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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘knowledgeableTim Parker heads Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘efficient and skilful’ team, which includes the ‘helpful, pragmatic and tenaciousCharles Leveque. Colin Howes acted for The Learning Clinic on the sale of its shares to System C and Tony Littner assisted Brandwatch with its acquisition of PeerIndex.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘pragmatic and responsive’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP has ‘excellent technology industry knowledge’ and is able to leverage the firm’s broader IP and technology teams to provide an all-encompassing service to investors and investees throughout the investment lifecycle. ‘Knowledgeable and personable’ team head Tony Littner provides ‘a nice balance between getting what the client wants done and challenging appropriately when needed’. Aided by ‘calm and capable’ associate Felix Wong, Littner recently advised Brandwatch on its $33m Series C financing.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is recommended for its advice to media, entertainment and technology clients, and also represents retail, finance and private capital clients. Key figures include the ‘commercially astuteSandi Simons, Louis Castellani, who is ‘a clever strategist’, and Andy Millmore.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

For some, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘top of the tree’ for reputation management. The practice, which is valued for its ‘superb knowledge’ of this area, is regularly called on to advise senior members of the royal family; in 2015 Gerrard Tyrell (‘knows all the answers’) successfully represented HRH the Duke of York in a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation pertaining to a breach of privacy by the Daily Mail. Also recommended are the ‘outstandingJo Sanders, who is ‘able to work out novel solutions to seemingly impossible situations’; and the ‘first-classJohn Kelly.

Leading individuals

Gerrard Tyrrell - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘faultless team’ has a particularly strong capability in the media and entertainment sector, and is ‘a first-class firm for theatre clients’ including the National Theatre, Really Useful Theatre Group and Nimax Theatres. ‘Fast-acting and compassionate’ practice head Howard Hymanson stands out for his expertise in psychiatric illness cases and bullying in the workplace. Other key names include ‘extraordinary lawyerMarian Derham and the ‘practical and pragmaticYvonne Gallagher.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for- profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides ‘an exceptional’ level of service and advice that is ‘always ahead of the curve’. The entertainment firm excels in advising charities and foundations in that sector, including Comic Relief, Donmar Warehouse and Invictus Games Foundation. David Scott heads the group, which includes ‘standout starColin Howes.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘particularly well known for its representation of sports people and clients in the media and entertainment industry’. Team head Tom Farley-Hills is ‘as comfortable litigating as he is negotiating, mediating or arbitrating’. Linzi Bull is ‘a highly impressive family lawyer with terrific client skills’.

Leading individuals

Tom Farley-Hills - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘very responsive, pragmatic and efficient team’ advises UK-resident and international high-net-worth individuals on tax structuring and succession planning, the use of trusts and asset protection. Team head Glen Atchison is ‘always available and goes the extra mile to assist clients’. Also recommended are ‘technically strong’ partner Chris Moorcroft and non-lawyer Gary Ashford, who is experienced in serious tax investigations and large tax disputes.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s practice draws on the firm’s strength in the media sector to advise clients such as Really Useful Theatres and The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama on a range of development and investment projects. Robert Reilly heads the team, which includes the ‘excellentLeo Marino and the ‘highly skilledMelanie Benson.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLPhas impressively broad expertise and deals with all instructions promptly and efficiently’. Practice head Andy Millmore advised lifestyle management service provider Quintessentially on rules surrounding influencer marketing. Sponsorship group head Bob Mitchell is assisting Nissan following its appointment as global partner of the International Cricket Council. Other clients include Diageo, HSBC, the estate of Sir Terry Pratchett, and advertising agencies Droga5 and Proud Robinson.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘fantasticHarbottle & Lewis LLPalways provides spot-on advice’. ‘Immensely knowledgeable’ practice head Daniel Tozer acts for Virgin Red, Civitas Learning and Crowd Emotion.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘always quick to respond and provides practical, business-oriented advice’. Daniel Tozer is head of technology and Tony Ballard is head of telecoms. Clients include Telenor Satellite, Virgin Group and Microsoft.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Clients of Harbottle & Lewis LLP appreciate its ‘depth of industry knowledge, particularly in the technology, media and entertainment sectors’. Recent instructions include defending in a High Court trade mark and unregistered design right claim, acting in a patent licensing matter related to software and the internet, and assisting with a trade mark infringement claim. Key figures include ‘knowledgeable and tenacious’ contentious IP specialist Andy Millmore, and Jeremy Morton and Shireen Peermohamed, who are ‘commercial and pragmatic’.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘exceptionalHarbottle & Lewis LLP’s clients include MARV Films, which Jonathan Berger advised on the production and financing of Eddie the Eagle; musician James Ford, whom the ‘excellentChloe Forsyth advises; Hachette, which Shireen Peermohamed assists with a broad range of issues; and Altara Games, which Alan Moss (who is active in both video games and film) advises. Video games lawyer Mark Phillips and theatre lawyer Neil Adleman are also recommended. Abigail Payne handles media finance for banks, regional funds and crowdfunding platforms.

Leading individuals: media and entertainment

Mark Phillips - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Computer games)

Neil Adleman - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Theatre)

Leading individuals: media finance

Abigail Payne - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is lauded for its ‘industry insight’ and its ‘strong partner involvement’. Practice head Bob Mitchell led advice to Tyson Fury and promoter Mick Hennessy on the contracts and staging arrangements for the boxer’s world championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Demonstrating its cricketing credentials, it advised Andrew Strauss on his appointment to the role of Director of English Cricket. Dalton Odendaal is experienced in relation to events staging and serves as general counsel for the Invictus Games. Senior associates Michael Lister and Anil Matharu are other names to note. Sport marketing specialist Andy Korman joined the firm in June 2016 from Couchmans LLP.

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Legal Developments by:
Harbottle & Lewis LLP

  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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