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Bill Thatcher

Work 01223 461155

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Technology section.


Specialist in commercial work with emphasis on intellectual property (including in particular research and development and technology transfer); IT and e-commerce.


Articled Hewitsons; qualified 1990; partner 1997.


Sherborne School; Magdalene College, Cambridge (1981 BSc).

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Hewitsons is a strong regional player with a loyal client base in the local business community around Cambridge. Working closely with the firm’s corporate finance team, the corporate practice acts for owner-managed businesses in a wide range of industries and has extensive experience in capital markets transactions. It is also growing its M&A profile for technology-related SMEs in the region, as well as handling transactions and fundraising for larger UK companies and overseas enterprises. 2016 highlights included advising AIM-listed LiDCO Group on a £3m private placement and share subscription. The firm also counts US corporation SMC, Nuformix, Amino Technologies and Domino Printing Sciences among its clients. Head of corporate James Lawrence and partner Jason Williams are known for their depth of experience and their pragmatic approach to transactions. On the commercial side, Andrew Priest specialises in technology and outsourcing deals, and Bill Thatcher often acts for public-sector organisations, charities and multinational technology companies.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Hewitsons is known for the high quality of its IT-related advice and has a client base that includes Microsoft Corporation and other household names in the technology sector. Bill Thatcher is ‘extremely diligent, cool-headed and clear thinking; his well-reasoned, considered advice is always of the highest quality’. One client notes that ‘he has the rare and uncanny ability to clarify the complex and has an impressive grasp of clients’ businesses’. Head of technology Andrew Priest is highly experienced in IT outsourcing and technology licensing deals. European Molecular Biology Laboratory and The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation are all clients of the firm. Recent highlights include advising a US-headquartered global company on research and development collaborations involving complex IT and IP issues.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Hewitsonsprovides a very good level of service’ to both small businesses and multinationals. ‘Responses are timely, the advice is solid and reasoned, and the firm has a detailed understanding of clients’ business.’ The ‘extremely diligent, cool-headed and deep-thinkingBill Thatcher provides ‘advice of the highest quality – well reasoned and carefully considered’. Litigator Mark Elmslieprovides pragmatic advice; he is a good communicator who tells it as it is’. Head of technology Andrew Priest is also recommended. Elmslie advised the British Institute of Interior Design on branding and design registration, and assisted Invivoscribe Technologies with retrospective patent actions against infringements of its gene technology patents.

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