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Weightmans LLP

100 OLD HALL STREET, LIVERPOOL, L3 9QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 073 9900
Fax:
Fax 0345 073 9950
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Sean Crotty

Tel:
Work 0151 242 6517
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner in the commercial team with particular experience in IT, commercial, intellectual property, EU procurement, data protection and media and entertainment matters. Advises many high-profile technology and creative clients (particularly in relation to video games) within the private sector (ranging from SMEs to listed companies) and a number of local authorities, PCTs, NHS trusts, police forces and social housing organisations within the public sector on a wide range of commercial, IT, intellectual property and EU procurement issues. Has developed a specialism in drafting and negotiating commercial, IT and intellectual property contracts. Understands his way around the relevant industries and their statutory obligations (including data protection). He has considerable experience in preparing contract documents governing the relationships with organisations in the private and public sector and the sensitivity and reputational issues that can arise.

Career

Trained Keoghs; qualified 2001; assistant solicitor Mace and Jones; Gorvins 2002; Weightmans 2005; partner 2009.

Education

St Francis Xaviers College; University of Newcastle upon Tyne (LLB Hons); College of Law York (LPC); University of Liverpool (LLM International and European Law).

Leisure

Liverpool FC season ticket holder.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Following a strategic review, Weightmans LLP underwent a transformational management restructure in May 2017, which resulted in a new 'client relationships' arm being created to cover six key markets: owner-managed business, built environment, corporate, private client, insurance and public bodies. Its national commercial team includes Leeds-based Michelle Mathers, who focuses on servicing owner-managed businesses. Sarah Walton in Manchester leads the group, which advises on procurement, collaboration agreements, manufacturing agreements, franchising and outsourcing, among other areas. Vincent King and newly promoted partner Victoria Robertson recently acted for Lancashire Constabulary and the Lancashire PCC in a collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire to establish a forensic academy. Laurence Pritchard was the lead adviser to a consortium of independent greyhound track owners on the sale of media rights to the greyhound races at their tracks to Arena Leisure Limited. Sean Crotty acts for public and private sector clients, such as the Metropolitan Police, Derbyshire County Council and Playground Games Limited. John Schorah, Martin Vincent and associate Haroon Younis are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Weightmans LLP is active in the gaming sector where headline matters included advising Playground Games on a video game development agreement with a major global publisher; advising Nomad Games on a licensing deal in relating to a book series, for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series; and advising The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) on its contractual agreements with various videogame studios. Novarama Technology. It also advises Side (UK) on a number of voice talent and motion capture agreements. The team also acted for Sentric Music on the £3m growth capital investment into Sentric Music by Business Growth Fund. Novarama Technology, Playrise Digital, Secret Sorcery and Playjam are also clients. Liverpool-based Sean Crotty, who heads the team, and managing partner John Schorah are recommended.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Within: Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Weightmans LLP’s corporate team is noted for its private M&A practice, acting for mid-sized corporates and owner-managed businesses, while the 'brilliant' commercial team has experienced growth in advising on compliance with data protection and competition regulations. Patricia Grinyerl advised Enterprise Loans East Midlands on the establishment of a sub fund to the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and Roland Hutchins advised Greif U.S. Holdings on a reorganisation of its international group structure to relocate its European hub from Belgium to England. Gary Jones acted for Cawood Scientific Group on a secondary management buyout to Inflexion. Kieran Donovan advised Alliance Fund Managers as agent for Maven Capital Partners LLP, manager of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for Equity in the North West (NPIF), on the first wave of equity investments from that fund. On the commercial side, Sean Crotty advises the Motor Insurers’ Bureau on the IT aspects and data sharing arrangements between it and the DVLA in relation to the MyLicence Project and Laurence Pritchard is advising Tesco Insurance on the outsourcing of its claims operations to Ageas Retail. Managing partner John Schorah is also noted, as is Sarah Walton , who heads the team.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Weightmans LLP's team is headed by Sean Crotty, who is experienced in drafting and negotiating major IT contracts in the private and public sectors. Crotty also has vast experience of the video games industry. Highlights included advising the Motor Insurers Bureau on the IT aspects and data sharing arrangements between it and the DVLA in relation to the MyLicense Project. The MyLicense Project is a major data sharing scheme between HM Government and the insurance industry designed to combat insurance fraud. The team also advised Playground Games Limited on a multi-million pound game development between it and a major global publisher in relation to a major AAA title together with the development of related DLC.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

At Weightmans LLP  team head Sean Crotty advises media and entertainment clients on a wide range of issues such as major video game development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights and exploitation in addition to recording agreements. His key clients include Playground Games, Novarama Technology, Side (UK), Nomad games, Secret Sorcery and the Independent Games Developers Association.

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