLG’s clients include high-profile athletes and sports teams, such as Hugo Lloris, Jenson Button and Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and professional bodies, such as Rugby Football Union. The heads of department are James Gordon, who specialises in contentious matters, and Jonathan Riley, who focuses on non-contentious aspects.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is headed by Bruce Ralston, who focuses on sports liability claims. Associate Richard Rowe defends sports-related claims on behalf of governing bodies and clubs, and also advises on health and safety prosecutions.

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