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Shoosmiths LLP

FIRST FLOOR, WITAN GATE HOUSE, 500-600 WITAN GATE WEST, MILTON KEYNES, MK9 1SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 868300
Fax:
Fax 03700 868301
DX:
729360 MK 15
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Laurence Kaye

Tel:
Work 03700 868335
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Technology, media and commercial.

Position

Laurence leads Shoosmiths’ publishing and digital media team. He provides strategically-focused advice to publishers, media and technology companies on e-commerce projects and on exploitating their intellectual property in digital and ‘offline’ forms. He also advises established brands and start-ups on ‘multi-channel’, e-commerce projects across a wide range of industries. He is known for delivering strategic commercial insight and innovative legal solutions with high quality technical legal work. Neil Blair, of Pottermore, wrote about the work done by Laurence’s team: ‘throughout, they have showed professionalism, sector expertise and an innovative and proactive approach in providing practical solutions to the many legal issues with which we have been faced.’ Laurence combines this cutting-edge legal work with strategic and policy-related work in the field of copyright and online law. In his capacity as copyright adviser to the European Publishers Council (http://epceurope.eu/), he has advised and been actively involved on the Data Protection Directives, the Copyright Directive, the Database Directive and the E-Commerce Directive Directives. He also regularly chairs issue-driven workshops for in-house lawyers and has written and led a range of training modules for in house legal teams. Laurence practises what he preaches. He’s a regular writer and lecturer on copyright, digital media and other IP issues, and an active blogger on digital media law (http://laurencekaye.typepad.com/) and can be found on Twitter @laurencekaye.

Career

Trained Breecher & Co; qualified 1975; partner Brecher & Co 1977-80; partner Saunders Sobell 1980-94; partner Simkins Partnership 1994-98; partner Paisner & Co 1998-2000; partner Garretts 2000-02; principal Laurence Kaye Solicitors 2002-13; partner Shoosmiths 2013 to date.

Languages

French.

Member

Society for Computers and Law; Member of the Reform Club, Liveryman for The Stationers Company .

Education

Haberdashers Askes School, Elstree; Sidney Sussex College Cambridge (BA (History & English) MA).

Leisure

Yoga, tennis.


South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Shoosmiths LLP's team acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, media, academia and research. National practice head Gary Assim splits his time between the firm's London and Milton Keynes offices, and specialises in anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye focuses on the publishing and digital media sectors, with a strong track record in copyright work, while fellow consultant John Hill specialises in patents and design right issues.

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