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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

TMT is the key sector strength of Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘responsive, problem-solving and very well-rounded’ team, which ‘thinks outside the box’. The ‘clever, commercialColin Howesidentifies the important points, never makes mountains out of molehills’, and is ‘very well connected’; he acted for the founders of Blink Entertainment on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Tin Roof Media. He also advised Caravan Media on All3Media’s acquisition of a 25% stake in the company. Mark Phillips advised ChemD Holdings on its merger with Pharmacy2U, and on the subsequent £10m investment in the company by Business Growth Fund. Chemist Direct, Smart Pension and Bounce Ping Pong are recent clients of the practice; Atomico Investments, Forward Internet Group, Virgin Atlantic and Skype founder Niklas Zennström. Tim Parker, who has particular experience in the music, publishing and technology sectors, heads the group. Charles Lévêque, Rhys Llewellyn and Tony Littner are also recommended.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Tapping into the firm’s overall sector specialism in the technology and media space, the ‘responsive and strong’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is particularly accomplished at representing entrepreneurial businesses through the life-cycle of their growth, from seed investment through to late stage venture capital investment and exit. In this capacity clients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach which utilises experts in the IP, corporate and employment practice groups, amongst others. Team head Tony Littner recently advised fast growing fintech start-up, Smart Pension, on a strategic investment by Legal & General Investment Management. Littner also recently advised RSRCHXchange, a cloud-based marketplace and MiFID II workflow solution for accessing institutional research, on its strategic investment from Euclid Opportunities. Associate Felix Wong is also recommended. While it is perhaps better known for its work on the investee side, the firm also handles a significant flow of work for investors including Atomico Ventures, Forward Ventures and PROfounders Capital.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLPhouses clever, client-friendly, professional lawyers’ and the practice is well known for its advice to the firm’s clients from the technology, media and entertainment sectors. Andy Millmore is ‘always on top of all aspects of a case’; Louis Castellani is ‘tactically very astute and able to manage lengthy, challenging, cross-border cases’; and Sandi Simons is focused on contract and commercial matters, and commercial agents’ regulations disputes.

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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 ‘excellent’ team acts for a broad range of domestic and international clients, with an emphasis on the financial services, technology and media sectors. Group head Howard Hymanson, who specialises in high-value litigation, successfully defended a law firm in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former employer before the Employment Tribunal. Clients single out Yvonne Gallagher, who advised Town Legal LLP on the employment aspects of its establishment. Clients also single out Marian Derham, who has particular expertise representing clients in the theatre industry, including the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Starship Technologies, SpareRoom and ASL Aviation Group are also recommended.

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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 continues to advise corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities and subsidised arts organisations, with practice heads David Scott and Colin Howes both recommended. Howes is a longstanding board member of Comic Relief, and the team continues to advise the organisation in a number of areas including charity law, reputation management, employment, fundraising, data protection and IP infringement. Howes is also a board adviser to Virgin Unite (the Virgin Foundation), attending its trustee meetings to advise on legal and governance issues. Recent work for Scott includes advising Free the Children UK in relation to ongoing governance and compliance matters as well as on matters of brand management, immigration and employment. The firm is also instructed by a high-profile charity in relation to an ongoing Charity Commission investigation.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘a sensible firm that knows exactly what it is doing. It puts the client at the forefront of its practice. It is a modern and innovative firm with an enviable client list which properly reflects the high quality of the service it consistently provides’. The ‘sympathetic and very knowledgeableTom Farley-Hills has ‘the right instinct on cases’, and Linzi Bull can ‘navigate through the difficult facts and then move seamlessly into settlement discussions’. Associate Lidia Cantele is ‘a smart and engaging lawyer’. The team has grown significantly with the recent arrival of Catherine Bedford, Nicholas Westley and Mark Irving from Lee & Thompson LLP.

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

At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Glen Atchison’s principal focus is advising UK-resident and non-resident high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on diverse issues, ranging from tax-efficient international succession planning and structuring to the use of trusts or other bespoke arrangements to trace and protect assets. A significant proportion of the team’s work has an international dimension, and it acts for many very significant clients and family offices, including numerous billionaires, on a wide range of private client issues.

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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 ‘very well informed’ team has particular expertise in the media, leisure and entertainment sectors. In recent headline work, Melanie Benson acted for Really Useful Theatres Group on its acquisition of 6 Catherine Street (off Drury Lane), and practice head Robert Reilly continued to assist The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with the development of its campus. Another name to note is Leo Marino, who has ‘excellent legal and commercial knowledge’; particularly active in the investments sub-sector, he has been advising a number of investment syndicates including on the purchase of the Castle View Shopping Centre in Caerphilly. The practice is also present in the retail sector, where it acts for the likes of Wolford London and IMO Car Wash.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Highlights for Harbottle & Lewis LLP included advising Open Table International on its UK data protection compliance, assisting Hindawi with an audit of its data protection and marketing practices, and advising Virgin Red on data compliance including the collection and sharing of third party sources of data. Daniel Tozer and Jo Sanders jointly lead the group; Tozer focuses on non-contentious commercial data protection, while Sanders is recommended for contentious matters. Senior associate Rebecca Collard is also well regarded. The team’s client list includes We Charity, Pokémon Company International and Sony Home Entertainment.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Gerrard Tyrrell heads the department and has extensive experience representing senior members of the Royal Family. His recent work includes successfully representing HM The Queen in a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) relating to a misleading front page headline published by The Sun; acting for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George in an IPSO complaint against The Daily Express and OK! regarding the publication of a photograph of Prince George; and advising HRH Prince Henry of Wales in an IPSO complaint against The Daily Star concerning an accuracy complaint. The team also acted for Melania Trump in a dispute with the Daily Mail relating to false claims; represented over 80 victims of phone hacking in pursuing claims against News Group Newspapers; and successfully acted for Kim Kardashian West against Closer, following the publication of false claims relating to a Parisian robbery. John Kellyknows his stuff’ and Jo Sanders is ‘excellent’; senior associate Louise Prince is also noted.

Leading individuals

Gerrard Tyrrell - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Next generation lawyers

Louise Prince - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP continues to make its mark in sponsorship and has enhanced its trade mark and brand-related portfolio management offering with the recruitment of trade mark practitioner Georgy Evans, who joined from Bristows LLP. The arrival of sports marketing specialist Andy Korman from Couchmans LLP strengthened the firm’s sports practice, which continues to act for major global brands on sports marketing matters and their advertising campaigns. Other areas of expertise include protecting brand owners from defamatory statements by competitors, broadcasters and the public via social media, and area in which the firm has ‘a first-class reputation’. Notable highlights included assisting with advertising clearance matters for a range of domestic and international clients; advising Infiniti, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan, on its partnership and technical collaboration with the Renault Sport F1 team; and acting for celebrities including Kate Moss and David and Victoria Beckham on the management of their global trade mark portfolios as well as brand protection and exploitation. Andy Millmore leads the team, which includes Kostyantyn Lobov, who advises brands and advertising agencies on regulatory and clearance issues, including handling of investigations by the ASA; and Daniel Tozer, who advises agencies on their commercial contracts and counts Droga5 as his client. Also recommended are Bob Mitchell, consultant Dalton Odendaal and Michael Lister, who have notable experience advising on sponsorship matters; and IP litigators Jeremy Morton and Shireen Peermohamed.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s team is ‘very responsive’ and ‘extremely commercial’. Practice head Daniel Tozer is an expert in complex technology transactions. His recent highlights include advising Virgin on its app-based members club Virgin Red, and handling various technology deals for Telenor. Tony Ballard, who heads the telecoms practice, has significant experience in broadcasting law. Ballard advised Route Research on contracts for the funding and commissioning of a six-year research project, and assisted Telenor Satellite with an agreement between satellite operators that would make available satellite Ka-band capacity and its integration into a lessee’s own satellite infrastructure. Senior Associate Rebecca Collard specialises in disruptive technology.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s team is renowned for its work in the technology, media and entertainment sections, with clients including Invictus Games Foundation. Known for his particular expertise in the technology sector, Jeremy Morton is ‘an extremely skilled lawyer’, who stands out for his ‘swift turn around’ of work and ‘responsive’ approach. Shireen Peermohamed is known for her work in contentious IP, with experience in handling litigation and ADR. Other key figures include contentious IP expert Andy Millmore, broadcasting specialist Tony Ballard and trade mark expert Georgy Evans. Recent work highlights include handling trade mark and copyright matters for the estate of Sir Terry Pratchett, and advising Warpaint Cosmetics on its branding, packaging and product design. New clients include independent games publisher System 3 Software and the online messaging platform Emoticast.

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

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘commercially aware’ team delivers ‘swift responses’ and is noted for its expertise in video games, film and television, music and publishing, as well as media finance matters. Headline film work includes acting as production counsel for Amblin Partners for the film Entebbe; and advising Marv Films on the financing and production of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In the music sphere, it advised artist Floating Points on signing an exclusive publishing deal with BMG, while its publishing team advises Hachette UK Publishing Group on contentious and non-contentious copyright issues. Theatre highlights included advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on rights, financing and contractual issues. Microsoft, The Pokémon Company International, Paramount Pictures, Universal Music Group and New Sparta Films are also clients. Publishing head Shireen Peermohamed handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and is assisted by senior associate Alex Hardy. Video games lawyer Mark Phillips and Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games (and is also active in the film sector), co-head the interactive entertainment team. Jonathan Berger (noted for his ‘excellent negotiating skills’) heads the film and TV department where media finance head Abigail Payne advises on film and television development, production, financing and distribution. Recently promoted partner Sarah Lazarides is also recommended on the film and TV side. Music head Chloe Forsyth is ‘incredibly hardworking’ and provides ‘commercial and clear advice’. Other key figures include ‘theatre expertNeil Adleman, Charles Leveque, who is noted for media finance work, and senior associates Michael Lister and Rebecca Collard.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Mark Phillips - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Computer games)

Neil Adleman - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Theatre)

Shireen Peermohamed - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Publishing)

Leading individuals: Media finance

Abigail Payne - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Hardy - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Publishing)

Sarah Lazarides - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Film and TV)

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The full-service department at Harbottle & Lewis LLP has longstanding corporate, commercial, regulatory and brand management experience in a wide range of sports. Practice head Bob Mitchell acted for Virgin Media on its three-year shirt sponsorship agreement with Southampton FC, constituting the client’s first entry into the Premier League football shirt sponsorship market. He also assisted Tyson Fury and his promoter, Hennessy Sports, with handling various high-profile media stories concerning Fury, and with Fury’s vacation of his world titles in October 2016. The Team England Player Partnership is another of Mitchell’s clients. Senior associate Michael Lister advised Nissan on its brand ambassador deals with athletes including Sergio Agüero and Gareth Bale, in support of its UEFA Champions’ League sponsorship. Lister also acted for Team Secret on its relocation to the UK, as well as handling player contracts, sponsorships, investment arrangements, brand management and the client’s expansion into the US. Sports marketing specialist Andy Korman, who joined from Couchmans LLP in June 2016, acted for Betway on the extension of its principal partner deal with West Ham United FC, and advised Trackstars on all commercial contract matters for Sir Chris Hoy, including an ambassadorial contract with British Cycling and its new lead partner, HSBC. Louis Castellani is active in sports litigation, and consultant Dalton Odendaal is recommended for sporting events.

Next generation lawyers

Michael Lister - Harbottle & Lewis 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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