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London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Boutique technology firm Waterfront Solicitors LLP is well-placed to provide a partner-led service to start-ups and entrepreneurs, as well as a growing roster of investors, 'particularly when the work is not standardised, and senior judgement is required, since they do not face the same pressures as the large tech firms to push such work down to very junior associates'. As well as receiving direct instructions from clients, the team also picks up a significant amount of referral work from other law firms. Matthew Cunningham  is 'very effective' and heads up the team that was bolstered in September 2018 by the arrival of Angus Young from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Matt Cunningham

Other key lawyers:Angus Young; Graham Halliday; Okachi Kejeh; Matthew Akehurst


'I use this firm primarily to represent emerging companies (startups and scale-ups) although I am aware that they have a strong practice representing investors. I find them particularly useful where the work is not standardised, and senior judgment is required, since they don't face the same pressures as the large tech firms to push such work down to very junior associates.

'Both Matt Cunningham and Angus Young are effective, and attentive, corporate lawyers, and I routinely refer companies to them. Alison Berryman is similarly excellent on the commercial side.'

'Great care on a professional and personal level to ensure that all points are thoroughly understood and addressed.'

'Beyond the excellent services, Waterfront showed a real interest in the company and even attended on their own initiative one of the events that as a company/startup we participated.'

Key Clients

Workable Technology Limited


Plandek Limited

Exseed Health Limited

Marathon Venture Capital Fund

Metavallon Venture Capital Fund

Find Invest Grow Limited / FIG Equity

New Model Venture Capital

Welcome Travel Technologies Holdings Limited (Welcome Pickups)

Realla Limited

Convibo Ltd (trading as Home Run)

Emoquo Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Workable Technology in relation to Series C investments in the company totalling $50m from Zouk, 83North, Balderton, Notion, TriplePoint and Endeavour Catalyst.
  • Advised Blueground Holdings on a $20m Series A-1 investment led by Venture Friends and including Endeavour Catalyst, Jabbar Internet and serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan.
  • Advised Plandek on a $2.7m seed capital investment led by Perscitus LLP and a group of experienced private investors, including John Botts of Corsair Capital and the Vanneck EIS Club.
  • Acted for Exseed Health in relation to a seed capital investment of £700,000 led by corporate investor NMC Health, a healthcare chain and distribution business in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Advised Marathon VC in relation to its seed capital investments of $1m in (formerly Landoop) and $1.3m in Hack The Box.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

As a 'commercial and pragmatic' boutique firm 'with deep technology, IT and telecoms expertise', Waterfront Solicitors LLP is well-positioned to assist a combination of SME clients and blue chip companies in the technology space with commercial, corporate, IP and employment advice. Practice head Alison Berryman and Jean-Marc Pettigrew are key names to note for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for the supply and procurement of technology; the 'responsive and super efficient' Berryman also has data protection, consumer rights and e-commerce law expertise, while Pettigrew provides 'knowledge and specialist advice on IT, IP and online gaming matters'. Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland handle IP and IT litigation, while Matthew Cunningham specialises in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Alison Berryman

Other key lawyers:Jean-Marc Pettigrew; Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland; Matthew Cunningham


'Waterfront Solicitors stands out for its practical and to-the-point advice. It is familiar with what small to medium technology companies need, which is speed and business acumen, and it delivers.'

'The team at Waterfront Solicitors is exceptional from start to finish.'

'The response times are immediate and the understanding and advice is considered, focused and professional.'

'The group is practical and provides realistic advice, in particular for licencing contract negotiations.'

'Piers Stickland is commercially minded, an excellent strategist and calm under pressure.'

'Associate Lucy Marlow is focused, intelligent and thorough with superb IP related knowledge and experience.'

'As well as as being very knowledgeable, Alison Berryman is friendly, focused and available, even if the task at hand is a comparatively small one.'

'Matthew Harris is our 'go to' Information technology resolution specialist. He is exceptionally professional with the matching knowledge of the industry to ensure you have the best team on your side.'

'Jean-Marc Pettigrew's ability to deal with complex contractual situations and discuss them in plain English is excellent.'

Key Clients

Valtech Limited

Workable Technology Limited

BridgeHead Software Limited

RNA Analytics Ltd

ActiveViam Limited (formerly Quartet Financial Systems Inc.)

Realla Limited


Rapid Addition Ltd

Web Services Integration Limited (trading as Xceptor)

Anana Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by global digital agency Valtech on a range of matters including drafting IT and commercial contracts, and providing data protection and other regulatory compliance advice.
  • Advised the shareholders of Wambiz on its sale to Allocate Software.
  • Acted for Workable Technology on several transactions including a $23m equity investment in the company led by Zouk Capital, and a debt financing raise of $20m.
  • Assisted the founders of Realla with the sale of their shares in the company to the CoStar Group.
  • Advised Web Services Integration on several contractual matters including its master software and services agreements with new customers, reseller arrangements, extensions and renegotiations of existing agreements, supplier agreements and NDAs.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

'Excellent IP boutique' Waterfront Solicitors LLP 'punches well above its weight' in IP litigation. The group is instructed by its impressive client roster in a range of contentious matters spanning licensing disputes, passing off actions, and copyright, trade mark, design right and patent infringement disputes. Matthew Harris, who 'always give his all'' and attracts praise for 'doing a lot of the heavy lifting and analysis' in litigation, jointly heads the team with Piers Strickland.

Practice head(s):Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland


'Waterfront Solicitors is a niche IP firm, which provides an outstanding service at a cost that very few London firms can match.'

'Waterfront Solicitors is exceptionally good at the detail but also big picture strategy.'

'It is not a big firm but handles all cases as well as any bigger firm would.'

'A small firm, where the partners come from first-rate firms.'

'Piers Strickland is a first-class litigator, with good instincts for the arguments which appeal and strong client management skills.'

'Matthew Harris is a tough opponent.'

Key Clients

GAT Microencapsulation

The Financial Times

Integrated Supply Network LLC (“ISN”) and JS Products Limited

TRATON (previously formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG)

MyOptique Group

The Union of European Football Associations

PMS International Group Plc

Banijay Rights Limited


PM Connect

Andover Norton International Limited

Workable Technology Limited

Vertical Leisure

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Austrian company GAT Microencapsulation against a $16.4m claim brought by the Hong Kong agrochemical conglomerate Rotam.
  • Acted for The Financial Times in a trade mark infringement claim relating to one of its publications, The Investors Chronicle and the associated registered trade mark.
  • Defending Integrated Supply Network (ISN) and its subsidiary, JS Products, in a High Court trade mark action brought by Monster Energy seeking a pan-European injunction in respect of ISN's Monster Tools products.
  • Represented Andover Norton International in a copyright dispute relating to design drawings for the iconic Norton motorcycle range.
  • Acting for MyOptique in anti-counterfeiting issues and in pursuing various IP infringement actions including actions to take down several websites.

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