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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

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Shoosmiths LLP has a ‘strong in-depth team with high levels of skill and knowledge’. The team is co-headed by the ‘highly capable, very experienced and all round excellent’ Robin Webb out of the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Webb leads the firm’s specialist automotive sector team; he recently advised Volkswagen Group on its procurement of telephony and data network services for use across its trade parts specialist centres and was instructed by Nissan Motors to re-negotiate a digital marketing agreement for global website design and build, support and maintenance services. Fellow co-head Sebastian Price advises a large number of blue-chip organisations on a broad range of IT matters, with recent highlights of his including assisting IMS Evolve on a strategic partnership with a supermarket company and advising Licence Bureau on technological and data access considerations. Associate Andy Pratley (‘very adaptable, always delivers for the client’) specialises in IT matters for the automotive and financial services industry. Other names to note include Anastasia Fowle and publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye.

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