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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

Harbottle & Lewis LLP acts for a number of owned-managed businesses, including high-profile companies such as Skype and Virgin Atlantic, in the technology, media, communications, entertainment, leisure and aviation industries, among others. Colin Howes and Tim Parker lead the practice; Parker recently advised longstanding client Victoria Beckham Limited on a £30m investment into the company from private equity firm NEO Investment Partners. Other highlights included Mark Phillips acting for international performance marketing agency Forward Dimension Capital on its acquisition by The Stagwell Group; Rhys Llewellyn advising the shareholders of Make It Cheaper Group, a business price comparison service, on an investment in the company made by private equity firm ECI Partners; Tony Littner assisting social intelligence company Runtime Collective with its acquisition of BuzzSumo; and Charles Lévêque advising the shareholders of language services provider Translate Plus on the sale of the company to Prodigious. Atomico Investments, Forward Internet Group, ISAM and Bounce Ping Pong are also clients.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Leveraging the expertise of the firm's IP and technology teams, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is well-placed to provide an excellent service to entrepreneurial media and technology businesses throughout their investment lifecycle. 'Very impressive' team head Tony Littner is regularly at the forefront of the most significant matters handled by the team including the recent work for fintech company, Smart Pension, on its £15m Series B round of investment and his representation of RSRCHXchange, a cloud-based marketplace and MiFID ii workflow solution for accessing institutional research, on its strategic investment from Euclid Opportunities, NEX Group’s financial technology investment business. Although the firm is better known for its work on behalf of investees, it does handle a not insignificant flow of investor mandates, as exemplified by Charles Lévêque's recent work for Kairos Ventures on its Series A investment in Neuro-Bio, a biotechnology company developing innovative treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP 'provides an excellent commercial litigation service; its partners and associates have real litigation experience and the full confidence of their clients'. The commercial litigation group represents clients across the firm's core technology, media and entertainment sectors; it also acts for clients operating in the retail and financial sectors, and high-net-worth clients from the firm’s private capital practice. The team acted for Universal Pictures Visual Programming in defending a claim brought against it by entities, which alleged breach of contract. Dispute resolution head Andy Millmore  'has an eye for strategy, pays close attention to detail and is very good at working out the strengths and weaknesses of cases'; Louis Castellani's 'approach combines tough-mindedness with excellent judgment'; and Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head. The key senior associates are 'rising star' Matt Leverton and Melanie Hart.

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London: Human resources

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

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'responsive, flexible and unstuffy' department is led by the 'very bright and unconventional' Howard Hymanson, who is 'excellent at spotting and taking up novel points and has a great eye for the bigger picture'. Hymanson focuses on employment litigation and recently defended a client in unfair dismissal and age discrimination claims. Other key practitioners include Marian Derham and Yvonne Gallagher; Derham assisted a senior executive with her exit from Channel 4 and appointment to Apple TV and Gallagher advised Accession Healthcare on the exit of a founding member.

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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 advice that is ‚Äėconsidered, thorough and appropriate at all times‚Äô. Clients appreciate that Colin Howes‚Äô ‚Äėinput is always excellent. His advice draws on his knowledge of and expertise at dealing with the Charity Commission‚Äô. Clients are ‚Äėparticularly impressed by his ability to bring a complex negotiation to a speedy conclusion without exerting undue pressure‚Äô. Howes is a long standing member of Comic Relief and the team continues to advise the charity on various matters encompassing charity law alongside broader issues relating to reputation management, fundraising and other issues such as data protection. Howes is also a board adviser to Virgin Unite (which is the Virgin Group‚Äôs charitable foundation). The team continues to advise corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities and subsidised arts organisations as well as a number of new and innovative charities. David Scott¬†advises some very high profile charities on all charity law issues in addition to advising high-net-worth individuals on their personal philanthropy.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬†is a ‚Äėvery high-performing central London family law team with a top class client base and first-rate lawyers‚Äô. Catherine Bedford, Nicholas Westley¬† and¬†Mark Irving¬† are all ‚Äėbig hitters who have a steely determination in terms of getting the best results for their clients‚Äô. Tom Farley-Hills¬†is ‚Äėincredibly good at spotting the strengths and weaknesses in a case from the beginning and his client care is fantastic‚Äô. Associate Lidia Cantele¬†is ‚Äėdogged and determined but hides this behind a beguiling and friendly approach‚Äô. The team is best known for representing wealthy clients who have public profiles to protect.¬†Linzi Bull¬†recently moved to Penningtons Manches 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

Glen Atchison¬†heads the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬† whose ‚Äėindustry knowledge and response times are excellent‚Äô. Atchison focuses on advising UK resident and non-resident ultra-high-net-worth individuals on multifarious issues. These issues range from tax efficient international succession planning and structuring through to the use of trusts /other arrangements to trace and protect assets. The ‚Äėpragmatic and proactive‚Äô Chris Moorcroft¬†has a strong reputation for his work on international tax and trust structures for individuals, both UK resident and non-UK resident. Moorcroft is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent client relationship skills‚Äô. Senior associate Caroline Rao¬† ‚Äėhas been very helpful on a complicated legacy matter and I would highly recommend her‚Äô. Jonathan Burt¬† has recently moved from Harcus Sinclair LLP¬†and has a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa as well as on helping US citizens who live outside America.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Burt - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

As a firm that ‚Äėreally understands key points to secure a transaction‚Äô, Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬†is particularly strong in UK lease negotiations and has unique experience acting for theatre and cinema companies. In one stand-out matter, Robert Reilly¬†advised London Theatre Company on the pre-let agreement for the 1 Tower Bridge development and also advised on the final transaction documentation. Reilly also assisted Chester Performing Arts Centre with its 20-year lease agreement in a space including parts of Chester‚Äôs former Odeon Theatre. Similarly, Melanie Benson¬†assisted Kobalt Music Group with the negotiation of its new head office lease near Cannon Street. Additional letting highlights include advising The Framestore on the multimillion-pound lease of its new head office at Chancery Lane, and acting for Really Useful Theatres Group in relation to subletting agreements for a restaurant premises. Also recommended are Leo Marino¬†and¬†Lee Greaves.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The multi-disciplinary data protection team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is 'a pleasure to work with' and comprises of lawyers specialising in data, reputation management, technology and employment law. It was recently instructed by Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays on a substantial GDPR compliance project. In another work highlight the group advised Map Patient Healthcare of data privacy issues relating to its developing technology which would allow NHS patients to access real-time information about A&E departments. Daniel Tozer (who attracts praise for his 'timely and incredibly commercial advice') and Jo Sanders jointly head the practice which is highlighted as 'excellent value for money'.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬† has¬†‚Äėa strong team that provides a cost-effective service for clients‚Äô. ¬†The team advise high net-worth individuals, corporates and brands on defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection issues and also engage in pre-publication action on behalf of their clients. The firm has successfully represented several members of the British royal family against publications like Mail Online and Closer Magazine. Other work included representing The First Lady of the United States of America Melania Trump in successful defamation proceedings against The Daily Mail and obtaining an on-air apology for Pets at Home Limited following the finding of the BBC Trust that a Watchdog programme lacked accuracy and had failed to be impartial. The team is led by the ‚Äėtactically astute‚Äô Gerrard Tyrell¬†, ‚Äėable‚Äô Jo Sanders¬† and ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô John Kelly¬†.

Leading individuals

Gerrard Tyrrell - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Jo Sanders - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

John Kelly - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Next generation lawyers

Louise Prince - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Stephen Hudson - 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¬† is a ‚Äėreputable company with skilled practitioners‚Äô and has a strong offering in portfolio management, sponsorship, advertising and influencer marketing. Andy Millmore¬† and the recently promoted partner Michael Lister¬† jointly head the advertising team, taking on¬†complex and high- value sponsorship and advertising matters . Other figures to note are¬†Shireen Peermohamed¬†whose expertise covers¬†strategic advice on the protection and commercial exploitation of brands, Jeremy Morton¬† in IP litigation and brand enforcement, and Bob Mitchell¬† on sport-focused sponsorship work; he recently assisted SportPesa on it's shirt sponsorship with Everton Football Club. ‚ÄėDiligent‚Äô senior associate Kostyantyn Lobov in brand management and advertising is praised by clients as 'a key asset in the team'. Andy Korman¬†joined The Sports Consultancy and Georgy Evans¬†joined¬†Lewis Silkin LLP. Sacha Wilson¬† joined in May 2018 from¬†Bristows LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Michael Lister - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The IT and telecoms practice at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is instructed by well-known brands such as Virgin Group and Microsoft in addition to advising tech start-up companies. The group advised Expedia on its strategic agreement with Thomas Cook for the use of Expedia's booking platform for all hotel-only sales on online distribution channels across Europe. It also acted for the international car wash company Anduff on outsourcing project arrangements with Infor. Daniel Tozer heads up the department which includes recently promoted partner Michael Lister.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

With 'faultless professionalism' Harbottle & Lewis LLP's intellectual property group has been highlighted as being 'simply fantastic', particularly in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. The group is instructed to defend two defendants against the owners of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand in a complex High Court trade mark infringement case. The department also has experience acting in patent litigation and infringement advice, particularly in the software and technology sectors. Jeremy Morton heads up the firm's IP litigation team and led the establishment of an IP holding company created following the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, this has included handling the transfer and enforcement of rights. Singled out for her 'extensive knowledge', Shireen Peermohamed attracts praise for 'striking the perfect balance between professionalism and warmth'. Peermohamed, ably supported by the 'excellent and diligent' Kostyantyn Lobov, is instructed by a major US automotive brand to handle all UK IP rights enforcement, including in relation to the misuse of their branding on car parts and accessories. The group was strengthened with the arrivals of chartered trade mark attorney Sharon Daboul and several new associates. Georgy Evans left the team to join Lewis Silkin LLP and Rebecca Collard joined Aegis.

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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 is active across publishing, music, film and TV, theatre, gaming and digital media mandates. It also boasts strong media financing capabilities. Mark Phillips is experienced in video gaming and co-heads the interactive entertainment team with Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games; he regularly advises leading publishers, financiers and developers, and also handles commercial and IP related matters. Clients in this space include Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and The Pokémon Company International. Abigail Payne is active across film and television development, production, financing and distribution, and heads the media finance team, which includes Charles Lévêque and associate Katrien Roos. TV and film department head Jonathan Berger acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, major independent producers, distributors and financiers and advised Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), alongside Moss, as production and financing counsel on the independent feature film Juliet, Naked. Sarah Lazarides  regularly acts as production counsel on films and television programmes, and Peter Armstrong acts for major US studios on film and television matters. Associates Harriet Stone, Louis Huglin and Clare Zucker are also key members of the TV and film department. Chloe Forsyth heads the music team, which includes consultant George Babbington, and continues to act for James Ford on his producer arrangements with artists. Theatre team head Neil Adleman is advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on its transfer to Broadway and Australia; and advised the producers of Young Frankenstein on rights, corporate and contractual issues. Shireen Peermohamed leads the publishing practice, which includes senior associate Alex Hardy, and acts for clients such as Hachette UK Publishing Group, Bloomsbury, Egmont and The Publishers Association. Recently promoted partner Michael Lister specialises in eSports and Kostyantyn Lobov, who handles IP and advertising issues affecting clients in the games industry, has been promoted to senior associate. Sacha Wilson joined in 2018 from Bristows LLP. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

Leading individuals

Abigail Payne (Media Finance) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Mark Phillips (Computer games) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Neil Adleman (Theatre) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Shireen Peermohamed (Publishing) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Hardy (Publishing) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Active across a wide range of sports, the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is especially strong in high-profile commercial agreements and event-staging; it counts sportspeople, clubs and governing bodies among its client roster. Group head Bob Mitchell assisted Cricket West Indies with reviewing its governance and contractual relationships, and advised the British Amateur Gymnastics Association on revising its 'Performance Athlete Agreement' for its World Class Programme. He also acted for The Queen's Club on its agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association to stage the Aegon Championships. Michael Lister advised Watford FC on its largest shirt sponsorship deal to date, and assisted Emirates with renewing its sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC and Real Madrid CF. He also acted for Volkswagen on its four-year sponsorship agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). England Hockey, Hennessy Sports Worldwide and the Invictus Games Foundation are additional clients.

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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