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Forde Campbell LLC is a specialist commercial, technology, IP and media law practice advising on Northern Irish, English and EU law.

The firm: The practice was founded in 2006 by Mathew Forde, with a special focus on commercial, media and intellectual property law. Rory Campbell joined the firm in 2007, introducing strong IT/IP expertise, and the practice eventually evolved into Forde Campbell LLC in 2012.

Forde Campbell has been described as a €'pocket battleship€' of a commercial law practice with strong expertise in IP, IT, media and data law. It offers a highly personal relationship, working closely with commercial clients to resolve the often complex range of legal challenges that can face businesses and individuals. From its Belfast base it advises clients on their transactions around the world with a specific emphasis on advising US clients setting up presences in Ireland and Great Britain.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial: the commercial law team provides advice to commercial clients across a broad spectrum of business operations: whether from R&D on a new product; structuring the appropriate sales channels and market platforms for a business¬Ä' products or services; or licensing clients¬Ä' products and services in either local or international markets.

Corporate: the corporate team specialises in start-up structures and in tech company and product acquisitions and disposals. Corporate finance and acquisition of both Northern and Southern Irish companies are a particular focus.

Intellectual property: Forde Campbell is recognised as a leading firm in advising companies and individuals on a diverse range of IP-related matters. The firm's IP lawyers provide specialist advice to businesses on the best ways to protect, develop and exploit their IP assets.

IT and communications: the firm's IT and data team is an acknowledged market leader. From standard software and content licensing, through to advising clients on how to process data through international sales structures, Rory Campbell's team consistently demonstrate a blend of knowledge with a strong commercial and pragmatic realism.

Media and entertainment: the media team provides advice to a wide range of clients, including TV and film production companies, writers of books, screenplays and theatrical scripts, computer game programmers, musicians, photographers and designers, media publishers and distributors, and individual talent.

Dispute resolution: Mathew Forde's litigation team has won significant regard, both in general commercial matters but particularly in IP protection and infringement disputes. An excellent record of wins covers litigation over trade mark, design rights and database rights as well as more traditional copyright infringement claims. Mathew and his team's expertise in IP law gives the firm its reputation for swift and realistic appreciation of details.

Employment: the firm advises on all areas of employment matters for business clients, including the drafting of employment and service contracts, and the preparation and implementation of company policies, and procedures in line with current legislation. This includes drafting share option and incentive schemes, company handbooks and employee guidance.

Reputation management: the reputation management team provides assistance to a range of business brands and individuals, either with established or developing reputations, advising on how best to safeguard those valuable reputations and what to do when they are at risk.

  • Number of UK partners: 3
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 4
  • Breakdown of work %
  • ‚Ä©
  • General commercial: 30
  • Litigation: 45
  • IT/data protection: 15
  • IP: 10


  • Languages
  • Spanish

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