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Intellectual property

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Browne Jacobson LLP¬†works across all aspects of IP on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has ‚Äėgood industry knowledge‚Äô, ‚Äėexcellent experience‚Äė and 'a high level of commercial acumen‚Äô. Declan Cushley¬†heads the national IP practice and regularly advises Marston‚Äôs on oppositions and infringements. ¬†Patent litigation expert Mark Daniels¬†represented the London Taxi Corporation on a dispute against Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive over alleged infringement of the shape of the client‚Äôs taxi cabs. He also advised Roger Bullivant on a patent licensing dispute. Cerryg Jones¬†specialises in trade mark disputes and advised Comic Enterprises on its dispute with Twentieth Century Fox over infringement relating to the former‚Äôs comedy venue ‚ÄėThe Glee Club‚Äô and the latter‚Äôs TV shoe ‚ÄėGlee‚Äô. Consultant Peter Ellis¬†is also a notable name, with significant strengths in contentious matters.

DLA Piper UK LLP  runs the gamut of IP services, with a client roster that includes General Electric, Heineken and McCain. Richard Taylor heads the practice and recently advised The Premier League on copyright infringement issues stemming from streaming services and bars broadcasting its content without a license. Also recommended are contentious IP specialist Satnam Sahota  and Gareth Stokes , who advised Clinigen Group on the IP aspects of its public takeover of Quantum Pharma.

Gowling WLG‚Äôs broad IP practice is ‚Äėvery efficient‚Äô and ‚Äėpractical‚Äô, with clients that includes Fujifilm and GSK. Birmingham-based Pat Duxbury¬† is an expert in life sciences matters, particularly on transactional work. Luke Kempton¬†similarly focuses on life sciences, with expertise in both patent litigation and transactional matters. Soft IP specialist Kate Swaine¬†advised Weetabix on trade mark, copyright and design right matters, and also advised iCandy on alleged infringement from BabyStyle, regarding the design of a pushchair.

Freeths LLP¬†provides 'a great level of service‚Äô where you get ‚Äėtimely, pragmatic advice which focuses on the important elements‚Äô. The firm primarily works on soft IP matters and is particularly active in the retail sector. Practice head Simon Barker¬†is 'an expert in his field and a safe pair of hands‚Äô and recently advised Birlea Furniture when it took action against Platinum for allegedly infringing upon its BIRLEA trade mark. He also defended Aldi against two separate allegations of trade mark infringement: one from Dualit which alleged it infringed upon the shape of one of its toasters; and another from Miles-Bramwell Executive Services which alleged that the client‚Äôs ‚ÄėSLIM FREE‚Äô mark infringed upon the accuser‚Äôs Slimming World brand. Other key clients include Travis Perkins, Poundland and Center Parcs. Senior associate Kishan Pattni¬†is also a key figure, with notable expertise in the media sector.

HGF Law¬†is known for its ‚Äėdepth of knowledge‚Äô with a skillset in hard and soft IP. Marie McMorrow¬†advised Blue Gentian on its product XHose which was alleged to have infringed upon Hozelock and Babystyle UK which allegedly infringed upon iCandy World‚Äôs baby strollers. Also recommended is legal director Tom Nener, who is ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô and ‚Äėpro-active‚Äô and focuses on contentious IP matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP  has expertise in both contentious and transactional IP matters. Cerys Wyn Davies  heads the practice and has a strong focus on IP matters relating to the technology sector. She recently advised the London School of Economics and Political Science on infringements against its name, logo and reputation. Legal director Jo Alderson   primarily focuses on the IP aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. She recently advised Bosch on the IP elements of its minority acquisition in BOXT.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†is skilled in¬†both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a particularly active in the education sector. Nick Briggs¬†has ‚Äėan encyclopaedic knowledge of IP‚Äô, is ‚Äėeasy to talk to‚Äô, and is ‚Äėcalm and very clear in his advice‚Äô. He recently advised Don & Low on a complex patent litigation and Novomatic AG on the revocation of a trade mark used by the Marriott hotel chain. Mauro Paiano¬†‚Äėgives very sensible, pragmatic advice‚Äô and worked with The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education on opposing EQAA European Quality Assurance Agency UG‚Äôs registration of the EU trade mark ‚ÄúEQAA‚ÄĚ. She also advised Brunet International against design right infringement brought by Brunet against Next on its lace garments.

Wright Hassall LLP's IP practice has notably strong capabilities in the sectors of manufacturing and gaming. Rhys Jarman heads the practice and advised Cad Cam Automotive on oppositions to trade mark applications and Tumble Tots on alleged trade mark infringement. Christine Jackson focuses on non-contentious matters and recently advised an independent games developer on a proposed game software development agreement. Trade mark and branding specialist Iain Colville recently advised a provider of entertainment technology on a licensing rights dispute.

Brethertons LLP ’s work in IP focuses on transactional and contractual matters. Brian Auld heads the practice and has notable strengths in software license agreements. Leanne Lawrence is also a key figure with expertise on the IP aspects of transactions.

Mills & Reeve LLP  is led by Claire O’Brien, who specialises in contentious matters. She recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on its action against Bombardier Recreational Products regarding its sale of off road vehicles called 'Defender', which infringes upon the client's vehicle of the same name. She also assisted the Indian government organisation APEDA on opposing trade mark registrations that use the word 'basmati' but provide 'basmati' rice that doesn't adhere to its traditional technical and geographical criteria.

Shoosmiths LLP ’s IP team has a heavy focus on the areas of science, technology and engineering. Andrew Brennan  heads the practice and recently advised DynaEnergetics on a patent infringement claim against GeoDynamics and Datalase on its numerous patent license agreements. He also advised the University of Nottingham on its technology transfer contracts and Octopus on the IP elements of its second round investment into Reactive Technologies. The life sciences-focused legal director Lisa Page  recently joined from BPE Solicitors LLP. Other key figures include: senior associate Nichola Jenkins , who specialises in non-contentious matters; associate Imogen Francis , who focuses on the technology sector and IP litigator Eloise Di Pasqua .

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†works predominantly in the media, creative arts and charities sectors. Doug Locke¬†heads the team and recently advised Malvern College on trademark registrations. Frances Anderson¬†is ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô, ‚Äėaware‚Äô and ‚Äėintelligent‚Äô and his notable strengths in advising on research and development agreements and technology contracts.


IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
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The ‚Äėcommercial‚Äô, ‚Äėpractical‚Äô and ‚Äėhelpful‚Äô Gowling WLG¬†has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work in this space, with a strong emphasis on areas such as cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy. Sally Mewies¬†heads the practice and is highly skilled in advising on technology contracts. She recently assisted Flybe on its contract with Amadeus IT regarding mission critical passenger services systems services. She is supported by Director Richard Smith¬†, who is experienced in handling outsourcing and commercial arrangements. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben¬†has notable expertise in outsourcing and IT disputes, whereas Sarah Sasse¬†focuses on non-contentious matters pertaining to IT and outsourcing. Director Helen Davenport¬†is also an expert in contentious issues in this sector, with experience in both litigation and ADR. Corporate partners Balijit Chohan¬†and David Brennan¬†also work on technology-related matters.

Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äô multi-disciplined practice represents clients such as¬†Volkswagen, Molson Coors and McDonalds. Craig Armstrong¬†¬†co-leads the TMT Group and is ‚Äėoutstanding in negotiation meetings‚Äô, ‚Äėvery efficient in his working methods‚Äô and ‚Äėvery good at translating technical legal points in a way that allows the business to decide whether to make a commercial decision‚Äô. He recently advised Aldermore Bank on its outsourcing to Newcastle Strategic Solutions. Co-head David Jackson¬† focuses on procurement and outsourcing matters. He recently advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on its digital transformation strategy and Telef√≥nica on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations to India. Also recommended is senior associate Joe Stephenson¬†, who is experienced in handling outsourcing and digital transformation projects.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Technology Law Alliance¬†¬†is a specialist technology firm that is ‚Äėsuccinct in its responses‚Äô and ‚Äėextremely thorough‚Äô. Jagvinder Kang¬†co-heads the team, with notable expertise in outsourcing, e-commerce and IT contracts. He recently advised Warner Bros on its IT arrangements, and also has Webroot and Wesleyan as clients. Fellow practice head Stephen Ollerenshaw¬†focuses on high-profile outsourcing matters and recently advised Capgemini UK on delivering Oracle implementation services to a consortium of UK police and emergency services. He also assisted Draycir with software licenses and SaaS agreements.

DLA Piper UK LLP¬† is known for its ‚Äėoutstanding lawyers with a depth of industry knowledge‚Äô. Gareth Stokes¬† heads the practice and recently¬†advised Serco on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations. He also assisted National Grid with negotiating its new SAP based HR system and worked with Allied Irish Banks on restructuring its IT infrastructure agreements with Wipro. Jen Dale¬†¬†has recently been promoted to legal director, with notable expertise in IT and telecoms-related agreements in the financial services sector.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is headed by Charlotte Walker-Osborn¬† who specialises in non-contentious matters, with notable expertise in outsourcing, artificial intelligence and procurement matters. She recently advised Honda Motor Europe on its connected car offering across EMEA, assisted Ricoh Europe on its private cloud relating to critical business systems and worked with the John Lewis Partnership on its day to day technology contracts. ¬†Other key individuals include: principal associate Ben McLeod¬†, who is an expert in technology agreements; and privacy and technology specialist¬†Gayle McFarlane¬†. Toyota, Cadent Gas and Smiths Group are also key clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, with clients that include Balfour Beatty, Centrica and The Financial Times. Andrew Hornigold co-heads the practice and has a notable skillset in transactional matters. He recently advised Sage on its purchase of Fairsail, including the related technology agreements. Fellow practice head Clare Francis focuses on commercial matters, and regularly works on technology agreements.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†work on both contentious and non-contenious IT matters as well as data protection matters. ¬†Andrew Hartshorn¬†heads the team and advises on IT contracts in both the public and private sector. He recently advised the University of Nottingham on the procurement of its student management intranet system. Sophie Saman¬†is ‚Äėan experienced litigator‚Äô and ‚Äėis able to get right to the heart of a case at the outset‚Äô. Barry Jarvis¬†and Martin Noble¬† similarly focus on contentious matters in this space. Uddalak Datta¬†and Stewart Argo¬†¬†are also recommended.

The ‚Äėdeep thinking‚Äô and ‚Äėhighly commercial‚Äô Squire Patton Boggs¬† is particularly active in outsourcing, procurement, digital transformation and cross border matters. The team has been significantly strengthened with the addition of¬†Simon Jones¬†, who formerly headed the technology practice in Leeds and has notable expertise in contractual matters. He recently advised Maplin Electronics on contractual matters. Another key figure is¬†¬†Stuart James¬†, who ‚Äėreally adds value‚Äô and ‚Äėalways discusses the ‚Äúwhat ifs‚ÄĚ‚Äô. He recently advised Firedrake Consulting on its IT contracts with a major retail bank as well as Veolia on renewing its IT arrangements with Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems. Senior associate Sam Tibbetts¬† is also experienced in contractual matters.

Wright Hassall LLP s skillset in this space includes advising on procurements, outsourcing and contractual matters,. Practice head Lindsay Ellis focuses on procurements and outsourcings, and recently advised Q Associates on the procurement of additional hardware and IT implementation of technology for a defence sector intelligence provider. Christine Jackson advises on licensing arrangements and software development, and assisted EOS Electrical Optical Systems with its commercial contracts. She also worked with Cloudview (UK) Limited on a business contract and data processing agreement. Pete Maguire  is another key figure, with a strong expertise in handling outsourcing and commercial contracts.

Birmingham-based Richard Nicholas is a key figure for Browne Jacobson LLP , with expertise in outsourcing and software development agreements. He recently assisted Manchester Underwriting Management on the procurement of its new IT system and advised The National Trust on its CRM and EPOS systems.

Irwin Mitchell is led by Sarah Riding, who is an expert in technology deals. She recently advised the Canal and River Trust on an IT contract and assisted Restore Scan with its outsourcing arrangements. She is assisted by Charlotte Avery, who is an expert in IT and data protection matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular focus on the automotive, engineering, education and healthcare sectors with clients that include MERIT Vanguard, SilverRail Technologies and Patients Know Best. Kevin Calder co-heads the practice and has strong expertise in dealing with public sector bodies on technology-related matters. He advised The British Library on the procurement of its new system that handles its digital archive. Fellow practice head Peter Wainman is an expert in IT and data protection issues. Jayne Hussey advised Elster Metering on its IT arrangements and on changes to data protection law. She also assisted De Montfort University with a complex SAP software agreement. Alasdair Poore also works heavily in the public sector on procurement matters.


Sport

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  1. Sport
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
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Find out which law firms are representing which Sport clients in West Midlands using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

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Beswicks Legal is known nationwide for its strengths in sports law and represents both athletes and clubs mainly in football, cricket and boxing. Gary Mellor  heads the practice and has notable expertise  in employment, commercial, regulatory and contentious issues. Tim Bailey is also a key figure and works predominantly on high profile transactions and crisis management situations. Gareth Wilkinson advises on high-value disputes, particularly in football. Sean O'Toole specialises in boxing-related work and recently advised Callum Smith on image rights and contractual matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP is notably strong in contentious matters relating to employment, contracts and image rights. Mark Hovell   leads the practice and advises on image rights, doping cases and immigration matters, and also sits as an arbitrator. He recently advised Glasgow Rangers on obtaining permits for a number of non-EU players. Employment specialist Richard Santy   advised footballer Eniola Aluko on a racial discrimination claim against former manager Mark Sampson and assisted West Bromwich Albion with the departure of its former manager Tony Pulis. Associate Phil Hutchinson is experienced in sports litigation, primarily for rugby and football.

Wright Hassall LLP predominantly represents sports NGBs, with clients that include Archery GB, Premier Sports Holdings and the Bowls Development Alliance. Richard Lane  heads the practice and recently advised British Showjumping on its contract with Grandstand Media on running the Horse of the Year show. Corporate specialist Robert Lee  worked with the English Schools’ Football Association on incorporating itself as a Charitable Incorporate Organisation and the Bowls Development Alliance on corporate governance matters. He also advised Premier Sports Holdings on its share purchase of B11 Education and assisted Southam Rugby Union Football Club with its transition to a company limited by guarantee. Also recommended are:  Christine Jackson , who focuses on commercial arrangements; Nathan Talbott , who specialises in regulatory and disciplinary work; and associate Kelly Tomkinson , who focuses on immigration matters.

DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in contractual, contentious, employment and finance related matters, with notable strengths in injury or damage claims. Richard Rowe   heads the practice and recently acted for Bedford Town Football Club and its insurer, Zurich, after an opposition player suffered a career ending injury from one of its players. He also advised an F1 Racing team on recovering losses to the damage inflicted upon one of its cars during a practice session.

Gowling WLG  focuses on contentious, regulatory, sponsorship, marketing and media transactions. James Gordon  leads the team and is known for his work on motorsports-related disputes. Commercial disputes expert Andrew Nugent Smith also works on sports-related matters.


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