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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘superb’ team regularly acts for FTSE 100 companies in the industrial, retail, health and financial services sectors. Key figures include the ‘technically excellent’ Michael Lowry, newly promoted partner Simon Lofthouse and consultant Ian Sampson.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘very reliable’ practice is led by Mark Vipan in Leeds and Roger Gough in Sheffield. Other key figures include Richard Norman, who leads on litigation and regulatory matters, and the ‘efficient but tough’ Simon Kenyon, who handles disputes for private sector and government clients.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘excellent’ group primarily act for customers and suppliers in the retail, energy, healthcare and public sectors. Practice head Michael Stevens specialises in cross-border IT contracts and outsourcings.

At Clarion, Matthew Hattersley’s ‘exceptional and business-minded’ team was recently strengthened by the arrival of the ‘client-centricDavid Cunningham from Bond Dickinson LLP. Also recommended are Dominic Higham, who advises government and private sector clients on IT and outsourcing disputes, and senior associate Fiona Marr.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team is headed by Michael Peeters, who acts for suppliers and customers in IT matters with an international element. Richard Watkinson, who specialises in outsourcing matters, recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Eversheds LLP’s group is noted for its ‘good industry knowledge and useful commercial advice’. Practice head Simon Jones specialises in outsourcing contracts, as well as cloud computing. The ‘incredibly helpfulJames Hyde leads on IT disputes, including systems procurement, software development, licensing, outsourcing and cybersecurity.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘excellent’ team is jointly led by Joanne Bone, who specialises in IT contracts and compliance issues, and Alex Newman, who handles contentious matters.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Martin Priestley leads the team on all non-contentious matters, while Andrew Masterson leads on contentious work. Lisa Harley, who specialises in major government outsourcing projects, joined from DLA Piper UK LLP. Richard Watkinson is now at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

3volution Limited’s ‘practical and commercial’ team is led by the ‘very responsive’ Louise Handley, who is experienced in a wide range of IT matters, including system implementation, social media and e-commerce. Sara Ludlam advises SMEs and international clients on software issues.

Led by Paul Berwin, Berwins’ team primarily advises software companies and digital agencies on contracts, often with an international element.

Percy Crow Davis & Co’s practice is led by Dai Davis, who specialises in non-contentious software and IT security matters, including cloud computing, social media and open-source software.

Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
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Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is headed by Patrick Cantrill, ‘who is very good with clients’ and specialises in high-profile patent infringement, as well as entitlement and validity actions. Recent highlights include representing Jemella in a number of disputes against importers and infringers concerning the client’s ghd hair straightener.

DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘a pleasure to work with’. The Leeds team is led by Chris Tulley while Richard Taylor heads the national group in Sheffield. Clients include GE Healthcare, Puma and Marriott Hotels. Tulley has been acting for Heineken in a number of trade mark disputes.

James Love Legal is ‘an outstanding’ boutique firm that handles all aspects of IP law for clients across a broad range of industry sectors. Headed by the ‘friendly and approachable’ James Love, the firm’s recent highlights include advising Bestival on trade mark disputes. The ‘responsive and experienced’ Lindsey Wrenn is also recommended.

Kempner & Partners LLP’s ‘proactive, commercial and cost-effective’ practice handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular strength in international disputes. Richard Kempner has been leading the team acting for JD Sports in a trade mark dispute against Chinese e-commerce company Beijing Jing Dong. Clients also recommend Martin Delafaille.

3volution Limited’s ‘excellent’ group is noted for its ‘deep understanding of what clients need’. Practice head Louise Handley acts for a wide range of clients including SMEs and universities. The ‘brilliant’ Sara Ludlam specialises in licensing and litigation. The practice also advises on IP portfolio management issues.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team is led by the ‘efficient’ Georgina Powling, who recently made partnership and has ‘sound negotiation skills’. Powling advises FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients on all IP aspects of corporate transactions and licensing agreements, as well as infringement matters.

Led by Leigh Martin, the ‘knowledgeable’ team at Clarion advises on all aspects of IP law, including patent, design, trade mark and protection of confidential information. Clients include Hard Rock Café, Arla Foods and LNT.

HGF Law has particular expertise in IP litigation in the healthcare and retail sectors, as well as patent litigation. Martyn Fish has been leading the team representing Toyota in a number of enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters. Litigation specialist Paul Sanderson heads the team.

Irwin Mitchell has been handling a growing number of matters concerning changes to the data protection regime. The practice is jointly led by highly rated litigator Alex Newman and Joanne Bone, who advises on trade mark and design protection matters. Associate Emma Yates is recommended for her ‘sound, commercial approach’.

John Sykes leads the team at Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, which is noted for its ‘excellent, pragmatic advice’. It handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Sykes handles IP aspects of corporate transactions, as well as complex disputes.

Squire Patton Boggs has particular expertise in criminal prosecutions concerning IP, as well as civil litigation. The team is led by the well-regarded Andrew Clay, who specialises in patent litigation and breach of confidence actions.

Boutique firm Virtuoso Legal specialises in IP protection, enforcement and portfolio management. The ‘practical, realistic and client-friendly’ Elizabeth Ward heads the practice and acts for pharmaceuticals and biotech companies. ‘Smart and tactical’ senior associate Catherine Bell is also recommended.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘very capable’ department is headed by Rupert Bent and includes senior associate Heather Williams, who now heads the trade mark team following her arrival from Appleyard Lees. The group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the food and retail sectors.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s practice is headed by Marie Kell, who handles data protection matters. Litigation partner Nick Dean specialises in patent actions and passing-off claims.

Berwins provides ‘excellent and comprehensive service’ on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Practice head Paul Berwin advises on trade mark and strategic IP protection. Clients recommend associates James Martin and James Talbot.

DWF’s team includes Sean Caldwell, who has particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Emma Roe joined Shulmans in 2016.

At Gordons LLP, department head Matthew Howarth handles litigation, trade mark, database rights, copyright, design rights and patent matters. Consultant Peter Barton advises on trade mark and patent licensing.

Percy Crow Davis & Co’s ‘very knowledgeable’ group is led by the ‘highly practical’ Dai Davis, who acts for universities and charities, as well as companies and individuals. Davis handles a wide range of non-contentious IP work, with a strong focus on licensing transactions.

Led by Louise Fullwood, Pinsent Masons LLP’s team primarily acts for clients in the public and life sciences sectors, and is increasingly focusing on the construction and energy sectors. The group has seen a significant growth in IP litigation.

Rollits LLP’s team primarily acts for clients in the food, manufacturing and charity sectors, with particular expertise in IP licensing work for food companies. Keith Benton leads the team.


Index of tables

  1. Sport
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A ‘well-established firm with a solid reputation’, McCormicks continues to act for the Premier League on a wide range of matters, including successfully representing the organisation in a challenge brought by HMRC concerning the Football Creditor Rules. Other clients include the Ryman Isthmian Football League and Leeds United FC. Peter McCormick ‘has been a leader in the field for many years’.

Walker Morris LLP’s group is singled out for providing ‘advice that is always tailored to clients’ needs’. Led by David Hinchcliffe, who specialises in football club finance, the group is often instructed by football club owners such as Sheffield Wednesday FC and Crystal Palace FC. It also advises financial institutions, including Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. Senior associate Katie Reed ‘will go the extra mile to ensure a good result’.

Jointly led by Chris Allen and associate Andrew Boyde, Blacks Solicitors LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’ on a wide range of sports law matters, including sports injury. Former practice head Stephen Lownsbrough has retired.

Clarion’s multidisciplinary team is led by IP head Leigh Martin, who advises on image rights agreements with players, as well as endorsement and advertising issues. Clients include the British Grand Prix venue Silverstone Circuit.

Front Row Legal’s Richard Cramer specialises in dispute resolution matters for high-profile clients. The firm also handles sponsorship, merchandising and player remuneration matters.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s cross-departmental team is led by Giles Searby, whose client base includes Southampton FC, Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield Eagles. Although it primarily acts for sports clubs, the group also advises specialist sports companies and individuals.

Shulmans’ multidisciplinary practice is headed by Rob Lucas, who acts for national and international clients. Lucas led the team advising BDO Events on a wide range of matters concerning the client’s organisation of UK and overseas darts tournaments, including branding and trade mark issues, sponsorship and merchandising matters.

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