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Brethertons LLP

STRATHMORE HOUSE, WATERPERRY COURT, MIDDLETON ROAD, BANBURY, OX16 4QD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01295 270999
Fax:
Fax 01295 257575
Email:
Web:
www.brethertons.co.uk

Brian Auld

Tel:
Work 01295 661436
Email:
Brethertons LLP

Work Department

Company commercial.

Position

Brian is a company commercial solicitor and became partner at Brethertons in 1995 when the firm and Brian’s previous firm (Auld & Jardine) merged. Brian advises commercial clients on matters ranging from standard trading terms to business acquisitions and sales. He qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has experience of working for the European Commission in Brussels as well as working as an in-house lawyer for Toshiba and other companies. He has particular expertise in the buying and selling of businesses, business contracts and the incorporation of professional firms. His sector expertise includes IP/IT, having worked as an in-house lawyer for various technology based businesses.

Career

Trained Field Fisher & Martineau (now Field Fisher Waterhouse); qualified 1983; partner Brethertons 1995.

Languages

French.

Education

Friends School, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough; The Dukes Grammar School, Alnwick, Northumberland; Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University) (1979 BA Law 2:2; 1979 Diploma in European Law).

Leisure

Sport, fitness.


South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Brethertons LLP experienced an uptick in company acquisitions and disposals, commercial agreement matters, and the streamlining and expansion of businesses. The firm recently acted for the shareholders of an engineering company regarding selling the majority of their shares in the business and is advising another client on acquiring a financial services company. The client roster includes Carwood Motor Units and Diligent Commerce. The department is now headed by IT and IP expert Brian Auld following Colin Witherall’s retirement.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Brethertons LLP’s Brian Auld handles IP-related matters for companies from industries such as education, retail, healthtech and IT. The firm advised on ownership pertaining to the design, development and licensing of software, and other mandates included freedom of information and portal procurement matters.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Finance, healthcare and retail sector companies instructed Brethertons LLP’s Brian Auld in a broad range of mandates, including advising on domain names, copyright, distributing products under registered trade marks, and licensing IP and image rights. The firm’s extensive client list features education, technology and security sector companies.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Brethertons LLP’s two-partner team consists of CEO and director of legal services Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld, both based in Banbury. They are supported by solicitor Katherine Cereghino, who works in the Rugby office and specialises in commercial structuring, share allocations and break options. Recent highlights include teaming and IPR agreements, copyright ownership management and software licensing, and the drafting of terms and conditions. Sitekit, WIPC, Westminster Security and Zebco are all clients. Solicitor and data protection expert Claire Halle-Smith recently joined the Banbury office from an in-house position at a multinational care provider. Colin Witherall recently retired from the practice.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Key figures of Brethertons LLP’s IP practice include Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld. The team was joined by data protection specialist Claire Halle-Smith in Banbury, while Colin Witherall retired from the firm. On the contentious side, Auld is acting in several disputes involving IP infringement and trade mark and copyright breaches, with the support of solicitors Nicole Romera in banbury and Ben Hancox in the Rugby office. The team also handles non-contentious copyright, trade mark and domain assignments, license agreements and freedom of information requests.

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